Certifications and Credentials

Our program features three tiers, various credentials, and certifications for each level of technical competence, respective award criteria, and recommended DHI educational courses to prepare for the exams. 

Level One

Basic Technical Understanding


DHIA: Door + Hardware Industry Associate

The Door + Hardware Industry Associate (DHIA) certificate is the first step in DHI's new credential and certification program. It recognizes individuals working in a variety of positions within the industry who have achieved a basic technical understanding of product and code applications.

To obtain the DHIA certificate, recipients must have completed COR101 - Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware, and COR102 - Introduction to Codes and Standards, and passed the exams.

This is a certificate of completion and is not used as a credential after your name.

Foundational  Certificate


These courses are the introduction to the industry of doors and hardware products. For individuals who are new or have limited experience in the industry, these courses are the perfect starting point for career growth.


Level Two

Intermediate Technical Competence


DHT: Door + Hardware Technician

The DHT credential recognizes those who have displayed the competence to provide detailing, estimating, and project management skills on projects with an intermediate level of complexity of occupancy type, and product and code application.

Thousands of industry members like you have already qualified by taking DHI education over the years, or from other education, being mentored, or good old fashioned on-the-job training and experience! Now, you just need to take the DHT exam. Not sure if you’re ready? We also offer a free DHT Practice Exam and an exam prep course.

Building Block Certifications


These courses are considered to be the building blocks in the industry. To further develop individuals' knowledge and skills of doors and hardware products, these courses are structured to build awarenes and career growth.

COR117, COR123, COR125, COR133, COR140, DHT120, DAI600

Level Three

Advanced Technical Expertise


DHC: Door + Hardware Consultant

This certified individual has advanced product and code application knowledge and expertise, and skills proficient to detail, estimate and project manage large and complex projects and existing facility renovations. 

If you are interested in obtaining one of these credentials or certifications, contact info@dhicanada.ca and let’s get started!

Advanced Certifications


For individuals who want to continue expanding their knowledge and skills, these advanced courses have been structured to further professional development.

COR146, COR147, COR153, COR160, COR163, COR120, DHT120, DHC205, DHC307, DHSC315, AHC220, EHC400, EHC433, EHC420


DHI Courses  DHI Certifications


Advanced Certifications

DHI offers advanced certifications that are well recognized within the industry and by industry stakeholders. The brand equity for these certifications has evolved over a considerable period of time: 75 years for the AHC, 35 years for the CDC, and 10 years for the EHC.

Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs)

Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs) are trained to recognize a builder’s hardware requirements for door openings in all types of public, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. AHCs coordinate thousands of builder’s hardware items and options to ensure door openings are in compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements and that they function properly for the lifetime of the building.

Certified Door Consultants (CDCs) 

Certified Door Consultants (CDCs) are trained in the construction and application of standard and custom hollow metal doors and frames, architectural flush and stile and rail wood doors and aluminum doors and frames. CDCs must master a myriad of fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements for all types of buildings.

Electrified Hardware Consultants (EHCs) 

Electrified Hardware Consultants (EHCs) specialize in the coordination of architectural door openings with the increased security needs of public buildings in today’s society. EHCs are experts at interfacing electrified architectural hardware products into access control monitoring and fire alarm systems, while maintaining compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements.

Architectural Openings Consultants (AOCs)

Architectural Openings Consultants (AOCs) are individuals who have attained AHC, CDC and EHC professional certifications. AOCs have mastered all facets of the commercial door and hardware industry and exemplify the highest standards of expertise and professionalism.

Consultants pursue an accreditation and maintenance program that broadens and enriches their understanding of the architectural openings industry and encourages continuing education.


DHI awards these credentials to individuals who have successfully completed a prescribed series of training and have passed rigorous certification examinations.  Individuals pursuing certification must complete the core education curriculum before branching off to follow a particular discipline.

If you are interested in obtaining one of these certifications, contact info@dhicanada.ca and let’s get you started on your certification path. 

What is a DHI Certified Canadian Consultant?

DHI Canada is the focal point for a team of more than 900 Canadian professional consultants. Their goal may be personal and professional achievement, but the attainment of their certified Canadian consultant status guarantees that non-residential doors meet rigorous codes and standards to ensure the safety and security of buildings and their occupants.

Those who have achieved certified consultant status, or who are working to achieve it, know the hundreds of hours it takes to learn every aspect of the door and hardware industry plus the attention and effort required to hone that knowledge into a tool of skill that will satisfy the many different needs of a building.

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Certified Fire + Egress Door Assembly Inspection Program (CFDAI)

A DHI-certified fire and egress door assembly professional has the skill and training necessary to perform a detailed inspection, ensuring fire-rated doors are code compliant.

A new certification to help FDAIs elevate their profile to the end user and grow their inspection services. Learn more