Certificate Programs

Earning a DHI Certificate

As a professional in the dynamic field of door and hardware technology, earning a certificate from DHI serves as an important milestone in advancing your career and setting yourself apart in the industry. DHI’s comprehensive certification programs are designed to equip individuals with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to excel in roles ranging from specification and installation to maintenance and compliance. Whether you're new to the industry or a seasoned professional seeking to enhance your credentials, a DHI certificate signifies your commitment to quality, safety, and innovation in every aspect of architectural openings and security systems. Join DHI in unlocking new opportunities and elevating standards within the industry through the pursuit of excellence with DHI certificate.

DHI Certificates Offered

The Door + Hardware Industry Associate (DHIA) certificate program is designed for individuals seeking a foundational understanding of architectural doors and hardware, including product applications, and building codes. Tailored for individuals entering or transitioning within the industry, DHIA equips participants with essential knowledge and skills necessary for success. Through a structured curriculum encompassing COR101 - Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware and COR102 - Introduction to Codes and Standards, individuals will learn the intricacies of door and hardware products, applications, and regulatory frameworks.

Courses required to be awarded the DHIA certificate:

  • COR101 – Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware
  • COR102 - Introduction to Codes and Standards

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The Door + Hardware Technician (DHT) certificate was created to recognize individuals who have demonstrated proficiency in identifying suitable products for assembly in accordance with industry codes and standards. DHT certificants possess fundamental expertise in detailing and estimating, equipped to aid contractors, and building owners in addressing construction project concerns effectively.

Courses required to be awarded the DHT certificate:

  • COR103 - Understanding and Using Construction Documents
  • COR117 - Door, Frame, + Architectural Hardware Applications
  • COR123 - Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards
  • COR125 - Take-off and Estimating
  • COR133 - Electrified Architectural Hardware
  • COR140 – Using Codes and Standards

Information on the DHT Exam: The DHT exam will be sunset December 31, 2024. Individuals may purchase the DHT exam prior to November 1, 2024, in lieu of taking the DHT courses. Individuals that pass the DHT exam will be awarded the DHT certificate.

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Starting January 1, 2025, all individuals will be required to take five courses to be awarded the DHT certificate.


The Door + Hardware Consultant (DHC) certificate distinguishes individuals with advanced expertise in product and code applications. DHC certificants showcase proficiency in handling large-scale, intricate projects, as well as renovations of existing facilities. Moreover, DHCs offer valuable technical consultation to architects, contractors, and building owners throughout various project phases.

Courses required to be awarded the DHC certificate:

  • DHC218 – Understanding Specialty Doors
  • DHC246 - Introduction to Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware
  • DHC247 - Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware
  • DHC253 - Installation Coordination and Project Management
  • DHC260 - Material Purchasing Concepts
  • DHC263 - Developing Masterkey Systems

Information on the DHC Exam: The DHC exam will be sunset December 31, 2024. Individuals may purchase the DHC exam prior to November 1, 2024, in lieu of taking the DHC courses. Individuals that pass the DHC exam will be awarded the DHC certificate.

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Starting January 1, 2025, all individuals will be required to take five courses to be awarded the DHC certificate.


To learn more about DHI’s education offerings, visit the DHI Education Resource Guide.

Pricing of courses are subject to change and only reflect the base tuition cost, to learn more about cost, visit the DHI Class Tuition page .

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For questions about the different certifications or testing contact the DHI Certification Staff certification@dhi.org