New Certifications and Credentials

The changing dynamics of our industry and the evolving needs of our members who work in this market, combined with certain shifting roles within the distribution channel, together have precipitated this most significant change to DHI's certification program in decades, if not ever.  We learned this from our members during our recent research activities, formal surveys, informal communications, and personal meetings. There was consistent, critical commentary that we need to improve our program.

The new program features three tiers, various new credentials and certifications for each level of technical competence, respective award criteria, and recommended DHI educational courses to prepare for the exams. We are making these efforts our highest priority and committing the necessary resources to complete each stage as quickly as possible. We will release segments as completed to enable you to embrace this new direction soon. Learn more about the new program in our video.

Level One: Basic Technical Understanding

DHIA: Door & Hardware Industry Associate - Now Available!
The Door + Hardware Industry Associate (DHIA) certificate, the first step of DHI's new credential and certification program update announced earlier this year, will begin to be awarded immediately. This certificate can be achieved by taking just two online courses.

The DHIA certificate program recognizes individuals working in a variety of positions in our industry who have achieved a basic technical understanding of product and code applications. To obtain the DHIA, recipients must have completed COR101 - Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware, and COR102 - Introduction to Codes and Standards, and passed the exams. The Associate designation appears on the certificate of completion only, and is not used as a credential. Click on these courses to get started or for more information on DHI credential and certification programs, contact

Level Two: Intermediate Technical Competence

DHT: Door & Hardware Technician - Coming early 2017

Level Three: Advanced Technical Expertise

DHC: Door & Hardware Consultant
DHSC: Door & Hardware Specification Consultant
ACSC: Access Control System Consultant

For an in-depth breakdown of the new program, download the brochure and poster and watch the animated video below or go to our YouTube page. If you are interested in obtaining one of these new credentials or certifications, contact and let’s get started!

Certification Update – Watch the Video!