DHI Education Resource Guide

Whether your goal is to become a DHI-certified consultant or simply to gain skills that will benefit you professionally, DHI has the educational offering to suit your needs. New to the industry, seasoned veteran, or life-long learner? You can select the subject that best meets your interest. As your professional goals change, you can take advantage of new courses designed to keep you current with the trends and issues in today's commercial construction industry.

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Course Descriptions

COR101: Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware

Online Self-Paced Course  |  30 Hours  |  No CEP points available for this introductory course

This course is an introduction to the world of architectural doors and hardware products for those who are new to the industry or who have limited exposure to the broad range of products used in this industry.

  • Lesson 1: Hollow Metal Doors and Frames This lesson introduces you to the terminology, components, and materials used to manufacture hollow metal doors and frames.
  • Lesson 2: Architectural Wood Doors Students learn the terminology, components, and materials used to manufacture flush and stile and rail architectural wood doors.
  • Lesson 3: Materials and Finishes This lesson describes the common metals, materials, and finishes used in the builders hardware industry.
  • Lesson 4: Hand the Door This lesson teaches students how to properly hand doors, door frames, and hardware products using industry- standard terms and abbreviations.
  • Lesson 5: Hang the Door This lesson introduces students to the builders hardware items that are used to carry the weight of the door leaves and the hardware items attached to them.
  • Lesson 6: Secure the Door – Door Bolts This lesson describes the different types of door bolts used to secure the inactive leaves of pairs of doors.
  • Lesson 7: Secure the Door – Locks and Latches This lesson focuses on the different types of builders hardware locks and latches used to secure door openings.
  • Lesson 8: Secure the Door – Panic Hardware and Fire Exit Hardware This lesson explains the differences between panic hardware and fire exit hardware devices and teaches students when and how exit devices are used to meet the life safety requirements of building, fire, and life safety codes.
  • Lesson 9: Secure the Door – Cylinders and Keying This lesson explains the different types of cylinders used in builders hardware and provides students with a working understanding of pin tumbler cylinders as well as how masterkeying is designed to provide convenience to the building's occupants.
  • Lesson 10: Control the Door This lesson describes surface mounted and concealed door closers that are used to control the opening and closing speeds of door leaves.
  • Lesson 11: Protect the Door This lesson teaches students the various products (e.g., protection plates, door pulls, edge guards) that are used to protect door openings from being dented and scratched.
  • Lesson 12: Electrified Architectural Hardware This lesson provides students with a base-level understanding of the principles of basic electricity and how it is used to modify the functions of builders hardware items to enhance accessibility and maintain security in today's buildings.

 

COR102: Introduction to Building Codes

Online Self-Paced Course  |  8 Hours  |  No CEP points available for this introductory course

This course is an introduction to building codes and the role architectural doors and hardware play in them. It is intended for those who are new to the industry or who have limited exposure to the codes used in the commercial hardware industry.

 

COR103: Understanding and Using Construction Documents

Online Self-Paced Course  |  8 Hours  |  8 CEPs

Understanding how construction projects are organized and designed requires a thorough knowledge of the construction documents that administrate, illustrate, detail, and describe them. Estimators, detailers, and project managers need to understand the purpose and use of specifications and drawings as they perform their duties. Knowing where to find specific information in the specifications and on the drawings, and understanding how that information applies to our trade can make the difference between a profitable and an unprofitable job. This program provides estimators, detailers, and project managers with the essential knowledge to sort through these documents to find the information they need. You will learn how to:

  • Read architectural drawings
  • Use an architectural scale
  • Determine the scope of work
  • Use addenda
  • Request change orders
  • Find specific information in specifications and drawings
  • Determine what materials are required on a project
  • Identify conflicts between specifications and drawings
  • Coordinate your work with related trades

 

COR117: Door, Frame and Architectural Hardware Applications

Face to Face Course  |  32 Hours  |  32 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR101 – Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware  |  COR102 – Introduction To Building Codes

Today's construction projects use some of the most advanced materials and products ever made. Fire- rated and means of egress door openings have specific requirements they must meet to be able to function correctly. This course teaches you about the doors and frames (e.g., hollow metal, wood, and aluminum) in use today. Many hardware items can be employed in more than one application, and knowing which application is correct for a particular opening will make you indispensable to your customers and clients. An assortment of product samples are used in this course to help you identify many of the hardware items in use today. You will learn how to:

  • Read door and frame details
  • Determine wall/partition construction
  • Select frame types and anchors
  • Explain different types of door and frame construction
  • Use door accessories (e.g., lite kits, louvers)
  • Size special-purpose hinges (e.g., wide-throw)
  • Learn the application of raised-barrel hinges and swing-clear hinges
  • Select proper strike plates
  • Size push/pull bars
  • Resolve closer/overhead stop/holder conflicts
  • Size thresholds and saddles

 

COR118: Understanding Specialty Doors

Online, Self-Paced  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR123 – Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards (formerly CDC300 & ELT515)

Most of us find success when operating within our "normal" scope of work. Those that excel in our industry, however, are versed in all opening types and applications. For that reason, we have created COR118 "Understanding Specialty Doors". This course offers an in-depth view for openings you may come across that would normally fall outside your typical product or service offerings. This course will cover more than 25 unique opening types within our industry arming you to be the "go-to" for any type of specialty application your customer needs. You will learn:

  • The purpose the opening serves
  • Definitions of the terminology
  • How to describe these doors by their performance necessary
  • Where to find the testing protocols, codes and regulations
  • To understand the ratings defining the levels
  • Special manufacturing and engineering techniques
  • To understand hardware and design considerations

This class covers the following topics: Aluminum Doors and Frames; Fiberglass Doors and Frames; Detention Doors & Frames; Bullet Resistant Assemblies; Blast Resistant Door & Frame Assemblies; Attack Resistant Doors; Forced Entry Doors; Impact & Cold Storage Doors; Air Barriers; High Speed Roll up Doors; Wind Resistant Doors Hurricanes and Tornados; Flood Doors; Acoustical Assemblies Sound Rated Doors; SCIF Doors; RFI Doors; Decorative and Functional Openings; Balance Doors; Mega Door Openings; Full Glass Entrances; Stainless Steel Doors; MDF Doors; Accordion Doors Movable Partitions; Demountable Partitions; Roof Hatch Access Doors; Residential Doors

 

COR123: Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards

Online, Self-Paced  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR101 – Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware  |  COR102 – Introduction To Building Codes |  COR117 – Door, Frame and Architectural Hardware Applications 

Develop an understanding and thorough knowledge of how industry standards affect door openings. Knowledge of the many door, frame and hardware standards is essential to properly specify, detail, furnish and install these products for projects. These standards contain a wealth of information and can be used to establish levels of quality and function for all types of buildings. This class covers the following industry standards:

  • Steel Door Institute's (SDI) Technical Documents and ANSI/SDI Standards and Test Methods
  • Hollow Metal Manufacturers Association (HMMA) 800 Series of Technical Publication
  • Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) I.S.-1A (2013) & I.S.-6A (2013)
  • Architectural Woodwork Institute's (AWI) Architectural Woodwork Standards (2nd edition) 2014
  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual SFM-1-14
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Builders Hardware
  • Manufacturers Association (BHMA) A156 Series of Product Standards

 

COR125: Takeoff and Estimating

Face to Face Course  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR103 – Understanding and Using Construction Documents  |  COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications |  COR123 – Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards

Profitability of a company often hinges on the accuracy and efficiency of the bids that estimators turn out. Overprice, and your bid will not be considered; underprice, and you will have more work than you need, and you will consistently lose money with each project. This course introduces you to material takeoff techniques and estimating skills that will help you become a more accurate and efficient estimator. You will learn how to:

  • Perform material takeoffs
  • Prepare Requests for Information (RFI)
  • Prepare Requests for Substitutions
  • Calculate overhead costs
  • Apply mark-ups
  • Prepare estimates

 

COR133: Electrified Architectural Hardware

Face to Face Course  |  40 Hours  |  40 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications

Electrified hardware items are used on virtually all new building projects. You need to understand how these products are properly used and what their capabilities are if you are going to advance in this industry. This course provides you with the principles of low-voltage electricity through hands-on class exercises. In addition, this course is focused on teaching you how separate electrified architectural hardware components are used to create single-opening systems. Learn how to design low-voltage circuits and to hook up these components through the hands-on labs. You will learn how to:

  • Coordinate voltage and amperage requirements
  • Draw elevation, logic, and point-to-point wiring diagrams
  • Write operational descriptions
  • Troubleshoot circuits

 

COR140: Using Codes and Standards

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  24 Hours  |  24 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications 

Knowledge of the many industry-related codes and standards differentiates our industry from numerous other distributor chain-driven industries. Staying current and up-to-date on the ever-changing codes and standards requires both professional and personal commitment. This course covers NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition), NFPA 101, Life Safety Code (2012 edition), NFPA 105 Standards for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition), ICC/ ANSI A117.1, Usable and Accessible Buildings and Facilities (2009 edition), and International Building Code (2015 edition). You will learn how to:

  • Tell the difference between codes and standards
  • Look up information
  • Interpret codes and standards
  • Determine requirements for fire-rated openings
  • Determine requirements for means of egress openings

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS: NFPA80, Standards for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition); NFPA101, Life Safety Code (2012 edition); ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities (2009 edition)

 

COR146: Introduction to Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  24 Hours  |  24 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR123 – Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards

This course is the first of three in a series of combined detailing courses. One of the most important skills you can develop in our industry is the ability to properly coordinate and schedule doors, frames and hardware that are to be provided on projects. In this course, you will begin to learn to detail doors, frames and hardware on projects with a beginner level of complexity of occupancy type through a series of in-class exercises. This is a great face-to-face first step for those interested in working towards their DHT credential. You will begin to:

  • Understand basic fire door and egress code principles
  • Apply basic door, frame and hardware knowledge in building very simple openings
  • Apply basic blue print reading and scaling skills
  • Coordinate the application of hardware with doors and frames

DHI will provide students with catalogs on a USB drive for this class.

 

COR147: Introduction to Specification Writing

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  24 Hours  |  24 CEPs

If you are pursuing the Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDC), Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC), or Door + Hardware Specification Consultant (DHSC), you need to master the basic principles of writing architectural specifications. Specification writing skills are an essential element of becoming a professional consultant in today's construction industry. Architects will expect you to have mastered these skills when you work with them. "Practice makes perfect," as the saying goes, and this course teaches students how to practice writing door, frame, and hardware specifications. Nearly two days of practical exercises are included in this course. You will learn how to:

  • Follow CSI SectionFormat™
  • Use proper specification terminology and language
  • Properly reference DIVISION 1 GENERAL sections
  • Write clear, concise, correct, and complete specifications
  • Identify methods of specification writing (e.g., descriptive, performance, proprietary, reference)

 

COR153: Installation Coordination and Project Management

Face to Face Course  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR103 – Understanding and Using Construction Documents  |  COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications

Project management requires effectively working with contractors, installers, owners, and architects. Coordination of the installation of doors, frames, and architectural hardware is an essential element of a project manager's responsibilities. Pre-installation meetings with the installers increase their productivity, reduce installation errors, and ensure that the door assemblies will operate reliably for many years. Project managers must also be able to read and interpret contract documents, oversee projects with fast-track schedules, and maintain profitability, which requires disciplined attention to detail. This course teaches you how to coordinate installations and provides you with techniques to help you succeed as a project manager. You will learn how to:

  • Reduce callbacks and backcharges
  • Present proper installation techniques
  • Describe common installation problems
  • Improve customer relationships and satisfaction
  • Increase profitability on your projects
  • Avoid common project management problems
  • Improve customer relationships and satisfaction

 

COR160: Material Purchasing Concepts

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  8 Hours  |  8 CEPs

Once the shop drawings are approved and you move into the order processing stage of a project, you need to accurately and efficiently communicate the project's requirements with each of the manufacturers. Purchase orders need to be reviewed for accuracy, acknowledgements verified, and materials inspected upon receipt. In addition, everything must arrive on time and for the right price! This course teaches you how to communicate and coordinate your materials purchases with the project and manufacturing schedules. You will learn how to:

  • Format purchase orders
  • Confirm factory discounts
  • Review acknowledgements
  • Minimize freight charges
  • Coordinate project and manufacturing schedules

 

COR163: Developing Masterkey Systems

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  8 Hours  |  8 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications

A solid knowledge base of master key systems is essential to all estimators, detailers, project managers, and consultants. This program covers all of the bases. Discover the different types and styles of cylinders and keys used in today's locks, understand industry-standard key-set symbols and terminology, and integrate mechanical cylinders and keying into access control and security systems. Learn to organize and conduct a successful keying meeting and how to relay the importance of key control and maintenance to your customers. You will learn:

  • Levels of Masterkeying
  • Types of Keys used in Master Key Systems
  • Limitations of Keying Systems
  • Options for Keying Systems
  • Key Control
  • How to Hold Keying Meetings

 

DHT120: DHT Exam Prep + Exam

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  20 Hours  |  20 CEPs

Students pursuing the Door Hardware Technician (DHT) designation will review material and complete in-class exercises that cover the 8 segments of the exam, Hardware, Doors & Frames, Electrified Hardware and Access Control, Keying, Project Management, Codes, Contract Documents, and Coordination, that are found on the DHT exam. You will leave this class with a firm understanding of what you need to know to be prepared for the DHT credentialing exam. Students are not required to have taken all of the review courses, attendees may have obtained this knowledge through other education or on the job training. You will review material from the follow intermediate level courses:

  • COR103 – Understanding and Using Construction Documents
  • COR117 – Door, Frame and Architectural Hardware Applications
  • COR123 – Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards
  • COR133 – Electrified Architectural Hardware
  • COR140 – Using Codes & Standards
  • COR146 – Introduction to Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware
  • COR147 – Introduction to Specification Writing
  • COR153 – Installation Coordination and Project Management
  • COR163 – Developing Masterkey Systems
  • DHC205 – Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

The computerized DHT credentialing exam will be administered on Day 3 of the DHT120 course. Students who complete the course and pass the DHT exam will receive the Door + Hardware Technician Credential.

 

DHC205: Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Face to Face Course  |  32 Hours  |  32 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards  |  COR146 – Introduction to Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Perhaps the most necessary skill you can develop in our industry is learning how to properly create detailed hardware schedules. Coordinating myriad hardware products with the project's requirements can be a daunting task. This course introduces you to the sequence and format of the hardware schedule through a series of in-class exercise as well as introduces students to the techniques and skills necessary to become a more precise detailer. You will learn how to:

  • Interpret plans and specifications
  • Create door, frame, and hardware submittals
  • Create proper headings for hardware sets
  • Use sequence and format to list hardware items in the proper order
  • Write detailed hardware sets
  • Coordinate hardware with doors and frames
  • Illustrate door opening details and elevations
  • Coordinate hardware templating requirements

DHI will provide students with catalogs on a USB drive for this class.

 

DHC307: Advanced Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Face to Face Course  |  40 Hours  |  40 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR133 – Electrified Architectural Hardware  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards  |  COR146 – Introduction to Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware  |  DHC205 – Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Building on the principles learned in DHC205 Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware, students are led through a series of challenging class exercises designed to develop their decision-making skills by selecting and detailing hardware products that meet the intended functions of door openings where students were introduced to the techniques and skills necessary to become an expert detailer. Students will learn the step-by-step sequence employed by Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs), as they evaluate door openings and select hardware products to create door assemblies in accordance with applicable codes and standards. You will learn how to:

  • Identify intended functions of complex door openings
  • Select hardware products for complex openings
  • Create detailed hardware sets
  • Include elevation diagrams for openings with electrified hardware
  • Create door and frame shop drawings
  • Prepare door and frame submittals
  • Illustrate door opening details
  • Coordinate hardware templating requirements

DHI will provide students with catalogs on a USB drive for this class.

 

DHSC310: Writing Door and Frame Specifications

Face to Face Course  |  24 Hours  |  24 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR123 – Using Door, Frame and Hardware Standards  |  COR147 – Introduction to Specification Writing

Door and frame specifications require as much attention to detail as other specification sections. Fire-rated openings (both neutral and positive pressure tested) require particular attention to construction, labeling requirements, reinforcements, hardware preparations, glazing, and frame anchors. These specifications must be carefully coordinated with other specifications to ensure that the proper materials are provided. This course teaches you how to write clear, concise, correct, and complete door and frame specifications using the Construction Specifications Institute's MasterFormat™ as a guide. You will learn how to:

  • Organize your specifications
  • Use correct specification language
  • Coordinate work in other sections
  • Address product substitutions

 

DHSC315: Writing Hardware Specifications

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  40 Hours  |  40 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR133 – Electrified Architectural Hardware  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards  |  COR147 – Introduction to Specification Writing  |  DHC205 - Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware |  DHC307 - Advanced Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHCs) are required to master the skills and techniques of writing professional construction specifications. Architects rely on professional consultants for technical expertise and expect them to be proficient in writing specifications. This course teaches you how to write clear, concise, correct, and complete hardware specifications using the Construction Specifications Institute's (CSI) MasterFormat™ as a guide. You will learn how to:

  • Organize your specifications
  • Use correct specification language
  • Create hardware specification sets
  • Write complete hardware specifications
  • Coordinate work in other sections
  • Address product substitutions
  • Coordinate specifications for electrified hardware and access control systems

DHI will provide students with catalogs on a USB drive for this class.

 

AHC220: AHC Exam Prep

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  24 Hours  |  24 CEPs

 

EHC400: Electrified Hardware Applications and Documentation

Face to Face Course + Online, Instructor-Led Course  |  32 Hours  |  32 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR133 – Electrified Architectural Hardware  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards  |  COR147 – Introduction to Specification Writing  |  DHC205 – Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware |  DHC307 – Advanced Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware

One of the most important steps in detailing today's projects is creating the low voltage wiring drawings / diagrams and related documentation for door openings with electrified hardware. In this course you will learn to use a free downloadable computer drawing program (Libre Office Draw) to create your drawings and will return to your workplace with the ability to create drawings for your projects. This course will teach you how to use correct industry recognized symbols and drawing techniques to help you communicate the project's requirements more effectively with the electrician, installer and systems integrators. You will learn how to:

  • Create electrified door elevation diagrams
  • Create riser diagrams
  • Create point-to-point wiring diagrams
  • Use relays to control circuits

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS:Students are required to bring a PC laptop that is using Windows 7, 8, 10 or WINE. A separate mouse (rather than the mouse pad built into the laptop) is also required.

 

EHC433: Advanced Electrified Architectural Hardware

Face to Face Course  |  40 Hours  |  40 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR133 – Electrified Architectural Hardware  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards  |  COR147 – Introduction to Specification Writing  |  DHC205 – Intermediate Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware |  DHC307 – Advanced Detailing Doors, Frames and Hardware  |  EHC400 – Electrified Hardware Applications and Documentation

Building upon the fundamentals that you learn in COR133, this class will teach you how to take the lead in coordinating electrified hardware devices that your company supplies, with all other low voltage electrified systems to be installed as part of the openings on a project. Coordination is critical in order to ensure a seamless, trouble free, product integration, and will substantially reduce call backs to the site. Through hands-on electrified hardware exercises, we will demonstrate how different systems work together to create secure, and fully functional electrified openings. After taking this course, whether you supply product, create drawings, run coordination meetings, or all of the above, you will develop a true consulting approach that can greatly impact your company's bottom line. As the hardware industry becomes more dependent on the versatility of electrified hardware, this curriculum will prepare you to communicate effectively with Architects, Owners, Contractors, and Subcontractors by teaching you the necessary skills to coordinate a project as an expert industry professional. By developing a concrete understanding of the systems involved in integrated openings, and an assurance that all code requirements for the project are satisfied, you can take your company to the next level.

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS: Students are required to bring a laptop or tablet, and a handheld mobile device.

 

EHC420: EHC Exam Prep

Face to Face Course  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

This course is designed to take you through the exercises required to complete the Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC) certification exam under exam-like conditions. You will leave this class with a firm understanding of how to prepare for the EHC exam. You will be required to:

  • Complete shop drawing exercises
  • Complete written exam questions that cover topics such as access control systems, video surveillance terminology, principles of low voltage electricity, and specification writing

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS: NFPA80, Standards for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition); NFPA101, Life Safety Code (2012 edition);  ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities (2009 edition); Catalogs or electronic files for electrified hardware (e.g. power supplies, card readers, key pads, motion detectors, power transfer devices)

 

DAI600: Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspections + Exam

Face to Face Course  |  28 Hours  |  24 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: COR101 – Fundamentals of Architectural Doors and Hardware  |  COR102 – Introduction To Building Codes  |  COR117 – Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications  |  COR140 – Using Codes and Standards

The DAI600 curriculum is focused on understanding the role and responsibilities of the fire and egress door inspectors as well as interacting with the building owner and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). It is paramount to ensure that the respective parties clearly understand the inspection process and documentation and how to follow through with the necessary corrections to improve safety in their facilities. This class will teach you how to perform and record these inspections, as well as provide tips for interacting with building owners and AHJs. It requires an intermediate level of understanding of door, frame, and hardware products and applications, and applicable code familiarity to conduct inspections.

Students of this course are recommended to complete the specific DHI courses mentioned above, or have comparable knowledge or experience. The first critical course, COR117- Door, Frame, and Architectural Hardware Applications, is focused on products and their applications. If you have not taken this course but have significant experience in non-residential doors, frames, and hardware, a complimentary knowledge assessment exam is available to evaluate your readiness for the DAI 600 class. Because the DAI600 course is based heavily on understanding codes, which are updated every three years, we strongly suggest that the second course, COR140 – Using Codes and Standards, be taken prior to DAI600, and if not taken within the past three years, the DHI CEP code update classes may also be taken. For those who do not work and/or are not directly related to the Door and Hardware Industry there are two excellent introductory courses - COR101 and COR102 – that should be completed prior to taking COR117, COR140 and ultimately DAI600. All 4 recommended courses are crucial in order to be successful in the DAI600 class and earn your FDAI credential. You will learn how to:

  • Perform visual inspections and conduct operational testing of swinging fire doors
  • Authorize inspection reports for building owners and AHJ requirements
  • Recommend corrective actions necessary in compliance with inspection requirements
  • Interface with building owners and AHJs on inspection requirements and issues
  • Understand NFPA 101 inspections, occupancy types, means of egress, special locking arrangements, capacity calculations, hazard contents, and perform egress inspections
  • Provide Performance-Based option explanation and guidance
  • Research manufacturers' labels and listings
  • Provide instruction for the care and maintenance of components along with approved field modifications when necessary

The computerized CFDAI certification exam will be administered on Day 4 of the DAI600 course. Students who complete the course and pass the CFDAI exam will receive the Certified Fire + Egress Door Assembly Inspector Certification. Students will receive the Guide to Annual Inspections of Swinging Fire Doors and Field Reference Digest for Inspecting Swinging Fire Doors, sample inspection reports, door gap gauge, and inspection magnet and mirror.

REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS: NFPA80, Standards for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition); NFPA101, Life Safety Code (2012 edition);  NFPA105 Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives (2013 edition); ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities (2009 edition)

 

Non-Technical Education Courses

NTT201: Applications of Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals

Face to Face Course  |  16 Hours  |  16 CEPs

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: None

Bluebeam Revu is a tool used by over 2 million construction industry professionals to date. This program offers customizable document management capabilities, automation and built in collaboration space for projects. As Door and Hardware professionals in an ever-evolving industry, this course is designed to educate students in a way that will enable them to use this program to its fullest potential to increase productivity while decreasing workflow steps.

Lesson 1 – Basic Navigation – Students will learn how to navigate the many options and features within the Bluebeam Revu program used by Architects, Engineers, and Construction Management teams in the capacity of doors, frames, and hardware.
Lesson 2 – Document Management – This lesson focuses on document management practices to improve workflows on the various types of digital files used such as Blueprints, Project Manuals, Contracts, Addendums and RFI’s, Submittal Documents, and much more.
Lesson 3 – Tab Access Panels – Students will learn how to configure their Bluebeam to function in the way that allows for greater productivity using tab access panels and their associated functions and tools available.
Lesson 4 – Searching Tools and Revisions – This lesson will focus on the many tools available to them regarding search functions within the Revu platform. Not only will they learn the tools to search and record data efficiently, but this lesson will also provide complimentary workflows around collaboration with construction management teams both internal and external.
Lesson 5 – Mark-ups – This lesson will provide the necessary instruction around existing Mark-Up uses and editing capabilities as well as explore ways to create custom tools and profiles to enhance their current workflow process on future projects in a strictly digital platform.
Lesson 6 – Reporting tools – Students will learn how the different reporting tools within the Revu platform allow for enhanced workflow practices in the following areas:

1. Document Markings and RFI’s.
2. Internal Collaboration and Note Taking.
3. Submittal Revisions.
4. Punch List Best Practices.
5. External Collaboration with Field Installers.
6. Integration With Apps and Other ERP Program Availability

Lesson 7 – Bluebeam Studio – This lesson will introduce students to the capabilities of real time document collaboration tools using the Bluebeam Studio space. Students will collaborate on common topics seen in our industry like Keying, RFI, and Scope Review meetings in an online only setting.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Are all class materials supplied by DHI? No. Student Manuals and other materials are furnished as part of the class tuition, but several classes require students to bring product catalogs (print or electronic), as well as codes and standards and other important reference documents. Please refer to the courses' descriptions above to find out if you are required to supply your own course materials. Students are responsible for bringing any Student Supplied Class Materials they need both to and from the class site should they decide not to hand carry them to class.

  • Does the class tuition fee include hotel room and meal charges for the DHI Classroom Series? No. Class registration fees do not include hotel accommodations. Your event registration fee covers the cost of food and beverage for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for every day of course instruction. 

  • Can I leave a class early or start late? No. Students attending our face-to-face classes are required to be in the classroom during designated class hours. Students who arrive late, leave early, or are absent for a substantial portion of the class are not permitted to take the end-of-class exam.

  • Am I required to have a computer? Yes. All end of class exams will be held in TopClass; therefore, a computer will be required for all classes and DHT, DHC, and CFDAI certification exams.

  • Can I access my email when I am attending a DHI face-to-face class? No. Internet access for email, browser, instant-messaging, etc. is prohibited during in-class hours. Please keep this in mind if you have purchased electronic formats of any course materials and plan to use them in class, as permitted.