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What is a DHI Certified Consultant?
DHI is the focal point for a team of more than 2,200 professional consultants and 900 apprentices. Their goal may be personal achievement, but their direction encompasses efforts that will improve the lifestyle of millions of people as well as enhance the fire and life safety of buildings and their occupants. Those who have achieved consultant status, or who are working toward that plateau, 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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Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDC), Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC) and Architectural Openings Consultant (AOC) are the certification designations recognized as marks of excellence throughout the industry. These professional certifications attest to the high principles of the individual and that he or she is a professional prepared to provide sound architectural door and hardware specification advice and counsel to architects, contractors and building owners.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 educational curriculum before branching off to follow a particular discipline.

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) 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.

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


What does the Continuing Education Program (CEP Program) offer me as a certified consultant?

This program offers certified consultants an opportunity to establish themselves as professionals who are most current and up-to-date with developments within the industry. While participation is voluntary — and strongly recommended — for those consultants who received their AHC, CDC, EHC or AOC certification prior to January 1, 2005,
IT IS MANDATORY for consultants receiving certification after December 31, 2004.

Why should I participate in the CEP Program?

The CEP Program is a marketing tool that can help promote and establish your competency and professional certification and gives you a competitive edge over those not involved.

What are the requirements for the CEP Program?

The 80/20 Rule
Participants must acquire a total of 100 CEP points in a three-year period. Of those 100 points, a minimum of 80 points must be technical (attendance at events or other qualifying programs where generic technical information is presented), and a maximum of 20 points may be non-technical (chapter business meeting attendance or industry events where non-technical information is presented).

Read, Learn and Earn!
Points may also be acquired through our monthly publication, Doors and Hardware magazine. Look for "Tech Tips" in every issue. These are short exercises you can complete and submit to DHI. Participants can acquire three CEP points for each Tech Tip (up to 36 per year). (Earn all of the required points by doing all of the Tech Tips in a three-year period.)Stay on Track
Participants are responsible for tracking and submitting points to DHI upon renewal. Though not mandatory, electronic or embossing seals and stamps may be purchased by participants.

How do I register for the CEP Program?

If you received your credentials after January 1, 2005, you have been automatically enrolled in the program. Participation is mandatory and requires the accumulation of 100 CEP points every three years. Consultants not in the program, or whose registration has expired but who may wish to rejoin the Program, have three options available:

1. Equivalency ExamA four-hour equivalency exam consisting of a combination of approximately 200 true/false, multiple choice and problem questions must be passed, as well as the accumulation of 100 CEP points every three years. The exam costs $150/individual membership and $350/non-member. Corporate membership discount does not apply.

2. One-Year LicenseEarn 35 technical CEP points (points earned in the past year are eligible). Completing 12 Tech Tips from Doors and Hardware magazine from up to 12 months preceding your application is one way to acquire the necessary eligibility points. Once enrolled, you must earn 35 points each year for the next three years. These 35 points shall consist of a minimum of 30 technical CEP points, with five non-technical points permitted. You must file a new renewal application each year to remain in the program.

A new seal, if desired, must be purchased each year. However, after your third single year in the seal program, you then have the opportunity to resume the seal program under a three-year period agreement, attaining 100 points in a three-year period. Enrollment is free for individual members, and $350/non-members. Corporate membership discount does not apply.

3. New Certification CredentialAny individual who passes a consultant's certification exam (AHC, CDC, EHC) after January 1, 2005 is automatically registered in the CEP Program, regardless of prior certification status.

For example, if you earned your AHC certification prior to January 1, 2005, and then received your CDC certification in January of 2006, you automatically became enrolled in the CEP program, and are required to participate. You would then begin a new three-year participation cycle, in which time you must earn 100 CEP points. Previously earned CEP points do not carry over into the new period.

Note: Dual certification consultants need earn only 100 total points during the time period, not 100 for each certification.

Now What?
For further answers to your questions about becoming certified, or what a certified professional consultant can do for you, call our Education Department at 703.222-2010 or E-mail certification@dhi.org.

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