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DHF celebrates 10 years of training!


This month, Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) is celebrating a decade of offering a first-class training provision that has become industry-renowned for its outstanding content and delivery.

In September 2013, DHF launched its very first training course, the 2-day Gate Safety Diploma; after great success, in November 2015, DHF expanded their offering further with the 2-day Industrial Door Safety Diploma, and the following year, a website hosting Gate Safety Diploma refresher courses was launched.  This allowed delegates the opportunity to keep their learning up to date.

Significant expansion was set to continue for DHF in 2018 with the launch of two 1 -day Safety Certificate courses  for Industrial Doors and Automated Gates.  In September of the same year, the trade association moved to its current location which now famously houses DHF’s Training Academy, a top-of-the-range self-contained training annex that can accommodate 25 learners at a time. 

/media/news/library/abbe_logo.jpgIn 2019, DHF continued to raise the bar by becoming an ABBE-approved assessment centre that is regulated by Ofqual, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.  Accredited DHF courses are a formal theory-based qualification and are the first in the industry.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, DHF immediately sprung to action to offer what was to become a comprehensive Distance Learning Programme (DLP).  The first offering evolved into a complete course that enables those who are unable to meet face-to-face, to take advantage of the training provision; this is offered to delegates across the UK and Ireland to learn at their own pace, on their own device and at the location of their choice.  Delegates can also sit exams online with instant results.  Over the past ten years, the fed


eration has trained more than 5000 delegates on DHF core courses either face-to-face or via the DLP. 

In addition, DHF has continued to work closely with the BRE Academy to develop a range of 1-day comprehensive courses in fire do

or inspection, installation repair and maintenance of either timber or steel doorsets, as well as fire roller shutters.

“As we look back on 10 years of DHF training provision, there is much to celebrate and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide a positive, learning experience for our members and non-members,” says DHF’s Commercial Director, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  “We continue to advocate the drive for best practice and, in so doing, are raising industry standards.  As we face the next decade, we have much to look forward to and we are continuing our development of our training programme independently as well as collaboratively with other trade associations as well as our trusted partner BRE. We want to ensure that we maintain our position as one of the industry’s most sought-after providers.”

To mark this important milestone, DHF is offering free ABBE Accreditation upgrades (worth £50) on the Level 2 Safety Award* for either Industrial & Garage Doors or Automated Gates & Traffic Barriers.  This offer only applies to face-to-face courses taking place in September 2023 or distance learning courses booked before 30th September 2023.  No codes are required; this offer will apply automatically at the checkout when booked online.  Please do not tick the accreditation button when booking.

*This offer excludes refresher courses & the Level 2 Award in Dock Leveller Safety.

14th September 2023

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