AFA University 2019

AFA University will return to the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Texas for 2019. The dates are Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Fence Armor

Merchant Metals

LP Elements

One Week of Top-Notch Education

AFA University is the fence and gate industry’s premier educational opportunity, featuring four schools offering the highest quality industry training available in the United States. Whether you are new to the industry or a long-time professional, AFA University offers something for everyone. We offer a variety of schools and certification opportunities in all subject areas to help our members stay up-to-date with emerging industry trends and new technologies. If you are looking to improve your technical skills, advance your career and stand out in your industry market, then AFA University is for you.

AFA University is a collection of three schools taught by the industry’s leading experts in these areas:

See the individual school pages for more specific information on who should attend as well as course content, schedule and fees. Additionally, all of the schools, except Fence Installation School, offer optional certification testing at the school’s conclusion.

A Wise Business Investment

Employees: If you are passionate about your industry, it’s always important to invest in yourself and in your career. You can change the course of your professional future with a couple days off of work and a small investment in registration fees. Not sure how to ask your employer? Here is a sample letter to share with your employer and explain why attending AFA U is a wise business investment.

Business Owners: It could be a great investment to your business by sending your most promising employees to AFA University for career development. It doesn’t have to be risky: in exchange for employer-paid education, many employees guarantee they’ll stay with the company for a fair amount of time afterwards – or pay back costs. Here is a sample agreement that you can use with your employees.

First Aid / CPR

Looking to earn or renew your First Aid or CPR certification? We offer optional evening classes in both of these areas. You can add these classes during the registration process.


Scholarships are available to AFA Members. Scholarship recipients received waived AFA University registration, which includes housing and meals. To learn more about scholarships or apply, please visit our AFA University scholarship page.


Air Travel

AFA recommends that participants fly into DFW International Airport. All airlines fly into DFW International Airport, except Southwest. The Hilton Arlington is 11 miles from DFW and provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport (7:00 AM to 10:30 PM).

Southwest flies into Dallas Love Field, which is 20 miles from the Hilton Arlington and a ~$30 Uber/Lyft ride.


Students are expected to arrive the afternoon of Sunday, November 3, prior to the Welcome Reception and Dinner at 6:00 PM.


FCBS Students are expected to attend all sessions, including the graduation dinner on Friday, November 8, in order to receive credit for attendance. Departures should be scheduled for Saturday, November 9.


Hilton Arlington
2401 East Lamar Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76006

Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, TX in Arlington’s entertainment and business district and just south of DFW Airport, Hilton Arlington offers the complete hotel experience. AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, and Texas Live are all just a few minutes away. Hotel amenities include:

  • Complimentary Shuttle to DFW Airport Hotel and businesses within a 3-mile radius
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • In-room Coffee Maker and Mini-Refrigerator
  • Fitness Room and Heated Pool
  • 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
Hilton Arlington TX

For more information about AFA University, email

Registration Is Open

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