One Week of Top-Notch Education
Are you seeking opportunities to gain or improve technical skills, advance your career and expand your industry network? AFA University provides comprehensive schools, training programs and certifications to take your career to the next level.
AFA University was designed to help individuals in the fence and access control industry gain the knowledge and skills to differentiate themselves in today’s highly competitive market. AFA University reviews current standards and best practices in all subject areas including sales, design, installation and more.
Whether you are new to the industry or a long-time professional, AFA University offers something for everyone. Learn more about the schedule and schools/certifications offered this year.
Registration for 2017 AFA University is now closed. Please check back in mid-2018 to get registered for AFA University next year.
Operator Installer School
This intensive 5 day program is geared to operator installers, both novice and those with years of experience. Students will attend technical classroom training combined with extensive hands-on workshops to provide an in depth look at all aspects related to installing an Automated Gate System. The school includes detailed instructions on a wide range of topics. Students work in teams throughout the week developing a deep understanding on a gate system installation, from ground breaking and conduits to job testing and turning the system over to the property owner.
- UL325 and ASTM F2200 Standards
- Types of Gates and Types of Operators
- Safety on the jobsite
- Accessories and Controls
- Telephone Entry and Access Control
- Vehicle Detection Systems
- Electrical, high and low voltage needs for gate systems
- Gate System Installation
The course curriculum was developed in conjunction with the Self Study Guide for the Certified Automatic Gate Operator Installer program. For those students working towards this nationally recognized Certification, this is an intensive learning environment to help you towards this goal.
New this year – you may now register for the exam during registration without having to contact IDEA. Successful completion of the exam is based on prior studying of the manual before attending this school.
Thank you for all the training. The instructors are awesome and easily accessible. It was nice to be surrounded by so many positive people.
I am grateful for everyone who played a role in my participation attending this school. The experience I acquired from Professionalism class will truly guide my future endeavors and achieve my goals in my personal and professional life. Thank you!
The significance of AFA training and certification in our industry is extremely important for not only installers, but manufacturers. The emphasis on safety and compliance the AFA promotes is key!
Great class. I learned a lot of information. While there was a lot to learn, I feel the instructors presented the information well.”
Automated Gate Systems Design
This two-day course will cover the essential subjects needed to properly design an automated gate operator system. Starting with the various types of gates and types of gate operators, and how they may apply to different applications. The course also will review how to properly design a system to comply with applicable codes and standards, including ASTM F2200 and UL 325. Students will learn how to develop a site plan showing equipment locations, how to select the proper accessories and controls for the system and review the many different forms of access control available. Two days of training will give attendees the equivalent of years of experience. This is an ideal course for anyone selling or designing automated gate systems. The course covers:
- Types of Gates and Types of Operators
- ASTM F220 and UL325 as it applies to system design
- Electrical and wiring requirements
- Battery Back up and DC options for gate systems
- Access Control
- Vehicle Detection systems
- Accessories and Controls
- High Security applications
- Site Planning
“AFA puts together the best class experience in Dallas for FIW that I have ever attended. The AGSD School was a wonderful experience to further my knowledge about operator and access control systems and give another level of competence and professionalism to my customers at home.
This class was very worthwhile. With a certification, it adds a level of professionalism to my business. Honestly, the certification test was a little easy. Also, now I am able to confidently and correctly plan a gate system that will work correctly and work to customer’s expectations while complying with UL325 and F2200.
Getting to talk to people in your field from all different areas of the country gives me such a sense of well-roundedness. The group discussions teach so much about how people can do things differently and still be successful.”
Sales Training School (STS)
Benefit from this comprehensive industry-specific training focused on helping you close more sales. Improve sales performance with easy-to-use, proven techniques from the industry’s top sales experts. Salespeople will learn how to determine customers’ needs and deliver the products and services to best meet and exceed those needs – with practical tools they can put to use immediately.
“I believe this school will be valuable to my future career within the industry. I was excited to come and felt privileged for the opportunity. I learned a lot about sales that I did not know before. I felt comfortable with a sales call no matter what type of personality I will be dealing with. The school was definitely worth the investment. I would definitely recommend this course for beginners.”
Fence Installation School (FIS)
This school is geared toward the fence installer with little or no experience and for fencers who want to assure their installations are based on current standards and best practices.
The following disciplines will be taught at the Fence Installation School:
- Chain Link
- Farm and Ranch
“I learned several ways of doing things I do every day and things I haven’t seen. Very useful.
Great class and good refresher for basic installation. I did learn a few tricks of the trade.
I learned several ways of doing things that I do every day. Seeing the things no one has ever showed me was useful.
The school was a great introduction for beginners. It allowed me to get a better understanding of grading and different ideas on how to build a fence.”
Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors
Thank You to our Past and Present Contributing Companies
ALTA FOREST PRODUCTS
BAI / BARCODE AUTOMATED
BINFORD FENCE SUPPLY
CONTROLLED PRODUCTS SYSTEMS GROUP
EAGLE FENCE DISTRIBUTING
EDI / RENO A & E DISTRIBUTORS
ELITE FENCE PRODUCTS
EMX INDUSTRIES, INC.
FASCO AMERICA – NAIL GUNS
FOREVER FENCE & RAIL
FORTRESS FENCE PRODUCTS
GATES AND CONTROLS, INC.
HYSECURITY GATE OPERATORS
IMPERIAL FENCE COMPANY
LITTLE BEAVER DIGGERS
OKLAHOMA WIRE & STEEL
PHILLIPS AUTOMATED GATE
RHINO TOOL COMPANY
SECURITY BRANDS / AMERICAN ACCESS SYSTEMS
SECURITY CONTRACTOR SERVICES
STEPHEN’S PIPE & STEEL
TOWN & COUNTRY FENCE
VIKING GATE OPERATORS
WESTERN ACCESS CONTROLS
This exam is for participants wishing to get their CAGSD certification (it is not included in the Automated Gate Systems School Package). New this year – you may now register for the exam during registration without having to contact IDEA. Successful completion of the exam is based on prior studying of the manual before attending this school.
This exam is for participants wishing to get their CAGOI certification (it is not included in the Operation Installer School Package). New this year – you may now register for the exam during registration without having to contact IDEA. Successful completion of the exam is based on prior studying of the manual before attending this school.
Certified Fence Professional (CFP) Exam
The CFP exam is for participants wishing to get their Certified Fence Professional certification. The exam is an open-book multiple-choice test. With your enrollment you are provided with a pre-test on CD, a study guide on CD, your personal copies of the applicable ASTM standards, Federal Specification RRF-191 and other specification standards. You may bring a calculator and pencil only to the exam session. All reference material that can be used during the exam will be handed out at the door.
First Aid and CPR Training
First Aid and CPR Training is held two consecutive evenings, and is a 4-hour OSHA compliant seminar. Once completed, you will receive a Certification Card valid for 2 years.