Students are expected to arrive the afternoon of Sunday, November 4, prior to the evening reception to check in. Each school is five days and students are expected to attend all sessions and the graduation dinner on Friday, November 9, in order to receive credit for attendance. Departures should be scheduled for Saturday, November 10.
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.”
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.”
Introducing a New Credential: Certified Fence Contractor (CFC)
The Certified Fence Contractor (CFC) is the most comprehensive credential available to fence contractors. It is designed to demonstrate an exceptional level of knowledge in all facets of the fence industry. Eligibility requirements do apply.
The five day course will review the menu of fence industry topics to help prepare the individual to take the certification exam. The CFC is the first certification in the industry that enables fence professionals to demonstrate expertise in:
- Marketing, Advertising and Sales
- Estimating and Bidding
- Insurance and Legal
- Accounting and General Business Practices
- OSHA and Safety
- UL 325 and ASTM F2200
- Farm and Ranch
- Chain Link
- Wood and Composite
- Vinyl and PVC
Core Trade Practices
- Personal Safety
- Equipment/ Tools
- Truck/Trailer Safety and Loading
- Blue Print Reading
- Site Reading/ Layout
- Introduction to Fence Welding
- Post Hole Digging
- Concrete Mixing
- Post Setting/ Anchoring
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.