Certified Fence Contractor

Elevate your career and stand out in your community as a fence industry expert by earning your Certified Fence Contractor (CFC) designation – the new Gold Standard for our industry. It enables anyone in your community to find a quality, professional fence company that has earned the seal of approval from the nation’s top industry association.

Introducing a New Credential


Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements outlined below, which are based on a combination of years in the fence industry and highest level of education achieved.

  • 3 years of experience with a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree
  • 4 years of experience with an Associate’s Degree
  • 5 years of experience with a high school diploma or GED*
  • 10 years of experience with none of the above*

Applicants must also provide three letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant’s qualifications, personal integrity and general reputation for professionalism. The letters may be written by individuals within or outside the fence industry, but cannot be immediate family members, unless the applicant is an employee in a family business, in which case, only one letter from a family member is permitted. Coworkers, generally, are not eligible to submit a letter of recommendation. However, letters from customers are eligible.

*Applicants with fewer than 10 years’ experience in the fence industry, regardless of education level completed, must attend Fence Contractor Business School conducted annually at AFA University.

Apply to be a CFC Today

Get started by downloading, completing, and submitting your application. Please mail the completed application along with your fee payment to:
American Fence Association
6404 International Parkway
Suite 2250-A
Plano, TX 75093

Download the CFC application

Preparing For The CFC Exam

Upon the approval of the CFC application, applicants will receive the electronic CFC study guide via email. Applicants will also receive a supplemental study guide containing core knowledge topics:

  • Personal Safety
  • Equipment and Tools
  • Truck Safety and Loading
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Site Reading and Layout
  • Introduction to Fence Welding
  • Post Hole Digging
  • Concrete Mixing
  • Post Setting and Anchoring

The Applicant must successfully complete a pre-qualification exam prior to sitting for the written certification exam. The pre-qualification exam will be offered at FENCETECH, AFA University and other AFA-sanctioned events where testing is offered.

Registering For The CFC Exam & Cost

Applicants can register through an approved AFA Event (AFA University or FENCETECH).

**Special**: In preparation for the launch of the CFC credential, the AFA will offer the exam at a one-time 50% discount at AFA University in 2018: $375 for AFA members and nonmembers. After the 2018 AFA University, the price will return to the standard rate of $750.


The Certified Fence Contractor is valid for three years from issuance of the credential. Each credentialed fence contractor must earn 15 hours of continuing education in order to renew the certification for an additional three years. Criteria for continuing education programming will be issued by the Certification Committee, and is subject to change.


Any questions regarding the program need to be directed to Todd Thomas at (828) 291-1579 or todd@americanfenceassociation.com.