Fence Contractor Business School

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Fence Armor

The newest school offered at AFA University is the Fence Contractor Business School, which debuted to the industry one year ago. Attendees are taught, in an intensive one-week classroom format, the business of the fence contracting industry.

The school consists of six individual courses covering the most critically important aspects of managing a fence contracting business:

  • Marketing, Advertising and Sales
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Insurance and Legal Issues
  • Accounting and Corporate Structure
  • OSHA Compliance and Safety Management
  • UL 325 and ASTM F2200

Who Should Attend?

Many of the attendees at the inaugural Fence Contractor Business School were veteran owners of fence contractor firms. These students gave the school high marks as they learned many of the skills, they had not been previously taught, or had to figure out by trial and error over the years. These individuals also benefitted from the school as a means of preparing for the Certified Fence Contractor examinations.

The school is targeted toward the next generation of fence contractor professionals, or those who are currently in the fence business and plan to take on an ownership or top management role in the near- or long-term future. These students will learn the business side of the operation and gain valuable education on topics that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Optional classes are offered in First Aid and CPR. These evening courses require a separate fee, and students who attend and participate in the training are awarded certificates of completion.

Important Information about Certification

Fence Contractor Business School can help you become a Certified Fence Contractor. You can find out more about this certification, on the CFC webpage.

For added convenience, at the end of FCBS, students may sit for the Certified Fence Contractor exam, which consists of a series of six written examinations based on the individual courses taught during the week.

General Information

Study materials for the course will be emailed to students in advance of the course. Advance study is highly recommended to enhance the value of the school.

Registration Is Open

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Schedule of Events

Full class schedules with room assignments will be distributed at on-site registration on Sunday, November 3.

Sunday, Nov. 3 Monday, Nov. 4 Tuesday, Nov. 5 Wednesday, Nov. 6 Thursday, Nov. 7 Friday, Nov. 8
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Note: Daylight
Savings Time ended
Sun, Nov 3, 2:00 AM
Capitol Ballroom
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8:00 AM – 12:00 PM   FCBS Class FCBS Class FCBS Class FCBS Class FCBS Class
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch,
Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM On-Site Check-In,
Grand Foyer
FCBS Class FCBS Class FCBS Class FCBS Class CFC Exam
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception,
Capitol Foyer

Dinner (6:30 PM),
Capitol Ballroom

Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
Capitol Ballroom
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Graduation Dinner,
Capitol Ballroom
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM   First Aid Training
(optional add-on)
CPR Training
(optional add-on)
    Hotel Check-Out:
Saturday morning

AFA University Pricing

Includes: registration, materials, hotel (shared double room), and meals.
Housing Upgrade
(Send 3 or more employees from the same company and save 10% off school tuition. Use Discount Code THREE on the payment screen for each registrant.)
Non-Member Housing & Meals
(Shared double room)
Upgrade to
single/private room
Add Extra Night
(arrive day earlier / depart day later)
Fence Contractor Business School (FCBS) $1,849 $2,649 Check-in: Sun, Nov. 3
Check-out: Sat, Nov. 9
Meals: Sun: Welcome Reception & Dinner;
Mon-Fri: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
+$850 +$145.81/night
First Aid Training
CPR Training
$45 $45      

AFA University Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing; no telephone requests will be honored. Requests may be submitted via email to: memberservices@americanfenceassociation.com.

Cancellation requests submitted on or before October 3, 2019: $100 cancellation fee

Cancellation requests submitted after October 3, 2019: No refund


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 the Fence Contractor Business School or the Certified Fence Contractor designation, contact Sara Surprenant at info@acieducation.org, or by phone at 314-561-6670.