Fence Installation School

The American Fence Association established the original Field Training School in 1978 and continues this tradition of training excellence under the current Fence Installation School. This course is ideal for new hires and installers with less than two years’ experience, although it is open to fence professionals of all levels.

The course is also effective training for individuals in industry support roles, such as inside and outside manufacturer sales representatives with no previous fence installation experience.

This school covers the following

Fence Installation School is a week-long, intensive course that includes classroom work and hands on installation training.

It covers the five fence disciplines:

  • Chain Link
  • Wood and Composite
  • Vinyl
  • Ornamental Metal
  • Farm and Ranch

Classroom training is provided on Core Topics of importance to all fence installers. The subjects covered during the week are:

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

Students also are taught and given practice in the delivery of toolbox talks as part of their core training.

All Fence Installation School classes are taught by longstanding industry experts who have extensive knowledge in the discipline being taught. The students are divided into small teams so that each one of them can receive the individual attention they need to learn the basic installation skills in each fence discipline.

When can I attend FIS?

FIS is offered annually at AFA University in the fall. We will post more information as we near the event.

General Information

Hard hats, safety vests and goggles are provided. Students should bring and wear steel toed shoes and protective gloves, and are welcome to bring their own hard hats, vests and safety goggles if they own them and prefer to use their own PPE.

For more information on Fence Installer School, contact Todd Thomas at todd@americanfenceassociation.com, or by phone at 828-291-1579.