Fence Installation School

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Wood Defender


Fence Armor

Jamieson Fence Supply

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.

What the School Covers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – 12:15 PM   FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch,
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1:00 PM – 5:00 PM On-Site Check-In,
Grand Foyer
FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class FIS Class
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception,
Capitol Foyer

Dinner (-8:30 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 Installation School (FIS) $2,349 $3,149 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.


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