Gate Automation Designer School

Gate Automation Designer School (GADS) – 100% Online for November 2020

Get ready for an all new online learning experience as we bring AFA University to you this fall. Gate Automation Designer School (GADS) formerly known as Automated Gate Systems Designer School (AGSD) will now be offered online as part of AFA University 2020, so that you can both stay safe and boost your career from the comfort of your home.

Automated gates are a popular form of convenience and security for homeowners, businesses and property managers throughout the United States. Especially today, with an elevated concern for safety and security, many seek the added protection of limiting access to property while enabling residents, employees and other authorized individuals to easily enter and leave the property without delay.

This school is for individuals who design automated vehicular gate systems for either residential or commercial customers. It is also recommended for sales professionals in the automated gate industry.

This School Covers the Following:

Anyone who designs automated vehicular gates is encouraged to attend this two-day school, which covers:

  • UL 325 for automated gate systems
  • ASTM F2200 and an Introduction to M.U.T.C.D. – Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Types of Gates
  • Types of Gate Operators
  • Introduction to Electrical Wiring
  • Access Control Devices
  • Vehicular Detection Systems
  • Failure Options
  • High Security Applications
  • Site Considerations

Certification Option:

At the conclusion of this school, attendees have the optional opportunity to sit for the Certified Gate Automation Designer (CGAD) certification examination administered by the Accreditation & Certification Institute (ACI). This requires a separate registration and fee. This application is available at

When can I attend GADS?

Gate Automation Designer School will be offered online in November 2020.

Class will meet over the following schedule:

3 days in November Meets daily at
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Eastern Time: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Central Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Mountain Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Pacific Time: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Class will have a 30 minute break each day, so be sure to bring your lunch with you.

What will I need?

This year, AFA U is being brought to you online. As a result, you might need a few additional items in order to have the best experience. Please see these items listed below:

1.) You will be able to access the virtual schools via tablet or mobile device, but in order to ensure the best experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer.

2.) You will need to ensure you have a Google Chrome or Firefox web browser for easy access.

3.) Be sure to have materials handy in order to take notes as we will be providing a wealth of valuable information.

4.) Class will have a 30 minute break each day, so be sure to bring your lunch with you.

5.) Please register by November 9 in order to receive your course package via mail.

Please be on the lookout for any additional requirements or recommendations as we will be providing information periodically as we get closer to school starting.

How much does it cost?

AFA offers both Member and Non-Member pricing for AFA University.

  Member Non-Member
through November 9, 2020
after November 9, 2020
through November 9, 2020
after November 9, 2020
Gate Automation Designer School

$400 $450 $550 $600

General Information:

For more information on Gate Automation Designer School, email

Registration is open

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