Operator Installer School

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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, employee and other authorized individuals to easily enter and leave the property without delay.

However, automated vehicular gates are not for amateurs or Do-It-Yourself hobbyists. These systems are the job of professionals from the initial design of the gate to its final installation. The hazards associated with improperly designed automated vehicular gate systems can be deadly, and knowing the safety standards that exist to protect end users, pedestrians, children and others who may come into the contact with the gate is critically important to the gate operator installer.

This school has produced hundreds of trained, professional and certified gate operator installers. It is recognized as the premier school for training individuals to safely and professionally install automated vehicular gate operators.

What is covered in Operator Installer School:

  • UL 325 standard for gate operators
  • ASTM F2200 safe gate design standard
  • A Professional Approach to Safety
  • Types of Gate Operators
  • Gate Operator Basics
  • Gate Operator Accessories
  • Gate Operator Installation
  • Electricity Basics/Testing
  • Timers and Vehicle Detectors
  • Telephone Entry and Access Control

Operator Installer School is taught by the industry’s top experts. The instructors have centuries of experience among them and are skilled not only in installation of gate operators, but also in training and education on the products. Students are provided a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training. The students are divided into small teams enabling the instructors to provide each individual the attention they need in order to complete this school with the knowledge and capability to install a variety of types of gate operators.

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

An optional certification exam is offered at the close of the school week for those who wish to earn the Automated Gate Operator Installer Certification designation. This certification is administered by the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation and involves a separate registration and fee. To learn more about this certification, and to register, please visit www.dooreducation.com.

General Information:

Students should dress comfortably, with no loose long sleeves that could get caught in the gate operator equipment with which they will be working. Each student should bring safety rated glasses for eye protection.

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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   OIS Class OIS Class OIS Class OIS Class OIS Class
12:15 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
OIS Class OIS Class OIS Class OIS Class CAGOI Review
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)
Operator Installer School (OIS) $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.


OIS 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 Operator Installer School, contact Todd Thomas at todd@americanfenceassociation.com, or by phone at 828-291-1579.