The American Fence Association has been serving the fence industry since 1962. The AFA was just a dream for a group of progressive members of the fence industry in October of 1962 and was initially organized as the International Fence Industry Association (IFIA). Starting with just 22 members, the association had close to 600 members just 11 years following its inception. As it continued to grow, Field Training School (now known as Fence Installation School) was developed in 1978 with the Certified Fence Professional Certification to follow in 1987. In the late ’80s, IFIA revamped its publications, creating the professional Fencepost magazine. IFIA transitioned the name to American Fence Association in 1993.
Since its inception in 1962, the AFA has grown to represent the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry for the latest developments, tools, materials, standards, trends and discounts in the fence industry.
AFA now serves more than 1,400 member companies with 19 chapters across the United States. AFA’s membership also extends to more than 18 foreign countries. By offering education and certification programs and providing networking opportunities, AFA is ensuring that its members have a competitive edge among their industry peers. AFA now offers 6 schools for education opportunities: Fence Installation School, Gate Automation Designer School, Gate Automation Technician School, Sales Training School, Fence Contractor Business School and Operations Manager School.
The American Fence Association benefits fence industry professionals and consumers by promoting the highest levels of professionalism, ethics, and through the education and certification of its members.
Service on the AFA Board of Directors or an AFA committee will help you grow personally and professionally, develop skills, gain irreplaceable experience, and provide an opportunity to drive and influence the decisions of our organization and shape governmental policies that affect the livelihoods of AFA members and their customers.