Certified Fence Professional (CFP)
The CFP designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality and improving standards within the fence industry.
The American Fence Association has developed a rigorous certification program for fence professionals to become certified within their industry. A Certified Fence Professional (CFP) must meet a stringent set of requirements:
- Supplying a personal history of service to the fence industry prior to sitting for the examination.
- Successfully completing a comprehensive four-hour examination, which is administered periodically throughout the year, including at the annual FenceTech®.
- Sign an affidavit and a commitment to the American Fence Association, as well as be subjected to a peer review process.
A CFP must also re-certify every three years by completing the mandatory continuing education requirement, as well as submitting a re-certification application.
Certified Automatic Gate System Designer (CAGSD)
This certification is designed to validate exceptional expertise rather than just fundamental knowledge for a sales/system designer needing to design a gate system. It covers gate types, gate operators, ground loops, access controls, gate operating system layout and design. Most importantly, it covers the requirements for a gate system with both the UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards.
One of the main goals for this program is to train the designers of the gate systems about what standards are required for installing a safe entry gate system and how various types of gates and accessories can work in different applications.
This is a two day class which is taught at the American Fence Association field school prior to the opening of Fence Tech. This certification program, unlike the gate operator certification, is a hands-on class which requires massive numbers of gate operators and fixtures required for the gate installer program at the field school.
Certified Automatic Gate Operator Installer (CAGOI)
This certification program is to promote the safety awareness and professionalism of the gate operator installer and is a nationally recognized certification, sponsored by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA). Eligibility for the certification includes candidates who have:
- Completed a self-study guide, which teaches various aspects of automated gate operator systems.
- Successfully passed a written examination based on the information provided by the self-study guide.
- Worked two or more years in installing and servicing automated gate operator systems. (Please note that if you have less than the two-year requirement of work experience, you may still complete the first two steps, and will be awarded with certification once the two-year requirement is met.)
Once all three steps are successfully completed, the candidate will be nationally certified.
Re-certification takes place every three years. Candidates must maintain certification by resubmitting an application and maintaining the proper amount of educational credits.