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May 20, 2021   
Upcoming Events

Event Dates: February 15-18, 2022                           

Exhibit Dates: February 16-18, 2022

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t miss this opportunity! 75% of the show floor is already sold! Elevate your brand through sponsorship or connect with over 4,000 attendees with an exhibit booth.

Exhibit Booth Pricing
$23 per square foot (AFA members)
$26 per square foot (AFA Nonmembers)
View Floor Plan here: FTMf 2022 Floor Plan

To exhibit at FENCETECH please email, call 800-822-4342 or go to for more information.

DoorKing, Inc.

Register for AFA University On The Road in Waverly, Nebraska, June 9-11!

Sign up for Fence Installation School or Gate Automation Designer School.


Hear from AFA's Executive Director Tony Thornton about what to expect from AFA University On The Road in Waverly!

Fence Installation School (FIS) 

Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021

On The Road FIS in Waverly, NE will cover these two fence disciplines:
• Chain Link
• Ornamental Metal


BRAND NEW ONE-DAY CLASS: Chain Link Gate Fabrication and Welding Class
Waverly, Nebraska // June 9, 2021

This one-day class supports professional installers and welding shop personnel, and teaches best practices for proper cutting, notching and fitting requirements for residential and commercial gate fabrication.


Thank you, sponsors!

  • Controlled Products Systems Group
  • Wood Defender Fence & Deck Stains
  • Homeland Vinyl Products Inc.
  • Wheatland Tube
  • EZG Manufacturing
  • mySalesman
  • D&D Technologies
  • LiftMaster

Interested in becoming a sponsor for FIS? Click here to see our available sponsorship opportunities.

LokkLatch® 3 Plus Dual Lockable Gate Latch
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.®
The LokkLatch® 3 Plus key-lockable privacy and security gate latch features a contemporary design and interconnected locks provide locking and unlocking from both sides of the gate. Quickest and easiest through post installation of any product on the market.  Revolutionary installation process features a ball and joint connector rod that snaps firmly into place. Adjustable for perfect installations.  For residential or light commercial applications on any square post gate material: vinyl, wood, or metal.
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Gate Automation Designer School (GADS)
Waverly, Nebraska // June 10-11, 2021

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.



Thank you, sponsors!

  • Controlled Products Systems Group
  • EMX Industries, Inc.
  • Southwest Automated Security
  • LiftMaster
  • SOS

Interested in becoming a sponsor for GADS? Click here to see our available sponsorship opportunities.

Can I Earn a Certification?

The Accreditation and Certification Institute will offer certification testing in person at the conclusion of each school. Certifications are independent from the schools and require a separate application. Applications for the Certified Gate Automation Designer, Certified Gate Automation Technician, and Certified Fence Contractor programs can be downloaded at and submitted to For questions about certifications or testing, please contact Sara Surprenant ( or 734-635-8184).

Nortek Security & Control, LLC
Association News

At the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors held in Dallas, Texas, the Certified Fence Professional Program was discussed in detail and the Board determined that the program’s designation will become a Certificate Program.

Effective immediately, all Certified Fence Professionals will maintain their existing designation with no renewal requirements. In 2022, AFA will be rolling out an updated certificate program with a new name that will cover the ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products. If you are a CFP in good standing, you will be grandfathered in.

The program will no longer require a renewal fee or Continued Education Credits (CEU) to maintain the designation. Please continue to use the CFP Pin, stamp and signature line as desired.

The following categories of people are affected:

1. Current Certified Fence Professionals ‐ no action is required. You are no longer required to pay a renewal fee or submit continuing education credits and your designation will not expire. If you would like an updated certificate, you may print one at any time through the AFA Member Portal.

2. Lapsed Certified Fence Professionals ‐ AFA is offering one final opportunity to renew the CFP credential. The cost is $50 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Continuing education is no longer required. The deadline to submit your renewal fee is July 31, 2021.

If no payment is received, the CFP designation will be lost and there will be no opportunity to recover the designation. Lapsed CFPs may sign up for the new program in 2022 to earn the new certificate.

3. NEW Certified Fence Professional Applicants ‐ any new applications that have been received through May 31, 2021 will be processed. A link to an online exam will be sent to you to take at your convenience and you will be granted CFP status (with no renewal due) once you pass the exam.

For further information, please contact the American Fence Association via email at or call 1‐800‐822‐4342.

LiftMaster’s Smart Video Intercom, See. Know. Secure
LiftMaster’s unrivaled combination of reliable hardware and myQ technology empowers property managers to conveniently manage all entrances on a single dashboard from anywhere. Easy-to-use app features enable residents to freely move around their community and securely grant visitors access from their smartphone. Our line of video intercom’s monitoring capabilities provide enhanced security and help streamline guest management for residents. Seeing is believing.

Learn More
International Gate Devices
Rhino Tool Company
Member News



Take a look at one of our top-read features from the March/April issue of Fencepost (a members-only benefit), featuring AFA-member companies who share their challenges, achievements and innovative strategies for successful company branding.

Read the article here.

Do you have a story or topic you think the AFA community would enjoy? Email and tell us about it!

Unlike Any Other: Oasis Composite Fencing
Fortress Fence Products
Meet Oasis: a composite fencing solution that elevates your residential build with enhanced performance. Equipped with Eva-Tech™ technology, Oasis offers superior weather resistance without the maintenance of traditional wood. Meaning no painting. No staining. Ever. With Oasis, you can be confident that your customer’s fence will look as beautiful as the day you installed it.

Discover our carefree fencing
New Member Savings Program Partners

Synchrony Financial
Join 53 other AFA Members who have used Synchrony Financing to close more than $24 Million in sales. 
And.… receive a $300 Visa® Prepaid Card by mail when you enroll in the Savings4Members - AFA financing program, complete new dealer training and submit three new credit applications by 05/31/21!
It’s more convenient than ever to offer Synchrony’s consumer financing solution with features like customizable promotional offerings, contactless capabilities, helpful tools and support, competitive pricing and more.
Hurry and register with Synchrony today to get started and receive your $300 Visa Pre Paid Card.
Alliant Insurance

Alliant Insurance is your one-stop-shop for employee benefits. Alliant has saved members significant money on both their business insurance needs and their 401K administrative costs through our Multi Association Volume Programs.
Call and find out how Alliant can assist you with top rated employee benefit programs and ensure your business is properly insured – at our preferred group rates.
Business Insurance

Get a consultive review of your policy to ensure you are covered properly. Alliants’ Andy Stergiou understands the unique needs of our industry.
Coverages include: general liability, workers’ compensation, commercial auto, property/inland marine, Umbrella, and employment practices liability.
Contact Andrew Stergiou at 347-330-7793 or

Jewett-Cameron Company
LP Building Products
Welcome New Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
The only gate you’ll ever need!
Jewett-Cameron Company®
Adjust-A-Gate is the original, no-sag, adjustable-width gate that started it all! Available for all heights and expandable from 34” to 96” wide, Adjust-A-Gate is the ultimate reliable and versatile gate frame system. Compatible with wood and composite boards and featuring a powder-coated steel frame, Adjust-A-Gate is the premium lifelong gate frame system. 
Ask about our new Adjsut-A-Gate pro
Thank You Renewing Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership or celebrated membership anniversaries with the association. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!
Wheatland Tube
Mechanical Access Control & Perimeter Security Products
LockeyUSA offers high-quality perimeter security and gate hardware products for a range of commercial and residential applications. Whether you need to limit access to an area with a mechanical keyless lock, ensure a gate closes gently every time with a hydraulic gate closer, or guarantee safe and free egress with a gate panic exit, LockeyUSA has you covered. LockeyUSA products are made to last and easy to install.
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