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AFA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

THE VALUE OF CERTIFICATIONS
TONY THORNTON
CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
Executive Director

T

The importance of
having a properly
educated, experienced
and dedicated workforce
for the professional
fence company has
never been higher.

he fence and gate operator industry is a
profession but is sometimes looked upon as
just another construction area that lacks the
necessary certifications and accreditations.
How do we as the leading industry
association change this thought process? The
American Fence Association has developed a new
program, Certified Fence Contractor (CFC), over
the past several years which will enhance the professionalism of the fence industry.
This program is designed for companies to be
certified through extensive study and testing in
both business and trade practices of our industry.
A company will have to meet certain standards and
criteria for the opportunity to become a Certified
Fence Contractor.
Business practices will include sales and marketing; estimating and bidding; insurance and legal;
accounting and business; OSHA and safety programs; UL 325 and ASTM F2200.
Trade practices will include nine core modules
of fence fundamentals and five disciplines of fence
installation. The modules include personal safety;
equipment and tools; truck/trailer safety and loading; blueprint reading; site treading and layout;
fence welding introduction; post hole digging;
concrete mixing; post setting and anchoring. The
five disciplines of fence installation include chain
link; ornamental; wood and composite; vinyl and
PVC; farm and ranch.
The importance of having a properly educated,
experienced and dedicated workforce for the professional fence company has never been higher. The
program will enhance credibility of our industry
with architects, engineers, specifiers and even consumers. The CFC will fulfill a need currently unmet
in the industry. The AFA office is often contacted
to confirm the products being specified meet the
ASTM standards for fence materials and products.
Yet, the discussion always turns to "qualified companies" that can meet or exceed the requirements
for the installation. Every specifier that AFA has
introduced the Certified Fence Contractor (CFC)
concept to has been overwhelmingly supportive and
has inquired as to when it will it be ready!

Most professions boast an industry certification
as a way for working professionals to demonstrate
measured skill sets in specialty areas. In electrical, it is the "National Electrical Code" (NEC)
supported by the National Electrical Contractors
Association (NECA); in architecture, it's the
Architect Registration Exam (ARE); in accounting, it's the Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
exam. Why are these credentials relevant? Earned
designations demonstrate a member's ability to
perform a job or task, making them more valuable
to, and coveted by employers and the public.
Credentials ensure the competence of the labor
force as well as compliance to industry standards.
Regulating bodies often require association members to hold trade certifications to uphold the integrity of a given profession.
Why not the fence industry?

VALIDATION OF KNOWLEDGE
AFA recognizes that continual learning is desirable and demonstrates the knowledge and skill set
necessary to fulfill professional responsibilities.
When professionals seek third-party certification,
it not only validates their knowledge, but increases
the likelihood that specifiers and consumers will
recognize and reward these professionals.

INCREASED MARKETABILITY,
REPUTATION, CREDIBILITY, CONFIDENCE
There are many benefits for obtaining certification but the best reasons include enhanced reputation, credibility and confidence. According to the
American Society of Association Executives, 70 percent of its Certified Association Executive (CAE)
program test takers report "enhancing knowledge,"
"improving advancement opportunities" and "evaluating their status in their current position" as motivation for taking the exam. Consumers gain confidence
in the competency and proficiency of professionals
who are both participants in their trade organization
and recipients of industry certifications.
Please join me in supporting our association in
incorporating more professionalism and credibility
to our industry! ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - May/June 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencelines
Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Safety First
Minding Your Business
Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
Safety
Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
CLFMI
The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
New Members
The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
Calendar
FenceSense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover1
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover2
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 3
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 4
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 5
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 9
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 11
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 12
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 14
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 16
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 18
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Fencelines
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 21
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 23
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 24
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 25
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 26
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety First
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 28
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 29
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 30
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 32
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 33
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 35
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 36
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 39
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 40
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 41
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 42
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 44
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 46
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 48
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 50
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 52
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - FenceSense
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 54
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 55
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 56
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 57
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 58
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 59
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 60
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 61
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover3
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover4
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