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AFA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

WHY CERTIFICATIONS?
TONY THORNTON
CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
Executive Director

T

he value of certifications was the topic
of my column in the last Fencepost publication but let's turn our attention to
why these certifications are so important! As previously mentioned, the 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.
These certifications include Certified Fence
Professional, Certified Fence Contractor, Certified
Automated Gate Operator Installer, Certified
Automated Gate System Design and more coming.
To those that do gate operator installations and
service, I am sure you are aware of the requirements
of UL 325 and ASTM F2200 standards. Or are you?
Since Jan. 1, 2014, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has
become home and as a fence/gate operator industry
person, I have yet to find a compliant gate operator
system in this area! To my point, I have anxiously
watched the construction of a new apartment complex near my home in McKinney that I pass every
day to and from work. From the design of the main
entry, I could tell some type of gate operator and
controls system were to be installed, and I wondered
if maybe, just maybe, I would see a compliant system being installed. Not the case!
When I witnessed this, my thoughts began to
wander. Does this installer know anything about
the requirements? Do they even care that these
requirements are in place and why these requirements are so important? Well, as anyone who knows
me suspects, I just had to know, so I stopped and
asked the questions and to my point, these installers
absolutely knew nothing about the standards and
how the non-compliant system they were installing
was a huge liability!
I am amazed at how many installing companies
don't know of the standards or have turned a blind
eye and how this affects our industry. And even
more amazing are the companies with "certified"
installers that turn the other way and continue
installing non-compliant systems.

We have a major disconnect from what is
required and what is being done. These standards
are not voluntary any longer as first introduced
many years ago. These standards are published
in the IBC (International Building Code) and are
part of the required construction codes that the
IBC governs.
My point is that we all share in the responsibility of doing the right thing, and I hope you
will support all efforts to educate and bring
attention to this serious lack of responsibility in
our industry.
So why are certifications so important in all
areas of the fence and gate operator industry?
The simple answer is that if you are not prepared,
your company will be behind others in the industry that have made the effort to be ready. Ready
for what you ask? Ready to have every project
inspected by the local code authority that a gate
operator is installed. Along with the operator
inspection comes the fence and gate inspection as
well. Remember these standards are not voluntary,
and the local codes authority will begin these
inspections sooner rather than later. And, it is
not if, but when. A tremendous effort of consumer
awareness and education is being done by associations, manufacturers, distributors and installers
throughout the country to bring this important
message to the forefront.
A profound way to get ahead on your company having these certifications is to attend AFA
University, November 5-10, 2017 in Arlington
Texas. This program provides four different
schools in one week: Sales Training School, Fence
Installation School, Operator Installer School and
Automated System Design School along with the
exams for proper certifications. Please contact the
AFA staff at 1-800-822-4342 for additional information about AFA U!
Please join me in supporting our association in
incorporating more professionalism and credibility
to our industry and doing the right thing when it
comes to required standards! ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover1
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover2
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 3
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 4
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 5
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 6
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 7
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 8
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 9
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 10
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 11
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 12
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 14
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 16
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 21
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 22
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 28
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 31
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 40
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 45
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 46
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 50
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 52
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 53
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 54
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 55
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 56
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 57
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover3
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover4
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert1
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert2
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - outsert3
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