Certified Fence Contractor

The Certified Fence Contractor (CFC) designation recognizes individuals at quality, professional fence companies who have earned the seal of approval from the nation’s top industry credentialing organization. This certification is ideal for owners, upper-level management, and next-generation owners of fence contracting businesses to prove their mastery of best business practices, inspire customer confidence, and take their companies to the highest level of success.

Application

Fee: $750

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Renewal

Fee: $250

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FAQs

Q. Does the CFC program cover general fence installation skills?

A. The CFC program focuses on the aspects of running a fence contracting business, not installing fences. It is assumed CFC candidates have experience installing fences. Study guides that cover basic fence installation practices, as well as specific fence disciplines, are included in the CFC study materials for reference and candidates must pass two online prequalifying exams covering these topics before they can sit for the business exams.

Q. What kind of continuing education credits are valid for my CFC recertification?

A. Any courses that relate to fence, access control, or business topics are eligible.

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Eligibility Requirements

CFC eligibility requires one of the following combinations of education and fence industry experience: 

*If you have fewer than ten years of experience in the fence industry, regardless of education level completed, you must attend the American Fence Association’s Fence Contractor Business School.

You must also provide three letters of recommendation that attest to your qualifications, personal integrity, and general reputation for professionalism. The letters may be written by individuals within or outside the fence industry, but cannot be immediate family members, unless the applicant is an employee in a family business, in which case, only one letter from a family member is permitted. Coworkers, generally, are not eligible to submit a letter of recommendation. However, letters from customers are eligible. 

Topics Covered

Study materials are sent electronically following application approval.

Testing

There are two phases to CFC testing – two pre-qualifying fence installation exams and six business exams.

There are two pre-qualifying exams that cover core fence installation topics and specific fence disciplines. These two exams cover information that you will generally know as an active fence contractor. You must take these two pre-qualifying exams before sitting for your business exams. Once your application is approved, you will receive an emailed link to the two pre-qualifying exams, which you may take at any time.

The six business exams are only offered in-person at ACI testing events. Each exam corresponds to one of the sections of the study guide and each exam is approximately 50 questions. You will have four hours to take all six exams. It is not an open-book test. All test questions are developed directly from the program study materials; no other resources are used.

If you do not pass one or more of the business exams, you will only need to retake those specific exams you did not pass.

For more information on the testing process, please click here.

Once you have submitted all application materials, passed the exams and received your official notification that you have earned your CFC designation, you are entitled to advertise yourself as a Certified Fence Contractor. Once certified, you may use the designation, its acronym and its logo on your business cards, sales proposals, and other materials normally used in the sales and marketing process.

The designation belongs to you, and it is not owned by your business or employer. Should you leave your current company, your certification will go with you. If you do change jobs or otherwise change your contact information, please contact ACI to update your records.

Recertification

The Certified Fence Contractor designation is valid for three years from issuance of the credential.

Renewal Requirements

Earn 15 hours of fence and/or business-related continuing education in the three year period prior to renewal 

 Continuing education will be reported as part of the renewal application and must include the following: 

Criteria for continuing education programming is subject to change per the ACI Accreditation and Certification Board. 

If the renewal requirements are not met, you must reapply for the CFC program and retake the certification exam to reactivate your CFC credential.  Once certification is earned again, your certification issue date will change accordingly. 

FAQs

Q. Does the CFC program cover general fence installation skills?

A. The CFC program focuses on the aspects of running a fence contracting business, not installing fences. It is assumed CFC candidates have experience installing fences. Study guides that cover basic fence installation practices, as well as specific fence disciplines, are included in the CFC study materials for reference and candidates must pass two online prequalifying exams covering these topics before they can sit for the business exams.

Q. What kind of continuing education credits are valid for my CFC recertification?

A. Any courses that relate to fence, access control, or business topics are eligible.

General ACI FAQs

About the Accreditation & Certification Institute

Providing credentialing services to the fence, deck, rail, automated vehicular gates, and access control industries.

The Accreditation & Certification Institute advances professionalism, consumer and safety awareness in these industries by offering certification and accreditation programs.

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