Certified Fence Professional

Jim Marks, owner of Valley Custom Fence, is a Certified Fence Professional from the American Fence Association.

What is a CFP?

The Certified Fence Professional (CFP) designation recognizes individuals who have a good understanding of specifications, product quality and installation techniques that help assure a first-class product for the customer. The program increases awareness of the fence industry and the Fox Valley communities.


Why AFA Contractors?
Best of the Best

The “Gold Standard” of the industry American Fence Association contractors bring more experience to the table, with an average of 22 years in the business. With this longevity in the industry, AFA contractors offer superior technical and installation skills to each of their projects. The AFA logo by a contractor’s name signifies the adherence to the strictest, industry-leading business and ethical practices, standards of honesty and responsibility – as well as having access to over 160 hours of industry-specific educational and training opportunities every year. Contractors with the American Fence Association promise a quality job with high standards, ethics, and professionalism so they can better serve you.


Quality products and installation are top priorities for American Fence Association contractors. Through AFA sponsored events such as FENCETECH, Fence Installation School, Operator Installer School, Certified Installer training programs and many other continuing education courses members learn about the newest products and techniques, giving them the knowledge they need to provide superior service. The AFA recommends that you insist upon:

  1. Product Samples
  2. Written contracts
  3. Certificates of insurance
  4. References
  5. An AFA contractor

Certification & Accreditation

The American Fence Association has developed rigorous certification programs for fence professionals to become certified within their industry. When looking for a professional to quote your job, look for the AFA logo and a designation of CFP (Certified Fence Professional), CAGOI (Certified Automatic Gate Operator Installer), CI (Certified Installer) or Blue Ribbon Contractor next to their name.

Website:  http://www.americanfenceassociation.com/