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Fence installer

Alternative titles for this job include Fencer, fencing worker

Fence installers put up and repair fences, gates and other barriers.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed away from home

How to become

How to become a fence installer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can start by doing a college course, for example:

  • Level 1 Award in Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
  • T level for Fence Installers

This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. You could then look for a trainee position with a fencing company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

More Information


You can do a fencing installer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you have some experience in a practical job like landscape gardening or construction.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness

You'll need a Fencing Industry Skills Scheme/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS) card before you can work on construction sites or Highways Agency contracts.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • remove old fencing
  • read fence drawings and plans
  • measure and lay out new fence lines
  • level the ground where fencing is going to go
  • use hand tools or mechanical diggers to dig post holes
  • position wooden, concrete or metal posts, and fix them to a base
  • cut panels to size and fix them to the posts
  • apply finishes like paint, staining and weatherproofing
  • repair fences and gate systems

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, in the countryside or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

You could become a lead installer or foreperson, or move into contract management or fencing sales.

You could also set up your own business.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England


  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Dunstable

Diploma in Construction Skills

  • Start date: 01 September 2021

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