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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

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How to become 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 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

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

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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

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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

For fencing on construction sites or on Highways Agency contracts, you'll need a Fencing Industry Skills Scheme/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS) card.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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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 gates

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

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Career path and progression

You could:

  • become a lead installer or foreperson
  • move into contract management or fencing sales
  • set up your own business

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Fence installer right now.

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Courses In England

Award in Construction Skills

  • Provider: Mary Hare School
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Newbury

Construction Skills Level 1

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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