Fence Installer

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Professional Services

What you will do:

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can start by doing a college course. In the UK, for example, courses include:

  • Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
  • 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.


You can do a fencing installer intermediate apprenticeship.

Direct Application

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

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work as a contractor/be self-employed away from home.

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 & Progression:

You could:

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