Deck & Railing University Sets the Standard in Safe and Professional Deck Building

Deck & Railing University offered at FENCETECH '11

Online PR News – 23-December-2010 – – Glen Ellyn, IL, – Learning best practices, improving installation techniques, and building code-compliant deck installation are the guiding principles of Deck & Railing University. Held in conjunction with FENCETECH/DECKTECH’11, this powerful one-day course is aimed at deck builders looking to gain more knowledge of safe and professional deck building, fence contractors who want to add deck building to their business and code and building officials who want to learn the latest deck and railing standards and best practices.. Deck & Railing University will be held February 7, 2011, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV and is sponsored by the Vinyl Fence, Deck and Railing Manufacturers Association (VFDRMA), a division of the American Fence Association (AFA).

Building safe decks is a serious issue. Each year, there are 500,000 to 800,000 decks built in the US, and every year hundreds of people are injured as a result of faulty deck and railing construction. In fact, nearly 200 people have died as a result of a deck or rail collapse in the last ten years, most of which were caused by defective construction methods, unsuitable or substandard materials and lack of maintenance.

At Deck & Railing University, fence and deck professionals will learn to build safe, code-compliant deck and railing installations. Deck & Railing University sets the standard in construction quality because it teaches participants about new deck and railing building materials and products, as well as the latest information with regard to building codes and proper installation practices.

Topics include: material options, rating and performance; DCA6, prescriptive guidelines for residential deck construction; ICC & building code requirements; safety assurance – up-to-date product and code requirements; substructure installations; ledger and post connection; liability information, risk assessment and compliance and hands-on training. In addition, school quality is being assured through the work of The Learning Studio, a training consulting firm that is creating the formal training curriculum and coordinating the school.

Register at or call AFA/VFDRMA at 800-822-4342 or 630-942-6598. The application deadline for the school is January 12, 2011. Registrants should sign up early to secure a space and receive special rates. For members of AFA, VFDRMA, and NADRA who register before January 12, 2011 the cost is $795. Non-members pay $895. After January 12, registration for members and non-members is $895.

VFDRMA member companies will receive a rebate of $100 per employee attending. Any company registering additional employees will receive a rebate of $100 per additional employee attending. Rebates will be issued after the school is conducted. Registration includes: 1 full day of intensive training (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM); classroom instruction; hands-on installation lab, and expert instructors. Registration fee does not include hotel, meals or airfare.

All students will automatically receive a three-day pass to the exhibit floor at FENCETECH/DECKTECH’11. Educational opportunities include but are not limited to: seminars on the principles of deck safety, liability and risk assessment of deck failures, the PVC outlook and trends in the industry, and more. In addition, attendees will see deck demos on the show floor each day, including board bending, finishing flourishes, building with curves, and design and layout.

FENCETECH/DECKTECH’11, the 49th annual convention and trade exhibition of the American Fence Association, will feature over 100,000 sq. ft. of innovative fence, deck, railing, access control and security products and live demonstrations. As the industry’s premiere marketplace showcasing the latest products, applications and techniques, FENCETECH will provide a gateway to success through education, certification, demonstration and information. Attendees can focus on relationship building with suppliers and contractors and achieve success though industry-specific seminars. For more information about FENCETECH/DECKTECH’11, or to register, visit

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