Educational Info


Coming Soon. Check back in September 2017 for the 2018 HPBExpo preliminary Education Schedule.

The 2017 Expo Education Program’s is being generously sponsored by ICC-RSF. With this financial support, we can offer a wide variety of topics presented by leaders in their field. Please be sure you drop by their exhibit booth #1404 and thank them for their contribution to the education program.

HPBExpo 2017 Education

The 2017 HPBExpo Education Program is developed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF). More than 40 sessions designed to help industry professionals increase sales, improve business efficiency, and strengthen technical competencies. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) abound for those seeking to renew NFI Certifications. Starting Wednesday, March 1st, the day before exhibits open, and concluding Friday, March 3rd, the Education Program consists of sessions in all three CEU categories. Check back soon to see the 2017 Education Schedule.



Technical seminars focus on subjects and skills necessary to successfully install and service hearth products. From simple practical tools for everyday use to advanced troubleshooting techniques, sessions in this track provide important “how-to” and troubleshooting information by some of the industry’s leading experts. Owners, managers and service technicians will learn the technical skills needed, whether they have been in the industry for 20 months or 20 years.



Learn how to make the workplace a safe and healthy environment before an accident happens. Owners and employees benefit from understanding how to create a safe working environment and the importance of finding a balanced approach to protecting employees and businesses from undue liability can also be found in sessions labeled with this icon.



The Elective track contains a variety of classes designed for owners, managers, sales personnel and anyone in your organization that interacts with customers.

  • Business Management seminars designed to provide practical concepts from the functional areas of business (e.g., marketing, finance and capital resources).
  • Sales skills, promotion ideas and marketing strategies for small and large business operations. Robust sales revenues usually go hand-in-hand with a well-developed and implemented marketing plan.
  • Outdoor Living is an exciting segment of the industry that continues to expand. Sessions include barbecue and patio topics and general outdoor room topics.


Manufacturer Specific Training

Back by popular demand! Several industry manufacturers will have two-hour sessions to go over the sales, marketing and technical information you need to know. Each session will be listed on the HPBExpo web site and the Show Program Guide. Please note:

  • An Education Passport is no longer required to attend the manufacturer training sessions.
Some manufacturers will limit attendance to their dealers only.

Education General Information

To attend education sessions, you must purchase an EDUCATION PASSPORT or a Single Session Ticket. To purchase your Education Passport, select Education Passport when registering to attend HPBExpo 2017. Education Passports can also be purchased on site in Atlanta. Single Session Tickets may also be purchased during registration or onsite.

Purchase your Education Passport by December 31, 2016 and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount. The Three-Day Education Passport is $129.00. The One-Day Education Passport is $69.00. After December 31st the Three-Day will cost $149.00. A One-Day will cost $79.00.

Expo 2017 BONUS…purchase a Three-Day Education Passport and you will receive a six-month trial subscription to HE@RTH Online Training valid from April 1 – September 30, 2017. Pre-recorded OnDemand courses are available, including some of the great sessions offered at the HPBExpo. Students can access the OnDemand classes at any time, day or night. Not enough time to finish a session? No problem. Pause the session and come back to it whenever you have the time.

Education Fees
Three-Day Education Passport -Includes 6-month subscription to HE@RTH Online Training
Early Bird Discount Price (Must register before January 1, 2017)$129$194
After January 1, 2017$149$224
One-Day Education Passport
Early Bird Discount Price (Must register before January 1, 2017)$69$104
After January 1, 2017$79$119
Single Session Ticket$30$30
NFI Certification Exam Only$299$439
NFI Certification Package: (Includes manual, exam & review course)$399$594
NFI Certification Renewal or Retest Package: (Includes manual, exam & review course)
(For certified specialists whose certifications expire in 2017 or have failed the NFI exam in the past 12 months)
Questions? Call HPBEF at (703) 524-8030 or email


NFI Certification

The National Fireplace Institute® (NFI) is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF). NFI’s objective is to increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliances and venting systems.

This is your chance to become NFI Certified at the hearth industry’s premier event, with review courses taught by some of the industry’s best experts. Benefits of becoming certified include:

  • Increased employee confidence and retention – fewer complaints and callbacks.
  • A competitive edge over your competition – more customers = more profit!
  • A chance to lower insurance premiums.
  • Respect from building and code officials.
  • Possible recognition by state/local government.
There are now thousands of NFI Certified professionals in the hearth industry. HPBExpo is your chance to add your name to the list.

Three NFI Certifications Available – Gas, Woodburning and Pellet
NFI Certified Gas Specialist

This certification is for professionals who install or plan gas hearth appliance systems. It covers the installation knowledge specific to gas appliances and venting, including regulations and instructions, fuel delivery, appliance requirements, venting and ventilation, and troubleshooting. All major gas hearth appliances (fireplaces, gas log sets, inserts and freestanding stoves) and venting methods (conventional Type B vent, direct vent, liner systems and unvented) are covered. Make sure you study from the 5th Edition Gas Reference Manual.

NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist

This certification covers solid fuel factory-built fireplaces and all types of wood stoves, including freestanding, inserts and manufactured high-efficiency fireplaces. In addition to core knowledge pertaining to woodburning appliances, installation and planning knowledge includes solid-fuel appliance regulations and instructions, appliances, venting and ventilation, and troubleshooting. Make sure you study from the 5th Edition Woodburning Reference Manual.

NFI Certified Pellet Specialist

For professionals who plan and install pellet hearth systems, this certification covers the different approaches to pellet appliance fuel delivery, heat transfer and venting systems. Planning, installation and troubleshooting knowledge covered includes such subjects as appliance components, electrical requirements, vent configurations and assembly, and common causes and solutions for pellet-system problems. Make sure you study from the 5th Edition Pellet Reference Manual.

NFI General Information

How to Participate in the NFI Certification Program at HPBExpo

An NFI Certification package allows the individual access to any one of the scheduled review courses and exams: review courses are offered Wednesday, March 1st and Thursday, March 2nd. Exams are offered Wednesday through Friday. Participants are not required to register for a specific day for review courses or exams. Be sure to register well in advance of HPBExpo to allow study time before attending the review course and taking the exam. Upon registration, the study manual will be sent to the participant via ground shipping service.

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