NFI Certification & Exam Schedule

The National Fireplace Institute® 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.

HPBExpo is your opportunity to become NFI Certified

There are now over 3,000 NFI Certified professionals in the hearth industry. The HPBExpo 2013 is a great opportunity to add your name to the list. What NFI Certification can mean for your business:

  • Increased employee confidence and retention – fewer complaints and callbacks
  • A competitive edge over your competition – more customers = more profit
  • The opportunity to lower insurance premiums
  • Respect from building and code officials
  • Possible recognition by state/local government

How to Participate in the NFI Certification Program

You must purchase an NFl Certification package for each person you register. An NFl Certification package allows the individual access to one of the scheduled review courses and exams. Once registered, the study manual will be sent to the participant. Candidates for the NFl Certification review courses are strongly advised to study well in advance. For more information or to schedule special accommodations, please call NFl at (703) 524-8030. All special accommodations must be arranged prior to HPBExpo. You must be present at the published exam time. If you are not present, you will forfeit your opportunity to take the exam during that sitting. Candidates are allowed only one exam per exam offering.

Three NFI Certification Categories – Gas, Woodburning and Pellet

NFI Certified Gas Specialist

This certification is for professionals who install or plan gas hearth appliance systems, and 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; including conventional Type B vent, direct vent, liner systems, and vent-free are covered.

NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist

This certification covers both 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.

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 are covered and include subjects such as appliance components, electrical requirements, vent configurations and assembly, and common causes and solutions for pellet system problems.

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