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.

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.

All NFI Exam packages now include access to the online version of the review class. You can access the online review any time prior to Expo to better prepare for the exam. Once you have registered, you will receive an email on how to access the online review (please allow 3 business days to receive access information). Then, once onsite in Louisville, take the live review class that will be presented by one of the industry’s top instructors to answer any last minute questions you may have before taking the exam.


How to Participate in the NFI Certification Program at HPBExpo

Call the NFI office at 703-524-8030 if you have any questions or email To register for NFI exams, go to: and select HPBExpo for the exam location during checkout.

An NFI Certification package allows the individual access to any one of the scheduled review courses and exams: review courses are offered Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th.

Online exams are now available at HPBExpo! You can take the exam when it is convenient for you.

  • Exams are available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • There are 10 computers available for each time slot.  Register early to get your preferred day and time.
  • Exams are graded as soon as the exam is submitted.
  • For complete details, contact the NFI Office at (703) 524-8030.

Participants are not required to register for a specific day for review courses. 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 USPS Priority Mail.


Four NFI Certifications Available – Gas, Woodburning, Pellet and Hearth Design Specialist

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. Be sure to study from the Sixth 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. Be sure to study from the Sixth 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. Be sure to study from the Sixth Edition Pellet Reference Manual.

NFI Certified Hearth Design Specialist

Many of the major product and installation decisions are made during the sales process. This new certification is designed so sales personnel have the technical knowledge they need to guide their customers through the decision making process. Topics include the basic theory of combustion, draft, product choices, safety considerations, applicable codes & standards, venting and the basic principles of woodburning, gas and pellet appliances. Be sure to study from the First Edition Hearth Design Specialist Reference Manual.

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