Education Schedule

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DateSession DetailsTimeCEUsEvent TypeRoom #
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Core Review Class
Mark Jones, Chestnut Hill Chimney and Hearth
This is the official review class for the new First Edition NFI Core Certification exam. The class is based on the official reference manual for the exam, the Core Knowledge Reference Manual, First Edition, published Fall 2018. The class will cover combustion, heat transfer, construction, safety principles, and installation knowledge. This includes regulations and instructions, venting, ventilation, and basic electricity.
8:00 am - 11:00 am3

nfi - Technical
286/287
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Hearth Design Specialist Review Class
Suzanne Turner
The Hearth Design Specialist certification is designed to show consumers that the sales personnel understand the technical information they need to properly plan their installation. Based on the Hearth Design Specialist Reference Manual, First Edition which was published in the fall of 2017, this certification covers the technical knowledge on combustion, heat transfer, safety and venting for woodburning, gas and pellet hearth appliances. Other topics include an introduction to codes, standards and regulations, fuel characteristics, and appliance requirements. All major hearth appliances are covered including fireplaces, gas log sets, fireplace inserts, and free standing stoves.
8:00 am - 3:00 pm6

nfi - Technical
297
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Online Exams
Rick Vlahos, National Fireplace Institute
New in 2020! 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
8:00 am - 5:30 pmNone

NFI
290
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Gas Review Class
Bob Wise, CVC Success Group
This is the official review class for the Sixth Edition NFI Gas Certification exam. The class is based on the official reference manual for the exam, the Gas Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Sixth edition published Fall 2018. The class will cover installation knowledge specific to gas appliances and venting. This includes regulations and instructions, fuel characteristics and delivery, appliance requirements, venting, ventilation, and troubleshooting. All major gas hearth appliances will be covered including fireplaces, gas log sets, inserts, and freestanding stoves. Venting methods such as conventional type B-vent, direct-vent, liner systems, and vent-free will also be covered.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm3

nfi - Technical
286/287
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Pellet Review Class
Mark Jones, Chestnut Hill Chimney and Hearth
This is the official review class for the Sixth Edition NFI Pellet Certification exam. The class is based on the official reference manual for the exam, Pellet Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Sixth Edition, published Fall 2018. The class covers the different approaches to pellet appliance fuel delivery, and venting systems. Planning, installation, and troubleshooting knowledge will also be covered. More specifically, such subjects as appliance components, electrical requirements, vent configurations and assembly, and common causes and solutions for pellet system problems will be discussed.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm3

nfi - Technical
299
Thurs. Mar. 12
NFI Woodburning Review Class
Trent Simmons, Top Hat Chimney Sweeps
This is the official review class for the NFI Woodburning Certification exam. The class is based on the official reference manual for the exam, Woodburning Hearth Systems Reference Manual, Sixth Edition, published Fall of 2018. This class covers both solid-fuel factory-built fireplaces and all types of wood stoves, including freestanding, inserts, and manufactured high-efficiency fireplaces. Installation knowledge specific to wood burning appliances, including installation and planning, solid-fuel appliance regulations and instructions, appliances, venting and ventilation, and troubleshooting are also included.
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm3

nfi - Technical
298
Thurs. Mar. 12
Living Beyond the Walls of Your Home in Your Outdoor Kitchen
Michael Gotowala, The Outdoor Kitchens
Details to come.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm1

Elective
291/292
Thurs. Mar. 12
The Power of the Story: Why Brand Storytelling is the Answer to Your Marketing Needs
Eric Davis, FLM Harvest
Today, marketing is data driven, delivered by faceless algorithms to a consumer’s customized news feed. Yet, 92% of all consumers just want a brand to tell them a story. In a world in which the share of a consumer’s attention is now a premium, how can a small business – or even a large brand – earn their attention? The solution: Brand storytelling – giving a human face and voice to your organization through honest, emotional stories that connect with consumers at the deepest level. This session will show you:
• Practical tips on how your organization can more effectively market to your audience by telling the story of your brand.
• Case studies of effective brand storytelling from organizations large and small.
• How you can weave brand storytelling consistently through PR, email marketing, website, video, online search, social media, online ads, and more.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm1

Elective
293/294
Thurs. Mar. 12
Empire Comfort Manufacturer Specific Training
This session is open only to current Empire dealers.
Rich Dahl & Tim Cummings, Empire Comfort Systems, Inc.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Manufacturer
283/284/285
Thurs. Mar. 12
Until Help Arrives: You Are The Help
Pre-Registration and add'l $19 fee are required. Limited to 30 participants.
Steve Gagnon, Fireplace Showcase
You are the first link in the chain of survival! This session will teach you basic skills to keep people with life-threatening medical emergencies alive until professional help arrives.
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm3

Safety
295/296
Thurs. Mar. 12
Test Taking 101: Tips on Passing Certification Exams
Jill Eicher, HPBA
Details to come.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm1

Elective
291/292
Thurs. Mar. 12
Gas Piping Best Practices
Chris Wolfe, Ray Murray Inc.
This session will provide considerations needed to install gas piping for hearth products. In this session you will learn:
• Different materials used and best options.
• General pipe sizing and charts will be reviewed.
• NFPA# 54 code requirements and how to be compliant.
• Different methods of leak checking and operating tests.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm1

Technical
291/292
Thurs. Mar. 12
Increasing Builder Sales
Sean Rosser, Hearthside Fireplace & Patio
Details to come.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm1

Elective
293/294
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