Education Schedule

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DateSession DetailsTimeCEUsEvent TypeRoom #
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Core Review Class
Rich Sedgwick, R & D Cross of Upper Marlboro, Inc.
This is the official review class for the new 1st 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 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.3

nfi - Technical
C142
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Hearth Design Specialist Review Class
Suzanne Turner, Rommel Hearth and Outdoor
The Hearth Design Specialist certification is designed to show consumers that the sales personnel knows 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 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.6

nfi - Technical
C143
Thurs. Mar. 14
Memphis Grills Manufacturer Specific Training
Sharla Wagy, Memphis Grills
Description to come.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.C155
Thurs. Mar. 14
Mendota Manufacturer Specific Training Session 1
This session is open only to current Mendota dealers.
Bob Maiwald, Mendota
Description to come.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.2

Technical
C156
Thurs. Mar. 14
Catalysts for Gas Appliances: A New Take on a Proven Technology
Scott Plageman, Applied Ceramics
Description to come.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.1

Technical
C154
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Gas Review Class
Larry Grogan, LCG Enterprises
This is the official review class for the 6th 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 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.3

nfi - Technical
C142
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Pellet Review Class
Rich Sedgwick, R & D Cross of Upper Marlboro, Inc.
This is the official review class for the 6th 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.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.3

nfi - Technical
C141
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Woodburning Review Class
Bob Wise, CVC Coaching
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 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.3

nfi - Technical
C140
Thurs. Mar. 14
Understanding Gas Pressure
Jim Brewer, Magic Sweep Corporation
This course is intended to help students understand gas pressure in Natural Gas and Propane systems. We will discuss these topics: Units of measure for gas, how to measure gas pressure, natural gas delivery & pressure, gas regulators, regulator venting, gas pressure drop, regulator capacity and installation, LP system pressure, pressure in LP tanks, LP vaporization rates, single & 2 stage LP systems, and LP tank placement.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.1

Technical
C154
Thurs. Mar. 14
Empire Comfort Manufacturer Specific Training
This session is open only to current Empire dealers.
Rich Dahl & Tim Cummings, Empire Comfort Systems, Inc.
Description to come.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.C156
Thurs. Mar. 14
Green House Gas Impact: It's Better Than You Thought
John Crouch, HPBA
Description coming soon.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.1

Technical
C154
Thurs. Mar. 14
Your Company Safety Plan
Jim Brewer, Magic Sweep Corporation
In this course, we will discuss the required parts of a Company Safety Plan and why it is important. We will also discuss how an employee fatality effects your business and dealing with OSHA investigations. Topics covered include: Job Hazard Analysis, Recordkeeping & Reporting, Personal Protective Equipment, Respirator Program, Hazard Communication, Driver Safety, Silica Exposure, Confined Spaces, Scaffolding, Fall Protection, Ladders, Aerial Work Platforms, Forklifts, Lockout/Tagout and the OSHA General Duty Clause.
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.1.5

Safety
C154
Thurs. Mar. 14
NFI Exam
Rich Vlahos, National Fireplace Institute
Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. The exam will start promptly at 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

NFI
C142
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