the general public

A fireplace or stove can add beauty, warmth and value to your home and set the mood for memorable gatherings of family and friends. But choosing and installing a hearth system without adequate expertise is like playing with fire. That is why our industry is making quality training and credentials its mission.

Planning and installing fireplaces, stoves and their venting systems requires experience, technical knowledge and skill. Numerous decisions — from proper floor protection to appliance sizing and placement to venting system compatibility and height-should all be made with the expertise of a specialist.

One of the ways to identify a competent specialist is to check their credentials. The National Fireplace Institute®, an independent, non-profit certification agency, has created the standard for certification in the hearth industry. Only those who pass a rigorous examination covering fundamentals of proper installation receive NFI Specialist Certification.

industry professionals

The National Fireplace Institute® is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF), a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. 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.

NFI certifies planners and installers in three hearth product categories based on fuel type:

NFI also recognizes individuals who have successfully gained all three NFI Certifications as Master Hearth Professionals. These individuals have reached the highest level of certification in the hearth industry.

CONTINUEING EDUCATION

HPBEF promotes safety, understanding, and responsibility in all facets of hearth, patio and barbecue products through professional training and consumer education. The Foundation supports the industries by providing solid business strategies, technical training, and educational products and programs that capture best industry practices and encourage professional achievement, certification and continuing education.

The Foundation also manages the National Fireplace Institute® (NFI) Certification Program. NFI is the professional certification division of HPBEF. NFI’s objective is to increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliance and their venting systems.

HPBEF is governed by a Board of Governors that includes representatives from the hearth, patio and barbecue industries, the public safety, and allied service community.