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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 Gas Specialist
  • NFI Woodburning Specialist
  • NFI Pellet Specialist

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.

NFI History

For 25 years, the independent non-profit Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Education Foundation (HPBEF) has offered certifications for professionals in the hearth industry.

In 2001, the HPBEF formed the National Fireplace Institute® as the national certification agency for the industry. A comprehensive review process was conducted with the help of industry installers, technical experts, and hearth business owners to determine what industry professionals need to know.

As a result of the formal review process, based on national standards for certification agencies, the HPBEF revised and improved both manuals and exams for gas, woodburning, and pellet certifications. The comprehensive certifications are designed to gain recognition by building officials, code officials, and the general public


NFI Certified Gas Specialist
Proven knowledge of gas fireplaces, log sets and stoves as well as their venting systems
NFI Certified Woodburning Specialist
Proven knowledge of factory-built fireplaces, fireplace inserts, woodstoves, and chimneys


NFI Certified Pellet Specialist
Proven knowledge of freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, built-in appliances, and venting systems


NFI Specialists who have earned all three Certifications are recognized as Master Hearth Professionals (MHP). This accomplishment is acknowledged with the MHP logo displayed on their company website and on their NFI identification card.

The National Fireplace Institute® certifications set a high standard for excellence in the industry. The manuals and corresponding exams are comprehensive and serve as an important educational tool for hearth shop personnel, appliance installers and for other professionals involved with the fireplace industry.

NFI cares deeply about safety, quality, and professionalism, and proudly certifies hearth professionals across the country who have decided to raise the bar and become NFI Certified. NFI is fast becoming the standard of choice for a growing number of states and municipalities as the premier requirement for hearth installations.

Don't play with fire - let an NFI certified specialist give you the service and peace of mind you deserve.

Ask an NFI Certified Specialist for help with some of these important decisions:
•Size, type, and features of the appliance
•Selection of proper fuel
•Appropriate size, type, and configuration of your venting system
•Proper materials for heat protection of walls and floors
•Compliance with code requirements and manufacturer's instructions
•Guidelines for operation and maintenance of the hearth and venting system