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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

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.

The NFI Exam is offered at HPBExpo or throughout the year at various NFI Partner events. Registrations for exams are handled by the Expo registration system or through the NFI Partner that will host the exam. When you purchase the exam from the NFI web site, you are registered to take the exam at any of the 500+ PSI/LaserGrade test sites around the country.

New in 2016

There is now a new option. You can choose to take the exam from your home and/or office, or any computer that has web access and a web cam. We have contracted with a company called ProctorU. They will proctor the exam remotely using your web cam. The cost of the exam will be the same as our current packages but there will be a $40.00 surcharge for the remote proctoring.

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