The National Fireplace Institute® (NFI) is the professional
certification division of the HPB Education Foundation, 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 appliance and venting systems. NFI, established
in 2002, certifies planners and installers in three hearth product
categories based upon 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.
IS THERE A NEED FOR FIREPLACE/HEARTH INSTALLER CREDENTIALS?
In two words: public safety. Hearth products, because they involve
flame, heat and venting of combustion products, require specialized
knowledge for planning and installing. The NFI exams are the only
exams that test the knowledge needed to properly plan and install
hearth products and their venting systems.
IS NFI RECOGNIZED?
NFI Certification is already recognized as the basis for a specialty
license to install hearth products in a number of state, county
and municipal jurisdictions, including the State of Rhode Island,
Newcastle County, DE, the City of Lawrence, KS,
the City of Lincoln, NE, the city of Salina, KS,
and Pitkin County, CO.
DOES NFI CERTIFICATION MEAN?
NFI Certification identifies those individuals who have passed an
exam based on the knowledge needed to properly plan and install
hearth products and their venting systems. Certification is regarded
as an excellent indication of professional training and commitment.
CERTIFY? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Building officials prefer to work with certified contractors who
have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence. Manufacturers
prefer qualified installers because they know their products are
more likely to be installed correctly. Consumers feel more confident
hiring certified specialists because of their experience and knowledge.
NFI provides certified specialists with tools to identify and promote
themselves, such as wallet ID cards, patches, and decals. NFI Certified
Specialists are also listed at www.nficertified.org.