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Idaho Stove Works encourages you to verify our certification anytime you'd like!

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.

History of NFI

NFI Certified


One of the base ways it identify a competent specialist is the 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 the fundamentals of proper installation receive NFI Specialist Certification.  MFI Specialists who have earned all three Certifications are recognized as Master Hearth Professionals (MHP).  This accomplishment is acknowledged with the MHP logo being displayed on the NFI website and their NFI identification card.