Why the CCS Credential is the Industry Standard

A Important Note About Chimney Sweeping Certifications:

Certification is a tricky thing, particularly in an unlicensed (or mostly unlicensed) industry, as nearly anyone can craft a list of job-related questions to package and sell as an “exam” to “certify” those who pass, maybe even providing a fancy certificate and ID badge as added value. It’s actually not a very complicated process, but it does make things more complicated for consumers.

On one hand, having multiple certification providers with different sets of requirements and standards makes “certification” more attainable for those working in the industry, but it potentially does so at the expense of alienating consumers who are then forced to either do the necessary homework to differentiate one certification from another in a field they likely know little to nothing about or make an ill-informed hiring decision.

While we definitely value competition, we strive to balance that with our commitment to educating and protecting consumers.

What makes the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential the industry standard?

Non-Profit Status
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization governed by volunteer industry professionals and technical experts across the country.

Code of Ethics
In addition to passing a rigorous examination, each person wishing to hold a CSIA certification must also agree to abide by a stringent code of ethics. We feel this is critical to protecting homeowners from potential scams. If a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep is found to be in violation, their certification may be revoked.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) meets the highest of educational standards and is regulated by the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, Office for Career and Technical Schools.

The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) credential was established in 1983 as a method for homeowners to measure a chimney sweep’s technical expertise.

Focus on Educational Excellence (not on providing "easy" and "cheap" certifications)
CSIA does more for the industry than certify chimney sweeps. CSIA’s mission includes public and professional education with a commitment to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property.

Continuing Education
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps must re-certify through examination or continuing education credits every three years. Because the industry is always evolving, CSIA does not believe in providing a one (exam)-and-done certification.

Missional Public and Affiliated Trades Outreach
CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public and related industries through traditional and social media and its relationships with affiliated trades such as home inspectors, REALTORS and oil heating service managers.

National Recognition
CSIA is the go-to source for accurate chimney safety information. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps have been spotted on Good Morning America, Dateline and 20/20, in the New York Times, Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics, among many other national, regional and local publications and media.

Find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in Your Area

This institution is regulated by: State Workforce Innovation Council
Office for Career and Technical Schools
10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 304
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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