Single-day intensive review sessions are held frequently throughout the country and at the CSIA Technology Center in Indianapolis to help candidates prepare for the exams. The review sessions are not a substitute for advanced study.
The review schedule is approximately as follows:
7:30 am Registration Begins
8:00 am Successful Chimney Sweeping – Inspections (NFPA 211) and IRC® use
3:00pm (approx.) SCS Exam (Closed Book) & IRC Exam (Open Book) administered
Exams will be timed at 2 ½ hours total. You must have a copy of the 2006 IRC® with you.
(Note if you are only taking the exam(s) you need to arrive at least 30 minutes early)
2013 Schedule of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep review sessions
Click here to see the schedule of online review sessions.
Check here soon for the 2014 schedule
To earn the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential, individuals must now pass two exams:
The first is a one-hour closed-book exam based on the Successful Chimney Sweeping (2009 edition) and the NFPA 211 (2010 edition). The second is a one-hour open-book exam based on the International Residential Code (2006 edition). Candidates for the exam must bring their copy of the IRC to the testing site in order to complete the exam.
Additionally, first time CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep candidates are required to attend either an in-person or online review session to become eligible to sit for the exam set. Once candidates have completed the online review session, most schedule proctored exams. The exams are available both in paper and online versions. (Download the Proctored Exam Request form .pdf here). College and university testing centers and CSIA Approved Proctor are permitted to administer the exams.