Upon earning the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential, your certification is valid for one year from your exam date. You will need to pay an annual certification fee by your anniversary date. You will receive several notifications by mail prior to your due date.
The CSIA CCS cycle:
First anniversary: annual certification fee.
Second anniversary: annual certification fee.
Third anniversary: no annual certification fee. Recertification is required.
Download this CSIA annual fee payment form, print it, and fax it to us at 317-837-5365 OR scan it, supply the information requested, and e-mail CSIA OR call us at 317-837-5362.
What happens if I don’t pay the annual certification fee?
Please be aware that if your annual certification fee is not paid prior to the first anniversary or second anniversary of your certification, all rights and privileges of the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential will be revoked. Upon revocation, the following terms will apply if reinstatement of the credential is desired:
- Within 90 days from the date of expiration, if you submit payment in full for the annual certification fee, your credential will be reinstated and you will be considered in good standing as a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, maintaining your original annual expiration date.
- If more than 90 days transpires beyond your expiration date, you will be required to test again and pay the current testing fee as well as the annual certification fee. Doing so will also effectively change your annual certification expiration date.
What do I get for my annual certification fee?
A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® enjoys: national marketing on your behalf (and tools are provided to help you market more effectively locally); aggressive protection of the certification trademark (lawsuits, proactive publisher/editor notifications, quick and aggressive responses toward habitual violators, etc); certification program enhancements (more accessible and more affordable educational opportunities for all certified sweeps, online access to CEU status and information and recognition for completed education). Each year you renew you will receive a new badge.
Where does the money go?
$111 Annual administration of the program (base cost)
$38 Marketing of the certification program to the public and related industries
$5 Certification program development/enhancements
$5 Aggressive protection of the certification trademark
Can I make quarterly payments?
CSIA will now work with you to develop a customized payment plan. Email the Finance Director or call (317) 837-5362 for more information on setting up direct debit payments.
How does CSIA know that there is value in the program?
Sweeps have reported as much as $20,000 in referrals annually from the CSIA website. CSIA receives on average at least four trademark violation reports every week (over 500 staff hours were spent on trademark violations this past year alone); on a regular basis, sweeps perceive enough value in the trademark to steal it. A portion of your fee every year will be dedicated to protecting our trademark more aggressively than we have ever been able to do before.
Video: Chuck Hall, Vice President, CSIA Board of Directors, explains why the annual certification fee is a great value:
What happens if I pay my employee’s annual certification fee and she/he leaves before the payment is due?
All rights and responsibilities of the credential belong to the individual CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®. The employer should notify CSIA in writing when the employee leaves. If the employer does not pay the fee, then the individual sweep is responsible for maintaining his/her credential. If the sweep no longer works for an NCSG member company, standard rates will apply. Remember that the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential is relative to the individual while NCSG membership applies to everyone in the NCSG member company.
What do you tell consumers when they inquire about my certification if the annual certification fee has not been paid?
If a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® does not comply with the CSIA requirement of paying the annual certification fee, the credential expires and they are not advertised as certified individuals.