National Chimney Sweep Training School

2017 Training School Dates

February 13-18
April 24-29
June 26 - July 1
July 31 - August 5
September 18-23

If you are a US military veteran, please email or call us at (317) 837-5362 about using VA benefits to pay for the school.

Looking for accomodations? We have secured reduced rates with the following hotels for visitors to the CSIA Technology Center, f
ind a hotel here. Students attending the training program must have the following items: Successful Chimney Sweeping (2011 edition) and the NFPA 211 (2013 edition), International Residential Code (2006 edition), respirator, work clothes, appropriate shoes and personal protective gear.

What is NCSTS?

An in-depth, six-day training program for chimney service company owners and employees.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America is presenting four sessions of the National Chimney Sweep Training School this year at the CSIA Technology Center. Whether you've been in business for years or are just starting out, the National Chimney Sweep Training School will give you the edge that you need to be a true chimney professional. The course combines classroom training with hands-on experience, both at the CSIA Technology Center Lab, and in real homes with real customers. Over 30 hours of classroom time is dedicated to gaining a working knowledge of the terminology, theory, tools, systems, processes and concerns of the chimney service trade.

During this six-day hands-on course, you will learn:

  • How to inspect and service chimney systems serving any fuel burning appliance.
  • About residential heating appliances, including wood stoves, pellet stoves, inserts, factory-built fireplaces, central heaters and furnaces.
  • NFPA 211 standards.
  • How to navigate the International Residential Codes.
  • Chimney performance problems: understanding draft and flow, diagnosing down drafts, flow reversals, inadequate flow, stack effects, updrafts, pressure effects and gauges.
  • Health and safety equipment and methods.

CSIA’s National Chimney Sweep Training School teaches sweeping and inspection of different chimney systems, operation of the necessary equipment, health and safety considerations and much more. It is step-by-step instruction in the codes, clearances, standards and practices of the chimney service trade. After completing the program, many will have earned the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential.

What do I get when I register for NCSTS?

While the NCSTS may seem costly, you recieve a lot for your money. Registration includes books (if needed), a one-year membership for your company in the National Chimney Sweep Guild (if your company isn't already a member), shuttle service between our Tech Center and our preferred hotels, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, CCS exams, reference materials, and access to the NCSTS Supplier Library. Once you become certified, the NCSTS logo appears on your profile on the CSIA Find a Certified Professional zip-code finder.

Typical Daily Program Overview

Need-to-Know Chimney Sweeps Math, The Upside-Down Fire, Stoves, Furnaces and Boilers, Chimney Tops and Flue Liners, Technical Notes on Brick Construction, Rumford Masonry Fireplaces, Wood & Gas Catalytic Combustors, Cleaning Procedures for Catalytic Combustors, the combustion process, heating and venting systems overview-evening program includes casting a crown and parging a smoke chamber

Creosote Modifying Chemicals, Dealing with Animals In the Chimney, Ladder Evaluation Form, Installation Clearances, Recommended Truck Tool Inventory, Chimney Check, Notice of Defect/Damage, Troubleshooting Guide for Wood Stoves Equipped with Catalytic Combustors, Wood Stove Catalytic Combustors "How and Why They Work", health, safety and tools, inspections, IRC study, evening program demonstrates the use a chimney camera

Stainless Steel Chimney Liners, the six step sweeping process chimney, sweeping chimneys in the lab, evening program, burn and reline the chimney

Hand Held Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fireplace and Chimney Details, understanding pressure issues as they relate to venting, advice to the customer

Truck Inventory Overview and Field Day

Administration of CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® Exam (Note: Prior to the exam, candidates are required to sign the CSIA Code of Ethics and Annual Certification Fee Acknowledgement.) Helpful note: If you are planning your trip, schedule your return flight after 3 p.m. Indianapolis local time on Saturday.

NCSTS instructs students in the various topics covered on the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® exams. Both exams are administered on the last day of the program. Most students who have studied and participated in class pass the test on their first try. The cost of the exams are included with registration.

The National Chimney Sweep Training School is held exclusively at the CSIA Technology Center in Plainfield, Indiana and is just minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport. Indianapolis is known as the crossroads of America as it has easy interstate access and affordable air travel.

National Chimney Sweep Training School students will receive coupons for discounts on start-up supplies. NOTE: If you are sending your employee to NCSTS and prefer that he/she does not receive these coupons, please let us know at the time of registration.

Class size is limited to ensure a ratio of no more than ten students per instructor. The small class size means that students have the opportunity for individual attention from the school's experienced instructors, and ample opportunities for hands-on training. Because class size is limited, it is important to apply early to reserve a place in the class.

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This institution is regulated by:
State Workforce Innovation Council
Office for Career and Technical Schools
10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 308
Indianapolis, IN 46204
To call the SWIC: 317-234-8338

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