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CSIA Code of Ethics & Certification Denial or Revocation Policy

Each CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician has agreed to abide by the following Code of Ethics and Denial or Revocation Policy.


CSIA Code of Ethics
I fully acknowledge that certification by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations which may hold me to a higher standard of performance and professional behavior than applicable laws, rules or regulations. In this regard, I pledge:

  1. To learn and utilize all chimney and venting safety practices and techniques that are promoted by CSIA.
  2. To render my services in an honest and fair manner and to refrain from engaging in unfair or deceptive practices or making any unfair or deceptive statements including but not limited to with regard to use of the CSIA logos.
  3. To comply with all applicable building codes in the areas I service, with the manufacturer's installation instructions for the products I install, and with recognized chimney and venting practices.
  4. To promote and educate consumers about safe chimney and venting practices.
  5. To strive to continually update my knowledge, skills, and technique with regard to currently accepted chimney and venting safety practices.
  6. To conduct myself in a decent, respectful, and professional manner when serving in my capacity as a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep© or CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician©, or when attending a function or event of an organization in the chimney or hearth products industry.
  7. To comply with the proper usage of all CSIA Registered Trademarks as defined in the CSIA Trademark Use Guidelines documents.

    I agree to accept and abide by the CSIA Code of Ethics as a standard in rendering services as a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep© or CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician©. By agreeing to this Code of Ethics, I understand that it is my responsibility to remain abreast of any changes to the Code of Ethics, that my actions may be reviewed by a committee of my peers, and that failure to abide by these ethical obligations is a violation of CSIA policy and, in accordance with the CSIA Code of Ethics Violation Procedure, may result in disciplinary action by the CSIA or its delegated committee. I agree to hold harmless CSIA and its committees from any and all liability resulting from any disciplinary action taken against me.

Revised 10/22/13


Certification Denial or Revocation Policy

The Chimney Safety Institute of America ( CSIA ) Certification Denial or Revocation Policy allows the CSIA to deny a candidate's application for any CSIA certification or to revoke any CSIA certification for certain specified forms of misconduct. The Policy is intended to maintain the CSIA's integrity and to ensure that the criteria for denial or revocation of applications for CSIA certifications are consistently applied. This policy applies to all candidates for CSIA certification and to anyone certified by CSIA .

An application for certification may be denied, or CSIA certification may be revoked, where CSIA in its sole judgment, finds that an applicant or individual certified by CSIA :

  • Has knowingly misrepresented or falsified material information in connection with an application for certification or certification renewal, the CSIA credential, Continuing
  • Education approval, or other materials or information submitted to CSIA .
  • Has knowingly engaged in inappropriate conduct in connection with the certification process or renewal of the certification process, including, but not limited to: (1) noncompliance with payment procedures or instructions and/or (2) any other form of cheating or misconduct that compromises the integrity of CSIA and the certification process.
  • Has violated the CSIA Code of Ethics.
  • Has been convicted of a crime, where the conduct forming the basis of such conviction has involved of such severity that CSIA determines is inconsistent with the standards required of an individual certified by CSIA .
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