Practice makes perfect. It’s an old adage, but for a reason. When a professional has logged significant hours in his or her field, you are more likely to enjoy more efficient and effective service, no matter the issue.

That’s why ongoing professional training and development for chimney sweeps and associated professionals is an important part of the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s mission.

“Instead of sweeps learning or experiencing something for the first time inside of a customer’s home, they can make the mistakes that are a natural part of the learning process in our classroom and training lab,” says Ashley Eldridge, the CSIA director of education.

Just a week from now, September 25-29, Eldridge and the CSIA team will host the fourth and final National Chimney Sweep Training School 2012 session at the CSIA Technology Center near Indianapolis.

Approximately 200 chimney sweeps each year complete the intensive hands-on National Chimney Sweep Training School. It’s open to chimney service company owners and employees. The school’s six-day sessions give sweeps all of the know-how they need to tackle even the most rare of chimney cleaning issues.

“We start day one with basic geometry and other math principles that dictate how chimneys operate and eventually work our way through to where trainees are out in the field with our instructors working real jobs with real customers,” Eldridge says.

While opportunities to sit for the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® exam are offered year-round, training school participants complete their sessions by taking the exam to earn their certification. CSIA requires companies using the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep trademark to have at least one CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep on the jobsite performing the sweeping and/or inspection.

“This week of training leads up to that exam,” Eldridge says. “But it is all about the complete package; the certification and the experiences we give them at the training school, which should give consumers confidence that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep can get the job done right.”