While we’re in the midst of the busy season – many of our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are booked through January – it’s also a time when many folks who are part of the home-building industry begin planning their business opportunities for 2014.

We’ve received multiple calls, for example, from masonry and home-building specialists who would like to “get certified” – but they don’t know where to begin, and don’t always know what that means.

The csia.org website offers step-by-step instructions on how to get started earning that CCS Credential particularly for professionals who have experience with chimneys in terms of installation or repair. We include information about annual certification fees and what the money is used for.

We also offer education for sweeps and non-sweeps who are interested in helping homeowners keep their laundry areas safer by earning the CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician Credential.

Greenhorns are welcome, too. We’ve heard from quite a few people interested in the immersive experience that comes with our National Chimney Sweep Training School.

At the training school — our motto is, “Send us your greenhorn, in 6 days we’ll send you back a pro” — we drive home the point that this is a specialty trade that requires a particular dedication to be successful.

During the school we teach out of the textbook and attendees can get their hands on the tools of the trade so they have both the knowledge and the experience to be successful in helping homeowners be safer in their homes. The one-day review (and exam) is a great refresher for the study material.

Once you are certified, your name immediately is added to a locate-a-CSIA-sweep database with other CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps.