By Ian Myers
Mark this date on your calendars. As of July 20th, 2018 all major hearth product manufacturers doing business in Canada will change the wording in their appliance manuals to include CSIA in their list of “Qualified Agencies” that they recommend to install and service their hearth products in Canada.

This recognition should encourage more Canadian chimney sweeps to discover for themselves the benefits of membership with the National Chimney Sweep Guild & The Chimney Safety Institute Of America with its certified member designation of
CCS (Certified Chimney Sweep®).

Manual wording that has thus far been confirmed:
“We recommend that our wood burning hearth products be installed and serviced by
professionals who are certified by a “Qualified agency” such as NFI (National Fireplace
Institute®) in the United States, CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America) in the United
States and in Canada, WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) in Canada or APC
(Association des Professionnels du Chauffage) in Quebec.”

Previously, I would never have considered large scale expansion for my Chimney Sweep business, the mentor-ship, knowledge and guidance that is required content for CSIA certification ensures that when a new hire is contemplated by CCS certified company owners there is thorough consideration given to core capabilities of the candidate. Because not only will this potential hire represent the company, but this person
must grasp and propagate the NFPA 211 Standard for Chimney Maintenance and Inspection.

Testing by examination on the Standard is the only method to ensure there is cogent comprehension of the responsibilities of the employee working in the field. It is not surprising that independent employees performing work for companies displaying the CCS logo must be either certified or there must be a CCS certified person on site.
In the United States the CCS standards serve to draw a hard line between companies and individuals who meet these standards and them that do not. The prudent, precise messaging of CSIA liberally applied through social media and the ‘At point of service’ delivery through word and deed by CCS certified persons completes the task
in terms of delivery of the standard to the consuming public. The end result for my business it that there is no turning back at any point – only constant improvement and a means by which to measure that progress.

As a business operator it also presents me with no competition or impedance to the potential growth of our business. It is just a matter of how hard I am willing to work and apply the formula. Canadian consumers will ultimately be the greatest beneficiaries of this simple inclusion.

Ian Myers is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® and operates Myers Chimney in Minden Hills, Ontario, Canada.

This post does not necessarily reflect the views of CSIA and is posted as a courtesy to the guest author.