There’s a reason that Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified Chimney Sweeps are in demand by the public — particularly with our unseasonably cold Autumn — and that’s in part to their commitment to education.

We saw evidence of this last summer, when CSIA saw one of the highest turnouts ever for our annual “Installing and Troubleshooting Gas Hearth Appliances” course. It’s because chimney sweeps increasingly want to be of service to their customers, who have a range of alternatives available to them when it comes to stoves and fireplaces of all types. These chimney sweeps want to add to the expertise that come with certifications from the National Fireplace Institute. NFI certifies hearth industry planners and installers in three hearth product categories based on fuel type: NFI Gas Specialist; NFI Woodburning Specialist; and NFI Pellet Specialist.

Now that process will be easier and more affordable.

The boards that oversee the National Fireplace Institute and Chimney Safety Institute of America today announced an agreement [view our news release] so that those who are NFI Certified can receive a discount on either of two CSIA certifications plus CSIA advanced educational offerings, while those that are CSIA certified will receive a discount on all three NFI certifications as well as the manuals and 200+ online classes offered by the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association Education Foundation.

“CSIA has some great education programs and can teach things that our hearth professionals should know, and NFI has some great education programs that your chimney sweeps should know, so we’re making the best of it,” said Rick Vlahos, Executive Director of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation and the National Fireplace Institute.

“There are some great educational opportunities on both sides, and we need to share that knowledge back and forth,” said Frances L. Kelly, executive director of the Chimney Safety Institute of America. “The customer benefits from having a better trained technician when both groups contribute to education.”

The collaboration means that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® can purchase NFI’s manual/exam package at NFI member prices.

Those that are NFI Certified would pay a lower rate for: CSIA’s manuals used as part of the certification; CSIA advanced educational offerings; CSIA in-person certification reviews; and CSIA exams. NFI Certified professionals also have access to CSIA’s 70+ online education/training courses.

CSIA’s advanced educational offerings include: Chimney Physics; Inspection and Report Writing; Installing and Troubleshooting Gas Hearth Appliances; Lining Masonry with Stainless Steel; and Masonry Repair for Chimney Professionals.

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