There’s a unique southern California description for a weather pattern that brings cool temperatures and clouds to a region of the world used to sunshine. It’s known as June gloom. We are experiencing the opposite at the Chimney Safety Institute of America in Plainfield, Indiana. At CSIA, our mission statement is to advance public safety while educating and certifying industry professionals. That’s not a seasonal philosophy — it’s year-round. And the summer is quite busy for education and training of chimney sweeps and other interested professionals — just one reason why homeowners trust us to take care (inspect/sweep) of their fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimney systems.
Take the month of June, which kicked off with our CSIA Technology Center being host to a fine group of home inspector trainees from AHIT. They were there to talk home inspection, but we never miss an opportunity to talk about fireplaces and everything related to them.
Check out this short tweet:
— CSIA (@Chimney_Safety) June 3, 2015
We also have a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Review and Exam on June 5 at the CSIA Technology Center. [Sign up information is here. Walk-up registration is available!] We have close to 1,600 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps from coast to coast, and in-person classes like this are one reason why that’s so. But besides offering this class at our 10,000-square-foot Technology Center, we also take this class “on the road.”
Thanks to Regional Chimney Supply, we’re offering a one-day CCS Review/Exam in Gaithersburg, Maryland on June 20. [This event was created due to demand in that mid-Atlantic by sweeps. Sign up information is here.] And we have a CCS review and exam June 26 in Natick, Massachusetts [information here] that was created after demand in that region. They asked, we delivered!
Of course, we welcome scores of guests during Sweeps Week [info is here] an annual free event being held this year from June 8-12. During this time, masonry and chimney sweep technicians help out with a variety of projects that range from labor — building a sidewalk — to construction of fireplaces. Each day gives the participant CEUs that can help to lead to their Certified Chimney Sweep renewal.
And, by the way, CSIA’s second National Chimney Sweep Training School of 2015 will be held June 22-27. [Registration information is here.] Ever wondered what it was all about? Check out this special CSIA-produced video, “Chimneys 101.”