Become a Pro in Record Time at the CSIA National Training Academy

Maybe slow and steady isn’t your thing. Maybe when you decide to do something, you go all in. Well then, the CSIA National Training Academy is for you.

What Is It?

Our National Training Academy is an intensive six-day training program. The school (formerly known as the National Chimney Sweep Training School or NCSTS) is an expert-led program that combines classroom training with hands-on experience. So, you don’t just listen and learn, you do and learn. And at the end of the training, you’ll have all the knowledge and prep you need to pass the CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® exam and earn your credential!

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When & Where Is It?

The 2023 schedule for the National Training Academy is below. Check back regularly as new dates are being finalized. Click your chosen dates to register:

Jan 16 – 20 (New Hampshire Campus) | Jan 23 – 28 (FULL) | Feb 13 – 18 | April 17 – 22
May 8 – 13 | June 5 – 10 | July 10 – 15 | Aug. 21 – 26 (Link coming soon) | Sept. 18 – 23 (Link coming soon)

The National Training Academy is held right here at our Tech Center in Plainfield, IN. Learn more about the center and its convenient location right here.

Who’s It For?

The CSIA National Training Academy is for current or future chimney service company owners and employees. Whether you’ve been in business for several years or you’re just starting out, the CSIA National Training Academy will give you the edge you need to be a true chimney pro.

Why Is It Worth It?

With the CSIA National Training Academy, you get the expert training you need to feel confident in your career – and you get it all at once, in one place. We keep class size limited, so that everyone gets the individual attention they need from the school’s expert instructors and ample opportunities for hands-on training.

You’ll learn:

  • Sweeping and inspection of different chimney systems
  • Operation of the necessary equipment
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Codes, clearances, standards, and practices of the chimney service trade
  • And more

Plus, we’ll prepare you for the CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® exam. That’s right – our expert instructors will lead you through the various topics covered on the CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® exam, which is administered on the last day of the program. The National Training Academy exam prep is so effective that most students who have studied and participated in class pass the test on their first try.

Ready for some more good news?

Once you pass the CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep® exam and earn your certification, you’ll be added to our ‘Find a Certified Professional’ search feature on our website, which is used by tens of thousands of homeowners each year. Plus, the CSIA National Training Academy icon will be added to your CSIA listing.

What Else Do You Need to Know?

We partner with local hotels to offer you discounted accommodations.

We work with local hotels to offer reduced rates for visitors to the CSIA Technology Center. So, when you’re arranging hotel accommodations, make sure to mention the Chimney Safety Institute of America. That way, you’ll get your room(s) at a discounted price.

Registration includes more than just expert education.

National Training Academy Registration includes:

  • Shuttle service between our Tech Center and our preferred hotels
  • Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday
  • Access to the CSIA National Training Academy Supplier Library

Note: If needed, the Chimney and Venting Essentials manual, NFPA 211, and the International Residential Code textbooks can be purchased during the registration process.

We offer scholarship opportunities to cover the cost of tuition.

We believe that everyone who wants the best education should have access to it. That’s why we’re pleased to offer a scholarship to cover the cost of CSIA National Training Academy tuition for selected students in need.

The scholarship is called the Ashley Eldridge scholarship and is named for the recently retired CSIA and NCSG Education Director, Ashley Eldridge, in honor of his leadership and contributions to the chimney service industry.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, but you (or your company/sponsor) will be responsible for all travel, hotel accommodations, related expenses, required study materials, and certification exam fees.

Interested applicants can submit an application and letter to Please make sure your application includes the following information:

  • Your background, including your related interests and the length of time you’ve been in the industry
  • Information around your determination to succeed, as well as your goals and your plan to achieve those goals
  • Details around your financial need for the scholarship
  • Three personal/professional references
  • Your signature acknowledging attendance requirements
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You can use your GI Bill® benefits to cover your training.

U.S. Veterans and eligible beneficiaries can use their GI Bill® education benefits to cover costs at the National Training Academy. Check out our Military Benefits resource for more info.

Ready to Level Up With The National Training Academy?

The National Training Academy is the best way to quickly gain the knowledge and confidence you need to level up. Whether you’ve been in the industry for years or you’re just starting out, we guarantee you’ll learn how to do better and be better through the training. So, don’t wait. Give yourself the expert training and confidence you deserve. Register and save your spot at the National Training Academy today.

Feeling ambitious? When you register, ask about how you can also earn your CSIA-Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician® credential while attending CNTA!

Note: Because of the program’s popularity and limited class size, it’s important to apply and reserve a place in the class early.


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