How to Become a Chimney Sweep

How to Become a Chimney Sweep

Have you ever thought of becoming a chimney sweep? An excellent place to start is The Chimney Safety Institute of America. This organization offers four annual sessions of the National Chimney Sweep Training School – the most comprehensive chimney sweep training program in the U.S. – and can help launch you into a chimney sweeping career.

CSIA’s National Chimney Sweep Training School teaches sweeping and inspection of different chimney systems, operation of the necessary equipment, health and safety considerations, and much more. It offers step-by-step instruction in the codes, clearances, standards and practices of the chimney service trade.

The course is an in-depth, 6-day training program for chimney service company owners and their employees, combining classroom training with hands-on experience both at the CSIA Technology Center Lab and in real homes with real customers. During the six-day course, attendees learn:

  • How to inspect and service chimney systems serving fuel-burning appliances, including wood stoves, pellet stoves, inserts, factory-built fireplaces, central heaters, and furnaces
  • The basics of chimney performance, including draft and flow, down drafts, flow reversals, inadequate flow, stack effects, updrafts, pressure effects and gauges
  • National Fire Protection Agency standards
  • Health and safety equipment and methods

At the end of the course, attendees complete the CSIA Chimney Sweep® Exam. Upon successful completion they receive their CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® credential.

We are CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps and are diligent about ongoing training to educate our crew on the latest techniques and safety programs – programs that include both sweeping chimneys and cleaning dryer vents. If you’re interested in a career in chimney sweeping, give us a call.

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