CSIA Code of Ethics

It takes more than just knowledge and skill to earn the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credential. It also takes a committment to treating people the right way. All of our CSIA Sweeps are held to the highest of ethical standards and before receiving their badge each candidate must agree to and sign the following:   CSIA Code of Ethics… More CSIA Code of Ethics

Navigating the Nightmare of Multiple Chimney Repair Estimates — Like a PRO.

Picture this: you do your due diligence as a responsible homeowner and call a chimney sweep to do an annual chimney inspection, but then receive an estimate that seems too high. So, you call another company to get a second opinion, but now the second contractor provides you with an entirely different scenario. So, with mounting frustration, you call a third company to get to the bottom of this confusing scenario (hopefully).

Now you have three inspection reports that appear to contradict each other and arrive at different conclusions. So, how do you decide the best course of action?… More Navigating the Nightmare of Multiple Chimney Repair Estimates — Like a PRO.

Preventing Fires as a Mission

As part of our mission to build awareness of the causes and dangers of chimney fires, we recently opened the doors of our Technology Center to provide free classroom training, consisting of a modified Chimney Physics course, to fire departments in and around Indianapolis. The CSIA’s positive relationship with the firefighting industry is crucial to our goal of reaching as many homeowners as… More Preventing Fires as a Mission

After 23 Years, CSIA Education Director’s Passion Remains Strong

For the past 23 years, Ashley Eldridge, has been the voice of CSIA to the public and national media, as well as the driving force behind CSIA’s industry leading credentials and educational programming. Many of you have learned a great deal from Ashley over the years, whether you sat through National Chimney Sweep Training School… More After 23 Years, CSIA Education Director’s Passion Remains Strong

Certification: as Clear as Mud

Certification is a tricky thing, particularly in an unlicensed (or mostly unlicensed) industry like ours as almost anyone can craft a list of job-related questions, package and sell them as an “exam” and then “certify” those who pass, maybe even providing a fancy certificate and ID badge as added value. It’s actually not a very complicated process, but it does make things… More Certification: as Clear as Mud

April NCSTS Produces 18 New Certified Chimney Sweeps

Please help us in congratulating the following people who successfully completed last week’s National Chimney Sweep Training School — here’s to our newest CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps!! Todd Collins – Salisbury, MD Anthony Ferrari – Willow Street, PA Corwyn Gehring – New Richland, MN Daniel Gross – Littleton, CO Todd Hall – Forney, TX James… More April NCSTS Produces 18 New Certified Chimney Sweeps

NCSG Convention Wrap-up: CSIA Auction & Award Winners

Since I plan on publishing a couple press releases dedicated solely to the two big things that came our of the CSIA informational meeting:  CSIA Master Sweep designation and the CSIA Roadshow, I’ll limit this post to a few of my observations and a list of this year’s award winners. Wow! What a week! This year’s… More NCSG Convention Wrap-up: CSIA Auction & Award Winners

CSIA Provides Expert Instruction at NCCSA Winter Meeting

Waynesville, NC – For many companies and organizations, being able to offer their entire staff or membership the opportunity to learn directly from CSIA’s expert instructors is typically seen as outside the realm of possibility. As the owner of Clean Sweep the Fireplace Shop in rural Waynesville, North Carolina, and the current Vice President of… More CSIA Provides Expert Instruction at NCCSA Winter Meeting