Sweeping changes coming to the chimney industry’s manual

As many chimney sweeps know, CSIA is planning to upgrade our Successful Chimney Sweep reference manual.

Leading this effort is Chuck Roydhouse, a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep since 1995 who was named to the board of directors in March 2014.

Chuck, owner of Clean Sweep of Anne Arundel County Chimney Service Inc., of Millersville, Maryland, is not only looking at the Successful Chimney Sweeping manual, but analyzing CSIA certification programs, and exams.

“This is going to be the new and improved update that will ensure that we stay current with the chimney and venting profession,” Roydhouse said. “Our chimney sweeps have evolved into chimney sweep technicians, and so our educational materials will reflect that.”

The timeline for implementation is spring 2016.

This will be a cooperative effort that will involve input from the larger community of chimney professional and dryer exhaust technicians. Roydhouse says that chimney sweeps will be solicited for their input (on the manual and exam) by e-mail and by phone.

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Chuck Roydhouse

The manual, which debuted in the 1980s, had its eighth edition in October 2011.

Students seeking certification will continue to use the current edition of the manual, along with the NFPA 211 (Inspection) and International Residential Code, according to CSIA Director of Education Ashley Eldridge.

“We are committed to ensuring that our Successful Chimney Sweeping manual reflects the most up-to-date content. Those in the chimney industry that are certified through CSIA can be confident of that,” Eldridge said.

This is why people from homeowners to home inspectors use csia.org/search to locate a trusted and qualified chimney professional for their annual inspection.


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