School’s in session: CSIA chimney and dryer exhaust education heats up in July and August

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CSIA instructors like Rich Rua, pictured at the CSIA Technology Center in November 2014, lead our 1-day CCS review and exam.
Landon Rothbauer, of Olde Towne Chimney Sweeps Inc., in Jeffersonville, Indiana, reacted after taking ad passing the 1-day CCS review/exam in November 2014.
Landon Rothbauer, of Olde Towne Chimney Sweeps Inc., in Jeffersonville, Indiana, reacted after taking ad passing the 1-day CCS review/exam in November 2014.

The months of July and August combine to mark a midway point in the chimney industry. In the summer, busy CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps make a lot of repairs at homes/businesses where the residents/workers used their fireplace or wood stove with regularity during the fall/winter burning season. Not long from now, particularly in colder climates in the United States, many sweeps will start getting inundated with phone calls from customers asking for their annual chimney inspection, particularly after Labor Day! The 2015-16 burning season will be here before you know it.

July-August are a busy month for us at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, as well as for the instructors who will be teaching courses here or at a popular and convenient regional locations. For chimney sweeps, it’s a great time to get smarter about a complex business.

That’s great news for homeowners, because any time their chimney and venting professional is more knowledgable, the customer wins.

So let’s get started. In these next two months, CSIA has four CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep Review and Exam opportunities — July 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire [sponsored by Lindemann Chimney], July 31 at the CSIA Technology Center in Plainfield, Indiana, then August 7 in Richmond [Sandston], Virginia and August 13 in Alpharetta, Georgia [sponsored by Chimney Solutions.] Click the location you’d like to register.

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!

The CCS Review isn’t our only credential. We also offer the CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician credential, or C-DET. One of the perks is a listing on the csia.org and dryersafety.org websites, along with helpful consumer information! The CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician 2-day workshop/exam is set for July 29-30 in Plainfield. It’s an extremely valuable hands-on opportunity, even for professionals currently inspecting/cleaning lint-filled exhaust but who lack the credential. Review the special flyer we produced for the event. And remember, for National Chimney Sweep Guild and National Air Duct Cleaners Association members, the event is offered at a special price! Register here.

By the way, CSIA’s third National Chimney Sweep Training School of 2015 will be held August 24-29. [Registration information is here.] Ever wondered what it was all about? Check out this special CSIA-produced video, “Chimneys 101.”

For experienced chimney sweeps, you’ll want to take advantage of one of four advanced learning experiences:

Installing and Troubleshooting Gas Hearth Appliances: Service and installation, including appliance standards, combustion requirements, pipe sizing installation, troubleshooting, carbon monoxide testing, and fuel conversion. Led by knowledgable, veteran CSIA instructors Jim Brewer and Michael Van Buren. Held July 20-24 in Plainfield. (This class always is goodly sized and will be at full capacity! Registration information is here.)

Our "gas class" was quite popular in 2014.
Our “gas class” was quite popular in 2014.

Chimney Physics: Designed for the sweep technician that wants to go beyond basic servicing and diagnose and resolve chimney performance issues and air pressure problems. It’s being held August 10-11 in Plainfield, indiana and then again August 12-13 in Fredericksburg, Virginia [review the special Chimney Physics flyer we produced in conjunction with our sponsor of the event, the Mid-Atlantic Chimney Association.] Veteran CSIA instructor Michael Van Buren is in charge of both days of instruction. 12 CEUS-technical, codes and standards, health and safety, and CL. Register for the Indiana or Virginia events.

CSIA courses sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chimney Association, such as the Chimney Fire Whitepaper class held in 2014, are always worth the expense.
CSIA courses sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chimney Association, such as the Chimney Fire Whitepaper class held in 2014, are always worth the expense.

Masonry Repair for Chimney Professionals: It’s an intensive (and VERY affordable) class combining a short period of classroom theory followed by hands-on projects. Students, under the guidance of Chris Prior, wil learn how to mix mortar and how to lay brick as well as learning joint finishing, tools of the trade, and all aspects of chimney repair. It will be held Aug. 13-14. It’s a can’t miss opportunity at 12 CEUS-technical. Sign up here.

Chris Prior, our veteran mason instructor.
Chris Prior, our veteran mason instructor.

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