Why CSIA’s Credentials are the Industry Standard

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As in many industries, certifications provided by different organizations are not necessarily equal. Here’s what sets CSIA’s credentials above the rest. 
Accreditation
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) meets the highest of educational standards and is regulated by the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, Office for Career and Technical Schools.

Longevity
The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) credential was established in 1983 to provide homeowners a means to measure a chimney sweep’s technical expertise.

Non-Profit Status
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization governed by volunteer industry professionals and technical experts
 located across the country.

Code of Ethics
In addition to passing a rigorous examination, each person wishing to hold a CSIA certification must also agree to abide by a stringent Code of Ethics. We feel this is critical to protecting homeowners from potential scams. If a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep is found to be in violation, their certification may be revoked.

Focus on Public Safety and Industry Advancement
CSIA does more for the industry than certify chimney sweeps. CSIA’s mission includes public and professional education with a commitment to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property.

​Continuing Education
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps must re-certify through examination or continuing education credits every three years. Since the industry is constantly evolving, CSIA does not believe in providing a “one-and-done” lifetime certification.

Reciprocal Affiliated Trades Relationships
CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public and related industries through traditional and social media and its relationships with affiliated trades such as home inspectors, realtors, and homeowner associations. Many of these same trade groups promote CSIA’s mission through their own channels.

National Recognition
CSIA is the go-to source for accurate chimney safety information. CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps have been spotted on Good Morning America, Dateline and 20/20, in the New York Times, Consumer Reports and Popular Mechanics, among many other national, regional and local publications and media.


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