Whenever you hire a technician to come into your home for a repair or maintenance task, you want to be sure this technician is a trusted professional. One way you can be guaranteed of this is to look for industry certification when you are hiring a technician. In the fireplace and chimney industry, this certification comes from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a non-profit organization that was formed in 1983 to provide education on chimney and fireplace safety to both professionals and the public. At Fireplace Service Company, our chimney sweeps have been certified by the CSIA, and your chimney maintenance and repair needs are guaranteed to meet the standards of the CSIA Code of Ethics. We would like to tell you more about why it is so important to hire a CSIA-certified chimney technician.
What does CSIA certification mean?
To become certified by the CSIA, chimney professionals can attend a six-day training session at the National Chimney Sweep Training School at the CSIA headquarters in Plainfield, IL or a single-day in-person review at locations across the country. There is also an option to enroll in a week-long online review session. Once the review has been completed, technicians must pass two exams. These exams are based on several publications: the CSIA’s Successful Chimney Sweeping, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 211: Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances, and the International Residential Code. Topics covered in these exams include following building codes and standards, caring for and installing all types of solid fuel-burning appliances, and understanding chimney performance and safety standards. After chimney sweeps pass these two exams, the certification is awarded once they agree to pay the Annual Certification Fee and to sign the CSIA Code of Ethics.
What is included in the CSIA Code of Ethics?
When chimney professionals sign this code, they agree to be held to specific commitments, obligations, and responsibilities to the CSIA. These include:
- using CSIA-recommended chimney and venting safety techniques when performing their duties
- improving skills, expanding their education by learning new techniques, and staying updated on chimney and fireplace safety standards
- practicing fair and honest business dealings by telling customers about the crucial safety procedures involved with chimney and fireplace systems
- behaving professionally and respectfully when performing fireplace and chimney repair and maintenance services
As you can see, CSIA certification is extremely important when hiring a chimney professional. For your fireplace and chimney needs, contact us at Fireplace Service Company to schedule a visit from one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps.