The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization based in Indiana and is governed by volunteer industry professionals and technical experts from across the country. The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) credential was established over 30 years ago as a method for homeowners to measure a chimney sweep’s technical expertise. The CSIA is accredited by the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education.
In order to become a CSIA certified chimney sweep, a chimney sweep has to be familiar with the Successful Chimney Sweeping Handbook, written by the CSIA to encompass all of the elements involved with chimney sweeping. A chimney sweep also has to attend training classes to know the codes and standards of the chimney industry. These codes and standards include the NFPA-211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances (National Fire Protection Association) and the International Residential Code (IRC). Every Certified Chimney Sweep also agrees to abide by a stringent code of ethics. If a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep is found to be in violation of this code of ethics, the CSIA may revoke their certification standing.
The CSIA maintains an up-to-date searchable database of certified chimney sweeps on its website www.csia.org so that homeowners can find a certified sweep in their area.
While some states mandate that a chimney sweep be certified, currently New Hampshire and Maine laws do not require this.
In addition to certifying chimney sweeps, the 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. The 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 oil heating service managers.