When it comes to products and services, there is some benefit to having a standard by which to measure. Products are tested and rated for efficiency, strength, and safety. In addition, services can be harder to measure. In an ever-changing industry like fire safety, it became clear in the more than thirty years ago that there needed to be a standard for care, safety, and efficiency. For this reason the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS) credential was established in 1983. Afterwards, it became the industry standard thereafter.
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps® (CCS)
When a chimney sweep wishes to become CSIA certified, it’s more than merely paying dues and getting your name listed on a website.
To become CSIA certified, chimney sweeps must:
- Obtain and study study course materials.
- Attend a review in-person or online.
- Take and pass exam within one year consisting of 100 questions in 1 hour based on material.
- Take and pass a 90-minute open-book exam based on International Residential Code (2016).
- Sign Code of Ethics designed to protect consumers from possible scams.
Once a chimney sweep gains certification, he or she is subject to revocation for:
- Failure to adhere to the code of ethics.
- Failure to complete continued education credits.
- Not passing re-examination every three years.
- Failure to pay the annual re-certification fee for the first two years of membership.
Why Choose a Certified Chimney Sweep
A certified chimney sweep benefits from the network of industry professionals, training, and education. It strengthens his experience and his standing in the industry, but also benefits his customers. By maintaining our CSIA certification, RMR chimney sweeps provide the best services possible. Our customers know that our work is backed by years of book training, field training, and continued education. All of this evolves with the always-improving technologies of the industry. The services will cost more than those provided by amateurs, and will be worth it.
By choosing a CSIA certified sweep, you can rest assured knowing that your appliances will be installed up-to-code, and to the specifications of the manufacturer. You can trust the signature of your CSIA chimney sweep will be recognized and accepted by your homeowners insurance, realtor, and local code enforcement.
Robinson Maintenance Repair, Inc. strives to offer the best services in the Chicago area. Our technicians are all CSIA certified chimney sweeps and our collective goal for our customers is safety, cleanliness, and efficiency to keep your families safe and comfortable every winter.
When it’s time to have your chimney, fireplace, or appliance serviced, call the professionals that put you first every time. Call RMR for your routine chimney sweeps, annual chimney inspections, repairs, installations, and more. Call today at (847) 290-1883 or request an estimate online for your convenience!