Why Professional Certifications Are Important
By Doug Hetsch
April 6, 2017
CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
When you are looking for a chimney sweep to perform your annual chimney maintenance services, one of the most important things you should check is if the sweep is certified by professional organizations. These organizations include the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). A CSIA certification means the chimney sweep has the training and experience needed for the job. You can trust this technician to conduct business with you in a fair and honest manner because of theCSIA Code of Ethics.He or she was required to understand and agree to the code of ethics before receiving certification. All American Chimney Service is proud to have CSIA-certified chimney sweeps on our staff. We want to explain more about thecode of ethics so you can understand why professional certifications are so important.
Several of the responsibilities on the CSIA Code of Ethics have to do with knowledge of chimney and fireplace systems. By signing the code, a chimney sweep pledges to learn and follow all the safety practices that the CSIA promotes for chimney and venting systems. Additionally, a chimney sweep agrees to stay updated with any new developments involving safety knowledge, skills, and techniques. Knowing and following all of the applicable building codes and standards is also pledged when signing this code. These mean you can trust a CSIA-certified chimney sweep to do the job properly and safely.
Unfortunately, posing as a chimney sweep is a popular scam artist scheme. You could hire someone who could take your money without sweeping or inspecting your chimney at all. Or worse, he could do a mediocre job and try to claim that you need expensive repairs to correct problems that do not really exist. If you hire a CSIA-certified sweep, you will never have to worry about either of those outcomes. The CSIA Code of Ethics specially mentions the honest and fair rendering of chimney services. In addition, certified sweeps pledge to conduct business in a decent, professional, and respectful manner. You can also count on a CSIA-certified sweep to always explain any problems found to you and be sure that you understand why you may need repairs. Pledging to educate the public about safe and efficient chimney practices is also included in the code of ethics.
Not only do our technicians hold certifications from the CSIA, but we are also certified as chimney and fireplace professionals by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI). If you live in the Louisville area,contact usfor all of your chimney and fireplace needs.