Welcome to Chimney Sweeps International – the one stop shop for homeowners and chimney sweeps. Homeowners are connected to our members and chimney sweeps receive training, testing, marketing materials, building code updates, and even real time quality control programs.
Hiring a chimney sweep can be frustrating. You never know if your chimney sweep has properly inspected your chimney, recommended proper repairs or if the cost associated are reasonable. This is what we do.
Imagine a state of the art super chimney sweep portal that is something you always wanted. Train technicians, marketing materials, real time quality control, free group coaching and leads. All we ask is that you to do proper chimney inspections.
Ray Gessner, P.E. is a licensed professional engineer with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Engineering from Old Dominion University. Ray has successively owned and operated a multi-truck, multi-state chimney sweep company for over 20 years. The most difficult problems Ray has faced is finding and training good chimney sweeps that can provide world class inspections for homeowners. Ray has trained over 400 chimney sweeps, over 50 of these sweeps have opened and established their own chimney sweep business and he is still friends with many of these individuals.
Chimney Sweeps International is a professional training and testing site designed to educate the chimney professional to become better chimney technicians for tomorrow. The training includes a combination of videos and sample tests. The videos are designed to educate chimney technicians and our video library will continue to grow. The testing is designed to educate and test. Typically, the first part of testing allows our students to review the questions with the answers provided. This allows the students to read the questions and study the test. When the student feels confident that they understand the subject matter, they are tested again with the answers in random order. This fast paced learning process educates our students quickly and they become more intimately familiar with the subject matter. Similar to martial arts, our testing is color coded. The series of testing involved is the following:
Student Start At
General knowledge of chimney tools, components of chimney and terminology.
More detailed knowledge of the International Residential Codes regarding chimney codes.
Engineering characteristics of chimneys regarding draft, creosote build up, common problems and solutions for repairs.
Chimney Sweeps International connects our members with homeowners. We require our members to take 25 specific photos per inspection (less for prefabs) and they are required to email these photos to the homeowner.
Student masters and memorizes building code requirements. Our testing strengthens memorization skills and thus our students know the building codes instead of looking up the building codes.
Quick diagnosis – You are provided a photo and the student will quickly identify the building code defect. Sometimes there are multiple defects. This trains our technicians to see and understand problems in the field.
Proper repairs for common problems including chimney relining.
What are the most complex problems encountered in the field? The ones that make you shake your head and wonder…why? The answers are here. This exam also includes questions from all other levels.
Let’s Get Started!
Joining Chimney Sweeps International is fairly easy and there are 3 initial member levels. The first member level is as an individual, second is as an employer and thirds is as a supplier. Each level of membership receives different perks. Individuals join to receive training while employers may join to receive leads from potential homeowners. Suppliers can join to help sponsor and become friends with our chimney employers.
Student Is Eligible To
Pass this exam and you will be recognized by Chimney Sweeps International as a Master in the chimney profession.
But What Does It Cost?
The cost for training exams, videos and your first test for each level is free of charge. Upper level exams may require video monitoring to insure honesty. Retraining exams and retesting may have fees involved.
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