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 STARTS AT APPRENTICE
General knowledge of chimney tools, components of chimney and terminology.
More detailed knowledge of the International Residential Codes regarding chimney codes.
Detailed requirements for NFPA Level 1, 2, & 3 chimney inspections
Engineering characteristics of chimneys regarding draft, creosote build up, common problems and solutions for repairs.
STUDENT IS ADVANCED TO JOURNEYMAN
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.
STUDENT IS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE MASTER EXAM
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.
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.
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.