One of the best features of Chimney Sweeps International is the training and testing feature. The most difficult part of understanding the chimney sweep industry is codes and standards. Codes and standards have been formed through centuries of addition on to each other. To be honest, our entire training and testing format is inspired from the only Biblical building code.

Deuteronomy 22:8 “When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.”

This is such a simple and straightforward building code but what is so inspirational is that unlike all the current building codes, it explains the reasoning for the building code. Many in our industry are quoting building codes but very few understand them.

Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding, it is established;

So, our training and testing is nearly the same. Our training is formatted as a question with an answer and a reasoning for the question and answer. Our students can switch between training and testing mode and test themselves on the past few questions. This allows our students to eat a little, digest what they learned and consume some more.

Finally, you may wonder why the testing is so cheap or free. Many in the industry are charging significant amounts of money for testing and certifications. I guess the only answer to this is one of 2 bible verses, where one says either “love God or money” and the other says “freely you were given and freely you shall give.” Either way, I wish you luck (blessings) in your career as a chimney sweep and happy training.

Ray Gessner, P.E.

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