What Does It Mean To Be A CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep & National Chimney Sweep Guild Member?
At The Chimney Doctor, part of our commitment to our clients is represented in our current membership with the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) and our certification with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
As CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweeps and NCSG members, we commit and agree to do two things: 1) continue to acquire CEU’s (continuing education credits) regarding the chimneys and appliances we sweep and service, and 2) abide by the NCSG Code of Ethics outlined below. Our CSIA and NCSG aren’t the only certifications we hold. The certifications listed below are just some of the other ways that we are able to continue our education and training to be the most knowledgeable and trustworthy chimney sweeps available!
Certifications held from the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
- CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
- C-DET Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician
Certifications held from Certified Chimney Professionals
- Certified Chimney Professional
- Certified Chimney Reliner
- Wood-burning Specialist
- Gas Specialist
HeatShield® Factory Trained Installer
Associations and Governing Bodies
Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
At The Chimney Doctor, your safety is our #1 concern in all inspection, cleaning, repair, and installation work we perform. That’s why we’ve gone through the training, education, and rigorous testing required to become CSIA-certified.
Certification through the Chimney Safety Institute of America requires a working knowledge of current local building codes, NFPA 211 guidelines, and codes from the International Residential Code (IRC) 2015. As certified sweeps, we also commit to regularly take continuing education courses in our field so we can bring the best and most up-to-date service and information to our customers.
We are here to help protect your home and make sure that your chimney can contain the byproducts of combustion. If it cannot, we strive to make sure you understand why it poses a safety risk to your structure or family, and how best to repair it to meet or exceed current safety standards in the industry.
National Chimney Sweep Guild
The National Chimney Sweep Guild is the only nationally-recognized trade association for chimney professionals. Every member must abide by the code of ethics below:
The NCSG Code of Ethics
“I fully acknowledge that membership in the National Chimney Sweep Guild carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations which may hold me to a higher standard of performance and professional behavior than applicable laws, rules or regulations. In this regard, I pledge:
1. To represent myself and my company in a professional manner by providing services, education and skills that are in compliance with all codes and regulations applicable to the chimney service industry that are in effect in my service area.
2. To continually update my knowledge, skills and techniques as new information evolves within the industry.
3. To render my services and represent my company in an honest and fair manner and to refrain from engaging in unfair or deceptive practices or making any unfair or deceptive statements, including but not limited to use of the NCSG logo.
4. To conduct myself in a decent, respectful, and professional manner when serving in my capacity as a chimney sweep, or when attending a function or event of an organization in the chimney or hearth products industry.
5. To comply with the proper usage of the NCSG Trademark as defined in the NCSG Trademark Use Guidelines document.
I agree to conform to NCSG’s Code of Ethics during the term of my membership. By agreeing to this Code of Ethics, I understand that it is my responsibility to remain abreast of any changes to the Code of Ethics, that my actions and those of my company and employees may be reviewed by a committee of my peers, and that failure to abide by these ethical obligations is a violation of NCSG policy and, in accordance with NCSG’s Ethics Violation Procedure originally adopted October 21, 1989, and subsequently amended, may result in disciplinary action as determined by NCSG or its delegated committee. I agree to hold harmless NCSG and its committees from any and all liability resulting from any disciplinary action taken against me. I represent and warrant that I am authorized to sign this application, and the information contained herein is true, accurate, and complete.
Potential NCSG Code of Ethics Violations
National Chimney Sweep Guild members agree to abide by the NCSG Code of Ethics. If you believe that a member has violated the Code of Ethics, there is a procedure in place to address such issues and potentially revoke membership status. Please note that the NCSG cannot affect or otherwise influence pricing issues. NCSG also encourages you to contact your local Better Business Bureau or State Department of Consumer Affairs/Protection.
If you value honesty, integrity, and professionalism (as we do), please do not hesitate to contact us or call 970-234-3330 today. We’re here to serve you with the utmost professionalism and care.
NFI Gas & Woodburning Specialists
The National Fireplace Institute (NFI) is a professional certification institute whose purpose is to provide meaningful credentials for those in the residential hearth appliance and venting system industry. Why provide these credentials? For the safety of homeowners. Because of the NFI certification, homeowners can be confident that the specialists in their home know what they’re doing.
Here at The Chimney Doctor, we’re proud to be NFI Gas and Woodburning Specialists. In order to earn these certifications, our technicians must prove that they have a comprehensive understanding of woodburning and gas appliances by passing rigorous exams.
Some of the things covered in the NFI Woodburning Certification exam include:
- Heat transfer & house pressure testing
- Fireplace efficiency factors
- Current codes & standards
- Venting systems
- Factory-built fireplaces, inserts, and wood stoves
- Appliance installation & troubleshooting
- Jobsite tools & safety
- Construction basics
Although an improperly installed or serviced appliance of any type can be dangerous and cause a fire, gas appliances can be particularly dangerous because of carbon monoxide. That’s why the NFI Gas Specialist Certification covers everything from the very nature of gas and the basics of combustion to the venting systems needed and the requirements for proper fuel delivery.
Some of the things covered in the NFI Gas Certification exam include:
- Valves, burners, ignition systems, thermostats, and remote control
- Fuel delivery & installation regulations
- Heat protection & venting installation guidelines
- Current codes & standards
- Draft & ventilation basics
- Electricity & house pressure testing
For more on the NFI and their mission and certification requirements, click here.
Rocky Mountain Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (RMHPBA)
As an industry leader in stove and fireplace installations and repair, The Chimney Doctor has worked hard to foster a close relationship with many local hearth product dealers. To better serve our customers, our company is also a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (RMHPBA) As an affiliate of the national HPBA, RMHPBA strives to support the interests of the hearth and barbecue products industries while including membership from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. If you let us work for you, you’ll discover the many benefits of having a member of the RMHPBA service your home!
Founded in 1980, the Midwest Chimney Safety Council is a professional chimney association located in Missouri and is “dedicated to providing public and professional education about chimney safety, installation, operation, and building practices.”
EPA Burn Wise
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Burn Wise program is a “voluntary partnership program between EPA, state agencies, manufacturers, and consumers to emphasize the importance of burning right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.”
Certifications issued by Certified Chimney Professional are “intended to fortify the experienced chimney professional’s knowledge, and to allow the experienced chimney professional the chance to prove by independent testing that they have attained a professional level of knowledge of the codes, standards, and practices of a Certified Chimney Professional™ or a Certified Chimney Reliner™ and to achieve the designation.”
As an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, The Chimney Doctor joins over 400,000 business in adhering to the BBB’s high ethical business standards
Governing Bodies For Codes & Standards
International Residential Code (IRC2015)
The Chimney Doctor follows the 2015 International Residential Code found here.