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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification isn't required to work as a chimney sweep but is highly recommended by professionals in the industry. In its education of the public regarding chimney safety, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) strongly advises homeowners to use only the services of certified sweeps. An unskilled sweep may be unable to recognize the potential for fire and health hazards in a deteriorating chimney and may even do more damage in the sweeping and repairing process. Those who attend an online or in-person review session, pass two exams, and sign the CSIA Code of Ethics can use the designation certified chimney sweep. There are 1,400 CSIA-certified chimney sweeps in the United States.

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