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Contact the National Chimney Sweep Guild for the names of chimney sweeps in your area, and look in the yellow pages of your phone book. A local sweep may allow you to follow him or her around for a day or two. Because of a shortage of chimney sweeps in the country, many sweeps and sweep organizations are anxious to recruit young people into the business. Speak to a guild representative about apprenticeship opportunities, or find one on your own by speaking to the sweeps in your town. The Chimney Safety Institute of America can also direct you to nearby educational seminars and conferences. By attending a conference, you'll get inside information about the business and also get to talk with experienced chimney sweeps. There are a few publications devoted to chimney sweeping: Sweeping: The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technology (http://www.ncsg.org/about_ncsg/sweeping_magazine.aspx) and SNEWS—The Chimney Sweep News (http://www.chimneysweepnews.com/).

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