The O.C.S.A. meets the highest of educational standards.
The O.C.S.A. credential was established in 1983 to provide homeowners a means to measure a chimney sweep’s technical expertise.
Code of Ethics
In addition to passing a rigorous examination, each person wishing to hold a O.C.S.A. certification must also agree to abide by a stringent Code of Ethics. We feel this is critical to protecting homeowners from potential scams. If a O.C.S.A. Certified Chimney Sweep is found to be in violation, their certification may be revoked.
Focus on Public Safety and Industry Advancement
O.C.S.A. does more for the industry than certify chimney sweeps. O.C.S.A.’s mission includes public and professional education with a commitment to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property.
O.C.S.A. Certified Chimney Sweeps must re-certify through examination or continuing education credits every three years. Since the industry is constantly evolving, O.C.S.A. does not believe in providing a “one-and-done” lifetime certification.
Reciprical Affiliated Trades Relationships
O.C.S.A. devotes its resources to educating the public and related industries through traditional and social media and its relationships with affiliated trades such as home inspectors, realtors, and homeowner associations. Many of these same trade groups promote O.C.S.A.’s mission through their own channels.