The Certified Chimney Professional (CCP) is designed to provide an independent assessment of early-to-mid career chimney sweep through a knowledge-based exam. Passing the CCP exam demonstrates a candidate has thoughtfully prepared, understands pertinent codes and standards and has the competency to perform skilled and safe maintenance of chimneys.

Candidate Profile

Entry-level to mid-level chimney professionals seeking to demonstrate competency in chimney service, safety and maintenance.


None. 1-3 years of experience is recommended.


  1. Systems Knowledge and Installation
  2. Inspection, Cleaning and Tools
  3. Safety
  4. Science of Combustion


3 Years

Recertification CEUs

36 CEUS (1 hour : 1 CEU)

  • 16 Technical
  • 8 Codes & Standards
  • 6 Safety
  • 6 Elective (Any category including business)


Description Fee (USD)
Application $0
Exam Fee - LIMITED TIME BETA TEST DISCOUNT $149 (through April 30, 2023)
Exam Fee - Individuals employed by NCSG Members $499
Exam Fee - Individuals not employed by NCSG Members $699
Annual Maintenance fee $0
Renewal - Individuals employed by NCSG Members $299 + 36 CEUs
Renewal - Individuals not employed by NCSG Members $499 + 36 CEUs
Retest Fee $100

1: Systems Knowledge and Installation — 37%

a. Understand NFPA 211 codes, IRC, local codes, and manufacturer’s installation instructions regarding heating systems

b. Identify the main categories of residential heating appliances

c. Identify the different types of fireplaces and the parts of the fireplace system

d. Identify the components of masonry heaters

e. Identify the different types of space and central heaters and methods of heating

f. Identify components of pellet systems

g. Identify components of natural gas/propone systems

h. Identify applicable listings and ASTM standards

i. Identify components of oil systems

a. Identify the types and materials of connectors between the heating appliance to the venting system

b. Understand the installation of connector accessories per applicable codes and standards

a. Identify the types and materials of vents

b. Understand applicable codes and standards regarding installation and inspection of vents

c. Understand proper type and installation of venting components based on appliance and fuel type

a. Identify the types of masonry chimneys and their components

b. Identify the types of flue liners

c. Identify the types of factory-built chimneys and installation methods and requirements

d. Identify exterior components of chimneys

a. Identify appliances that can be installed in chases

b. Identify the purpose of firestopping and fireblocking

c. Identify the purpose of insulation shields and firestop spacers

a. Understand the guidelines to allow reduction in clearances to combustibles, appliances, and connectors

2. Inspection, Sweeping and Tools — 26%

a. Understand applicable codes and standards on the frequency of chimney inspections

b. Define the scope, degree of access required, circumstances and indications for each of three levels of inspection (Level I, Level II, Level III), and select the proper level of inspection based on these factors

c. Locate and identify deficiencies during a Level I, II, and III inspections

d. Understand basic requirements for documentation of findings of Level I, II, and III inspections and presentation to client in paper or electronic format

e. Understand executing the appropriate process for inspection

f. Understand the use of scanning equipment and identify deficiencies and defects

g. Identify other types of specialty equipment used during inspection

h. Understand and calculate minimum chimney heigh requirements for single- and multi-pitch roofs Sub-Domain

a. Identify the different sweeping methods (e.g., manual, mechanical, chemical), the benefits and drawbacks of each, and when to use each method

b. Understand executing the appropriate process for sweeping

c. Identify and use common industry tools (e.g., brushes, rods, ropes and weights, hand tools, electric tools, insert pullers and stove move aids and ladders)

a. Identify the steps of basic inspection and service of wood, gas, or pellet appliances (e.g., stoves, inserts, fireplaces)

3. Safety - 25%

a. Ensure proper safety precautions when driving with a ladder, using proper clamps and straps to secure ladder to vehicle

b. Use optimum positions when setting a ladder on a roof by assessing the safest point of entry to roof and checking ground for uneven and unsafe surfaces

c. Understand the OSHA ladder setting ratio and best practices

d. Understand and use appropriate methods to transport parts, components, piping, or materials up and down ladders and across roofs

e. Assess a chimney’s condition and determine if the chimney is suitable to lean a ladder against it

a. Differentiate among different roof materials and understand their characteristics under different temperatures and weather conditions

b. Evaluate roof condition and determine necessary safety equipment based on OSHA guidelines

c. Understand and implement OSHA required fall protection techniques and equipment

a. Use proper lifting techniques (squat lift and hip-bend lift)

b. Identify and use proper personal protective equipment (PPE)

c. Understand risks and safety precautions to be used when encountering animals and insects, and familiarity with

Migratory Bird Act of 1918 requirements and other protected species

d. Identify threats related to confined spaces

e. Understand OSHA requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

f. Understand and implement proper safety protocols to use power tools, extension cords, and other equipment

g. Identify safety hazards and risks when working on or around the chimney

h. Understand health hazards of inhaling different types of combustion byproducts (gas, coal, oil, wood)

4. Science of Combustion — 12%

a. Define fire and the combustion process

b. Identify the byproducts of complete and incomplete combustion

c. Understand how heat is transferred (radiation, conduction, convection)