NCSG Apprenticeship Program

The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) has developed a National Standard for the Chimney Sweep Technician Apprentice Program to provide a recruitment and training tool for employers in the chimney sweep industry. These Standards are registered with the US Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship.

Chimney sweep companies may choose to enter the DOL-recognized NCSG Apprentice program. The chimney sweep technician apprentice program offers comprehensive training, enhanced skills, and attainment of accredited certification credentials, and helps to establish a workforce of professional chimney sweep technicians.

To learn more, reference our 2024 NCSG Employers Guide to Apprenticeship.

Why Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognized training and education program in which an individual completes a combination of on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and professional development to earn a Certificate of Completion in Apprenticeship, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. This certificate is often referred to as a Journeyman Credential. The apprentice is granted the privilege of earning income as a full-time employee while acquiring skills in a specialized craft. The apprentice works with a journeyman for a specified period during which they gain knowledge and expertise.

 Apprenticeships are a collaboration among the employer, who provides on-the-job training, the apprentice, who commits to working for the employer, and the related instruction provider(s), who deliver classroom or hands-on instruction.

 The NCSG offers related instruction through our Chimney Sweep Technician Apprentice Training program, and some select Chimney Sweep Educational providers may also offer approved related instruction.


  1. Time-based/Competency-based - Hybrid
  2. The term of the occupation is 2 years, with an On-the-Job Learning (OJL) requirement of 4000 hours, supplemented by a minimum of 288 hours of related instruction