Cleaning a chimney needs no skill. You will only need some items which will be handy in order to clean it and once you get them the work can be done pretty fast. The first and foremost thing that you will need is a brush head of proper size and chimney rods. The brush head will be able to get the chimney flue cleaned.
The second thing that is required is a strong ladder that will reach the top of the roof. In case you have a pitch roof then you will need a ridge hook along with another ladder. Thirdly a couple of canvas drop clothes are needed so that you can put one right in front of the fire place and the second you can drape over the mantel. Lastly you will need a shop vacuum having a filter attached to it. They are not at all costly and are available in almost every electric shop.