New HETAS Service and Maintenance Course for 2017
Solid fuel appliances are well known for their high quality, robust construction and durability. However, like any product in continuous use they do require attention by the user and routine servicing by an engineer. HETAS recommends that appliances are serviced at least once a year or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
HETAS Service and Maintenance Course
In support of the requirements, HETAS has launched a Service & Maintenance course designed to ensure engineers are equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to undertake such work. The two-day practical course is ideal for businesses that don’t wish to undertake installation work such as professional chimney sweeps, maintenance operatives and local authorities with housing stock using solid fuel as a primary heat source.
This new course has been developed in collaboration with the three HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep associations, APICS, GOMCS and NACS. The course is now available at HETAS Approved Training Centres nationwide. Click here to find your local training centre.
Click here to find out more about this new HETAS training course which is being delivered by our network of HETAS Approved Training Centres.
HETAS Diary Dates 2017
HETAS has already signed up to exhibit at a number of events throughout 2017 and we really hope to see you all along the way. First up for the HETAS team is Ecobuild in March.
Ecobuild is the UK’s largest and number one event for specifiers across the built environment. This year the event theme is Regeneration. Ecobuild 2017 will be regenerated into an immersive city – complete with main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be Regeneration Drive, a boulevard running through the middle of Ecobuild, linking different aspects of the exhibition and enabling you to experience the very best examples of innovation and creativity from across the built environment.
You will be able to find HETAS along with Woodsure on stand B215. Ecobuild takes place from the 7th to the 9th March at ExCeL in London. For more information visit www.ecobuild.co.uk or click here to register for your free tickets.
Following on from Ecobuild, HETAS will then be at The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Exhibition taking place at The Oxford Belfry on the 10th and 11th March 2017. We will have more details on the exhibition on the HETAS website as they become available or click here to visit the Guild website.
As always HETAS will be at Hearth & Home in Harrogate, taking place this year from the 11th to the 13th June. Visit the brand new exhibition website at www.hearthandhome.co.uk. Visitor registration is now live, click here to sign up.
The National Association of Chimney Sweeps have their annual exhibition taking place on the 7th and 8th April 2017 at The Holiday Inn Hotel, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit www.nacs.org.uk for more information on the exhibition.
HETAS Diary Dates
For more information on events you can visit our dedicated events page at www.hetas.co.uk/hetas-events.
Chimney Sweeps Directory
At the end of October HETAS launched its new HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory and we have sent copies to our approved Sweeps and Retailers as well as Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Services, Housing Associations and homeowners.
Working with our three recognised chimney sweeping associations, The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps, The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and The National Association of Chimney Sweeps, HETAS is pleased to have launched the first HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory to further promote to consumers the importance of using a trained and registered chimney sweep.
The Directory also includes some top tips for consumers to make the most of their heating system, from choosing the right fuel through to what to expect on the day a sweep visits their home.
The Directory will be updated regularly as new sweeps sign up and contact details change for existing sweeps. Copies of the HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep Directory are available via the HETAS Shop or by contacting the team on 01684 278170.
To be listed in the Directory chimney sweeps are required to be a member of one of HETAS’ nominated chimney sweeping associations, APICS, Guild or the NACS. The induction, training and assessment procedures of the trade associations represent to HETAS that you are a competent practical sweep with the appropriate equipment and insurance.
Visit www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/chimneysweeps/join-now to find out more and to download your application pack to become a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep, contact the Registration team on 01684 278170 or email email@example.com.
Click here to search for HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps on the HETAS website.
Surefire and the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) are pleased to announce a new partnership to help improve the services for NACS Members and HETAS Installers. Surefire, part of Docherty Group has expanded its catchment area for engineers to be able to attend one of two HETAS Approved Training Centres – one in Stone, Staffordshire, the other in Ripley, Derbyshire. Surefire will provide tutors and assessors for all HETAS training, bringing consistency to both centres. The NACS centre is being upgraded to be able to offer the full suite of HETAS training courses.
The NACS actively promotes all HETAS courses to its Members and in particular the H003 course as a requirement to progress to the status of ‘Master Chimney Sweep’ with NACS, and as a prerequisite to becoming a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep. NACS now has over two hundred HETAS Approved Sweeps, many of whom are also registered installers. HETAS Training Manager Mike Harvey comments:
“The partnership between the two organisations is great news and will undoubtedly prove successful. The additional training resources combined with experienced trainers with a wealth of industry knowledge will ensure training needs within the area are met. A very pleasing industry development.”
Mr. Cris Whitcombe, Training Manager at Surefire will be in charge of all HETAS training courses. He says:
“I am pleased about the partnership for all concerned and look forward to the challenges and triumphs that lay before us. We aim to offer the full suite of HETAS courses available and for more information visit our Surefire website.”
Martin P. Glynn President and CEO of the NACS adds:
“The new partnership demonstrates how the trade can assist each other in working together to raise standards for the industry and ultimately, protecting the consumer. This a positive step forward for both organisations.”
Mr. Dave Donald, NACS Head of Training, will continue to be in charge of all NACS training courses. Surefire Training Services is also an Associate Members of the NACS. The new partnership will commence on 1st July 2016. All HETAS course bookings will be taken by Surefire through a central telephone line and NACS members can continue to ring the NACS office and select HETAS training. Please be aware of a telephone number change for the NACS office from the 7th July 2016 to: 01785 336555. The existing number will be active for a short period following the changeover.