Summer Offer from Surefire

Summer offer from SurefireSummer offer from Surefire

Surefire offer free accommodation when you book both H003 and H006 courses this summer. Are you looking to develop your skills through further solid fuel training?

Study with Surefire Training Centre this summer and you will not only learn from the most knowledgeable professionals in the solid fuel industry who bring a wealth of experience and skills to HETAS courses but you will also receive FREE ACCOMMODATION when you book the following courses together:

– 4 nights FREE accommodation* when you book both H003 and H006 training courses

– 3 nights FREE accommodation* when you book both H003R and H006 training courses

*Available for courses between 1st May – 31st July 2017 at the Surefire Ripley centre only

The Training Centre

Situated in Ripley, Derbyshire, the training centre is easily accessible from the A38 and M1, Surefire Training Centre has the following facilities:

  • Dedicated training suite equipped with live appliances for practical training, flue and chimney displays
  • Trainers with 98 years’ collective experience in delivering solid fuel training bringing a wealth of experience and skills to our courses
  • Courses are never cancelled
  • Lunch and refreshments included

The Accommodation

The free accommodation is at the Derbyshire Hotel, 4-star bed and breakfast.

The Derbyshire Hotel is conveniently just located two minutes’ from Junction 28 of the M1. The hotel is close to both the Derby and Nottingham city centres.

For more information on courses and to take advantage of this summer offer from Surefire, contact the team by emailing or call 01773 570408. The Surefire team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively visit the Surefire website to find out more about the full range of courses available and the facilities on offer at Surefire.

Click here to find out more about the full range of HETAS courses on offer.

National Association of Chimney Sweeps & Surefire In New Joint Partnership

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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.

HETASLive! At Surefire

Next up in our series of #HETASLive! Events is Sure Fire Training Centre in Ripley, Derbyshire on Tuesday 17th May, starting at 4pm. Part of the Docherty Group, Surefire Training Services offers specialist training courses for installers from a purpose-built facility in Ripley, Derbyshire.

With a dedicated training suite equipped with live appliances, chimney products and fuel displays and highly experienced trainers, Surefire offer a wide range of training courses including HETAS approved training courses and in-house developed one day practical courses.

This event is free to attend for installers, chimney sweeps, retailers, specifiers, architects and local authority building control officers. It provides a great opportunity to meet the HETAS team, centre hosts, a tour of the training facilities and to take part in a Q & A session and interactive discussions with HETAS Technical & Training Manager Mike Harvey and the Surefire team.

Sign up for your free tickets for #HETASLive! At or join our Facebook group for the event at

We will have more dates for #HETASLive! coming soon. Follow the HETAS social media channels for more updates.

Docherty Group is Recruiting


The Docherty Group is currently recruiting for a Training Manager to join it’s team based in Ripley, Derbyshire. Docherty Group is the largest independent manufacturer and distributor of flue and chimney products and renewable fuel appliances in the UK. With over 50 years of experience, Docherty’s name is synonymous with consistent quality, reliable supply and excellent customer care, delivered through a network 11 branches and accredited dealers.

 The Group also offers specialist HETAS approved training courses for installers from a centrally located purpose-built facility in Ripley, Derbyshire. Courses are run at the conveniently located training centre, a few miles from junction 28 of the M1. This centre has unique facilities for HETAS Training Courses and other practical training courses and can be used for courses tailored to suit a client on any subjects related to the solid fuel and domestic Biomass industries.

If you are interested in a career with The Docherty Group please download the Job Advert by clicking here. Closing dates for applications is 31st January 2015.

To apply for this position please email Maggie Scarlett at with your CV and cover letter.