New Training Centres

New Training Centres

HETAS is committed to providing an accessible route for industry to train at professional, reputable training centres. We have recently taken on some new training centres to replace some that no longer work in our sector.

Leading the way

HETAS continues to be the leading training provider of solid fuel and biomass training courses for industry. We are pleased to be supported by a network of professional training centres throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. These training centres are well established business that have been working within our sector for a number of years. Our full range of training centres can be viewed at

In recent months we have had some changes in the provision of training centres and welcomed the following approved training centres:

John J Doyle Ltd – Located in Belfast, John J Doyle has 90 years of experience in the chimney and flue industry

North West Building Services Training Centre – conveniently located close to Liverpool John Lennon airport offering the full suite of HETAS training courses.

Robinsons UK Technical Training Academy (Exeter) – extending their offering of HETAS courses from their Worcestershire base and now offering courses from the former Stovax training centre.

Gastec Training and Assessments –  a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries

As a reminder the range of courses available at HETAS approved training centres includes dry appliance installation, wet systems, system chimneys, pellet stoves and biomass.

To book a HETAS courses, please contact your nearest HETAS Approved Training Centre.

T Panel for the future

T Panel for the future

Department for Education logoMike Harvey, HETAS Training & Technical Manager, has been appointed on to the Building Services T-Level Panel; one of the first three new T-Levels announced recently by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

T level panel’s role is to co-create technical education programmes with the Department for Education. Each panel will bring together the expertise of industry professionals and employers to provide the outline ‘core’ content of the knowledge, skills and behaviours and ‘specialist’ content, in sufficient detail, for awarding organisations to develop the full qualification content.

First announced in 2016 and backed by £500 million every year in additional funding, the qualifications are seen as a key milestone in transforming technical education in the UK and they extend the offer for young people to study a technical qualification at Level 3 – equivalent to A-Levels.

T level qualifications will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to get skilled jobs. It is intended that all T level programmes will also include a substantial, high quality work placement‎ so that students can apply their learning in a real workplace environment. The first of the new technical qualifications will be taught from 2020, with the full set of T-Levels introduced by 2022.

Training and ongoing development are key priorities for HETAS. The current suite of HETAS training courses meet and exceed the Minimum Technical Competence standards for our industry. In order to be registered with a competent person scheme, installers need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant minimum technical competence requirements. HETAS is keen to see these Minimum Technical Competence standards raised and will continue to work on behalf of our registrants to raise standards in training and professional competence.

To find out more about the range of HETAS training courses please click here.

HETAS Training Update

HETAS Training UpdateHETAS Training Update

The heating season fast approaching – summer turns to autumn and heating engineers across all technologies find themselves entering the busy period.

HETAS registered Installers, Service and Maintenance Technicians and Approved Chimney Sweeps are called upon for their expertise by customers seeking professional services and peace of mind in readiness for the winter months.


This trend repeated year on year identified across industry at all levels facilitates numerous opportunities for us to reflect during the quieter times and consider options for training and continual professional development often referred to as CPD.

CPD can be achieved in a variety of ways, required at all levels, whether Installer, Service & Maintenance Technician, Approved Sweep, Trainer, Manager, Technical Helpline Advisor, and Inspector – the list isn’t exhaustible! Vitally necessary so as to ensure we stay current with the innovation within our industry.

Refresher Training

The Refresher requirement recognised across industry as 5 yearly training which is necessary as a route to demonstrate competence is long established, considered unpopular by some at times, who however on attendance realise the worth in bringing themselves up to speed. The refresher training, which is a requirement for competent person schemes such as HETAS, is continually updated to reflect latest standards and requirements for installers and trade professionals.

On a less formal level HETAS supports its registrants in achieving appropriate CPD in a variety of ways, constantly available to all registrants and industry stakeholders through monthly E-News articles such as this, regular Technical Bulletins, HETAS Technical Area and of course the highly valued HETAS Technical Helpline.

Sharing Knowledge

The information cascaded to all and contained within is gathered from all areas, elements of inspections, training, manufacturers, installers, retailers, HETAS Technical Committee (HTC) and much more; constant 360 degree communication and feedback ensuring timely, appropriate advice is available, all of which is appraised by the HETAS Training department, reflected upon, enriched and embedded within the HETAS Training Material for delivery by highly experienced and knowledgeable HETAS trainers at any of our accredited training centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, affirming HETAS as the leading training provider for the industry.

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.

Refresher Training Update

Don’t wait for your previous qualification to expire before booking your refresher training! You can book your HETAS Refresher assessment training up to six months ahead of the due date, without losing any time from your five-year extension.
To give an example:
H003 dry installer course passed 13th January 2012
Refresher due 13th January 2017
H003 Refresher passed 9th September 2016
Qualification valid until 13th January 2022
That’s 5 years and 4 months from the assessment.

Renewal of qualifications is crucial, and is mandatory for combustion appliance installations under Competent Person Scheme rules. At HETAS we want to give you every opportunity to take your training on dates that are convenient to you. Your HETAS Refresher course covers all updates in Regulations and Standards, whilst giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your existing knowledge and ability, ensuring you are able to give the best possible service to your customers.

Why not incorporate the HETAS ‘System Chimney’ course (H006) for internal systems and the brand new, increasingly popular ‘Dry Pellet Stove’ (H008) course, further developing your skill set and ensuring you are able to offer your customers a wider range of installations.

Regular Technical Bulletins and e-newsletters are issued by HETAS in support of our Registered Installers, Approved Sweeps and Approved Retailers. These can also be accessed by registrants in the new Technical Area of the HETAS website which contains a wide range of useful topics and will be updated on a regular basis.

The HETAS Technical Helpline is of course there whenever you are in need of any advice on any aspect of an installation. Unique to you as a HETAS Registered Installer we are proud to have taken almost 25,000 calls since it began in 2013. Contact the team on 01684 278170 or email

Waxman Group launches new Heating division

Waxman Group, leading UK Distribution Company with over 50 years’ experience, is expanding its portfolio of high quality products to include wood and solid fuel technologies as well as chimney system solutions.

Waxman Heating


Waxman Heating is a new Limited company under the Waxman Group, which specialises in the supply of chimney system solutions from Poujoulat, solid fuel stoves and wood burning stoves, as well as renewable heat technologies encompassing solar thermal and heat pumps. This is in line with Waxman’s recent Poujoulat North initiative that offers a distribution service to installers and retailers as well as a trade counter for instant access to Poujoulat chimney system products, exclusively for customers in the North.

Opening up its product range to include stoves and solid fuels helps support sister division Waxman Training, which now offers a whole complement of HETAS courses encompassing biomass, solid and wood fuel technologies. Learning about system design, installation and maintenance on in-house models, with the opportunity to buy systems once qualified, installers will have a local one stop shop that will support their career at various stages.

The new company has been set up to support the growing number of installers of such technologies and meet high demand for quality products, combined with outstanding customer service. Waxman’s experience in the distribution industry means it can uphold its connection with esteemed manufacturers to ensure a reliable supply chain to customers is maintained.

Waxman Heating’s official launch took place on 4th January with the business trading from the Waxman Group headquarters based in Grove Mills, Elland.

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.

Specflue is Recruiting

specflue_training_logoSpecflue is currently recruiting for a Technical Trainer to join it’s team based in Sudbury, Suffolk. Specflue was founded in 1992, as an independent company.  The business was founded with the guiding principles of innovation, the provision of top class products and outstanding service.  These elements allowed Specflue to grow into a leader in it’s sector. In 2006 Specflue realised that to continue with their growth plans, they needed to help the trade to thrive and ultimately develop into a professional industry with recognised qualifications.

Specflue’s Training Division offers the trade and consumer the most comprehensive training facility in the UK. The head office has two centres both fully equipped and finished to the highest standard to ensure a productive training environment. The National Chimney Academy has provided hundreds of solid fuel engineers with a route to certification with HETAS on both solid fuel installations, biomass and solid fuel boilers. The centre is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the UK. With a large range of working solid fuel stoves, cookers and open fires, chimney constructions, flue options and external fan installations to ensure all scenarios are catered for.

If you are interested in a career with Specflue in their training depaertment please click on the following links to download the Job Description and Person Specification.

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



BSL Engagement Events

bsl_logoFollowing the launch of the RHI Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) on 30 April 2014 to applications from producers and traders of woodfuel, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is planning a series of engagements aimed at promoting the BSL, and enabling producers, traders and self-suppliers to make their applications. DECC would welcome your participation in these engagements, and would also be very grateful if you could pass on this message to your contacts who may be interested.

 The programme includes:

 Webchat, Thursday 22 May

DECC will host a webchat to provide an opportunity for suppliers and other stakeholders to find out more about the Biomass Suppliers List. Further information on how to participate in the webchat, including a web link, will be circulated nearer the time. In the meantime, please let us know if you are interested by emailing

 A programme of supplier focused workshops

These workshops will give attendees an overview of the Biomass Suppliers List, as well as a change to ask detailed questions and receive practical information about the applications process.

Workshops will be held across the UK as follows:

  •  Cardiff, Thursday 29 May, 1pm – 5pm – Cardiff University, Birchwood House
  •  London, Friday 30 May, 9am – 1pm – Department of Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place
  •  Edinburgh, Tuesday 3 June, 12.30 – 4.30pm – Queen Margaret University

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please email by Wednesday 21 May, stating your name, organisation and job title.

Places at the workshops are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We would also ask that you limit requests for places to one person per organisation, in order to allow other organisations to attend. The content will be the same for all three workshops, so we do not advise attending more than one. Joining instructions and a more detailed agenda will be provided to confirmed attendees nearer the time.

Woodfuel suppliers can now register as a biomass supplier at