Specflue is expanding its range of training to include HETAS’s new dry solid fuel appliance service and maintenance course.
The two-day practical course – H009: Service and Maintenance – is aimed at engineers who don’t want to undertake installation work such as professional chimney sweeps, maintenance operatives and local authority operatives responsible for housing stock using solid fuel as a primary heat source.
Specflue is offering places on this course at its training facility in Suffolk. Attendants will also be provided with free accommodation.
The first course, which starts on March 14, costs £500 plus VAT. However, Specflue is offering discounts for people who don’t require accommodation, and for those making multiple bookings.
The new course was developed in close collaboration with the three HETAS-approved associations – the Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps, the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, and National Association of Chimney Sweeps.
Jenna Bartholomew, training co-ordinator at Specflue, said: “Focusing on practical activities throughout the majority of the course, attendees are assessed on service and maintenance procedures through observation while carrying out a variety of related tasks. A multiple choice 18-question paper concludes the assessment.
“Successfully completing the course entitles participants to a training certificate enabling them to apply for registration with HETAS on the competent person registration scheme for servicing and maintaining appliances.”
HETAS is the only Competent Persons Scheme member specialising in the installation of solid fuel, wood and biomass technologies. Business benefits of HETAS registration – obtainable by taking Specflue’s range of courses – include the ability to self-certify installations, business details listed on the HETAS ‘find installer’ search, and promotion and marketing tools.
Successful attendees also receive a free HETAS technical handbook along with updates, a free annual HETAS guide, industry dedicated insurance, a monthly industry e-newsletter, access to the HETAS technical helpline, and free prompt payer membership – debt recovery and loan brokering services.