Specflue extends training with HETAS maintenance course

Specflue extends training with HETAS maintenance course

Specflue is expanding its range of training to include HETAS’ 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 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 state-of-the-art training facility in Sudbury, Suffolk. As an added value benefit, the company also offers all its course attendants free accommodation, no matter how far they travel.

The first course, which starts on 14th March, 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 (CPS) for servicing and maintaining appliances.”

HETAS is the only CPS specialising in the installation of solid fuel, wood and biomass technologies. Business benefits of HETAS registration include the ability to self-certify installations; have business details listed on the HETAS ‘find installer’ search, and access to promotion and marketing tools – for example, use of the HETAS installer logo, van stickers, consumer flyers and advice leaflets.

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.

Introducing the new course, HETAS said: “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.”

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