Immerse yourself in Sweep training. Our dedicated training facility is home to the most advanced techniques and products in the industry.
The course has been designed by sweeps with a plethora of knowledge gained through years of experience in both manual and power sweeping. Set out over 3 days, the trainees will be mentored at a pace that will allow them to absorb the new information/skills and has been crafted to avoid information overload that can occur with short courses.
The chimney sweep training course will provide indepth knowledge on the road to becoming a chimney technician. From starting up your business to creating a customer base, scheduling your appointments, current legislation and the practical skills that are essential for the modern chimney sweep.
Competence in Chimney Sweeping and Advanced Fault Finding course breakdown
Day one is a classroom based day during which you will learn:
Health and safety
We cover most aspects of health and safety that affect you carrying out your day to day duties.
We don’t offer a full health and safety course as it is only a three day course, but we cover lifting heavy objects, the correct safety clothing required and the personal protective equipment (ppe) including breathing apparatus, clothing, shoes, workwear and gloves. Different equipment you may be expected to wear on a building site, the dangers of carcinogenic particles and how to avoid them, carrying and disposing of waste soot without getting fines including details of licence’s that are recommended, we also touch on working at heights. How to do a risk assessment as part of your everyday planning.
Here we start to look at the work you may be about to undertake.
We show you lots of pictures as to what you might see and how these things can affect the job, we talk about bird nest removal and the licence you will need to remove them during certain times and the procedures needed to make sure you have removed the nest fully to avoid potential repercussions, chimney stack placement including heights needed to conform to building regulations and for the compliance of thatch insurance companies, we discuss and show examples of over twenty different types of cowls, their uses including how you can remedy certain issues using the right cowl type.
This section covers how to look for signs that the flue is not working correctly and how to fix these issues.
We go through the different types of fuels and the deposits that you would get from them if they are burnt correctly and the deposits you would find if they are burnt incorrectly, we explain about flue construction and show you how to size open fires to suit the flues or vice versa, we discuss distances to combustible materials and explain how to resolve a potential fire risk. We show you the different types of blockages you should expect to find during your everyday work and how they can damage the flues, we show the different stages of tar and how to remove them. We go through the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to spot that it is present.
Liner types and chimney sweeping
In this section of the course we discuss in depth the different flue types you may come across, and the different methods of cleaning them.
Here we show the different types of liners and their uses as well as the way to tell if a flue is the correct way up, we then go on to selecting the correct rods and heads for traditional sweeping explaining how to select the correct head for the deposits you are trying to remove also how to calculate the size of the flue so you know which size brush you will need. Moving on to power sweeping again we show you how to select the right size rods and heads for the job you will be doing and explain how to alter the direction and stiffness of the brush. Smoke testing is also taught in this section and we explain how extractor fans and other things can affect the draw of a chimney and if any problems are found then what it could be caused by and how to rectify it.
CCTV surveying, Sweeping certificates and Warning notices
This section covers the formats of reporting required and how to deliver the required information correctly.
You will be given blank sheets as well as examples of the filled in documentation.
This is the last section of day one, where we discuss in depth document J.
We discuss the relevant parts of this document including fireplace recesses, air vents and how to calculate the ventilation requirement, permissible bends in flues, notice plates and where they can be situated, construction and superimposed hearths and sizes, the differences between register and enclosure plates, carbon monoxide alarms placements.
Throughout day one we have assessments, purely as a way of revision and to help make sure you have taken in the subjects fully you will be taking notes during this day as all exams are an open book assessment. We also go into other equipment needed for chimney sweeps.
Day Two starts with demonstrations of different dust control methods and the best application for them, we show different appliance types and how to work out what fuels are suitable to burn, how to use a cctv camera, how smoke tests are carried out. We give practical demonstrations on sweeping, including traditional and power sweeping, use of specialist equipment for problematic flues, and give a visual guide to what happens in a flue, by using a clear flue. We then get you set up sweeping a number of different appliances from open fires of different sizes (including open and register plated inglenooks) to closed appliances with different access requirements, you will be sweeping traditionally and power sweeping at this stage.
After lunch, we ask that you continue to go around the varied appliances and sweep using your preferred method while you are doing this and throughout the day depending on the number of students you will either be working in pairs or on your own with the guidance of 2 or 3 members of staff all of whom have swept chimneys themselves the staff will give you tips on how to work safely and effectively. We also give tips on how to deal with customers and will always answer any questions throughout the course.
Day Three starts with a multiple choice written assessment, this is marked while you have a break so you are given your results straight away. If you have not achieved the minimum to pass this paper we discuss the questions you have failed, and we get you to re-visit the notes and subject matter from day one of the course. At no point will you be given the answer, we just assist you in looking for the solution, so that you may be able to answer the questions correctly. This is followed by a verbal fault-finding assessment where you go into a faults room and are asked to identify a number of faults on two different rigs. A practical assessment is the last stage of your learning you will be expected to treat it as a real situation and you sweep an appliance that has a real feel to it with soot as you sweep, this gives you a real insight into what you will be experiencing in your everyday sweeping. If for any reason you fail any part of the examinations you will be given another chance to repeat the test on alternative appliances and equipment.
The tests are designed to be hard (much like a driving test) but we will help in every way we are able to ensure that you are competent in sweeping prior to you continuing or starting your career in being a chimney sweep.
At the end of this you will hopefully passed the Competence in chimney sweeping and advanced fault finding course, you will be issued with a certificate and photo ID card all bearing the City and Guilds logo stating you have passed the assessments. You will also receive a USB drive which contains directions to where to obtain licences, actual licences, disclaimers, information videos and all the course notes.
What people are saying about this course
“Day 1 savage day 2 good”
“Good instructors make all the difference and you both helped get a full-on course across very well given the time you had. Many thanks”
“course was set at a good pace to keep everything fresh”
“All was great thanks”
“I found the classroom experience informative and enjoyable, well presented and impressive”
“Help was always available and find it hard to suggest any improvements”
“Training area is very well equipped, and easy to learn in, no improvement necessary”
“the practical day was very enjoyable overseen by knowledgeable chimney sweeps excellent preparation for the real world”
“very happy with the course”
“all instruction had brilliant knowledge to pass to me. Also took time to address my exact situation”
“very good for me”
“The course was brilliant really enjoyed it and thank you for all the help and support!”
About the HEATS Training Centre
The Training centre has been built specifically to offer the most comprehensive selection of appliances and flue types available to include; Oil, solid fuel and biomass. The selection of appliances includes;
- Open inglenook
- Register plated inglenook (to appliance)
- Top vented multi fuel and wood stoves.
- Back vented multi fuel and wood stoves.
- Old and new Parkray’s
- Oil and solid fuel cooking ranges
- Insert stoves
- Biomass stove and insert stove.
- Standard open fires
- Large open fires
- Live stoves
- Inset replica Victorian fire
- Small open fires
- Soot door access
- Oil boiler
to name but a few of the 27 different appliances.
We also have a selection of flue types to include; Furan Flex, Twin wall, flexi lined, clay lined and pargeted unlined systems.
You will also have a selection of both traditional and power sweeping systems by three different manufacturers.
You will be supplied with all the tools you would require to deal with sweeping, including drills, tools, sheets, soot cloths, sponges, magnets, tape and vacuums.
Once you have trained with us you will feel confident in going to any residential or commercial premises to carry out sweeping of a chimney.
Book early to avoid disappointment as we only have a limited number of places each month.