HETAS TRAINING COURSES - Terms & Conditions

HETAS Training Courses
COURSE APPLICATION

HETAS are the leading training provider for solid fuel, wood and biomass offering comprehensive courses specifically designed for installers, chimney sweeps, retailers, specifiers, Local Authorities, Building Control officers and those involved in the wood fuel supply chain. HETAS training courses can be used towards registration on the range of schemes available with HETAS, including Competent Persons registration (CPS), Microgeneration Certification (MCS), Approved Retailer and Approved Chimney Sweeps.

HETAS training courses now have to be taken at one of the HETAS approved training centres of which the Sure Fire Training Centre was the first. The courses will be for a maximum of 12 delegates to ensure each delegate has the opportunity to ask questions and gain the most out of each course while enabling a wide range of delegate experience and knowledge to be present on each HETAS training course.

H002 - Introductory level (3 day duration £700 + vat)

This combines both the Introduction to Solid Fuel and the Solid Fuel Regulations and Standards courses.

This course is a basic introduction to Solid Fuel Installations, Regulations and Standards and is targeted at anyone who has little or no prior knowledge of heating or plumbing.
This theory and awareness course is designed to introduce candidates to the processes of solid fuel installations and is targeted at people wishing to continue their personal development to become a HETAS installer, showroom staff, surveyors, building control officers and architects who need the regulations updated; including a theory assessment and certificate which can lead to HETAS approved retail listing. Please note evidence of experience will be required before progressing on to the H003, H003DS or H005DE. (See practical course options)

Course Content Units
Unit 1 - Fuel Types, Storage & Selection.
Principles of Combustion, Causes of Incomplete Combustion & CO Poisoning.
Unit 2 - Appliance Types, Operating Principles & Selection.
Unit 3 - Legislation, Regulations & Industry Guidance.
Unit 4 - Flue System & Ventilation Requirements for Solid Fuel Appliances.

NEW ENTRANT ROUTE - Where a delegate wishes to have a change of career and has no heating or construction background they must gain experience to meet the pre-requisites for any of the installer courses. There are alternative methods of gaining the level of experience required, Sure Fire has a range of skills courses (see practical course options) that when completed will give a pathway to the H003 or H003DS, please call for full details, alternatively work experience can be gained from working with a HETAS installer, a minimum of three installations accompanied with a portfolio and a signed statement from the installer as verification or proof of installations under Building Control.

INSTALLER COURSES

For those already in the construction or heating industry who wish to either move into the solid fuel sector or wish to formalise their existing status. Please see details of HETAS courses available.

H003 - HETAS Training Course (5 day duration £1,000 + vat)
Full Scope


This five day course is available for anyone who meets the pre-requisite requirements this would allow the fitting of dry appliances and also create a pathway if pre-reqisites are met for wet stoves H004 and biomass H005.

If a delegate has already taken the H002 Introduction to solid fuel and the Regulations and standards and shown they have experience they can go on to do a 2 Day version of the H003 course (priced at £450 plus vat) this will then qualify for registration with HETAS to install dry open fires and stoves, flex liners and to service and maintain thee appliances.

Course Content Units
Unit 1 - Fuel Types, Storage & Selection.
Principles of Combustion, Causes of Incomplete Combustion & CO Poisoning.
Unit 2 - Appliance Types, Operating Principles & Selection.
Unit 3 - Legislation, Regulations & Industry Guidance.
Unit 4 - Flue System & Ventilation Requirements for Solid Fuel Appliances.
Unit 5 - Flue & Chimney Inspection, Testing & Fault Diagnosis.
Unit 7 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance; Sizing, Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 9 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance Service & Maintenance.

H003DS - HETAS Training Course (3 day duration £700 + vat) Defined scope Dry installers course)

This course is targeted to candidates who have relevant work experience. They should have a knowledge & understanding of buildings and regulations and be working in the construction/heating industry. This will include both theory and practical assessment. Successful completion leads to certification, which is a requirement for HETAS installer registration.

If the delegate has no intension to work in a showroom or to go on to the Biomass installers course then as long as they have enough experience to meet the pre-requisites then they can take this shortened course.

The (H002) has been condensed to form the first day of this course and then the last two days are the same as the standard dry installers course H003. On completion of this course if a delegate then wishes to progress further to do the Biomass course they will have to complete all 5 days of the H005DE.

Course Content Units Unit 1 - Fuel Types, Storage & Selection.
Principles of Combustion, Causes of Incomplete Combustion & CO Poisoning.
Unit 2 - Appliance Types, Operating Principles & Selection.
Unit 3 - Legislation, Regulations & Industry Guidance.
Unit 4 - Flue System & Ventilation Requirements for Solid Fuel Appliances.
Unit 5 - Flue & Chimney Inspection, Testing & Fault Diagnosis.
Unit 7 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance; Sizing, Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 9 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance Service & Maintenance.

Pre-requisite Entry Requirements
Gas Safe Registration that includes registration relating to ACS Unit CCN1 and HTR1; or
OFTEC 101 0r 102 or 105e certification; or
Demonstrable appropriate work experience; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Plumbing or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating & Ventilation (Domestic Installation) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating & Ventilation (Industrial & Commercial Installation) or
equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Oil-fired Technical Services or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Gas Installation & Maintenance or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence;

H003R REFRESHER (2 day duration - £450 + vat)

HETAS have created a refresher course that is designed to cover all changes to the Building Regulations, Health and Safety, BS EN Standards legislation and technical standards within the last five years. The course must confirm the installer's competence through practical and theoretical assessments. Please note that the H006 twin wall chimney systems are not included and must be taken separately.

Course Content Units Unit 1 - Fuel Types, Storage & Selection.
Principles of Combustion, Causes of Incomplete Combustion & CO Poisoning.
Unit 2 - Appliance Types, Operating Principles & Selection.
Unit 3 - Legislation, Regulations & Industry Guidance.
Unit 4 - Flue System & Ventilation Requirements for Solid Fuel Appliances.
Unit 5 - Flue & Chimney Inspection, Testing & Fault Diagnosis.
Unit 7 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance; Sizing, Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 9 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance Service & Maintenance.

H004 Wet Installer Course (2 day duration £450 + vat)

The H004 is suitable for plumbing and heating installers who have already completed the H003, H003DS or H005DE course (time limited). The course is important for the safe and effective installation of solid fuel wet appliances. The course discusses advancements in technology, including integration with other types of wet heating.
This course is for those delegates who have relevant plumbing/heating experience and wish to install boiler model stoves, heating and hot water systems attached to those stoves and service and maintain those systems and appliances. The course will include both theory and practical assessment. Successful completion leads to certification, which is a requirement for HETAS registration for boiler model appliances.
Course Content Units
Unit 8 - Wet Solid Fuel Appliance; Sizing, Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 10 - Wet Solid Fuel Appliances Service & Maintenance.

Pre-requisite Entry Requirements
Compulsory H003 certification
and
Evidence of Gas Safe Registration: CCN1 and CEN1; or
Evidence of OFTEC 101 or 102; or
Evidence of formal qualifications: City & Guilds 6129/6035 and 6089, or QCF 6189; or
Evidence of equivalent work experience on wet heating systems; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in plumbing or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence.

H006 - HETAS System Chimney Course (1 day duration - £275 + vat)

This course is intended to provide training that is suitable for the correct installation of stainless steel twin wall insulated rigid flue systems into residential properties. The objective of this course is to deliver appropriate training for the design and safe installation of internal system chimneys but may also be appropriate for external systems too. The course discusses system components and how they are installed in relation to the various elements of a domestic structure. Successful completion of the course will enable this category of work to be added to the services provided by those HETAS members.
Course Content Units
Unit 6 - Installation & Testing of Prefabricated Metal Twin Wall Rigid Flue Systems.

Pre-requisite Entry Requirements

A valid HETAS H003 or H003DS or H005 certificate or proof of having taken and passed but waiting for certificate.

All the HETAS training courses run by Sure Fire Training have experienced lecturers who are HETAS registered consultants and can give real life examples and provide additional information and feed back to questions.

Additional practical support courses are also available from Sure Fire Training Services which facilitates the gaining of recognised experience creating a pathway to the HETAS training programme, please see link or ask for further details.

PROSPECTUS & COURSE APPLICATION

BIOMASS COURSE INTRODUCTION

With the increasing complexity of biomass heating systems HETAS and the introduction of the Governments Domestic Renewable heat incentive scheme (RHI) the Government has ensured that only Biomass qualifications can be used for the registration of engineers in this field.

HETAS is the first to achieve this qualification status for its course and they have just launched the H005DE course as a result, this is equivalent to an NVQ level 3/4 qualification. This means all other Biomass courses have become redundant for those hoping to register as an MCS accredited installer.

The course provides background information to enable the engineer to carry out feasibility studies professionally advise the client, consider fuel type and storage options as well as design systems and installations to suit the varying site circumstances. Successful completion of this theoretical and practical course will allow a HETAS registered engineer to extend their registration categories to include Mechanically Fed appliances as well as being a recognised part of any biomass Micro-generation Certification Scheme. This course would also be important for those who may need to understand the complexities of integrating these heating systems and appliances into new and existing buildings such as Architects, Building control officers and surveyors.

H005DE HETAS TBiomass Appliance Installer (practical assessed)
(5 day duration - £1000 + vat)

This is the Biomass course that includes all 5 days and will form a NVQ level 2 qualification. The delegate must have the pre-requisites shown in the course handbook.

The delegate does not have to take any other course to take this course.

If the delegate has already taken the Introduction (H001) and Regulations and Standards (H002) or the full Dry Installers (H003) course then they only need to do the last two days of the H005DE or the H005 2 day course both options are £450 + vat.

If the delegate has only taken the dry installers Defined scope (H003DS) course then they will have to take the full five day H005DE.

Course Content Units
Unit 1 - Fuel Types, Storage & Selection.
Principles of Combustion, Causes of Incomplete Combustion & CO Poisoning.
Unit 2 - Appliance Types, Operating Principles & Selection.
Unit 3 - Legislation, Regulations & Industry Guidance.
Unit 4 - Flue System & Ventilation Requirements for Solid Fuel Appliances.
Unit 5 - Flue & Chimney Inspection, Testing & Fault Diagnosis.
Unit 7 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance; Sizing, Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 9 - Dry Solid Fuel Appliance Service & Maintenance.
Unit 11 - Biomass Appliance Selection, Installation, Commissioning & Decommissioning.
Unit 12 - Biomass Appliance Service & Maintenance.

Pre-requisite Entry Requirements H005DE and H005 Biomass Appliance Installer

Option 1
H005 Biomass Appliance Installer

N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Plumbing or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating & Ventilation (Domestic Installation) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating & Ventilation (Industrial & Commercial Installation) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Oil-fired Technical Services or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Gas Installation & Maintenance or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
In addition if not included in the above current certification in relation to Water Regulations/Water Byelaws (WRAS or equivalent)

Option 2 Experienced Worker Route

Option 2 is an alternative route for applicants who wish to enrol on the H005DE course without Option 1 course prerequisites. Completion of the HETAS Experienced Worker Route Portfolio may provide a suitable option. Successful completion of the H005DE course can lead to HETAS MCS accreditation. It is important that the portfolio is completed and approved by the training centre prior to attending a biomass course.

HETAS are not able to provide a course certificate if the portfolio has not been completed and approved. Applicants are advised to contact their HETAS training centre for more information if this is a desirable route. In all cases the following could be acceptable and may be used to populate the Experienced Worker Portfolio document.

  • Previous related work experience within the plumbing and heating industry.
  • Already a competent person within a scheme possessing a history of installation experience.
  • Successful completion of an OFTEC training course 101,102 or 105e.
  • A valid current gas safe registration with minimum categories of work: CCN1 and CEN1.
  • City & Guilds 6128, 6129 and 6132 technical certificates.

Please note
Stand-alone Vocationally Related Qualifications including City & Guilds 6128, 6129 and 6132 technical certificates are not acceptable on their own as an alternative to NVQ Level 2 or 3 but may be used to help support completion of the portfolio.