HETAS is calling on registered installers who completed a HETAS H003 Dry Appliance course prior to June 2014 to brush up on their skills with a refresher course.

Since June 2014, it is a mandatory requirement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government for all registered operatives on combustion appliance competent person schemes to have successfully completed a relevant training course within the past five years.

A refresher course needs to be undertaken by anyone who has previously completed the following courses:

  • Two Day Solid Fuel Awareness Course
  • Three Day Solid Fuel Awareness including the Engineers course
  • H003 certificate older than five years
  • H004 certificate older than five years
  • H006 certificate older than five years.

The H003 Dry Appliance course is suitable for stove retailers, chimney sweeps and allied traders who wish to install, service and maintain dry solid fuel appliances. The course is a prerequisite for installers keen to be a registered member of HETAS’ Competent Persons scheme.

Bruce Allen, Chief Executive of HETAS, said: “With refresher courses being a government requirement and part of ensuring on-going competence, HETAS must ensure that all registered installers are updated every five years, to ensure they are well informed about the latest regulations and to ensure they maintain a high standard of service for their customers.”

If you are aware that your refresher training is due soon, contact your nearest HETAS Approved Training Centre, available in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. To find a full list of HETAS Approved Training Centres visit www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/training-centres.