Chimney Sweep Training

Guild's Centre of Excellence
Sure Fire Technical Services Ltd

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Lawson Wight asks new Guild trainee Ross Weirworth for his comments on the Guild chimney sweeps training course at the Sure Fire Centre in Derbyshire.

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Sure Fire has been designed and constructed specifically for training in the wood and solid fuel industry and was opened in November 2009. The Guild has adopted this outstanding facility as its centre of excellence for all its chimney sweeps training courses. There are six fully working appliances and a variety of others for delegates to study. This includes three Biomass appliances which also run the heating system for the unit.

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Candidates will receive practical chimney sweep training on all the chimneys and appliances which includes the open fire, stove, cooker and biomass installations.

The centre is also used by many existing Guild members wishing to further their knowledge, undertaking courses such as working at heights, CCTV and pressure testing, chimney systems and biomass training.

We believe all of this combined with the professionalism and friendliness of the Sure Fire staff (and a good lunch) makes this a unique facility for training in the UK.

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Jessica Hayes attended the April 2012 Guild Chimney Sweep Training Course

"I have never enjoyed a course as much as I enjoyed the one that you designed and delivered last week. It was quite simply, faultless. The training environment at Ripley was high quality and well equipped.

The materials were well written, well researched, relevant and specific. It was apparent that a lot of intelligent and considered writing and editing had gone in to producing the excellent training manual. It could quite easily have veered toward the inaccessible and technical loaded jargon infested manual that one never looks at again. On the contrary, The Guilds Training Manual will be a well referenced work book for me and I suspect for everyone who attended the course. I also anticipate that other organisations will be quick to utilise it.

The Trainers themselves however were the most impressive. You have amongst you a team of inspiring understated experts, who delivered, and I guess it must be instinctively, a perfect course. It was the blend of several things that made it in my view excellent; technical information in a no nonsense understandable form, good use of technology to impart the necessary information, great training aids to back up and best of all a passionate delivery by clear experts. There was enough practical skills based training to support the theory and the right amount of time for us delegates to network and build relationships.

The trainers communication skills were great, I loved the blend of anecdotes with tips, and real life experience, and felt you carried a tough schedule really well."

Ali Swainston

Ali Swainston became a Guild Member in October 2010.

The following quotes are from an article in the Guild Newsletter January 2011.

"During my research I had come across some forum talk online which was very negative about the cost of the Guilds training program, and I guess it does seem like a lot of money to start with but like most things there is more to it than meets the eye and you get a lot more than just a few days in the class room. Once I understood what I was getting for the money, I was happy about committing to the scheme".

"Throughout my time at Sure Fire and on the work experience days, I heard the analogy of comparing sweeping with driving - once you have passed your test, then you start learning"

Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson was already working as a chimney sweep in Hexham when he undertook the Guild Training Course.

The following quotes are from an article in the Guild Newsletter January 2011.

"I found the course to be very knowledgeable. Now being a guild sweep has given me greater confidence when going to customer's homes and this has enabled me to become a HETAS approved chimney sweep."