Institute of Chimney Sweeps
Putting the Craftsmanship back into Chimney Sweeping and Stove Fitting
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Chimney Sweeping Course

The ICS two day Training Course offers you the opportunity to become a competent Chimney Sweep, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and interesting trade.

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Refurbishment Course

The ICS Stove Refurbishment Course is aimed at the chimney sweep or stove fitter who wishes to offer their customers a greater service by maintaining or refurbishing their wood burning stove.

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Installer Courses

We are the only CPS scheme in the UK to offer practical flue lining courses in installation of Solid Wood/Multi-Fuel stoves, whether with a Flexible liner or Twin Wall. Our installation course meets all the standards required for safe and complete installations of stoves in the UK compliant with CPS.

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About the Ics

The Institute of Chimney Sweeps is a trade association for Chimney Sweeps and Installers. It was established in order to provide the industry with a benchmark for quality and safety.

It is now the U.K.'s largest chimney sweeping organisation.

All of our members receive ongoing training to the highest standard in all aspects of flues and appliances. Many offer repair work, regular sweeping as well as installations.

Our Sweeps can call upon the support of an internationally recognised trade association, and by selecting one of our members you can rest assure your home or business chimney will work efficiently, while lowering the risk of fire. When an ICS member has swept and smoke draw tested your chimney you will be issued with a Chimney Sweeping Certificate, which is a necessary compliance for your house insurance.

Our membership extends throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. All of our members have Public Liability Insurance and can provide references, upon request. Customers wishing to locate a chimney sweep in their local area can be confident that we are experts in our profession, providing an excellent standard of service.

Using a ICS Installer will ensure your stove is fitted and installed to the highest standard. Our Trainers are experienced Scandinavian trained Installers and comply with all British building regulations.

Health and Safety

Chimney fires can quickly spread to your home or business place, putting property, livelihoods, and loved ones in danger. House fires often cause serious damage to the masonry and brickwork, leaving you with an expensive repair bill. All chimneys need to be swept at least once a year, although if the chimney is used often we recommend twice a year. If you use solid fuel burning appliance you should have your chimney swept at least once a year, preferably before each winter as birds often use chimneys as nesting spots.

Falling stonework, rubble, spider webs and leafs can block chimneys and stop or reduce the flow of air. These all combined block previously working chimneys; any blockage can alter the combustion balance or cause carbon monoxide to enter the home instead of being safely vented from the property.

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer: it is colourless, tasteless and does not smell. Even low levels of Carbon Monoxide can lead to permanent ill-health or death, especially in children. The early symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can easily be mistaken for 'flu. They include nausea, headaches, tiredness, dizziness and pains in the stomach or chest. Look out for sooting or staining around your appliance: it is a sign of inadequate venting of gases.

It is vital that appliances are properly installed as well as serviced, and are sufficiently ventilated. We also strongly recommend the installation of a carbon monoxide detector in your home, which is also required under Building regulations for new installations.

Membership

To become an ICS member you are required to attend our comprehensive two day sweeps course at our Maidstone training facility.

Your first years membership is included within the course costs and membership is renewable yearly at a cost of £150.00 per member, per year.

Once your application has been processed we will issue you with your personal ICS number for use with your certificates and add you to our online “Members” section. If you already have a website we can link to you to the ICS web site.

Applicants will be required to supply a current photo for our records and their ID card and also provide a copy of their liability insurance.

Benefits of Becoming an ICS Member

  • Full and ongoing training at affordable costs
  • Insurance recognized association
  • Telephone Support
  • Personal Mentoring
  • Discounted equipment and supplies
  • Sweeping Certification
  • Website promotion of your business on our list of approved chimney sweeps

ICS Training

At ICS we offer a comprehensive range of one and two day Training Courses. These are held at our Maidstone Training Centre throughout the year and run by our experienced team of Instructors. Refreshments and lunch are provided on course dates.

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Course Dates

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01622 670333

Chimney Sweeping Course

ICS Two Day Intensive Chimney Sweeping Course offers you the opportunity to become a competent Chimney Sweep, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and interesting trade. The course is a comprehensive 1day course covering all aspects of chimney sweeping and provides the participants with the knowledge and confidence require to begin your new career.

You will be provided with a Course Manual, an attendance certificate and a pair of car sticker a carbon monoxide sticker along with your first 100 Chimney Certificates.

The course starts at 10am - 4pm please book early as there are limited places allocated per course.

Course Dates

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01622 670333

Refurbishment Course

The ICS Stove Refurbishment Course is aimed at the chimney sweep or stove fitter who wishes to offer their customers a greater service by maintaining or refurbishing their wood burning stove.

The course fee includes a stove refurbishing kit and a replacement stove glass and parts catalogue, courtesy of the Heatproof Glass Company worth £210. Course day starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm. Please book early as there are only 8 places allocated per course.

Course Dates

Currently no classes

01622 670333

Installer Course

The popularity of wood and multi-fuel stoves has never been more popular, which has led to a ever increasing demand for installers.

ICS’s CPS scheme is proud to be responsible for the UK’s foremost practical and proficient installer scheme in the UK.

A ICS trained Installer learns all the practical methods practiced by leading Scandinavian stove manufactures in installing burners.

We are the only CPS scheme in the UK to offer practical flue lining courses in installation of Solid Wood/Multi-Fuel stoves, whether with a Flexible liner or Twin Wall. Our installation course meets all the standards required for safe and complete installations of stoves in the UK compliant with CPS.

There is a legal requirement to notify your Local Building Control Office. However, you will be required to issue ICS’s certificates of compliance, which adhere to ICS’s Certified Persons Scheme.

Course Dates

Currently no classes

01622 670333

Fireplace Installer Course

The ICS One Day Fireplace Installer Training Course offers you the opportunity to become a competent Fireplace Installer, giving you an affordable chance to enjoy a rewarding and interesting trade.

The course is a comprehensive one day course covering all aspects of Fire Place installation from laying hearth to installing floating beams. The student will become familiar with the new trading standards installation requirements. The course day starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.


Course Mandate:

  • 1. Laying Hearths.
  • 2. Fire Place Construction.
  • 3. Fire Place Fixings.
  • 4. Finishing.
  • 5. Floating Beam Installation.
  • 6. Stone Repair.

Contact ICS

By Email:

info@instituteofchimneysweeps.com

By Phone:

01622 670333

In Person:

Institute of Chimney Sweeps

Raglan House

St. Peters Street

Maidstone Kent ME16 0ST