Training course on servicing wood burning appliances launched

A two-day training course to educate service teams on essential installation and maintenance practices for wood burning or solid fuel appliances has been launched.

HETAS, a not-for-profit organisation that approves biomass and solid fuel appliances, installers and sweeps, has been working with housing associations to up-skill engineers completing annual property checks.

Engineers inspecting appliances such as a wood burning must ensure permission from the local building control had been granted and that an application for a Building Notice had been lodged by the building owner – otherwise the installation is deemed illegal.

Mike Harvey, training & technical support manager at HETAS, said:

“Solid fuel appliances are well known for their high quality, robust construction and durability; however, like any product in continuous use, they do require attention by the user and routine servicing. It’s important that engineers have the knowledge and skills to ensure they meet building regulations and are safe to use.”

HETAS’ Service & Maintenance training courses are designed to ensure engineers are equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to undertake such work. There is also a servicing category of HETAS Registration available for those who can demonstrate competence in this area of work. For more information and to sign up, visit