Once HETAS approved you will be able to work with local authorities. Regular meetings to keep you up to date with legislation, regulations and new technology and equipment.
- We will mediate if there is a problem between you and a customer
- Photo ID given
- You can advertise you are a qualified chimney sweep
- We promote you to bring you more work
Who can join APICS?
Anyone involved in the Chimney Sweep industry is welcome to attend our meetings.
Anyone can attend up to three meetings before we would expect you to join The Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps, or to stop attending.
Only full members can speak and vote at the APICS AGM.
A Joining Fee is required, covered for the first year by the assessment fee. Subscriptions are due on the anniversary of joining.
Apply to become a member of APICS.
What Qualifications are needed?
REGISTERED CHIMNEY SWEEPS:
If you have already been assessed and accepted by another chimney sweep organisation such as The Guild or NACS you can join APICS, but may still be required to go through the assessment process, depending on experience.
If you are an HETAS Registered Chimney SWEEP your sweep number will be required (not installers). You will then be required to go through the APICS Application process.
NEW TO CHIMNEY SWEEPING:
- APICS Introductory course to Chimney Sweeping
- APICS assessment in chimney sweeping competency
- APICS membership – Photo ID issued, awaiting HETAS registration
- HETAS registration – HETAS Solid Fuel Awareness Course Certificate
- APICS Full Membership
You will be required to complete an application form, complete 5 Sweeps Record Forms (available on request) and produce a current CV with two references. You will also need to provide evidence that you hold valid public liability insurance.
Your assessment will be conducted by three committee members, one of whom will carry out the practical assessment, and one who will interview you by phone & one who will inspect the completed Sweeps Record Forms.
Assessment will be carried out in your area and you will be expected to demonstrate your expertise on at least four or if possible five different types of flue/appliance.
Your van will need to be inspected during the practical assessment to ensure that it complies with APICS Equipment List; you will be supplied with this list.
You will be vetted by two Committee Members whenever possible. Your completed application form, and any other paperwork, will then be assessed at a management meeting, and a decision made concerning your suitability.
Any member who lives in close proximity (30 miles radius) to you will not be involved in the assessment interview or process.
If you fail the assessment process twice, your application to join APICS will regrettable be rejected. Committee members involved in the first assessment would not officiate at the second assessment.
NACS or Guild Members (current or otherwise) who wish to join and have been assessed by their associations and hold the required HETAS registration may still need to go through the same application process as new chimney sweeps, and may be required to complete part or all of the assessment procedures. This will be at the discretion of APICS and an assessment fee of £450.00 may be charged accordingly.
A photo ID card will be issued to you once you have been accepted into The Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps.
Full membership of APICS includes automatic SFA approval.
In the event of a complaint, accident of where APICS sees fit, we reserve the right to reassess any member at any time at the members own expense.