01257 267 677

Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 17:00

The UK’s Most Qualified Chimney Sweep

Josh Firkins, The UK's most qualified chimney sweep

A chimney sweep from London has officially been named the most qualified chimney sweep in the entirety of the UK.

Josh Firkins, of H. Firkins & Sons, received a GQA Level 3 NVQ in Dry Solid Fuel Installations as well as Inspecting and Designing Chimneys.

He’s the first person to receive this award, which was recently developed in addition to the L2 NVQ in Sweeping, Servicing and Inspecting Flues and Solid Fuel Appliances and the L2 NVQ in Installing Chimney Flues and Solid Fuel Appliances.

Josh’s family business is one of the UK’s oldest chimney-sweeping firms. Its roots can be traced back to 1860, with the family sweeping right across the nation’s capital.

GQA Qualifications certificate for qualified chimney sweep Josh Firkin

Josh, who has been chimney sweeping for almost 20 years, said: “I’m naturally delighted to be recognised as the first person to attain this Level 3.

“I was assessed seven times by Chimney Skills Training throughout the process, with observational assessments, professional discussions, product evidence with inspection reports and chimney design drawings and plans being assessed and so on.

“On top of this, I wasn’t only observed by Chris Geeves on site. A representative was sent along by both CITB and GQA to be part of the assessment process. It is the first qualification of its kind and it was the first time it was being assessed, so I had the full squad watching me!

“A large proportion of my work is inspections for party wall disputes, new homeowners and various installers for thorough pre-installation inspections, so it’s very relevant in my day-to-day job.

“More widely, I think the Level 3 will be a great benefit to the industry. It provides a distinction between those who simply sweep and service or install and those who carry out thorough inspections and design work.

qualified chimney sweep Josh Firkins

“There’s an increasing demand for inspections, and it’s important sweeps can demonstrate competence in this area of our work. With so many buildings being altered, and divided into Homes in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs), especially in cities, it’s an important skill which can help keep people safe.

Story and images courtesy of The Local Chimney Sweep.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest news, information, updated and advice from within the fireplace trade industry, subscribe to our magazine and our monthly newsletter.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn!

Fireplace Specialist Magazine

UK Registered Company Address: 10 Ashfield Rd, Chorley, PR7 1LJ

Tel: 01257 267677 • Email: hello@euromediaal.com

Registered Company No: 02662317 VAT Registration No: GB582161642

Website and all content Copyright © 2024 Euromedia Associates Ltd All Rights Reserved.