Chimney Sweep Training

Rod Technology Training

There is a serious shortage of Certified Chimney Sweeps in Ireland.

Immerse yourself in Chimney Sweep Training. Our dedicated Chimney Sweep Training facility is home to the most advanced techniques and products in the industry.

We are the only people in Ireland, who manufacture chimney sweeping equipment and train chimney sweeps to certification. We need certified chimney sweeps, or those wishing to become certified chimney sweeps in Ireland as a matter of urgency!

The course has been designed by chimney sweeps with a plethora of knowledge gained through years of experience in both manual and power sweeping. Set out over 2 days, the trainees will be mentored at a pace that will allow them to absorb the new information/skills and has been crafted to avoid information overload that can occur with some courses.

The chimney sweep training course will provide in depth knowledge on the road to becoming a certified chimney technician. From starting up your business to creating a customer base, scheduling your appointments, current legislation and the practical skills that are essential for the modern chimney sweep. We train for both Commercial and Domestic chimney cleaning and maintenance. Learn how to spot non-compliance installations (building regulations Part J) and safely sweep the appliance, certificate and leave the customer with knowledge on how to best use the appliance.

Training groups are normally kept small for a more involved learning experience, with only 6 people trained per training session in our dedicated chimney sweep training facility in County Wexford.

Course Breakdown

Day one is a classroom-based day during which you will learn:

Health and safety

We cover most aspects of health and safety that affect you carrying out your day to day duties.

We don’t offer a full health and safety course as it is only a short course, but we cover lifting heavy objects, the correct safety clothing required and the personal protective equipment (ppe) including breathing apparatus, clothing, shoes, workwear and gloves. Different equipment you may be expected to wear on a building site, the dangers of carcinogenic particles and how to avoid them, carrying and disposing of waste soot without getting fines including details of licence’s that are recommended, we also touch on working at heights. How to do a risk assessment as part of your everyday planning.

Chimney analysis

Here we start to look at the work you may be about to undertake.

We show you lots of pictures as to what you might see and how these things can affect the job, we talk about bird nest removal and the times where you can remove them. We discuss the procedures needed to make sure you have removed the nest fully to avoid potential repercussions, chimney stack placement including heights needed to conform to building regulations and for the compliance of thatch insurance companies, we discuss and show examples of over twenty different types of cowls, their uses including how you can remedy certain issues using the right cowl type.

Internal inspection

This section covers how to look for signs that the flue is not working correctly and how to fix these issues.

We go through the different types of fuels and the deposits that you would get from them if they are burnt correctly and the deposits you would find if they are burnt incorrectly, we explain about flue construction and show you how to size open fires to suit the flues or vice versa, we discuss distances to combustible materials and explain how to resolve a potential fire risk. We show you the different types of blockages you should expect to find during your everyday work and how they can damage the flues, we show the different stages of tar and how to remove them. We go through the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to spot that it is present.

Liner types and chimney sweeping

In this section of the course we discuss in depth the different flue types you may come across, and the different methods of cleaning them.

Here we show the different types of liners and their uses as well as the way to tell if a flue is the correct way up, we then go on to selecting the correct rods and heads for power sweeping. we explain how to alter the direction and stiffness of the brush. Smoke testing is also taught in this section and we explain how extractor fans and other things can affect the draw of a chimney and if any problems are found then what it could be caused by and how to rectify it.

CCTV surveying, Sweeping certificates and Warning notices

This section covers the formats of reporting required and how to deliver the required information correctly.

Building Regulation (Part J)

This is the last section of day one, where we discuss in depth part J.

We discuss the relevant parts of this document including fireplace recesses, air vents and how to calculate the ventilation requirement, permissible bends in flues, notice plates and where they can be situated, construction and superimposed hearths and sizes, the differences between register and enclosure plates, carbon monoxide alarms placements.

We also go into other equipment needed for chimney sweeps.

Day two is the practical day.

It starts with the attendees being able to dismantle stoves and appliances to be able to gain access in order to start the process of sweeping. We also go into the home for a live practical sweeping. Each candidate will be sweeping a live flue, checking for faults, and CCTV inspecting the flue.

Whilst you are dealing with the practical sweeping you will be shown different methods of dust control and the reasons why this is so important.


Payment can be made online or is due on receipt of an invoice. Full payment must be received before attendance. You can pay by credit card when you book, or at any time. Call us on our landline +353 (0) 53 900 6474 or mobile +353 (0) 85 256 7745 to pay by telephone.

Training courses and conferences

We reserve the right to make changes to Training including information relating to content, timings, date and venue.

If Rod Technology has to cancel a Chimney Sweep Training course you will be offered a place on an equivalent Course within a 12 month period. This confirmation will take place 14 days before the course date. If this isn’t suitable for you a full refund will be issued. In the event that Rod Technology cancels a course and an alternative cannot be provided, we will refund in full any payment received in respect of that course.


Courses will be charged at the price shown on the website at the time of booking. We reserve the right to change course fees without notice.


If you need to cancel your booking please do so in writing by emailing or call us on +353 (0) 53 900 6474 or +353 (0) 85 256 7745


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