Federation of British Chimney Sweeps
United in Protecting the Consumer and Environment
The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps (FBCS) provides a unified voice to lobby and promote the interests of the professional chimney sweep, whilst providing a single point of contact for the wider industry as well as central and local government. FBCS comprises of the main chimney sweeping trade associations and the industry’s NVQ provider. The member associations collectively represent the majority of registered chimney sweeps in the UK.
We aim to act as a collective voice, to lobby on behalf of the professional chimney sweep trade associations and their members in developing and implementing strategies to meet the goals of the Federation, its member associations and the wider industry. We draw on extensive industry expertise from our member associations who bring a wealth of collective experience.
To provide professional NVQ qualified Chimney Sweeps to protect consumers by cleaning, inspecting, and maintaining the flues, chimneys and appliances to ensure that they are safe, efficient and environmentally friendly.To raise standards for the industry to work with the Government and trade bodies on all chimney safety and environmental issues.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) now recognises Chimney Sweeping as a specialist skill sector trade. Chimney Skills Training (CST) in partnership with other stakeholders within the industry have developed the NVQ to formally recognise the competent chimney sweep ensuring those working within the industry can now achieve formal trade status through qualification to finally secure the occupation as a highly skilled, specialist and independent artisan trade.
Those sweeps choosing to undertake the NVQ Certificate in Chimney Sweeping will benefit from a third-party accredited trade qualification, official trade status and secure the independence of the occupation as it moves forward to meet the challenges of the future