Consumer Safety

The NACS is pleased to announce that we are proud members of The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps

Dear Members,
Following meetings within the chimney sweep industry, the five main British chimney sweep associations have agreed to form the Federation of British Chimney Sweeps (FBCS). The FBCS represents over 80% of Chimney Sweeps in the UK.

The FBCS has agreed that the NVQ Chimney Sweep qualification should be recommended as an additional qualification to chimney sweeps who have passed their initial training and assessment within their own associations.

The unity of the FBCS will give us a stronger voice when we are dealing with government departments such as the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the chimney trade bodies.

Kind regards,

Martin P Glynn
President & CEO
National Association of Chimney Sweeps

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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 and central and local government. FBCS comprises of the main chimney sweep member 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 and to develop and implement strategies to meet the goals of the Federation, its member associations and the wider industry. We draw on the extensive industry expertise of our member associations who bring a wealth of collective experience to bear upon the most pressing industry matters.

Mission Statement

To provide professional NVQ qualified Chimney Sweeps to protect consumers by cleaning, inspecting and maintaining 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.

Governance and Accountability

Strategy Steering Group

To identify and implement strategies to meet the changing demands placed upon the industry.

To extend the scope of work of professional sweeps through formal qualifications and recognised trade status.

To raise consumer awareness of the benefits of engaging professional chimney sweeps.

To work with Government, local government and other stakeholders in developing deliverable environmental policy outcomes.

To work with our member associations in promoting common messages of best practice and industry standards to their respective chimney sweep members.

Training Steering Group

To promote the development and delivery of accredited occupational training and qualifications through our member associations.

To promote the goal of lifelong learning through qualifications and certifications in order to secure the formal trade status of the occupation of Chimney Sweep.

To further develop training across associations to meet the changing needs of the industry, other stakeholders, and government strategy.

FBCS invites enquiries from any parties seeking to engage with the professional chimney sweeping industry in the UK.