METAC Training is the largest energy training and assessment centre in Ireland and the UK and trains approximately 2,700 people annually. Based in Mountrath, Co. Laois with hands-on practical workshops and training rooms, it is easily accessible just off the M7. All courses are independently run, certified and verified by external agencies.
Martin Meade from Telfords, Portlaoise has already used the training for his staff:
‘The sales staff at Telfords found the solid fuel awareness course not only very beneficial but a necessity when engaged in the sale of solid fuel appliances. The course delved into all aspects of solid fuel awareness in great detail from legislation, fuel types, carbon monoxide, ventilation to name but a few sections covered at the training. The training course has made the staff more confident in addressing any query a customers may have on solid fuel appliances and helped in gaining sales in add on products.’
The solid fuel awareness course is a one-day training programme aimed at providing participants with the knowledge to enable them to assist customers in choosing the correct solid fuel appliance and to recognise the installation and fuel requirements. This course is available at METAC training centres around the country and incorporates the following units of learning:
Unit 1: Show an awareness of the solid fuel legislation that applies to work in dwellings.
Unit 2: Know and be able to identify solid mineral fuels and the factors affecting fuel selection.
Unit 3: Know the basic operating principle of solid fuel appliances.
Unit 4: Show an awareness of the factors which affect the selection of solid fuel appliances and be able to identify appliances and determine minimum operating efficiencies.
Unit 5: Know the principles of safe combustion of solid fuel.
Unit 6: Show an awareness of the ventilation requirements for solid fuel appliances in dwellings.
Unit 7: Show an awareness of the standards applying to chimneys and flue systems.
Unit 8: Show an awareness of the requirements of the hearth and fire surrounds.
Unit 9: Show an awareness of the different methods of linking solid fuel fired appliances with existing appliances.
Unit 10: Show an awareness of unsafe solid fuel situations.
HAI members are offered 10% off the standard course cost of €150 making the cost €135 for the one-day training.
Two other courses are on offer that hardware and builders merchants might like to recommend to their trade customers:
The dry solid fuel stove installer course is a five-day training course for construction professionals and aims to provide participants with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to install dry stoves to meet requirements of customers, building regulations and standards. On successful completion candidates will receive an OFTEC 18-108-IRL (Dry) certificate.
The wet solid fuel stove installer course is a further three-day training course for plumbers with an OFT15-108 IRL certificate, this course includes open heating systems and interlinking heating systems. These courses are designed to meet current demands as advised by industry leaders who are directly involved in the development of all three courses.
METAC’s well-appointed training rooms utilise the most up to date equipment and materials on the Irish market in line with existing standards and regulations, including various styles of stoves, air ventilation requirements, fixed and mobile flues constructed to allow the participant full examination of correct installations.
Next course dates are:
January 7th, 13th and 21st
Further dates will be organised as these dates fill. And alternative dates and locations will be set to meet demand.
Enquiries for these courses can be made to METAC on 057 8756540 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please mention your HAI membership to avail of your discount. Further information is also available on the METAC website.