In the past, renewable installers wanting to achieve their MCS certification needed to be assessed onsite to demonstrate competency in their chosen technology.
However, securing this crucial first installation is often a major obstacle.
Newly qualified installers have struggled to find a customer willing to risk their costly installation on an uncertified installer, leading to promising and qualified candidates dropping out of the scheme, or funding the first installation themselves.
How is MCS simplifying the certification process?
MCS has introduced a new qualification-based route to demonstrating competency under the scheme.
The new route recognises that practical assessments undertaken as part of an RQF qualification are sufficient to demonstrate competency for MCS certification.
Newly qualified installers will be able to raise an MCS certificate before undertaking their first installation, thereby removing uncertainty for consumers.
To ensure compliance with MCS standards, this first installation will be assessed by an MCS Certification Body following which the certified installer is free to proceed with further installations.
What if I don’t hold an RQF qualification?
You can still go through the on-site assessment route but you will have to find a consumer willing to let you use their installation as your first site.
Can installers get further support with their MCS application?
Yes, as part of the Renewable Heat Installer Training and Support Scheme (RHITSS), GTEC & MCS are providing a package of support to guide installers through each stage of their certification journey.
Free, one-on-one support is available to everyone receiving funding through the RHITSS and could include help with:
- Understanding MCS standards and how they relate to real-world situations
- Installation site visits
- Specific technical guidance
- Developing a quality management system (QMS)
Installers will have access to a range of downloadable resources, including webinars, templates and guidance documents, with unlimited telephone, email and online support.
What is the RHITSS and how can I apply?
The RHITSS offers a unique opportunity for installers to get involved in the low-carbon heating sector, upskilling to technologies such as air source heat pumps (ASHP), ground source heat pumps (GSHP), solar thermal and biomass.
The scheme will fund up to 70% of all costs, including training, assessment, membership and certification fees – worth approximately £1,300 per company.
Additionally, a fully integrated package of support will help installers overcome the practical barriers by providing help and guidance at each stage of the process.
Go to the RHITSS website for find out more and apply for funding.