The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the official standard for those working with renewable technologies. It gives your customers an independent seal of approval, assuring them that you are trained to carry out installations to the highest possible standards.
The MCS also provides product certification – so customers can rest assured that the renewable systems they choose are designed to deliver the results manufacturers say they will.
To qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff scheme, both installers and products must be MCS accredited. This puts accredited installers at a competitive advantage when dealing with domestic and commercial customers looking to benefit from ongoing RHI payments.
Adhering to the installer standards outlined by the MCS is vital to ensure correct specification, design, sizing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of NIBE renewable heating products.
As of 16th March 2014 all MCS-accredited installers must comply with updated installer standards, which can be found in detail here.
How can I qualify?
Accreditation is awarded to an installer company, rather than individual installers – so if you are employed by a certified company and are working with MCS-accredited products, your installations will be covered (provided you uphold the installation standards outlined in the MCS guidelines at all times). Individual installers can also qualify by becoming a sub-contractor to an MCS-certified company.
More information on becoming MCS accredited (including the application process, paperwork, office/site visits and sub-contracting) can be found at the Microgeneration Certification Scheme website. The site also provides a list of Certification Bodies, which can advise you on the best ways to get your company certified, as well as timelines and costs.
Interested installers can also contact the MCS helpdesk on 0207 090 1082.
Which products does it cover?
The MCS provides a framework for the correct design, sizing and installation of the following systems (as well as general guidance for MCS installers):
Air source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps
Exhaust air heat pumps
Solar thermal systems
Solar PV systems
Small-scale hydro turbines
NIBE’s range of renewable heating technologies – including air source, ground source and exhaust air heat pumps, wood-burning biomass boilers and solar thermal systems – is fully MCS accredited.
NIBE and the MCS
At NIBE, we believe the MCS is central to the success of the renewable heating industry. It helps ensure that manufacturers and installers alike are upholding the right standards of quality, expertise, performance and safety. All of our NIBE VIP Installers are fully MCS accredited, and fitting by an MCS installer is a condition of our manufacturer warranty.
To find out more about becoming a NIBE VIP Installer, please contact us on 0330 311 2201.