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About MCS

MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates
compliance to industry standards that companies
strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that
companies are able to consistently install or
manufacture to the highest quality every time.

A new working group has been established within MCS to consider and report on a suitable process to include competence criteria requirements in the MCS installation standards across all technologies and to identify Performance Criteria relevant to a company certification scheme.  This is the Technical Competence Development Working Group.    

The working group will shortly be publishing its initial recommendations and findings following a comprehensive review, including a consultation process which involved a range of key stakeholders.

The working group has carried out its work within the parameters of the National Occupational Standards, Minimum Technical competences and the MCS installation requirements which are based on company certification.  The working group will report to the Standards Management Group shortly and work closely with the Building Services Engineering Competency Advisory Group (BSECAG) in promoting consistent standards across industry. This work should assist all companies applying to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, Competent Persons Schemes, Certifier of Construction Scheme and Green Deal. It will provide a defined set of performance criteria that a company must demonstrate and routes to do that including relevant mapped training/assessment courses and an experienced worker route.

If you have any questions please see the FAQs below or alternatively sign up for alerts here for information to be sent through about further guidance on the consultation process.

Q) Will the MIS standards be changed in the near future?

A) Yes, following the public consultation process and final recommendation acceptance all MIS standards will have amendments to Appendix A.

Q) Will the proposed changes affect existing registered companies?

A) Yes, the proposed changes may have an effect on all existing registrations, however it is planned that the changes will be minimal in the majority of cases and will actually improve the clarity and understanding for all companies further improving the process for new or existing companies seeking assessments for registration.

Q) If, I do not have a certificate of competence will I be thrown out of MCS?

A) No, the company scheme will remain the same, it is proposed existing companies will have until 05th August 2013 to comply with the requirements and companies can arrange for an “on-site” assessment under the experienced worker route with their MCS accredited certification body

Q) Why have these proposals been recommended?

A) MCS has listened to the feedback received across all stakeholders and commissioned research to identify any issues. Following that research the requirements have been proposed to improve the process for all involved.

Q) What timescales are involved?

A) The consultation will begin at the beginning of May 2012 and will seek implementation for new applications into MCS from August 2012. Changes affecting existing registrations will come into effect from August 2013.

Q) Will individual certificates of competence be the only route in?

A) No, the company scheme will remain the same, instead the company will have clearer defined Competency Criteria to demonstrate compliance against.

Q) Will individual certificates of competence assist in applications?

A) Yes, this is one of two ways under the proposal to demonstrate competence at an individual level, companies will still be able to seek assessment of competence through the experienced worker route arranged with an MCS accredited certification body.

Q) Will all individual certificates of competence be accepted?

A) No, only those assessments that have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards and ratified by the scheme will be accepted.

Q) How will assessments be mapped?

A) Summitskills will provide a mapping process, a number of providers have already had their courses mapped and providers should seek confirmation of acceptance from their awarding body or Summitskills.

Q) How long does it take to gain approval for a mapped assessment?

A) This can vary dependant on demand, quality, provisions, details supplied and content, as a minimum providers should allow at least 3 months for the process to be undertaken although the majority may be quicker. Estimated timescales will be communicated by Summit Skills upon application.

Q) Will internal training courses be accepted?

A) No, only training which results in a mapped certificate of competence assessment at the end of the training program will be accepted, or alternatively the assessment from the MCS accredited certification body under an experience worker route.

Q) Will, the proposals make MCS complicated to join?

A) No, the proposals are designed to improve the clarity for everyone seeking to join or existing registrations within the scheme.