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Competency Criteria

The MCS Competency Criteria
provides clarity for installer companies
looking to join the Scheme and
maintain on-going compliance with
the MCS Standards.

Competency Criteria

In order to undertake MCS certification, an installation company will be asked to demonstrate how they engage the services of skilled, competent, and experienced individuals to fulfil each activity required to meet and maintain the requirements of the scheme. This includes confirmation of the competence of those individuals involved in the supply, design, installation, set to work and commissioning of microgeneration systems for which the company is seeking certification.

MCS has been working on the Competency Criteria to provide clarity for existing and new MCS Contractors in terms of the competency requirement of the company to join the Scheme and maintain compliance.

In this section, you will find information on the routes to certification and what this means for your organisation. Within MCS 025 you will find further guidance around the Roles and Criteria applied within each. The current version of the Competency Checker Tool (CCT) is being updated to reflect additional courses you have identified to us and we plan to have the new version available shortly.

MCS has been researching a number of key external influences that may impact on the MCS Contractors’ ability to comply with this deadline and has therefore taken the decision to extend the final deadline for mandatory compliance until 3rd January 2018 or up to 4 surveillance visits from 16th March 2014, whichever is the sooner.

For the avoidance of doubt, any company within MCS prior to 16th December 2014, would now have up to 4 surveillance visits from the 16th December 2014 (even if these happen prior to the 3rd January, 2018 to comply with the published criteria. Beyond 3rd January 2018 every company within MCS will be required to meet with the published criteria.

Experienced Workers Route (EWR)

MCS is currently operating an EWR Pilot scheme. This Pilot is scheduled to run through until 31st August 2017.

Should any party wish to express an interest in either becoming a Pilot Provider (A body conducting the assessments) or in undertaking an EWR assessment then they can register those details via forms found here.