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Experienced Workers Route (EWR)

MCS has always welcomed companies demonstrating competence not just through assessment or qualifications, but equally through relevant experience, or a combination of both. The scheme is not just about operatives needing to have formal training or qualifications. The publication of the competency criteria means that it is now clearer on what knowledge and relevant experience is required to have resulted in. We therefore have two effective EWR routes available: -

Option 1) The installer company can use the Competency Checker Tool to see a breakdown of the areas that need to be covered. The installer company measures itself against the requirements, and can see any gaps there might be. The installer company can consider ways to fill those gaps - whether via employing or sub-contracting someone with that knowledge, or developing that knowledge in current staff. The installer company then assembles its relevant evidence, before applying to the Certification Body for an assessment. They will be required to submit the evidence of how they comply with the criteria for the Certification Body to evaluate. Please note this may incur additional fees from the Certification Body as they are required to review additional content and it should also be noted that the Certification Body is not allowed to offer any advice that may constitute consultation. This is a fundamental principle of 3rd party certification so although it may appear the Certification Body is not able to advise on any areas here, it is not the fault of the Certification Body they will always try to assist where possible.

Option 2) The MCS Steering Group has taken the decision to formally close the Experienced Workers Route (EWR) Pilot. The feedback from the Pilot will be reviewed to consider if such an approach to demonstrating competency adds value to industry. The Experienced Workers Route remains as a method for MCS Contractors to demonstrate competency working with their Certification Body (rather than a third-party assessor).

Both options are aimed at providing an alternative route to qualifications, whilst maintaining a consistent approach.

Please read the Guidance Document for further information.