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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) we are currently running an EWR Pilot programme where a company can work with an EWR Provider to determine what evidence is required to demonstrate competence. The EWR Provider is not the Certification Body undertaking your MCS application so should be able to assist in much more detail on establishing the relevant information to meet the competence requirements.

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

Please read the Guidance Document for further information.