MCS Standards

MCS Technical Working Groups develop the MCS standards, which are predominantly based on international and European standards already in existence.

Installer Standards

Installer certification includes assessing the supply, design, installation, set-to-work, and commissioning of renewable microgeneration technologies. Similar to the Gas Safe Register, the MCS gives installers a mark of quality and demonstrates to the consumer that the installation will be completed to the highest quality every time.

Approved guidance and reference materials to be used with the standards can be found below and within each technology type.

General Scheme Requirements
MCS Ref   Download the Documents Version Number Issue Date
MCS 001-1 MCS Contractor Certification Scheme Requirements

Part 1: Requirements for MCS Contractors

3.1 10.11.2017
MCS 001-2 MCS Contractor Certification Scheme Requirements

Part 2: The Certification Process

3.1 10.11.2017
MGD 001 Guidance Document for MCS 001 1.2 22.08.2018
MCS 020 Planning Standards 1.2 01.05.2015
MCS 023 Additional Requirements for MCS Contractors demonstrating equivalence to PAS 2030
2.1 23.11.2017
MCS 025 Installer Certification Scheme Competency Criteria Guidance

MCS 025 is considered guidance and is not mandatory.

1.1 20.12.2017
Supplementary Scheme Documents
MIS 3002,
MIS 3003,
MIS 3007 2
Electricity Metering guidance                                                                         1.0 27.08.2010
MIS 3001,

MIS 3004, MIS 3005

MCS Domestic RHI Metering Guidance Document 1.1 01.05.2015
MIS 3001,

MIS 3004, MIS 3005

70kWth Guidance Document* 1.0 14.05.2014
ALL Assessment site Eligibility N/A 22.03.2010
MCS Change Process Document
MCS Change Process 1.0 17.05.2013

Installer standards that have been withdrawn are available for reference here.

*The MCS Standards Management Group (SMG) has prepared a guidance document (found above) to assist installers and the wider industry in understanding the intent of how the thresholds, set within each MCS Installation Standard for the heat technologies, shall be practically applied to design, installation and commissioning work under the MCS scheme.
This document has been prepared by the MCS SMG, taking into account the views of the industry to ensure that systems can be adequately designed and installed under the scheme, whilst reinforcing with installation companies the need to ensure they have the relevant competencies to undertake the tasks associated with these systems.
An MCS certified Installation Company should ensure they follow this guidance, and MCS reserves the right to amend the guidance as necessary through periodic review without prior notice.
The 70kWth threshold was noted by the Scheme as a threshold which aligns with the existing competency criteria set out by the Scheme, and other industries such as oil and gas.