As the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is launched in spring 2014, The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is preparing by implementing new technology and competency criteria.
Aimed to help UK installers make the most of the RHI, the new initiative means that installer standards for fitting renewable heat technologies (Solar Thermal, Biomass and heat pumps) have been modified.
Not only that but the introduction of compliance certificates to be used as a checklist for installation companies will ensure relevant installation against Microgeneration Installation Standards (MIS) is carried out. Launching on 16 March 2014 and applying to all new certifications from then on, the criteria will act to link a company’s certification with operator competence.
With the hope that installers find it easier to become certified and find which areas to up-skill and re-skill, the MCS will also support installers with a free online ‘Competency Checker’. This tool will identify the criteria that are already complete and highlight areas that need to be re-covered, giving advice as to what evidence is needed in a MCS certification evaluation too.