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Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an internationally-recognised quality assurance scheme for renewables installers. MCS gives a mark of competency and demonstrates to customers that as a certified installer you can install to the highest quality all the time.
MCS Certification also enables your installations to qualify for Government financial incentive schemes such as the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – making it crucial to most renewables customers.
How much will MCS certification cost?
|QMS Audit||On Site/Installation Assessment|
|MCS||£240||Call for quote|
|MCS Notification Per measure, payable directly to Gemserv|
*All quoted prices exclude VAT.
First Year Fees
|Application Fee||QMS Audit||Site Assessment Per Group of Measures||Gemserv Registration Fee|
What does Stroma MCS cover?
Stroma Certification is authorised to run Microgeneration Certification Schemes (MCS) for solar photovoltaics (solar PV), solar thermal, heat pumps and Biomass (due in Autumn 2014).
We can also certify you against the MCS Green Deal ‘top up’ standard, MCS 023, for all measures.
All of Stroma’s installer certification schemes are grouped into convenient groups of measures; this allows us to offer you savings by grouping assessments into one site visit. For MCS, our Groups of Measures are as follows:
|Solar Thermal Systems
(MCS 023 applies)
|Solar Photovoltaic Systems
(MCS 023 applies)
(MCS 023 applies)
Why join Stroma?
- FREE CPS membership when you join our MCS
When you join a Stroma Certification MCS scheme, you qualify to join the corresponding Competent Person Scheme free of charge, with our unique Installer Bundle packages.
- No extra costs for Green Deal certification
We don’t charge extra fees if you decide to include the Green Deal ‘top-up’ standard within your MCS application.
- A straight-talking approach
We have a direct and practical approach to dealing with our members that makes applying for and maintaining your membership as hassle-free as possible.
- Support from the experts
Our support teams are staffed by industry professionals who have real expertise to share and speak your language.
Become a Stroma member
Stroma Certification is committed to supporting our members throughout their membership, with ongoing support from industry professionals. The online Installer Members Area is available and contains technical resources and scheme documentation to reduce time-consuming admin.
How do I join Stroma?
Download the information pack which includes all the details you need to progress your application.
Please read the relevant documents carefully to ensure that you are aware of the requirements in order that your application is processed without delay.
The information pack contains documents for GDI, CPS and MCS schemes so be sure to read all the ones relating the MCS certification carefully.
You only have to complete one simple online application form.
It’s easy to complete and once it has been filled in the form gets transferred to our membership team who will then review the information.
We aim to process and respond to all membership enquiries within 72 hours.
You will receive one invoice which keeps the application process simple and helps you to manage your finances simply.
A pre-visit questionnaire will be sent with the invoice and is used to collect some advance information about the company, the staff involved and the installation itself.
This form should be completed in full to ensure your application can be progressed without delay.
Our assessor will audit your written documentation, then they will undertake a site assessment(s) to cover each type of work for which you have applied.
During the visits you’ll be assessed against the relevant scheme standards.
A key part of the application process for MCS is to implement a compliant Quality Management System (or QMS). Stroma can advise you about approved systems. During the assessment stage the QMS documentation will be assessed and any non-conformities will be logged and rectified through an action plan.
If the Stroma assessor identifies any issues during the visit, you will usually be given an opportunity to put them right.
Once the problems have been rectified then evidence needs to be sent to Stroma as proof of this. Following satisfactory receipt of evidence your assessment can be signed off and final approval given.
Congratulations – you are certified!
Once this process is complete, we will recommend you for certification and you will receive your certificate. To maintain your certification, we will re-assess every year.
You can find a detailed description of every step of the process in our Installer Information Pack.
What are the key requirements for MCS certification?
Stroma Certification assesses our MCS members to confirm that they meet the following requirements:
- Competent to undertake inspections and installations.
- Suitably qualified (as specified within the National Occupational Standards).
- Adequately insured, with Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability (PL) cover.
- Adopt operational procedures that provide quality assurance and ensure the consistency and accuracy of installations.
- Keep appropriate paperwork for auditing.
- Are fully informed of legislative developments and incentives, and undertake a minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD).
- Maintain a high standard of operational integrity, whilst undertaking both the on-site and off-site activity associated with the notifiable works.
- Are members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) - formerly the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
What are the relevant MCS standards?
The standards that you will need to comply with vary depending on which types of microgeneration installation work you want to be certified for:
|All MCS installers||MCS 001 ‘Micro-generation Installer Certification Scheme for supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover’|
|Green Deal approved installers||MCS 023 ‘Additional Requirements for MCS Installation Companies to become Green Deal Authorised’|
|Solar thermal installers||MIS 3001 ‘Solar heating systems’|
|Solar PV installers||MIS 3002 ‘Solar photovoltaic systems’|
|Heat pump installers||MIS 3005 ‘Heat pump systems’|
You can download free, current copies of the MCS standards here.
What is MCS?
Customers are increasingly demanding that installers are MCS certified, to ensure that their installation qualifies for major Government financial incentives such as the Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), or for Green Deal finance.
MCS has been running since 2008, certificating both the equipment and the installers of small scale renewable energy technologies against industry standards.
The scheme is driven by the legally-binding requirement for the UK to meet 15% of energy demand from renewables by 2020. The Government’s aim is for a significant proportion of this can be met through small-scale generation by the energy users themselves, and the MCS was formed to encourage this by raising consumer confidence and forming a quality framework to support the incentive schemes.
Who is involved in running the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)?
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is an industry-led scheme supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Gemserv has been appointed by DECC as the MCS Licensee.
MCS certification can only be provided by a licensed and UKAS-accredited certification body. Stroma Certification is licenced to operate MCS certification schemes for installers, which are accredited under UKAS Accredited Product Certification BS EN 45011-1998.
What is ‘microgeneration’ and what are MCS certified products?
For the purposes of the MCS scheme, microgeneration products are technologies that produce heat or electricity from a renewable source, and which have a capacity of up to 45kW (for heat) or up to 50kW (for electricity).
MCS certification is available for microgeneration products, as well as for the installers who fit them. To qualify for Green Deal finance, RHI incentives or FITs, your installations will need to be based on eligible MCS certified products. You can find details of qualifying products using Microgeneration Certification Scheme Product Search.