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What Do Our Qualifications Mean – Part 1

MCS – as an MCS installer we respect and work closely with the internationally recognised quality assurance scheme – The Microgeneration Certification Scheme. The MCS self-certification is wholly supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It is these two bodies that certifies the use of all equipment suitable for any renewable installation. Not only do the MCS certify the products but also the companies installing the products. To be fully compliant, installers must follow a set procedure and strict guidelines, any deviation from this and their licence will be stripped.

The MCS self-certification code of compliance covers all electrical renewables up to a maximum a capacity 50kW. For example, the renewable can include any of the following:

  • Biomass
  • Heat Pumps (Air Source and Ground Source)
  • Micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems
  • Pitched Roof Mounting Systems
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Solar Thermal
  • Wind Turbines

In order for you to claim any of the government funds / grants or incentives your installer must be MCS accredited and an MCS Certificate issued within 10 working days of your system being commissioned.

Benchmark – The Benchmark / Competent Person Schemes (CPS) was introduced to allow SME’s to ‘self-certify’ the work that they have carried out to a property without having to wait for a building inspector. In the long and short of it, any SME’s wanting to change the structure of a building or add to that building must submit a notification to benchmark stating that the work carried out complies with all current building standards and legislation. A competent person wishing to install under benchmark must be registered on a scheme that is affiliated and approved by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Once the work has been submitted benchmark guarantee the work for a minimum of 6 years. Again, a certificate should be raised and issued to the house holder within 10 working days of the system / installation being commissioned.

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