OFTEC Renewables Registration
In the coming years, the UK must meet tough targets for carbon emission reduction. Domestic renewable heating technology is seeing significant growth and OFTEC renewables registration, particularly MCS certification, enables installers to maximise this business opportunity.
Registering for MCS with OFTEC
OFTEC offers all renewable technology installation businesses the opportunity to join its competent person scheme with the option to add Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Applicants must hold the relevant competent person scheme registration before applying for MCS registration through OFTEC. MCS registration is a requirement for grant-funded schemes including the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). To learn more about the administration requirements of BUS, visit the OFGEM website.
Installers should note that it is a condition of MCS registration that businesses dealing with domestic customers comply with a code of practice (consumer code) and therefore installers must also be a member of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) or the HIES Consumer Code.
Registration is awarded for one year following satisfactory completion of an evaluation of your office procedures, quality management systems and on-site technical inspection of your chosen technology. Renewal of registration and periodic inspection is then annual. To find out more about the MCS quality management system requirements please download the MCS Contractor Certification Scheme Requirements.
Please note: MCS is only applicable for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Easy MCS partnership
Help is at hand for both large and small businesses interested in registering for MCS. OFTEC is partnered with Easy MCS who is part of Evergreen Energy and provides certification support services. These include training on the paperwork that is required for MCS, access to a bespoke quality management system designed around the MCS requirements and an easy-to-use online installer toolkit. OFTEC registered businesses benefit from a discounted membership to Easy MCS. For more details, please click here.
Alternatively please call the MCS helpdesk and ask to speak to a MCS scheme support on Tel 0333 103 8130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be available to give you assistance in understanding the requirements of the scheme.
Which technologies can I register with OFTEC for?
OFT 21-504A – Air Source Heat Pumps
Installation of Air Source Heat Pumps to MCS Installation Standard 3005-I
OFT 21-504G – Ground Source Heat Pumps
Installation of Ground/Water Source Heat Pumps to MCS Installation Standard 3005-I
OFT 21-504D – Design of Heat Pump Installations.
Design of Heat Pump Installations to MCS Installation Standard 3005-D
OFT 501 – Solar Thermal Systems
Installation of Solar Heating Systems to MCS Installation Standard 3001
OFT 505 – Biomass Heating Systems
Installation of Biomass Heating Systems to MCS Installation Standard 3004
The training you will need
Applicants for our renewables registration will need to hold either proof of personal certification and/or qualifications regulated/mapped to QCF or RQF for the technologies they wish to apply for. Training must have been undertaken within the last five years.
Alternative training courses
For Solar Thermal or Biomass technologies, or if you have an existing heat pump qualification, please see the MCS website for a list of qualifications that are acceptable for MCS registration.
- Please read our Renewable Scheme Information Sheet (Pub73)
- Review the standards on MCS website
- Contact our registration team if you have any additional questions about registration schemes for renewables.
Please note; if you are not already registered with OFTEC’s competent persons scheme, you will also need to complete a CPS application form.