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) and TrustMark registration. Applicants must hold relevant competent person scheme registration to apply for MCS registration through OFTEC. MCS registration is a stipulation for several grant-funded schemes including the Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and the Green Homes Grant scheme.
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). Installers of renewables must also join the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC). To learn more about the administration requirements of the RHI, visit the OFGEM website.
Registration is for one year following satisfactory completion of an evaluation of your office procedures and on-site technical inspection of your chosen technologies. Renewal of registration and periodic inspection is then required annually.
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 registration 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.
Which technologies can I register with OFTEC for?
- OFT 501
Solar thermal systems
Requirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Solar Heating Micro-generation Systems
- OFT 504
Heat pump systems
Requirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Microgeneration Heat Pump Systems
- OFT 505
Requirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Solid Bio-fuel heating Systems
The qualifications you need
Applicants for our renewables registration should hold qualifications from the following units provided by the Qualifications and Credit Framework:
For heat pumps – QCF units D/602/3072, F/602/3078, L/602/3083 and Y/602/3054
For solar thermal – QCF units F/602/3100, L/602/3102, Y/602/3104 and K/602/3107
For biomass – QCF units J/502/9406, L/502/9407, R/502/9411, K/502/9415, Y/502/9412 and H/502/9414
Experienced worker route to registration
If you have demonstrable experience and manufacturers’ training you could register with MCS without the above qualifications. For further information please click here and scroll down to page 8.
- 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.
Completing the form online speeds up the application process, but if you having technical difficulties and are unable to submit the online form, we can send you a paper version by post for you to fill in by hand, please contact our registration team.