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.
Green Home Grants
A new scheme will open in England in September 2020 which provides grants to homeowners of up to £5,000 (two-thirds of the installation cost) or up to £10,000 for low income homeowners (the full installation cost) to support the installation of heat pumps or solar thermal systems. A requirement of the scheme is that all installers are registered for MCS and TrustMark.
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. MCS certification means that your customers can claim payments through the Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for installing renewable heating technologies. Please note that applicants must hold relevant competent person scheme registration in order to apply for MCS registration through OFTEC. There is a handy checklist on the TrustMark website of all the systems you need to have in place to gain MCS registration.
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.
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 are part of Evergreen Energy and provide registration support services. These include training on the paperwork that is required for MCS, 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.
Scopes of Registration
- OFT 501
Solar thermal systemsRequirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Solar Heating Microgeneration Systems
- OFT 504
Heat pump systemsRequirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Microgeneration Heat Pump Systems
- OFT 505
Biomass SystemsRequirements for contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of Solid Biofuel 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
Alternatively you can apply via the ‘experienced worker route’ providing you have demonstrable experience and manufacturers’ training. For further information please click here and scroll down to page 8.
For more detailed information about MCS certification, please contact OFTEC’s registration team.
Apply here online today
(MCS is only applicable for Great Britain, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
Please note; if you are not already registered with OFTEC’s competent persons scheme, you will also need to complete this form.
If you would prefer to complete the form offline, click here to download a form or request one by post.