What do the different schemes mean?

A scheme is a set of standards and rules that govern a particular area of work.  They exist to provide a common approach for all installations for a given work type as well as provide customers with a way of identifying appropriate businesses for the work they need undertaking.

Contractors who want to be recognised for their skills and experience in certain works will come forward for assessment against the relevant scheme documents.

We provide assessment across a number of building services disciplines:

Approved Contractor - a scheme that covers general electrical installation work.

Domestic Installer - a scheme licensed through the Department of Communities and Local Government that covers general electrical installation work in domestic properties only.

Competent Persons Scheme - a scheme licensed through the Department of Communities and Local Government that covers all other building services work in domestic properties such as heating and plumbing. 

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) - a scheme created by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to cover installers of renewable technologies.  The range of technologies include solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass and wind turbines. Some finance is available to help support installation of these technologies and MCS registration is a key requirement to access the funds.

Green Deal Installer - a scheme created by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to help householders install energy efficient measures to their properties.  The typical measures include insulation, draught proofing, glazing and heating.  Financial support is available to support the installation work and Green Deal registration is key to accessing the work.

Green Deal Advisor - a scheme created by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to promote those businesses proficient in preparing property surveys that recommend the most beneficial energy saving measures that can be adopted.  This is the first step when seeking to access Green Deal funding to subsidise the installation work.
 
BAFE SP203-1 - an industry scheme to support the installation of fire detection and alarm systems.
 
BAFE SP205 - an industry scheme to support those undertaking fire risk assessments.

Hazardous Areas - a scheme to support those contractors working in high risk areas.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) - a scheme to support those in undertaking portable appliance testing (PAT).

Scotland - a scheme that recognises the differences in regulations governing general electrical installation work in Scotland.

To find the relevant contractor for the work you want doing, use our Find Contractors search facility.