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Microgeneration Certification (MCS)

A scheme for installation of renewable or microgeneration technologies.

There has been rapid growth in the popularity and installation numbers of renewable technologies as a way of offsetting high energy costs and ensuring stability of energy supplies.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) was introduced to help ensure good quality products and installations. By setting robust standards the industry can continue to develop with confidence.

Being a certified MCS Contractor enables your customers to take advantage of current government incentives such the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).

NICEIC MCS Scheme covers the following technologies:

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar Thermal
  • Heat Pumps - both ground source and air source

Pricing for the MCS scheme is based on the number of technologies you want to be assessed for. Certified businesses can benefit from reduced prices by combining scheme assessments. Applicants may also benefit by gaining Competent Person Scheme registration within the assessment cost.

Call us to discuss your requirements on 0333 015 6626.

£130 + VAT

Application fee

£55 + VAT

MCS license fee

£515 + VAT

Annual registration fee for a single technology

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To apply for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), just call us on 0333 015 6626.

Alternatively we will call you to progress your application if you complete our online enquiry form by clicking on the red button above.

Once your full application has been processed we will advise you of an assessment date. Your area engineer will meet with you and conduct the assessment. At the end of the assessment a recommendation will be made as to whether you meet the scheme requirements. The Assessment Overview section provides more guidance as to how to prepare for your assessment.

This recommendation is independently verified and written confirmation will be sent to you.

Please note that if you run your business from multiple offices you will need to submit a separate application for each contracting site.

For more information about the scheme please refer to our Guide to Registration
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) scheme and its requirements can be found at

All scheme applicants are required to meet the MCS001 standard along with the relevant technical standard associated with the work being assessed.

In order to become MCS certificated, it is mandatory for all our members to be registered with a Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Approved Consumer Code. There are only two options currently available:

Our MCS Scheme Rules for new applicants can be found here.
Assessment for MCS is based on a full day.  The actual time taken will depend on how many technologies you are being assessed in which will be confirmed to you at the point of application.

The purpose of the assessment is for you to show your work meets the scheme requirements. To do this the assessment covers two aspects:
  1. Office - to demonstrate that your business meets the mangement systems and competency criteria of the scheme
  2. Site - to demonstrate that your business meets the technical standards for the work you undertake
At the close of the assessment the assessor will advise you on any action points and make a recommendation as to whether you meet the scheme standards. This is subject to review and verification before a written confirmation of your registration will be sent to you.
You will need the following documents to apply for the Micorgeneration Certification (MCS) scheme:
  1. MCS Contractor Scheme Guide - which provides helpful advice on preparing for assessment
  2. MCS Scheme Rules - an important document which outlines the terms and conditions of the scheme
  3. MCS Fee Sheet

The following documents will help you prepare for your assessment:
  1. MCS Assessment Guidance
  2. MCS Contractor Standards which are published and available to download free  

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