Clare Campbell, renewables product marketing manager at Dimplex, considers what it takes for an installer to join the renewables revolution.
MCS accreditation is designed to improve the quality of renewable energy installations and to protect consumers who are investing in the technologies. It guarantees that any installation carried out by an accredited installer meets the approved standards and those installations which are not certified are unable to claim RHI payments.
For installers, it is the first step to grabbing a slice of the renewable pie. Generating income for the renewable energy generated is an appealing proposition for homeowners toying with the idea of renewable technologies and becoming an MCS accredited installer is the only way of tapping into this rapidly growing market sector.
So how can your company become MCS accredited and what level of commitment is really expected of you? Here is my run down of what it really takes:
Once equipped with an industry course, you will need to take manufacturer training in the product you wish to install. Look for approved installer schemes and courses, such as Dimplex’s product specific installer courses where you can learn everything you need to know about specific products.
Prepare for certification
Certification fees are in addition to these ongoing costs and vary between independent certification bodies, so it’s worth doing your homework up front. Generally speaking though, you will be charged an annual certification cost for each product you install, which will be around £500 per technology per year.
Including the initial training courses, preparation for the certification process and completion of all the relevant paperwork, it is estimated that a well-structured company should commit between four and six months to becoming MCS accredited.
For some, the cost and time commitments involved in becoming MCS accredited may seem daunting and even a little off putting. But as the renewables sector continues to grow, the initial outlay as well as the ongoing costs of registration, are more than outweighed by the earning potential of an MCS accredited installer in a marketplace teeming with opportunity.