Changes following closure of domestic RHI scheme will allow installers to work alongside separate designers

MCS, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, is to split the existing Heat Pump Standard (MIS 3005) into two standards – one for Heat Pump Design (MIS 3005-D) and one for Heat Pump Installation (MIS 3005-I). The changes which will become mandatory from I April, follow the closure of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive on 31 March.

MCS said it intends the new standards to make the market more accessible by giving heat pump specialists the opportunity to either focus on design or installation, depending on their skillsets. At the same time, the new standards will accommodate contractors who install heat pumps alongside independent heat pump designers.

The new standards will not affect existing heat pump contractors, as by default, they are certified for both heat pump design and installation, MCS said. The certifications will carry over until their next certification surveillance assessment, when installers can choose to be certified for design, installation, or both.

The national standards body has outlined key considerations from 1 April:

  • If a company is currently MIS 3005 certified for both design and installation, they can choose to remain as they are, or switch to become a certified designer or installer at their next certification surveillance assessment.
  • Any contractor (design or installer) who holds the customer contract can register a system on the MCS Microgeneration Installation Database (MID).
  • Whereas it was a requirement to have a compliance certificate for the RHI, they will no longer be required, following the scheme closure
  • Designers can work according to the new standard straight away, even if installations are completed before the withdrawal of the old standard.

Ian Rippin, chief executive of MCS, said: “This is a positive outcome for installers as we approach the end of the DRHI. The diversification of the new Heat Pump Standards will enable the industry to deliver the best service for customers and accommodate contractors who wish to streamline their skillset. Our change reflects the market. It is a move in the right direction as we look to encourage more installers into low-carbon heating and, in turn, increase the adoption of heat pumps in UK homes and non-domestic buildings.”

MCS is a quality assurance scheme, supported by BEIS. Details at: mcscertified.com



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