Do You Need MCS Certification To Install Heat Pumps?


As a plumbing and heating engineer, your customers might be asking you about heat pumps, and you may be wondering if you need MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accreditation to install a heat pump? The answer is not a simple yes or no, as it depends on various factors.


Although MCS accreditation is not technically required, to install heat pumps, there are some big benefits to making sure your heat pump installations are fully MCS compliant. Here we will look at some of the benefits of having the heat pump system MCS certified, as well as how Abode Heat is here to help if you don’t have MCS accreditation yourself.

MCS Certified Logo

Why does my installation need to be MCS certified?


First, it’s important to understand what MCS accreditation is. MCS is the quality assurance scheme for small-scale renewable energy products like heat pumps, and their installers have met certain standards set by the UK government.


To find out more information about MCS here>


The main benefit to having your heat pump installations MCS certified is it allows the end customer to access government incentives like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). This scheme replaces previous the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Green Homes Grant governments schemes and is probably something your being asked about as customers enquire about moving to a renewable heating option.


The BUS scheme provides financial assistance of £5,000 for air source heat pumps and £6,000 for ground source heat pumps. This can significantly reduce the cost of installing a new heating system, making installing low-carbon systems like heat pumps more accessible. *Scheme T&Cs apply.


You can find more information about the Boiler Upgrade Scheme here>


Another key benefit of MCS certification is quality assurance. The rigorous standards set by MCS ensure that certified systems are well designed, installed to a high standard and will perform as expected. This gives homeowners the peace of mind that they are investing in a system that will meet their future energy needs.

Air source heat pump on exterior of building
Heat Pump on exterior of building
Air source heat pump plant room

I’m Not MCS Accredited, Can My Customers Still Access the BUS Scheme?


The answer is yes!


Abode Heat has launched our Heat Pump Go service to help plumbing and heating professionals without MCS accreditation. Heat Pump Go is an MCS umbrella scheme which helps plumbing and heating engineers who do not hold MCS accreditation, provide their customers with a fully MCS certified heat pump installation, without the need to go through the time consuming and costly process of gaining MCS accreditation themselves.


Abode Heat will design and specify the best heat pump for the property, and once the system is installed, we will complete the MCS compliance for the system, ensuring the heat pump installation fully meets MCS standards. Abode Heat are committed to MCS compliance and the high standards it sets for our industry, ensuring customers get the highest quality heat pump installations.


When using the Heat Pump Go MCS umbrella scheme, once the system is installed and commissioned, your customers whose installations qualify, will be able to access the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.


You can find out more about our Heat Pump Go MCS umbrella scheme here>

Want To Find Out More?


If you would like to find out more about our MCS umbrella scheme or talk about a specific heat pump project you are looking at, complete the contact form below and of our team will give you a call to go discuss the project in more detail with you.



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