So, how could gaining MCS accreditation help you boost installation numbers? For starters, having this certification means your business qualifies to feature on Energy Saving Trust’s Renewable Installer Finder (RIF) tool.
Since putting his business on the RIF tool, Jonathan has seen an increase in demand for heat pump installations. “We’re probably getting around two to three enquiries a week and that’ll be down to customers finding our details on the RIF tool,” he said. Around 70% of the enquiries Jonathan’s getting are for heat pumps.
Going through the MCS certification process for heat pumps, Jonathan found the application relatively easy.
He also found that the installation quality was the most important part of the audit, which is the practical side of the process and didn’t take very long, rather than the administration work. He said:
“MCS wanted to grade the quality of the installation, and in total it took around two hours. I made sure I was on top of my paperwork and that really helped the speed of the process.”
At least 50% of homes in Scotland will need to convert to a low carbon heating system, such as heat pumps, by 2030. To meet this installation target, Scotland will need 5,100–12,700 heat pump installers.
Businesses like Jonathan’s have already started to see a spike in demand for heat pumps, and that’s only likely to increase as we approach 2030.
If you want your business to move to installing heat pumps, you’ll find this guide on how to become a heat pump installer in Scotland helpful. It’ll tell you what qualifications you need and the colleges offering courses.
If you’re already installing heat pumps or thinking about starting, getting an MCS certification could get you more work because all Scottish Government-funded schemes require MCS-certified installers to install heat pumps. There’s also funding available to help you with the certification fees.
Take your first step and find out more about the MCS certification scheme and register your interest for the MCS certification grant for heat pumps.