Worcester, Bosch Group is now offering a more flexible way for installers to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, ahead of the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch.

Worcester’s new Qualifications and Credited Framework (QCF) affiliated training and assessment around renewables has been designed to make it easier for installers to attain MCS accreditation. To satisfy an MCS assessor, emphasis is placed on why a particular renewable technology has been selected and sized to maximise efficiency levels.

The QCF courses will be run in partnership with Logic Certification and will take the form of a three-day solar thermal programme, or a four-day heat pump course, providing delegates with all the knowledge they need to specify, install and maintain the particular renewable technology.

The training initiative comes after DECC has committed to investing £250,000 in funding for the Renewable Heat Incentive Training Support Scheme (RHITSS). This voucher scheme will subsidise up to 75% of the cost of renewables-based training for installers who are already qualified in the heating and/or plumbing discipline.

QCF also feeds into a wider professional development initiative whereby the installer can claim credits and work towards a diploma in renewable technologies.

Phil Bunce, training manager at Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “With the RHI expected this spring, there is the strong possibility that growing numbers of homeowners will express interest in renewable technologies and qualifications in these diverse areas can give installers the cutting edge above competitors.

“We’ve introduced QCF as a more flexible way for installers to learn, and the fact that it is MCS accredited is a must for installers looking to take advantage of the business opportunities created by the Feed-In Tariffs (FiTs), RHI and the Green Deal.”

QCF renewables training will be offered at Worcester’s network of Training and Assessment Academies nationwide.