Gearing up for MTC scheme in domestic properties

Print 23 May 2014

From Monday 30 June, all installers and surveyors of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties will need to prove compliance with the new Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) being introduced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). This brings the fenestration industry in line with other building sectors, including electricians and plumbers.

Sapa Building System’s Technical Director Mark Robinson outlines what this means and how installers can comply.

All employees must meet the MTC standards and be registered on the scheme. There are three possible routes to demonstrating MTC compliance:

  • Industry Experience (MTC Assessment Route)
  • Qualification Route (NVQ’s)
  • Existing Qualifications (Units Completed)

Without certified persons in place the only other route to compliance with Building Regulations will be through the formal Building Control process.

The changes apply to anyone who is a member of a Competent Person Scheme and is allowed to self-certify through the Building Regulations. While there will be some additional admin, it should be a straightforward process to being awarded a FENSA MTC card. As long as an individual already complies with BS8213-4: 2007 or GGF guidelines on window and door installation, they should have no difficulty. This proves that the holder has the experience and skills required under the MTC.

Below are some useful links which give more details about the process itself and the different skill requirements: