Other Key Activities from SummitSkills

Other Key Activities

In addition to our core work on apprenticeships, standards and qualifications, SummitSkills is also busy on other important skills development projects:

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

MCS is a voluntary, independent third party certification scheme that operates within the international frameworks of certification and the international standards ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17067. SummitSkills works closely with MCS to ensure that the competency criteria which underpins the Scheme requirements is in line with the existing qualification frameworks. SummitSkills continues to be a member of the MCS Steering Group and acts as a consultant to the many stakeholders of the scheme.

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership

SummitSkills is pleased to be part of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), a newly formed not-for-profit skills partnership created by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Joint Industry Board (JIB), National Electrotechnical Training (NET), JTL, SummitSkills and Unite the Union to help shape and develop the skills agenda in the electrotechnical industry. It has been formed to act as the voice for employers and industry on skills issues, and will lead on the setting and accrediting of standards, political engagement work, and the promotion of careers in the industry.

Green Skills

SummitSkills is an active member of a number of groups within the Green Skills arena including among others the Green Skills Alliance with Construction Skills & the Building Futures Group; Green Deal Installer Forum; OFGEM RHI Forum and the BSECAG (Building Services Engineering Competency Advisory Group). This enables us to continue to reflect the current needs of the sector whilst having a close working relationship with government departments such as DECC and DCLG.


SummitSkills’ mapping review service enables organisations to map their qualifications/courses against the learning outcomes and assessment criteria derived from National Occupational Standards (NOS); reviewed by SummitSkills, and recognised by the building services engineering sector as providing evidence towards the required standards of competence.


SummitSkills used to oversee the ‘Welding Certification Scheme’ which was required for some Skill Cards such as CSCS. Due to a restructure we no longer operate this service and it has been handed over to BESCA (Building Engineering Services Competence Assessment) where you can find suitable centres. Further information about applying for a Skills Card can be found at the SkillCard website.

Awarding Organisation Forum

The Awarding Organisation Forum, facilitated by SummitSkills, builds on the good relationships between Awarding Organisations and the regulatory bodies in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to provide a framework of standards and qualifications in accordance with the SummitSkills Sector Qualifications Strategy.

The forum, which meets three times a year, ensures a consistent, co-ordinated and standardised approach to qualification strategy, delivery and quality assurance.

The forum comprises all Awarding Organisations and related organisations who provide or intend to provide vocational qualifications for the sector. It provides the opportunity for regular networking and sharing of information, to encourage joined up thinking and to identify and share best practise.  In considering the development and delivery of a whole sector approach to Forum aims to pursue/ensure excellence in vocational education and assessment processes to achieve competence through fit for purpose, industry led qualifications.

For further information, contact enquiries@summitskills.org.uk