26 Nov

You may have noticed for several months now, we have been doing all we can, via our social media, website and free online seminars to bring information to all our installers about Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC).


The government has introduced MTC in an effort to raise standards in the replacement glazing industry. MTC are a set of criteria that installers and surveyors are required to meet when replacing windows and doors in domestic properties. MTC are mandatory and you must be able to demonstrate you satisfy MTC requirements to continue to work through any of the glazing Competent Person Schemes (CPS). There is also a time limit to become MTC compliant. All installers and surveyors must be able to show they are MTC compliant by 6th June 2014.

Well, those are the facts in a nutshell. Now, let’s answer some of the questions that have been put to us over the last few months about becoming MTC compliant.

What are other CPS doing about MTC?

The government is allowing each CPS to develop their own scheme to meet the MTC requirement.

Why do I need a FENSA MTC Card?

It is a government requirement. MTC have been in existence across other building sectors for some time, such as electricians, heating installers, plumber or gas engineers.

How long does it take to become fully MTC compliant?

It takes a minimum of three months so you will need to start your MTC compliance process before March 2014.

Where do I sign up?

Just follow this link to the FENSA website

How much does it cost?

It is dependent on the route you need to take. Please see the costs below and check out the website for more details.

  1. Industry Experience Route – £299 +VAT
  2. Undertaking Relevant Qualifications – £30 +VAT plus the cost of taking an NVQ
  3. Have Relevant Qualifications – £30 +VAT

Why does it cost so much?

The FENSA MTC Card is much cheaper than other schemes in construction sectors and remember the cost only equates to just £1.15 a week if undertaking the industry experience route.

Do I or the company I work for have to be FENSA Registered?

The FENSA MTC Card is held by the individual and is open to everyone in the industry – installers and surveyors who are FENSA registered and those who are not registered can apply. It is transferable across employers and other replacement window and door CPS.

Want more Information?

Webinar (Online Seminar): We would like to invite you to attend our Free Webinar on Thursday 28th November, where we will present more information and answer your questions on MTC. Make sure you check our blogs regularly as we will continue to update you. Click here to register


Twitter Q&A Sessions: FENSA is hosting a series of FREE one-hour online Q&A sessions to help installers. This is the chance to have your questions answered about the FENSA MTC Card. To participate, simply log into your twitter account and tweet Question _130787843@FENSA_Windows your question during one of the twitter Q&A sessions below.

  1. Thu 12 Dec – 7-8pm (MTC)
  2. Thu 23 Jan –1pm (MTC)
  3. Thu 13 Feb – 7pm (MTC)
  4. Tue 11 Mar – 2pm (MTC)

7 Responses to “The FENSA MTC Card”

  1. Huw Davies June 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    as I am registered with fensa I have passed my transition and awaiting my mtc. BUT if someone not a member of fensa or any other organisation fits windows and gets the local orthorities to sign of their work, do they have to get an MTC card like me?
    Regards HGD Installations

    • admin2 October 17, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Hello, thank you for your question. The answer is no they don’t need one. The MTC card is for operatives in self-certifying, CPS registered installers of replacement windows/doors in domestic properties. But hope it will grow to become best practice for all industry in due course. We hope this helps.

  2. martin bowles July 7, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    Do you need a mtc card when just installation on a new build ?

    • admin2 October 17, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Hello, thank you for your question. The answer is No. The MTC card is for operatives in self-certifying, CPS registered installers of replacement windows/doors in domestic properties. We hope this helps.

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  4. Anon September 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Passed my mtc Yesterday – 360 quid worse off but now I can do exactly the same job as I’ve been doing for 30 years

    • admin2 October 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      Thank you for commenting on this and for giving us the opportunity to explain what difference the card makes.
      The FENSA MTC Card shows the identity of the holder and stores the details of their experience and/or qualifications achieved. Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) was introduced in September 2012 by the DCLG (Department for Communities & Local Governments) as a new approved measure of competency for installers and surveyors of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties.

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