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Accreditation transition

Pallavi Guha

Message from Pallavi Guha

Director, Regulation Industry Programs & Advisory Services

We are proud of the role we have played in building robust installer and accreditation programs, alongside administering the New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC) program for retailers and product listing program for manufacturers.

The rooftop solar industry in Australia is world-leading and over the past 16 years our CEC team have played a critical role in upholding regulatory framework to drive industry best practice and improve industry behaviour to ensure customers are treated fairly and honestly.

Together with the industry, we have been building significant social license with the communities as they are benefiting from power bill savings.

Immediate changes to CEC accreditation

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is on track to decide, and announce, the outcome of the installer and designer accreditation scheme application process in February 2024. There is now a call to installers and designers to prepare for a change in provider of the accreditation program.

To support a smooth transition to new provider, the CEC is introducing two key changes to CEC Accreditation for those planning to submit a new application before February 2024. In the section below you will find information on the early cut-off dates for new applications and shorter accreditation periods at significantly reduced fees.

Click on the link below to go to relevant section

  1. Information about change in accreditation provider
  2. If you are an existing CEC accredited installer/designer
  3. If you are planning to submit a new application to CEC before February 2024
  4. CER latest news

The CEC team is here if you need further guidance. Please email us at [email protected]

Information about change in accreditation provider(s)

Future administrators of the three accreditation programs for the solar industry

As you may be aware, the CER sought applications for approved accreditation scheme operator/s (ASOs) and a nominated product listing body (for solar panels and inverters).

CEC Administered programs status Dec 23

Why the CEC chose not to continue as the administrator of accreditation for installers and designers

Through this process the CEC has considered how our technical experts can best support the industry amid complex and competing priorities including standards changes and regulatory reforms.

Transitioning out of the role of administering accreditation will allow the CEC to focus on strong advocacy for the solar industry as well as increased support for installers to ensure they have access to quality training, are kept up to date on latest industry developments and supported to navigate the complex industry standards and requirements.

Transition period to new provider

The CER is leading the industry transition for installer/designer accreditation. Over the past few months, the CEC have been collaborating with CER to enable the transition as simply and smoothly as possible.

CEC Accreditation will cease to be recognised under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), three months from the CER's date of decision in February 2024. This means when the new provider is approved, all installers and designers must transition their accreditation across to the new provider for installed systems to be eligible for STCs. This means:

  • If you are considering submitting a new application before February, please be aware of the cut-off dates with shorter accreditation periods and significantly reduced fees introduced on 17 November 2023.
  • If you have an application with CEC, please respond to our enquiries as soon as possible.
  • Applications that are not finalised before the CER announces their decision will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply with the new provider (ASO).

The CEC appreciates the new provider will navigate an intensive three-month period to transition over 9000 installers and designers. CEC is ensuring new accreditation applications submitted from 17 November will expire in April 2024, giving the new provider time to transition installers and designers. We are offering the shorter accreditation at a heavily discounted application fee.

Accreditation transition timeline white 02 01

If you are an existing CEC accredited installer or designer

Accreditations expiring Feb 2024 onwards

You will be required to renew your accreditation with the new provider as and when the accreditation is due for renewal.

Update: On 21st November 2023, CER have confirmed that the new accreditation provider will honour existing CEC accreditation and expiry dates.

Call for action to installers and designers

  • If you are planning to apply for accreditation, take note of the two key changes in CEC processes:
    • Cut-off period for applications as CEC is preparing for the transition
    • Shorter accreditation period with the CEC and heavily discounted application fees
  • In order to prepare for the transition of accreditation away from the CEC, installers and designers should:
    • Finalise any outstanding compliance activities requested
    • Update your contact details via the CEC Portal
    • Ensure relevant electrical licenses are up-to-date
    • Please bookmark CER’s new installer and designer ASO webpage for easy reference and  subscribe to our email list.

If you are planning to submit a new application to CEC before February 2024

Incomplete Applications once new provider is announced by CER

Once a new provider is announced the CEC will not have the authority to issue accreditation. This means we must process all applications by the announcement date. If you have an application pending with the CEC please ensure you respond to any requests for further information as soon as possible.

Applications that are not finalised before the CER announces their decision will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply with the new provider.

CHANGE 1: CEC cut-off dates for new application and duration of accreditation

To prepare for a handover to new provider after the CER announces its decision in February 2024, the CEC is taking steps to reduce the impact on installers and designers and lower disruption across industry. The CEC is introducing changes to the current accreditation duration and application cut-off dates to ensure all applications submitted to the CEC are completed before the CER’s decision date.

EXTENDED Cut-off Dates: The cut-off dates have been extended effective 12 January 2024 in consultation with the CER, to ensure the CEC is able to process as many applications as possible before the date of decision.

Application acceptance cut-off date
Scenario 1: New/Provisional/additional components9 February 2024
(Previously: 12 January 2024)
Scenario 2: Upgrade18 January 2024
(Previously: 22 December 2023)
Scenario 3: Upgrade additional component18 January 2024
(Previously: 22 December 2023)
Scenario 4: Renewals due before Feb 202422 February 2024
(Previously: 25 January 2024)
Scenario 5: Month-by-month extension22 February 2024
(Previously: 25 January 2024)
  • The CEC will cease to accept any new provisional accreditation and/or additional component applications from 9 February 2024. All applications after this date will need to be made with the new provider.
  • The CEC will not accept any practical assessments from upgrade and additional component upgrade applications from 18 January 2024.
  • Any provisionally accredited persons with an expiry date between January and April 2024 will have their provisional accreditation extended until April 2024 so that any future upgrade application can be reviewed by the new provider.
  • For all upgrade and renewal applications processed between 17 November 2023 and 12 January 2024, the accreditation expiry date will be set to April 2024. Application fees have been reduced to reflect the shortened accreditation period.
  • For all upgrade and renewal applications processed after 12 January 2024, the accreditation expiry date will be set to May 2024. Application fees have been reduced to reflect the shortened accreditation period.

CHANGE 2: Reduced application fees

The CEC understands there may be a financial burden on installers and designers to accredit themselves with the new provider. The CEC wants to ensure installers and designers are able to work through the transition with minimal impact. To support the industry the CEC will offer significantly discounted application fees across multiple scenarios.

Kindly note the changes in fees and next steps for each scenario:

Fees prior to Nov 2023Revised fee effective November
Scenario 1: New/Provisional/additional components

No change as accreditation is valid for 3 months or until April, whichever is longer.

$182 incl. GST ($165 + GST)

Remains unchanged
Scenario 2: Upgrade

$50 for every month of accreditation until April 2024.

$605 incl. GST
($550 + GST)

November 2023

$250 incl. GST ($227.27 + GST)

December 2023 & January 2024

$200 incl. GST
($181.82 + GST)

Scenario 3: Upgrade additional component

$209 incl. GST
($190 + GST)

$200 incl. GST
($181.82 + GST)

Scenario 4: Renewals due before Feb 2024

$22 for every month of accreditation until April 2024.

$264 incl. GST
($240 + GST)

November 2023

$110 incl. GST
$100 + GST

December 2023

$88 incl. GST
($80 + GST)

January & February 2024

$66 incl. GST
($60 + GST)

Scenario 5: Month-by-month extension

$132 per month
($120 + GST)

$66 per month
($60 + GST)

Training Requirements and CPD

On 21 November 2023, the CER confirmed there are no immediate proposed changes to accreditation requirements, including relevant training units. The new ASO will recognise continuous professional development completed under the CEC’s accreditation scheme.

We are urging all accredited people to ensure you continue to meet your current obligations, as they stand today. This includes maintaining your CPD.

CER latest news

Update: Change announced by CER on 21 November 2023

  • There is no fee to transition your accreditation to the new accreditation provider.
  • The new accreditation provider will honour CEC accreditation expiry dates and fees paid. An accreditation renewal fee will be due on expiry of your existing CEC accreditation.
  • If your accreditation expires on or after the CER has made and announced its decision, you must accredit yourself with the new accreditation provider to remain eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). This will attract a fee.
  • There are no immediate proposed changes to accreditation requirements, including relevant training units. The new accreditation provider will recognise Continuous Professional Development (CPD) completed under the CEC’s accreditation scheme.

Further information is available on the regulators website – CER’s November ASO update

Update : Additional information from the CER released on 15 December 2023

The CER has released further information on what is required to complete the transfer of your accreditation, and ensure your accreditation remains current.

To complete this transfer, you will need to complete a simple online form on the new ASO’s website and provide the following information:

  • name, address and contact details
  • business details including ABN/ACN (as applicable)
  • proof of identification (for example, driver’s licence)
  • current electrical licence number (if you hold grid-connect install accreditation)
  • current Clean Energy Council (CEC) accreditation number and expiry date
  • current picture of yourself (a selfie is acceptable)
  • any information on outstanding compliance or rectification works.

Once submitted, the new ASO will assess the information and issue a new accreditation number to use when claiming STCs.

Further information is available on the regulator's website – CER’s December ASO update