On 4 June some changes are happening to the provisional accreditation process.
From 4 June 2019, provisional installers and designers will not receive their accreditation number until they have passed the required online assessments.
This new process will continue to raise the bar across the industry by ensuring new designers and installers have the knowledge they need to install and design solar PV systems.
Provisional installers will now only have one month to pass the required online assessments. Once they have passed the online assessments, they will receive their accreditation number. This means that they can begin working as a Clean Energy Council Accredited Designer and/or Installer and are eligible for government rebates.
They can also apply to upgrade to full accreditation once they have completed any additional requirements. They will have two months to do this.
This change will not effect anyone who currently holds full accreditation.
The rest of the accreditation process will not change. Find out more about the application process here.
Frequently asked questions
Does this change apply to me?
This change will apply to any installers who hold provisional accreditation or are planning to get provisional accreditation.
For any installers or designers who have applied for provisional accreditation before 4 May. make sure you complete your online assessments before Tuesday 4 June to avoid your assessments becoming incomplete and losing your accreditation.
For anyone who applies for provisional accreditation after May 4, you will have one month to complete your online assessments.
Can I install or design solar systems before I finish my online assessments?
While there is no restriction on designing or installing solar systems before you have completed your online assessments, the Clean Energy Council strongly recommends that you only install systems after completing the assessments. Even though you have completed a training course, the online assessment is designed to ensure that you are fully aware of all the relevant information and that your work is completed to the highest standard.
Without an accreditation number, you cannot install solar PV systems as a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer, which means you are not eligible for government rebates and STCs.
What happens if I don’t complete the online assessments in time?
For installers who have applied for provisional accreditation before 4 May, if you do not complete the online assessments before 4 June your assessments will be marked as incomplete and you will be locked out of completing the required assessments to be able to upgrade to full accreditation.
If you applied for provisional accreditation after 4 May, you have one month to complete the required online assessments. Completing the assessments takes approximately five hours.
What happens if I am applying for design-only accreditation?
From 4 June, if you have applied for design-only accreditation, you will not receive your accreditation number until you have completed the online assessments. You will have one month to complete the required online assessments. Once you have successfully completed them, you will receive your accreditation number and be able to apply to upgrade to full accreditation.
As soon as you receive your full accreditation you can begin designing solar PV systems as per the terms of your type of accreditation. Being a Clean Energy Council Accredited Designer or Installer makes you eligible for a range of government rebates.
What happens if I am applying for install-only or design and install accreditation?
From 4 June, if you have applied for install-only or design and install accreditation, you will not receive your accreditation number until you have completed the online assessments. You will have one month to successfully complete the required online assessments. Once you have successfully completed them, you will receive your accreditation number and have two months to complete required practical assessments to be able to apply to upgrade to full accreditation.
Without an accreditation number, you cannot install solar PV systems as a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer, which means that you cannot claim STCs.
Can I still apply for an extension?
Yes, you can, however from 4 June extensions will only be granted for a maximum of one month at a time.
If you have already applied for a three-month extension before 4 June it will not change. However, you will still need to have completed your online assessment before 4 June.