There are four main steps in the Clean Energy Council's solar accreditation process.
1. Complete the required training
First you will need to complete the relevant training units required for the type of accreditation you would like to apply for.
There are a number of registered training organisations (RTOs) that offer the units required for accreditation.
2. Apply for your provisional accreditation
Once you have completed your training, you can apply to become provisionally accredited.
- You will need to include copies of your training certificates, electrical licence (if applying for grid-connect install), working at heights certification (required for install accreditation only) and public liability insurance (at least $5 million). Your application will then be processed in three to five working days.
- Once everything has been approved, you will be sent an accreditation certificate with your new accreditation number via email.
- Your provisional accreditation lasts for three months. You can only apply for provisional accreditation once every 12 months.
Please note: From 4 June 2019, you will not receive your accreditation number until you have passed your online assessments. Online assessments will need to be passed within one month of the application being approved. You will not be able to complete any installs or sign off on jobs until you have passed the assessments. Find out more here.
3. Upgrade to full accreditation
- Before three months are up, you must apply to upgrade to full accreditation by completing the appropriate accreditation assessments. This is to demonstrate competency in designing and installing solar systems.
- The accreditation assessment is broken into three sections:
- Fundamental theory
Please note: From 4 June 2019, you will only have one month to pass your online assessments. Once online assessments are passed, you will receive an accreditation number. From then you will then have two months to submit your practical assessments and/or apply to upgrade to full accreditation. Find out more here.
- Depending on the type of provisional accreditation you hold, you will need to complete different types of assessments as outlined below.
Fundamental theory Design Practical Design and Install Yes Yes Yes Design only Yes Yes Install only Yes Yes
- Once approved, your full accreditation lasts for one year after which time you can apply to renew.
Please note: From 4 June 2019, you will only have one month to pass your online assessments. Find out more here.
4. Renew and move onto continuous professional development
- Once you have successfully completed one year as a fully accredited installer, you will move onto the continuous professional development (CPD) renewal scheme.
- Each year you will be required to complete 100 points of eligible training and professional development. This is to ensure installers keep up-to-date with changes in the industry, and also to give accredited installers access to the latest courses and training opportunities on offer.