About accreditation

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has recently made significant changes to the accreditation process, impacting all Accredited Installers and Designers.

The CER announced on 29 February 2024 that Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA) is the new Accreditation Scheme Operator (ASO). CEC Accredited designers and installers are required to transition to SAA within three months of this announcement. Failure to transition within this period means you will not be accredited and therefore, not be eligible to claim small-scale technology certificates (STCs). 

Transition to SAA is free and SAA is now accepting all types of accreditation transfers – GCPV, SPS and GCBS. SAA will honour CEC accreditation expiry dates and fees paid. If your accreditation has expired, you must accredit with SAA and a fee will apply.

SAA is now accepting new applications for Grid Connected PV (GCPV), Stand Alone Power (SPS) and Grid Connect Battery Storage (GCBS) accreditation.

Accreditation requirements, including training units, remain unchanged initially. SAA will acknowledge CPD previously completed under CEC’s Accreditation scheme. 

Important documents

SAA Requirements

Code of Conduct

Who should get accredited?

Any individual who wishes to design or install Grid Connected PV systems (GCPV), Grid Connected Battery Systems (GCBS) or Stand Alone Power Systems (SPS), must be accredited under the new SAA Scheme in order to be eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs). 

In addition, many state-based rebate programs require the installer to be an Accredited Person.  

Accreditation provides a high level of quality assurance, ensuring appropriately licenced, and skilled persons are accredited. SAA requires accredited persons to continue their training and professional development, ensuring that their knowledge and skills remain current with respect to new technologies, and changes to Standards and Regulations. Learn more about SAA’s CPD scheme.

To learn more about the Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) click here

About accreditation

Types of accreditation

The first thing to know about accreditation is that there are different types – establish which one best applies to you and the work you want to undertake. 

GRID CONNECTED PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS (GCPV)

  • Design only
  • Install only
  • Design and Install

GRID CONNECTED BATTERY SYSTEMS (GCBS)

  • Design only
  • Install only
  • Design and Install

STAND ALONE POWER SYSTEMS (SPS)

  • Design only
  • Install only
  • Design and Install

WIND (small scale) – Design and/or Install

HYDRO  (micro/small scale) – Design and/or Install

Solar Accreditation Australia will supply the appropriate logo badges for accredited persons to use in their business as part of the onboarding process to the new scheme.

Fees

The following fees apply for new applications for accreditation.

Type of accreditation 

Fee 

Provisional accreditation application – $181.50* 

$181.50 

Upgrade to full accreditation – First accreditation (valid for three years) – $605* 

$605 

Upgrade to full accreditation – Additional accreditation (existing expiry date maintained) – $209* 

 

Renew accreditation (valid for three years) – $759* 

$759 

*All fees are inclusive of GST. 

*All fees are inclusive of GST. 

If you have questions, please contact accreditation@saaustralia.com.au.

Accreditation logos

Solar Accreditation Australia will supply the appropriate logo badges for accredited persons to use in their business as part of the onboarding process to the new scheme.