To prepare your application you need to develop and/or update your business systems and documentation, and compete the two-part application form.
Completing an application takes time and effort. To help you get through it we have broken it down into five steps, as described in detail below.
Our Application for Accreditation Guide – ACPs sets out the application requirements, describes how we make decisions regarding applications, and outlines our framework for setting audit regimes and ESC creation limits for new accreditations. You should take the time to read this document.
Online information sessions are also available to help you understand ESS requirements and prepare your application. We are happy to answer any specific questions that you may have regarding the application process or ESS requirements – please contact us.
You need to demonstrate that you will have business processes and systems for managing your proposed activity. For example, you will need to have:
Our guidance documents describe the ESS requirements so that you can set up your business processes and systems. Table 1 below provides links to our general guidance documents.
You also need to consider what you would do with the energy savings certificates that you create. It is up to you to determine how you will participate in the certificate market.
You need to prepare documentation for your proposed activity. For example, some of the documents that you may need to develop include, but are not limited to:
You may also need to prepare and obtain documentation about your business, such as:
You need to complete the application form which has two parts:
This part includes a streamlined process for existing Accredited Certificate Providers that are applying for an additional accreditation. Some questions may be skipped or require less detail. This is because we have information about existing ACPs and their systems and compliance records.
Refer to the Method Guide for your selected calculation method for the specific ESS requirements (refer Table 2 below).
Below are links to the latest versions of the guidance documents you will need to prepare your application.
The ESS requirements change from time and time. We regularly update our guidance documents to reflect changes to the ESS legislation, clarify requirements or in response to identified compliance issues.
We will assess your application in accordance with current ESS requirements. Sometimes these requirements change during your application process. If this occurs, we will ask you to provide information about how you will comply with any new or changed requirements.
This table provides links to the guides that will assist you with understanding the ESS requirements and preparing your application for accreditation.
This table provides links to the method page, method guide and Application for Accreditation Form Part B for each calculation method.
Typically we accept only one calculation method per application, you may need to submit a separate application to use another calculation method.
Calculation method page
Application For Accreditation Form Part B
PIAM&V - Method Guide
PIAM&V Method Requirements
This table provides links to templates that you may help you prepare your application.
Nomination form template – individuals
Nomination form template – corporations and businesses