What is the CEC?
The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia.
The CEC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. They represent and work with Australia’s leading renewable energy and energy storage businesses, as well as rooftop solar installers, to further the development of clean energy in Australia.
The CEC policy and advocacy work allows members to have a strong voice that helps to influence and accelerate the take up of clean energy in Australia.
The CEC also have a strong focus on raising standards and maintaining integrity with the industry. CEC do this through a number of ways including the accreditation of solar installers across Australia, maintaining lists of approved modules, inverters and battery energy storage products, running an Approved Solar Retailer program, developing guidelines and having input into the development of Australian Standards.
You can find out more about this work through the following links.
What is CEC certification
The Clean Energy Council works to raise the standard of quality in the solar industry through our accreditation program. Accreditation with the Clean Energy Council recognises people who have undertaken the necessary training to design and install solar, batteries, and other renewable energy systems.
CEC-accredited installers and designers aim to work to industry best practice standards, producing systems that are safe, reliable, and meet customer expectations.
There are now more than 8,000 accredited installers around Australia.
Clean Energy Council accreditation is a must have for individuals who want to design or install solar or battery storage systems and make claims against the Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).
By becoming a Clean Energy Council accredited installer you will:
- be eligible for government incentives such as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs)
- have access to the CEC’s solar technical advice support line
- have access to discounted, market leading insurance solutions via dedicated Clean Energy Council partnership with Howden
- have access to the dedicated CEC Learning Hub with a wide variety of online training toward Continuous Professional Development points
- be kept up to date with important upcoming changes to industry standards and guidelines
- be kept up to date with the latest information around product testing and emerging issues from Clean Energy Regulator inspections
- be included on the find an installer tool in the consumer section of our website
- have your views on standards represented to the standard committee
- have your voice heard by government and regulators through the Installer Reference Group
- support the important work of the Clean Energy Council, including advocacy on behalf of the solar and storage industry.
Please note: accreditation is only available to individuals. This differs from Clean Energy Council membership, which is available to businesses, and the Approved Solar Retailer program, which is only available to qualifying solar and storage retail businesses. Accreditation is not a legal requirement but is mandated in some government incentives such as STCs.
To assist CEC-accredited installers and designers in interpreting the relevant Australian Standards when installing and designing solar and battery storage systems to the highest standard, the Clean Energy Council produces design and installation guidelines.
The guidelines set requirements that must be followed by CEC-accredited installers. They are not the ultimate set of rules and must be read in conjunction with all relevant Australian standards.
The guidelines contain practical design and installation information as well as your responsibilities to those you work with and your customers.
CEC-accredited installers and designers and CEC members can log in to their account to download copies of the guidelines.
Continuous professional development (CPD) ensures that the skills and knowledge of CEC-accredited installers and designers remain relevant and up-to-date with the latest changes in technology, regulation and industry best practice.
The CPD program helps to improve the overall standard of work in the solar and battery storage industry. CPD helps installers and designers to install correctly, offer customers the most up-to-date technology and installation options, and keep them informed of changes and updates to Australian standards.
All CEC-accredited installers and designers must earn 100 CPD points annually to renew their accreditation. For newly accredited people, training is split into two categories, Core and Elective. A minimum of 60 points must be obtained from Core training. The remaining points can be earned from either category.
If you are currently accredited, Core and Elective points will not apply to you until you renew your accreditation. Log in to find out more and view your CPD status.
If you are a training provider who would like to have courses listed as part of the CPD program, visit this page.