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How to register as an agent

30 August 2018
RET

Before applying to register as an agent it is important that you understand:

If you wish to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator to become a registered agent you must complete:

  1. SRES Smart, an online program including:
    • a series of modules and a knowledge check to show you understand your obligations under the scheme and a self-assessment tool to check if you or your business is SRES Smart, and
  2. an online application through the REC Registry.

Step-by-step process

Complete SRES Smart

  1. Access the Clean Energy Regulator Client Portal where you can login or click on ‘New user? Sign-up here’ to create an account.
  2. Once you are logged in, select ‘SRES Smart’ from the ‘My Systems’ tab to be directed to the SRES Smart site.
  3. Once you select ‘Course Catalogue’, then select the enrol button under the ‘SRES Smart’ course. Follow the prompts to access the course content.
  4. Complete all modules including knowledge checks and the self-assessment tool.
  5. In order to successfully complete SRES Smart, you will need to pass each knowledge check by receiving a mark of at least 80% within five attempts.

Once an applicant successfully completes SRES Smart, this will be automatically recorded in the REC Registry after 30 minutes.

Complete REC Registry application

Before you begin the REC Registry application process you must have all necessary documentation on hand as applications cannot be saved. You will be required to supply relevant identity documentation, complete a questionnaire, and declare your status as a 'fit and proper person'.

New REC Registry users

If you do not have an existing REC Registry account and would like to apply to become a registered agent.

  1. Go to the REC Registry and click on 'Apply for an account'.
  2. Select 'Registered person' and 'Registered agent', and select 'STC clearing house' if you wish to buy or sell certificates through the STC clearing house.
  3. Enter your email address to verify your successful completion of SRES Smart (if you have not successfully completed SRES Smart, you will not be able to proceed with completing your application). Your email address should match with the email address used for your Client Portal account for verification purposes.
  4. Complete each section of the application and select 'Submit'.

Existing REC Registry users

If you are a registered person or have a 'general account' in the REC Registry and would like to upgrade to a registered agent account.

  1. Login to your REC Registry account.
  2. Click on 'My account' and then select 'Account applications'.
  3. Select 'Upgrade account'.
  4. Click on the 'Registered agent' account type, an​d select 'STC clearing house' if you wish to buy or sell certificates through the STC clearing house.
  5. Complete each section of the application and select 'Submit'.

What happens after you apply?

The agency may take up to six weeks to assess your application to become a registered agent.

Once your application is approved and you have been granted access to the REC Registry, you will be required to pay an agent registration fee when you login for the first time. Registration fees must be paid before certificates can be created.

Once registered as an agent with the agency, you can perform the following functions in the REC Registry:

  • create STCs for eligible installations where the right to create STCs has been correctly assigned to you by the system owner
  • transfer registered STCs
  • voluntarily surrender STCs
  • use the bulk upload function to create STCs for multiple installations, and
  • create additional users in your account and provide them with permissions to perform functions in the REC Registry

Please note, to activate STC creation permissions (including registering and bulk registering small-scale renewable energy systems), users will be required to successfully complete SRES Smart.​

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