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SRES Smart

30 August 2018

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SRES Smart is an online tool that provides a quick and easy way for Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) registered agents to check that they or their business is SRES Smart. It provides the Clean Energy Regulator with evidence and assurance that registered agents understand their expected capabilities and standards of practice as participants in the SRES.

How to complete SRES Smart

SRES Smart is accessed via the Client Portal and takes users through a series of online modules. It requires users to complete a series of knowledge checks to demonstrate they understand their obligations under the SRES.

SRES Smart also includes a self-assessment tool for agents to check they have the expected capabilities and standards of practice as a registered agent.

Once SRES Smart is successfully completed, this will be automatically recorded in the REC Registry where the application to become a registered agent must be completed.

Visit the how to register as an agent page for steps for new and existing REC Registry users. Existing registered agents will be automatically prompted to complete SRES Smart when they log into the REC Registry.

SRES Smart takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete, however, each user’s learning experience may differ which means some users may take less or more time.

Who needs to complete SRES Smart?

New agents

As someone applying to become a registered agent under the SRES you must complete SRES Smart. Successful completion of SRES Smart is required before submitting an application to become a registered agent.

Activating REC Registry permissions to create small-scale technology certificates

Any new or existing users of REC Registry accounts who are requesting new permissions to create small-scale technology certificates (STCs) must complete the SRES Smart modules and knowledge checks. REC Registry user STC creation permissions will not be activated within an existing registered agent REC Registry account until the user has successfully completed SRES Smart modules and knowledge checks.

Administrator users of registered agent REC Registry accounts may review all account users in the ‘manage users’ section of their REC Registry account, to check which users have completed SRES Smart.

Existing registered agents

Existing registered agents, including their REC Registry users that already have active permission to create STCs, are encouraged to complete SRES Smart. Successful completion demonstrates that you understand your obligations and expected capabilities. It will refresh your knowledge on your role in the scheme and help protect your business by lowering the risk of accidental non-compliance and being targeted by third parties conducting fraudulent activities.

Existing agents who do not complete SRES Smart by 28 February 2019 will be examined more closely under the agency’s compliance processes. Applications to create STCs may be subject to increased assessment checks which may delay application processing times.

Annual self-assessment

After completing SRES Smart for the first time, including the self-assessment tool, registered agents will be encouraged to complete the self-assessment tool again on an annual basis.

It is important that the self-assessment tool is completed annually so the agency has assurance that the essential capabilities for agents participating in SRES continue to be met.

Failure to complete the annual self-assessment tool will mean that applications to create STCs may undergo increased assessment, which may delay application processing times. Due to a higher risk of harm to the scheme, agents who choose not to complete the annual self-assessment may also be identified for follow up investigation.

Modules, knowledge checks and self-assessment

SRES Smart includes three modules, three knowledge checks and one self-assessment tool. Each knowledge check contains 10 questions and is designed to check your knowledge of the content in each module.

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Module one – being an agent

Module one explores the responsibilities of a registered agent, understanding the SRES, the life cycle of STCs and registered agent expected capabilities.

This video provides a comprehensive preview of module one content.

documentasset::SRES Smart Module one - being an agent - transcript

Module two – legislative obligations

Module two covers the legislative obligations of registered agents as participants of the SRES.

This video provides a comprehensive preview of module two content.

documentasset::SRES Smart module two - legislative obligations - transcript

Module three – best business practices

Module three includes information about best business practices for registered agents to meet legal obligations as participants under the SRES.

This video provides a comprehensive preview of module three content.

documentasset::SRES Smart module three - best business practices - transcript

Self-assessment tool

The self-assessment tool consists of eight questions based on the expected capabilities and standards of practice for all registered agents participating in the SRES. This tool is best completed by a responsible representative of the registered agent that has an understanding of current business and operational practices.

This video provides a comprehensive preview of self-assessment tool content.

documentasset::SRES Smart self-assessment tool - transcript

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