You can apply to change your accreditation. Changes that can be made to your accreditation include:

  1. Setting or increasing the volumetric audit limit
  2. Adding calculation methods or changing the way the calculation method is used (e.g. adding an energy model type for the Project Impact Assessment with Measurement and Verification (PIAM&V) method)
  3. Adding energy types or activities (e.g. gas or activities under the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method)
  4. Adding additional sites
  5. Audit waivers
  6. Transferring an accreditation to a related entity and
  7. Suspending or cancelling an accreditation.

More details on the types of changes that can be made to an accreditation and the information that you need to provide with your application can be found in the Compliance Guide – ACPs.  More detail is also provided below.

If you would like to apply for a change to your accreditation that is not listed above or in the Compliance Guide - ACPs, please contact us and provide details of the proposed change.

There are five steps to changing your accreditation, which are described in detail below.

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We start assessing your application when it is complete (Step 3). Simple applications that have no issues or gaps to address typically take around two months to complete. Our assessment may take longer depending on:

  • How complex the change is
  • If you need to provide more information
  • If you or a related entity have any current or pending compliance issues under the ESS or other related scheme such as the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

We will advise you if your request will take longer than two months.


The five process steps to changing your accreditation

Step 1: You prepare your application

Prepare your application and supporting documentation. You need to ensure all required information and minimum supporting documentation set out in the chapters 4-5 of the Compliance Guide – ACPs is provided with your application. This needs to include the requested change, reasons for the request, and any additional information you would like the Scheme Administrator to consider.

Step 2: You submit your application

Submit your application to IPART in TESSA (click on the 'Application for Amendment’ link on your dashboard). If you are requesting a transfer of accreditation, the transferee must also have an account in TESSA.

Step 3: We check that your application is complete

We will check you have provided all information and supporting documentation required for your application. If your application is incomplete, we will request the missing information, which must be provided before we can proceed. Once all required information is provided, we consider your application to be accepted as complete.

If you are requesting a transfer of accreditation, this step includes payment of the transfer fee ($500).

Step 4: We assess your application

We assess your application to change your accreditation in accordance with ESS requirements. We will provide you with updates on the status of your application along the way, and may request further information to enable our assessment. We typically issue no more than two requests for information to ensure applications are completed in a timely manner.

We will also advise if we propose to make administrative changes to your accreditation.

Step 5: We notify you of our decision

When we have completed our assessment of your request, the Scheme Administrator will decide whether to approve or refuse your application. We will inform you of this decision in writing through TESSA.

A decision not to change a condition of accreditation is not a reviewable decision. However, you are able to reapply for a change to your accreditation conditions at any time.

Information that you must provide with your application

The information that you must provide with your application can be found in the Compliance Guide – ACPs. At a minimum, this includes:

  1. RESA name and RESA accreditation number (refer to the Accreditation Notice).
  2. The details of the amendment(s) (refer Table 5.1 of the Compliance Guide – ACPs).
  3. Reasons for the amendment(s) and how you will address any risks.

You may also need to provide supporting documentation (refer Table 4.1 of the Compliance Guide – ACPs). The information that must be provided for some types of applications are explained in more detail below.

Adding a calculation method to your existing accreditation

For some calculation methods, you do not need to apply for a new accreditation, as they can be added to your existing accreditation. That is, you may apply to change your conditions of accreditation instead. This includes the following:

  • The Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula method and the Public Lighting Energy Savings Formula method
  • The Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits method and the Installation of High Efficiency Appliances for Businesses method
  • Metered Baseline Method sub-methods: Baseline per unit of output; Baseline unaffected by output; and Normalised baseline.

So, for example, if you are already accredited for Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula method, you may apply to change your conditions of accreditation to add the Public Lighting Energy Savings Formula method. However, if you want to apply for the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits method, you will need to submit an application for a new accreditation.

For these types of applications, you must provide:

  • Application for Accreditation Form Part B for the calculation method and relevant supporting documentation.
  • Updated RESA delivery process flowchart that sets out all activities, people (by relationship to ACP & RESA), documents, templates, systems, tools and procedures involved in carrying out the amended RESA.  It must include key activities and steps in sequence to deliver the RESA. See the example on our website to help you.
  • Updated Training material. Refer to Section 1.2 of ESS Notice 01/2013 - Minimum requirements of conduct.
  • Amended RESA name, if relevant.

Adding activity definitions to your accreditation

If you have an accreditation for a deemed energy savings method (e.g. Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits) you can apply to add other activity definitions for that calculation method to your accreditation. For these types of applications, you must provide:

Relevant Documentation

Compliance Guide – ACPs
Application Form - ACPs - Transfer of Accreditation