Accreditation of Certificate Providers - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to become an Accredited Certificate Provider (ACP) that creates Energy Saving Certificates (ESC) for sale to entities under the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS). Certain companies (for example: electricity retailers, electricity generators who supply direct to customers, and market customers who buy or sell electricity) are required to obtain and surrender ESCs in order to avoid penalties in relation to meeting their energy savings targets.

As an ACP, your company can create ESCs by carrying out recognised energy saving activities (or otherwise known as energy saving projects). These activities include:

  • the replacement and installation of more energy efficient common electrical appliances
  • installation of high efficiency lighting and other energy saving devices
  • compliance with the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) rating of buildings
  • changes in industrial processes and changes in electricity consumption.

Please be aware that you can apply for additional energy saving projects to be added to your accreditation. You will require a separate application for each project.

Please note that:

  • if your activity is a one-off project, you may consider working with an existing ACP instead of applying for your own accreditation
  • conditions may be imposed on your accreditation and may be amended during the life of an energy savings project
  • you may apply for registration for the creation of an energy saving certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

All applications for accreditation must:

  • be for a particular energy savings activity
  • demonstrate that the activity meets the requirements of the ESS as an eligible activity
  • provide details of how the energy savings activity will be delivered, and how the energy savings will be measured, documented and recorded
  • be complete and satisfactorily address all the requirements outlined in the application guide, as well as those in the other relevant application documents
  • satisfy the Agency that you have met the requirements of the Act, Regulation and ESS Rules, and can meet them on an ongoing basis.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Fee per certificate for registration of the creation of an energy savings certificate.




You must lodge an application form, a method details form and an evidence package form.

Approval time

The application process typically takes around 3 months.

Administering agency

Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

Act(s) name

Electricity Supply Act 1995 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Energy Savings Scheme
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

Mailing address:
Haymarket Post Shop, New South Wales 1240


02 9290 8452

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