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How to register as an auditor

09 December 2020

To be eligible to register as an auditor you must demonstrate your knowledge of our legislation as well as your knowledge of and experience in auditing. Details on the types of kno​wledge and evidence are laid out in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Auditor Registration) Instrument 2019 (Auditor Registration Instrument).

You can only apply for registration as a Category 2 greenhouse and energy auditor. The ability to apply for Category 1 registration is no longer available.

Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration guidelines.

Before you start, you should read the Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration guidelines. These guidelines will step you through the application form, including what documentary proof you will need to support your application and the application process. We also recommend that you to read the legislative framework for audits.

documentasset:Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration Guidelines

How to apply

To apply, you will need to complete and submit an Application for Registration as a Greenhouse and Energy Auditor. You must also include with your application a completed Australian Federal Police national police check consent form. You do not need to obtain the police check results yourself, we do this for you.

You may submit your completed application form by email or post. Scan your completed and signed application form, certified true copies, referee reports, supporting statements and signed Australian Federal Police national police check consent form and email to audit@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au.

documentasset:Application for Registration as a Greenhouse and Energy Auditor

documentasset:AFP National Police Check - Clean Energy Regulator​​

Alternatively, post your completed application with any accompanying documentation to:

Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration
Clean Energy Regulator
GPO Box 621
Canberra ACT 2601​

​You can lodge an application at any time.

There are no application fees to register as a greenhouse and energy auditor, or for upgrading your registration.

Category 2 registration pathway for non-financial auditors

The Clean Energy Regulator has an arrangement with CPA Australia to help non-financial auditors study in the CPA Program for the purposes of gaining Category 2 Greenhouse and Energy Auditor registration.

This arrangement is intended to provide a pathway to Category 2 registration for applicants from non-accounting backgrounds, including those already registered as Category 1 Greenhouse and Energy Auditors.

Under this arrangement, those interested in applying for Category 2 registration can apply for enrolment into the Advanced Audit and Assurance subject, which is part of the CPA Program. Applicants can enrol:

  • in the subject only, without having to undertake any other parts of the CPA Program, and
  • without having to obtain membership of CPA Australia.

Any applicant for Category 2 registration who successfully completes the Advanced Audit and Assurance subject will have demonstrated that they have knowledge of audit team leadership and assurance. This will fulfill the requirements of section 10 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Auditor Registration) Instrument 2019 (the Instrument).

Although section 10 of the Instrument is a key requirement for Category 2 registration, it is not the only requirement set out in the Instrument that must be met to obtain registration. Applicants are encouraged to read the Greenhouse and energy auditor registration guidelines and familiarise themselves with the requirements listed in the Instrument. The agency has not altered the minimum requirements for obtaining Category 2 registration.

How to enrol

If you want to enrol in the Advanced Audit and Assurance subject with the intention of applying for Category 2 registration, you will need to email us at audit@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au. In your email:

  • Confirm that you want to study the Advanced Audit and Assurance subject in the CPA Program.
  • Confirm that you want to study the subject to help you gain Category 2 Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration.

We will then provide you with an enrolment form, which you will need to complete and return to us.

We will send your completed form to CPA Australia, with our endorsement, and notify you of this. We do not determine if an applicant is admitted into the course, CPA Australia is responsible for the administration and conducting of the course.

CPA Australia will process your application and advise you of the outcome. CPA Australia will also contact you to organise payment and enrolment into the subject. Please note that you will also need to meet eligibility requirements set by CPA Australia. Terms and conditions in regard to enrolment will be in accordance with CPA requirements.

Important: You must use the standard process to apply for Category 2 registration, as detailed above under How to apply. Successful completion of the Advanced Audit and Assurance course does not guarantee Category 2 registration.

CPA Australia will determine if an applicant has successfully completed the subject, in line with its policies for the CPA Program.

Further professional development

CPA Program

If you want to enrol in the full CPA Program you would need to meet additional eligibility requirements. Successful completion of the Advanced Audit and Assurance subject would be recognised as satisfying one subject in the CPA Program.

Ethics and governance

You can also enrol in the Ethics and governance subject, which is part of the CPA Program. Studying this subject will not assist you in applying for Category 2 registration but could contribute to meeting your continuing professional development requirements as part of greenhouse and energy registration.

This subject is not part of the Clean Energy Regulator’s arrangement with CPA Australia. The agency can provide you with an enrolment form for this course or you can contact CPA Australia directly to obtain further information.

​​How long will it take to process my application?

It usually takes around eight weeks to process complete applications, depending on their complexity and how quickly third parties—such as referees and relevant government agencies, can verify the information provided.

Please ensure that you provide a complete application by submitting all required documentation with the initial application.

If your application is successful, your details will be included on the register of auditors.

For enquiries about registering as an auditor, contact the Greenhouse and Energy Auditor Registration Team.​

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