The register for Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers opens today, in preparation for the launch of the Green Deal itself on 1 October, 2012.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has officially opened the register today, and has also announced a £7 million loan to The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC), which will be able to offer low-cost finance to consumers early in 2013 via Green Deal Providers.

Now that the Register is open, businesses interested in becoming authorised Green Deal Assessors and Installers will be able to apply through accredited certification bodies. The register will give a seal of approval to businesses who successfully complete the authorisation process. All authorised Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will have to display the new Green Deal Quality Mark to demonstrate they comply with the required Green Deal standards. This, DECC believes, will be vital for protecting customers from any rogue traders, since only registered and authorised businesses will be able to use this mark.

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "I’m delighted to announce a number of important developments for the Green Deal today. The opening of the register will enable businesses to start becoming Green Deal authorised and the Green Deal Quality Mark will show they have met our standards. Crucially, this will protect consumers, who will know that anyone displaying the Quality Mark has been through the required process to become authorised. The loan we have agreed with The Green Deal Finance Company will help them to undertake essential development and be ready to offer finance to Green Deal Providers in early 2013.”

New guidance is available on the DECC website which clearly explains what is required to get the Green Deal Quality Mark and to become an authorised Provider. This complements existing guidance setting out how to become an authorised Assessor or Installer.

Assessors and installers who wish to be Green Deal accredited must demonstrate they meet the required standards and must sign up to the Code of Practice by applying to one of the accredited certification bodies, who will then register them with the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body.

More guidance can be found online here: