Fire protection work – what is it and what do you need?

Did you know you need a special licence for fire protection work?

Everyone performing, supervising, directing or sub-contracting fire protection work requires the appropriate licence.

Not sure what fire protection work is?

Fire protection work for a building or part of building includes:

  • installing, restoring, repairing or maintaining of a fire protection system
  • preparing certificates, statements or records relating to the fire protection system or stating whether a fire protection system meets a standard, requirement or specification
  • designing a fire protection system
  • developing, approving or certifying of emergency evacuation procedures for a controlled evacuation during a fire emergency
  • formulating or providing alternative solutions relating to fire safety
  • inspecting or investigating fire safety is compliant with the Building Act 1975 or the Building Code of Australia (this also includes providing advice or reporting about fire safety). 

Want to find out more about the licensing requirements?

In Queensland, the licence requirements for fire protection work include:

  • a fire protection occupational licence issued under the QBCC Act that authorises the licensee to personally carry out the work (as an employee or sub-trade contractor only);
  • a contractor’s licence issued under the QBCC Act that authorises the licensee to personally carry out the work (under the contract for a builder or consumer); or
  • a licence, registration or authorisation under an Act, other than the QBCC Act, that authorises the person to personally supervise or carry out the work (for example, an occupational licence issued under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 or the Electrical Safety Act 2002).

Check out the newly updated booklet Fire protection occupational licensing – Commonly asked questions.