Recent amendments to the QBCC Regulation will allow applicants for some licences under the new Mechanical Services Licensing framework to benefit from a broader scope of alternative pathways.
In response to industry feedback, transitional arrangements for the Mechanical Services – Medical Gas and Mechanical Services – Plumbing licences have been changed and the eligibility criteria has been expanded.
The Queensland Government established the new licensing framework for mechanical services work on 1 January 2020 to address the significant health and safety risk posed by incorrectly installed or maintained mechanical services systems such as air-conditioning and medical gas systems.
From 1 July 2020 all contractors must hold a licence to carry out mechanical services work.
If you have applied or you’re thinking of applying for the Mechanical Services – Plumbing or the Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence, the following proposed amendments to the eligibility criteria may make it easier to use your skills and experience to qualify for a licence during the transitional period:
- Additional qualifications will be accepted
- The alternative qualification pathway will be extended to 31 December 2020
- If you are unable to demonstrate competence for the complete scope of work for the new licence class, the QBCC may be able to grant you a licence with restrictions on the scope of work you are lawfully allowed to perform.
In addition, Mechanical Services – Medical Gas contractor licence applicants have an extended period until 31 December 2020, to meet certain aspects of the minimum financial requirements (MFR), given they are entirely new entrants to the QBCC licensing regime.
Contractors seeking to perform mechanical services work are encouraged to apply to the QBCC as soon as possible as they are required to be licensed from 1 July 2020.
The diagram above shows the additional alternative pathways options available for a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence during the transition period. Previously, only applicants holding a QBCC Gasfitting licence were able to demonstrate experience. Now those with a relevant apprenticeship or engineering degree can also use this pathway. Those applying for a Site Supervisor or Occupational licence can use two years’ relevant experience gained prior to 1 January 2020.
The diagram above demonstrates additional alternative pathway options available for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence. Importantly, a plumbing apprenticeship can now be used along with six months’ relevant experience in mechanical services - plumbing work.
While the amendments are designed to assist a smoother transition for industry, there are important elements of the Mechanical Services licensing framework that remain unchanged:
- Employees who may perform mechanical services work do not need to be licensed until 1 January 2022 if the work is performed for their appropriately licensed employer.
- Apprentices performing mechanical services work must be supervised but do not require a licence. Persons who complete their apprenticeship after 1 January 2020 will be required to obtain a licence to perform mechanical services work.
As an outcome of the new licensing framework, Queenslanders can be confident that those who carry out mechanical services work have the required skills. Learn more about these changes on the QBCC website at qbcc.build/mechservices.
Licensees and applicants who are members of industry bodies can also seek assistance from those organisations to understand the licensing framework.
Apply for your mechanical services licence via myQBCC.