Mechanical services—air-conditioning and refrigeration (unlimited design) | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

SEQ flood recovery — tips for rebuilding and tradie register.

Scope of work

Includes

  • Mechanical services work or building work involving a relevant activity.
  • Constructing, installing, replacing, repairing, altering, maintaining, testing or commissioning a mechanical ventilation system in a building.
  • Design and prepare plans and specifications for a mechanical ventilation system in a building—
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.
  • Installation of fire collars that is incidental to any of the above work.
  • Incidental work of another class.

In this sectionrelevant activity means:

  • constructing, installing, replacing, repairing, altering, maintaining, testing or commissioning any of the following for a building—
    • air-conditioning;
    • air handling systems;
    • equipment in which a refrigerant gas is, or is to be, used;
    • refrigeration; or
  • designing and preparing plans and specifications for a thing mentioned above—
    • for the licensee’s personal use; or
    • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

Eligibility requirements

As well as the eligibility requirements for each licence-type, you need to be fit and proper to operate and:

  • have permission to work in Queensland (citizen, visa, Immicard)
  • provide photographic proof of your identity
  • provide evidence of your business structure—if operating under a trading name, company, partnership or trust.
  1. To hold a licence, you need to demonstrate that you have the technical skills to perform the scope of work relevant your licence class.

    Technical qualifications for QBCC licensing

    Show proof of your qualifications

    Proof of your qualifications can be in the form of:

    • apprenticeship papers
    • formal qualifications issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - training.gov.au
    • documentation showing you successfully completed an appropriate course for this licence class
    • certificate from an RTO as recognition of prior learning  (RPL)
    • qualification statement by an approved authority for the licence class
  2. Two years experience, other than experience gained during an apprenticeship, in:

    • the scope of work for the class; or 
    • other work, if the commission considers experience in the other work is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for that class.

    If a person has 2 years experience in carrying out work within the scope of work for a mechanical services—air-conditioning and refrigeration occupational licence, the person is not required to have experience in design work.

  3. On the application form you will need to provide the names and contact details of 3 referees who can confirm your competency in the scope of work.

    person suitably qualified to verify the experience is a person who both:

    • holds a licence or qualification at the same or greater level that the licence that you are applying for 
    • can confirm your onsite experience.
  4. You must complete the following approved managerial qualification: 

    • BSBESB402 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures.

    To find training providers for this unit, please refer to the training.gov.au.

    NOTE: The prescribed course, BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business, has a teach out period. We will still accept this course during this teach out period and a short time afterwards. 

  5. You must demonstrate you meet the relevant minimum financial requirements by providing an MFR report or declaration with your application.

    If you are applying for this class as an additional licence and you are not increasing your maximum revenue you do not need to provide additional financial information.

  1. To hold a licence, you need to demonstrate that you have the technical skills to perform the scope of work relevant your licence class.

    Technical qualifications for QBCC licensing

    Show proof of your qualifications

    Proof of your qualifications can be in the form of:

    • apprenticeship papers
    • formal qualifications issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - training.gov.au
    • documentation showing you successfully completed an appropriate course for this licence class
    • certificate from an RTO as recognition of prior learning  (RPL)
    • qualification statement by an approved authority for the licence class
  2. Two years experience, other than experience gained during an apprenticeship, in:

    • the scope of work for the class; or 
    • other work, if the commission considers experience in the other work is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for that class.

    If a person has 2 years experience in carrying out work within the scope of work for a mechanical services—air-conditioning and refrigeration occupational licence, the person is not required to have experience in design work.

  3. On the application form you will need to provide the names and contact details of 3 referees who can confirm your competency in the scope of work.

    person suitably qualified to verify the experience is a person who both:

    • holds a licence or qualification at the same or greater level that the licence that you are applying for 
    • can confirm your onsite experience.
  4. You must complete the following approved managerial qualification: 

    • BSBESB402 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures.

    To find training providers for this unit, please refer to the training.gov.au.

    NOTE: The prescribed course, BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business, has a teach out period. We will still accept this course during this teach out period and a short time afterwards. 

  1. To hold a licence, you need to demonstrate that you have the technical skills to perform the scope of work relevant your licence class.

    Technical qualifications for QBCC licensing

    Show proof of your qualifications

    Proof of your qualifications can be in the form of:

    • apprenticeship papers
    • formal qualifications issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - training.gov.au
    • documentation showing you successfully completed an appropriate course for this licence class
    • certificate from an RTO as recognition of prior learning  (RPL)
    • qualification statement by an approved authority for the licence class

Application fees

Set out below are the fees for each licence-type.

If you are applying for a contractor-type licence the fees you pay will be determined by your annual turnover (maximum revenue—MR).

If you hold a current individual QBCC licence and are applying for another licence class you will pay a reduced fee.

If you are changing your type or are a contractor increasing your Maximum Revenue, there will be an adjustment to your licence fee. QBCC will contact you with details of the adjusted fee.

Our fees and charges increase on 1 July each year. On 1 July 2022 our fees and charges were increased by 2.5% in line with Government’s indexation policy. You can contact us to find out details about specific fees, charges or prices.     

Certificate

You have the option of receiving a printed certificate stating which QBCC licence you hold. The certificates costs an additional $31.83 and can be selected on the application form.

$700.12—SC1

Total application fee—MR up to $200,000 p.a.

$396.98—SC1

Current QBCC trade contractors—MR up to $200,000 p.a.

$832.92—SC2

Total application fee—MR up to $800,000 p.a.

$453.67—SC2

Current QBCC licensees—MR up to $800,000 p.a.

$1067.70—Cat 1-2

Total application fee—MR up to $12 million p.a.

$614.03—Cat 1-2

Current QBCC licensees—MR up to $12 million p.a.

$1534.79—Cat 3-7

Total application fee—MR over $12 million p.a.

$852.34—Cat 3-7

Current QBCC licensees—MR over $12 million p.a.

$453.66

Total application fee

$226.83

Current QBCC licensee

$453.67

Total application fee

$226.83

Current QBCC licensee

$1,269.11—SC1

Total application fee—MR up to $200,000 p.a.

$662.92—SC1

Current QBCC licensed company—MR up to $200,000 p.a.

$1,513.62—SC2

Total application fee—MR up to $800,000 p.a.

$756.81—SC2

Current QBCC licensed company—MR up to $800,000 p.a.

$1,949.61—Cat 1-2

Current QBCC licensees—MR up to $12 million p.a.

$1040.43—Cat 1-2

Current QBCC licensed company—MR up to $12 million p.a.

$2,782.62—Cat 3-7

Total application fee—MR over $12 million p.a.

$1419.78—Cat 3-7

Current QBCC licensed company—MR over $12 million p.a.

How to apply

You can apply for a mechanical services licence online at myQBCC.

Before you apply and pay fees, ensure you can meet all eligibility requirements to hold the licence. 

  1. Review the scope of work above and ensure it covers all work you intend to undertake. If you intend to undertake work outside this scope that is beyond incidental work, then you may need to hold additional licences.

  2. Choose the type of licence you will need to hold based on your intended role in the industry.

  3. Review both the general eligibility requirements and the specific requirements for the type of licence you wish to hold. Gather digital copies of the supporting documents that demonstrate you are eligible. 

    You will need to upload these to myQBCC during the application process.

    If applying by mail, only provide us with certified copies of your original documents, as we cannot return them to you.

    Supporting documents

    Download and complete:

    Experience declaration (PDF, 64KB)

  4. To apply online you can:

    • login or register for myQBCC 
    • navigate to the licences tab 
    • choose to start a new application
    • complete form
    • upload digital copies of your supporting documents
    • pay fees using a credit or debit card.

    Apply online

    Manual option

    You can choose to download and complete a manual form. You can find the form below in the related resources section.

    To lodge your application you need to provide us with:

    • the completed form
    • all supporting documentation
    • the application fee.

    You can lodge the application:

    • in person at a QBCC service centre and pay the fees by eftpos
    • by mail — add credit or debit card details to the application form and post it to us with all supporting documentation.
  1. Review the scope of work above and ensure it covers all work you intend to undertake. If you intend to undertake work outside this scope that is beyond incidental work, then you may need to hold additional licences.

  2. The company nominee must be an individual licensee with technical qualifications and experience in the same scope of work being contracted by the company.

    The nominee must be an employee, secretary or director of the company. They are responsible for keeping the site safe, supervising the work and ensuring it meets the required codes and standards. The nominee must hold either:

    • nominee supervisor-type licence
    • an individual contractor-type licence.

    If not already licensed, you can submit the individual application for the nominee at the same time as submitting the application for the company licence.

    You will need to provide evidence that the nominee is either

    • an employee—PAYG payment statement
    • officer of the company—ASIC historical extract.
  3. Gather the supporting documents for your application:

    • director's proof of id—see section 4 of application
    • copy of licence information (if applicable)—see section 8 of appication
    • partnership agreement (if applicable).
  4. To apply online you can:

    • login or register for myQBCC 
    • navigate to the licences tab 
    • choose to start a new application
    • complete form
    • upload digital copies of your supporting documents
    • pay fees using a credit or debit card.

    Apply online

    Manual option

    You can choose to download and complete a manual form. You can find the form below in the related resources section.

    To lodge your application you need to provide us with:

    • the completed form
    • all supporting documentation
    • the application fee.

    You can lodge the application:

    • in person at a QBCC service centre and pay the fees by eftpos
    • by mail — add credit or debit card details to the application form and post it to us with all supporting documentation.
  1. We may accept applications for mutual recognition from:

    • Australian Capital Territory
    • New South Wales
    • Northern Territory
    • South Australia 
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria
    • Western Australia
    • New Zealand.

    The QBCC may only issue a licence that is equivalent to the licence you already hold.

    If your interstate or New Zealand licence is subject to a condition or restriction, the QBCC must impose the same condition on your Queensland licence.

    Where there is no QBCC licence equivalent to your interstate or New Zealand licence, we will not be able to issue you a licence.

    Learn more about what licences we can accept through mutual recognition.

  2. Review the scope of work above and ensure it covers all work you intend to undertake. If you intend to undertake work outside this scope that is beyond incidental work, then you may need to hold additional licences.

  3. Your interstate licence must remain active to qualify for a QBCC licence. Be sure to renew your licence on time and pay any outstanding fines.

    If your interstate licence is cancelled or suspended prior to approval of a Queensland licence, you will not be entitled to a Queensland licence under mutual recognition.

  4. Some building work requires you to also hold an occupational licence covering the same scope of work for you to be able to personally perform the work.

    As a contractor—you require an occupational licence to perform work that is:

    As a nominee supervisor —you require an occupational licence to perform work that is:

    If you do not hold the relevant occupational class you can apply for this at the same time as submitting the mutual recognition form.

    NOTE: Gasfitting and termite management—chemical occupational licences are not issued by the QBCC. You will need to apply for these prior to submitting your application and provide us with a certified copy before we can approve your mutual recognition.

  5. Gather any relevant supporting documents including:

    If applying by mail, only provide us with certified copies of your original documents, as we cannot return them to you.

  6. To lodge your application you need to provide us with:

    • the completed form
    • all supporting documentation
    • the application fee.

    You can lodge the application:

    • in person at a QBCC service centre and pay the fees by eftpos
    • by mail — add credit or debit card details to the application form and post it to us with all supporting documentation.

What happens next?

Allow up to 8 weeks for QBCC to process your application. This includes checks to confirm you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

If your licence is approved, we’ll post you your printed licence card and licence letter, which includes your licence number and scope of work for the licence class.

If your application is unsuccessful we will refund you the licence fee, however we will retain the cost of processing the application.

Frequently asked questions

To be allowed to perform incidental work that is outside the scope of your class, you must:

  • be permitted to do so in the scope of work for your licence class
  • only perform work that is valued at less than $3,300
  • not perform occupational work such as plumbing, drainage, pest control, or fire protection work (unless you hold the appropriate occupational licence).

Read more about who and when work is permitted to be performed as incidental work.

If you are an existing QBCC licensee we would already hold documentation about you and your business.  

If you are applying for an additional licence class you may only need to demonstrate you meet the technical requirements and any required experience for the new class.

If you are a contractor changing your maximum revenue (MR) you will need to demonstrate you meet the minimum financial requirements for the new financial category you are applying for. However, if your financial category remains unchanged you may not need to provide us further financial information.

Application fees are reduced when applying for an additional licence where you are not changing your MR.

Contact us if you are unsure what documents you need to provide with your application.

If you hold a licence in another state or New Zealand you may be eligible to apply for a QBCC licence through the mutual recognition program.

If you are from a country other than Australia or New Zealand, you will need to follow the usual application process to work in Queensland. You will need to:

  • demonstrate you have permission to work in Queensland 
  • get your qualifications recognised or assessed to see if it is equivalent to the one listed for the licence you wish to apply for. 

Read more about the application process if you are from interstate or overseas.

Unlike a company, a partnership is not recognised as a separate legal entity and can't be licensed.  However, at least one of the partners must hold a contractor-type license as an individual or company.

Applying for a licence as a partnership

The partner applying for the licence will need to follow the same process outlined above for either an individual contractor licence or a company licence. The application must include either a:

Vist financial requirements for licensees to understand meeting minimum financial requirements in a partnership.

Read more about the responsibilities of licensees in partnerships.

Some trade classes also require you to maintain an occupational licence covering the same scope of work to be able to personally perform the work.

As a contractor—you require an occupational licence to perform work that is:

As a nominee supervisor or site supervisor—you require an occupational licence to perform work that is:


Last reviewed: 30 Aug 2021 Last published: 30 Aug 2021
Back to top