Mechanical services alternative qualification pathways

To assist workers to transition into the new mechanical services licensing framework alternative qualification pathways have been made available to workers applying of mechanical services licences. 

The alternative qualification pathways allow an applicant who may not have the required qualifications, use their experience instead.  

Until 31 December 2021, workers who perform mechanical services – plumbing and mechanical services – medical gas work have the opportunity to use an alternative qualification pathway. 

Pathway for plumbing 

If you have six months’ relevant experience, you can use a:  

  • plumbing apprenticeship or  
  • PD Act Water Plumber – Water and Sanitary licence, to qualify.  

Pathway for medical gas 

Those with six months’ relevant experience can use a:  

  • relevant apprenticeship,  
  • relevant engineering degree or  
  • two years’ work experience, gained before 1 January 2020. 

Individuals must lodge their application with the QBCC on or before 31 December 2021 and must also demonstrate no breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 has occurred for at least six months because of their mechanical services occupational work. 

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. 

It is important to note that you cannot contract for mechanical services work until your licence is granted. 

How to lodge your application

Did you know you can lodge your application form online with myQBCC? 


Alternatively, you can complete an application form and include all the supporting documents and correct application fee by completing the appropriate PDF form/s: