Mechanical services alternative qualification pathways
Alternative qualification pathways available for some mechanical services licences
If you are applying for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing or a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence, there is an alternative pathway available during the transitional period. Under the alternative pathway:
- Additional qualifications will be accepted
- If your qualifications differ from those prescribed in the Technical Qualifications for Licensing document, you may still submit your application, requesting the qualification be considered as equivalent. You may be required to obtain an assessment by a registered training organisation (RTO). Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis
- The alternative qualification pathway has been extended to 31 December 2020 for contractor and nominee supervisor licence applicants, and 31 December 2021 for site supervisor and occupational licence applicants. If you are relying on the alternative qualification pathway, your licence must be granted on or before the extended date.
- 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 until 31 December 2020, to meet certain aspects of the minimum financial requirements (MFR), given they are new to the QBCC licensing program.
It is important to note that you cannot contract for mechanical services work until your licence is granted.
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. For those applying for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence, the relevant experience must be gained under a QBCC plumbing and drainage contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence.
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.