Mechanical services alternative qualification pathways

Alternative qualification pathways available for some mechanical services licences

From 1 July 2020, contractors who perform mechanical services work must hold the relevant licence. Employees who perform mechanical services work for a licensed contractor must hold the relevant mechanical services licence by 1 January 2022.

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 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. Please allow 6-8 weeks for your application to be assessed.
  • 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.

The diagram above demonstrates additional alternative pathway options available for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing Occupational or Site Supervisor licence. If you have six months’ relevant experience, you can use a plumbing apprenticeship or PD Act Water Plumber – Water and Sanitary licence to qualify under the alternative pathway. 

The diagram above shows the alternative pathways options available for a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas Occupational or Site Supervisor licence during the transition period. Those with six months’ relevant experience can use a relevant apprenticeship, relevant engineering degree or two years’ work experience gained before 1 January 2020.

Apply for a Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence

Apply for a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence

Apply for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence