Mechanical services licences

Mechanical services technical qualification pathways and case studies

Steps to identify your pathway

1. Understand your current position

  • What qualifications do you have (if any)?
  • What skills have you gained from the work that you do now, or have done before?
  • What can you provide as evidence of your skills?

2. Identify your pathway options

There are likely to be a number of different pathways for you to take. Deciding the best one for you is important.

You may need more training or you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, a process that allows your current skills and experience to work towards a qualification.

3. Engage a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

RTOs are accepted providers of quality assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications.

They have the industry know-how to recognise your current skills and help you onto a pthway to where you want to go.

More information

You can use a Queensland Government DIY assessment tool to help you identify the existing skills and experiences you could have recognised against your selected course.

Where can I find a Registered Training Organisation?

As soon as the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and course schedules for related mechanical services streams have been finalised the QBCC will promote this information on our website and via our newsletter channels.

You can check training course information using a course name or code on Queensland Skills Gateway.

Case studies for Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence

no RTO required

CASE STUDY 1 – RTO assessment/training not required

Gordon has been contracting maintenance services to a major retail chain for the past five years. He worked one year as an apprentice diesel mechanic after finishing school before settling on plumbing as a trade.

Mechanical fixes are typical for his work day. He has a QBCC Plumbing and Drainage licence and wants to get the new Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence.

With his QBCC Plumbing and Drainage (contractor) licence Gordon is eligible for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence. While he doesn't have the required technical qualifications for the licence he can apply via an alternate pathway, which requires evidence of 6 months experience in mechanical services work. This means Gordon has no need for an RTO.

Gordon will get this licence for free if he applies before 31 March 2020 and his application is successful.

yes RTO required

CASE STUDY 2 – RTO assessment/training required

Jo has been working for Gordon for a few months. He is interested in getting the Mechanical Services – Plumbing occupational licence. He knows Gordon is applying and wasn't sure if this made any difference to his application.

Jo's boss Gordon has a QBCC Plumbing and Drainage contractor licence. While Gordon's application is being assessed and finalised Jo doesn't need a licence for mechanical services work performed for Gordon.

If Gordon's application for the Mechanical Services – Plumbing contractor licence is successful, Jo will have until 31 December 2021 to get his Mechanical Services – Plumbing occupational licence.

Jo doesn't have the required qualifications. He should contact an RTO to have a skills assessment. They will consider all his relevant experience and skills and determine the best pathway to the new licence.

Case studies for Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence

no RTO required

CASE STUDY 3 – RTO assessment/training not required

Rena moved up from Sydney to the Gold Coast a year ago. She has practised as an industrial services mechanic for many years and is a qualified mechanical engineer. She works for a growing refrigeration services company.

She recently heard about the new QBCC mechanical services licences and is interested to know what she will need to do to apply for a Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence.

As an employee Rena will have until 31 December 2021 to get this licence as long as her employer has and maintains the relevant contractor licence.

Rena has enough evidence for her application and believes her technical qualifications exceed the requirements. She intends to get her application in soon as possible to have it assessed so she can get the new licence.

yes RTO required

CASE STUDY 4 – RTO assessment/training required

Hunter has been working for a refrigeration company for a couple of years. He doesn't have any formal qualifications. He knows he needs to get the new QBCC Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence and recently spoke to his boss about it.

His boss Matt reassured Hunter that he can continue working for him, under his licence and until Hunter obtains his own licence. Matt also prompted Hunter to get this process started soon to ensure he has his licence before 1 January 2022.

Hunter understands he needs to go to an RTO to work out the steps to formal qualifications. Matt has reassured Hunter that he will support skills assessment on the job to make this process easier.

Case studies for Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence

no RTO required

CASE STUDY 5 – RTO assessment/training not required

Barry works as a supervisor for Group A Medical, a small medical gas company based in Brisbane. Group A Medical provides mechanical services work to dental facilities in Brisbane, and the company is planning to obtain a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence before 1 July 2020.

Barry has been identified as the nominee supervisor in the company's application. He is also applying for a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence at the same time.

Barry does not need to engage an RTO as he holds the required technical qualifications and provides this evidence with his application.

He read on the QBCC website that it can take a few weeks for his application to be processed, so Barry ensures his application has been sent to the QBCC by the end of April 2020.

yes RTO required

CASE STUDY 6 – RTO assessment/training required

Juan has been working as a Medical Gas contractor for just under a year. He is interested in getting the new QBCC Mechanical Services – Medical Gas contractor licence.

With his experience and because he has a QBCC Gasfitting contractor licence, Juan is eligible to apply for this licence using an alternative pathway which requires evidence of 6 months experience in mechanical services medical gas work.

To allow time for his application to be processed Juan knows he should apply by 30 April 2020.