Mechanical services licences

Transitional arrangements for the Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence

For a period of time there are a number of options available to existing QBCC licensees and employees undertaking mechanical services work to assist their application for a mechanical services licence. These options are described as ‘transitional arrangements’.

Are you eligible for a free licence mechanical services licence?

To be eligible for a free Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence during the transition period, you must:

  • be an existing QBCC mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration contractor; and
  • submit application by 30 June 2020; and
  • have the required technical qualifications; or
  • show that you have performed mechanical services plumbing work (or employed your staff to carry out this work) for a minimum period of six months, prior 1 January 2020. This is known as an alternative qualification pathway.

Visit the Technical qualifications and experience for Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence fact sheet to check if you have the required technical qualifications.

For more information about the experience required see the Mechanical services experience fact sheet - plumbing (PDF).

To carry out mechanical services plumbing work after 1 July 2020 you must hold the Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence. Normal application and licence fees will apply from this time.

Employees have more time

Employees performing mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration work have more time to obtain a licence.

Employees (other than nominee supervisors) who perform mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration work; for a company/employer who:

  • holds a Mechanical Services -  Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence; or
  • has a Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence application pending,

do not need to hold their licence until 1 January 2022.

To hold a licence by this time you should allow 6-8 weeks for processing time.

Apprentices

Apprentices or trainees undertaking an apprenticeship do not need to hold a licence until they have completed their training.