Mechanical services licences

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

All Mechanical Services - air-conditioning and refrigeration contractors who carry out mechanical services plumbing work after 1 July 2020 must hold the Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence. Normal application and licence fees will apply from this time.

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

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. 

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,

Employees 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.

Apprentices

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