Mechanical services licences

Transitional arrangements for the Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence

Due to amendments to the QBCC Regulation, transitional arrangements for the alternative qualification pathway have been expanded.  If you hold a plumbing apprenticeship and have relevant experience you may qualify. 

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’.

If you are applying for a Contractor, Nominee Supervisor or Site Supervisor’s licence, and do not hold the relevant technical qualification, you may be able to use your experience and relevant qualification to satisfy the technical qualification requirements for the Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence. This is known as an alternative qualification pathway.

To rely upon the alternative pathway you must be able to demonstrate six months experience in performing mechanical services – medical gas work and hold either:

  • a gasfitting licence
  • a degree in engineering
  • relevant apprenticeship.

Individuals may also be eligible for a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas Occupational licence or a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas site supervisor licence if they can demonstrate two years experience in mechanical services – medical gas work gained prior to 1 January 2020.

For more information see - Mechanical services experience factsheet - medical gas (PDF)

Normal application fees apply.

Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR)

Due to recent amendments to the QBCC Regulation, transitional arrangements for the alternative qualification pathway have been expanded. 

The amendments allow Mechanical Services – Medical Gas contractor applicants to have an extended period, until 31 December 2020, to meet certain aspects of MFR, given they are entirely new entrants to the QBCC licensing regime.

From 31 December 2020 mechanical services medical gas contractors must satisfy all MFR requirements.

Contractor and nominee supervisor applications must be processed before 31 December 2020 to be eligible for the alternative pathway. Submit your application by 31 October 2020 to ensure your application is processed in time.

Employees have more time

Employees performing mechanical services – medical gas work have more time to obtain a licence.

Employees (other than nominee supervisors) who perform mechanical services – medical gas work for a company (or employer) who:

  • holds a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence; or
  • has a Mechanical Services – Medical Gas licence application pending,

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

Individuals may also be eligible for an Mechanical Services – Medical Gas Occupational licence or Mechanical Services - Medical Gas Site Supervisor licence if they can demonstrate two years experience in mechanical services – medical gas work gained prior to 1 January 2020.

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