Mechanical services licences

Transitional arrangements for Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence

To carry out mechanical services - plumbing work after 1 July 2020 you must hold the Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence. For a period there are options available to existing contractors and employees undertaking mechanical services work to assist their application for a mechanical services licence. These options are described as ‘transitional arrangements’.

Existing QBCC plumbing and drainage licensees

You may be able to use your current qualifications or QBCC Act plumbing and drainage licence to satisfy the technical qualification requirements for the Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence, provided you can demonstrate six months experience in performing mechanical services - plumbing work.

This is known as an alternative qualification pathway. To access the alternative qualification pathway, you must obtain your licence by 31 December 2020. To allow time to process your application, you should apply at least 6-8 weeks prior to the deadline.

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

Due to recent 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 those applying for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence, the relevant experience must be gained under a QBCC plumbing and drainage contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence.

More information can be found at Mechanical services experience fact sheet - plumbing (PDF).

Normal application fees apply.

Employees have more time

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

Employees (other than nominee supervisors) who perform mechanical services - plumbing work for a company/employer who:

  • holds a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence; or
  • has a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence application pending,

Employees (including site supervisors) do not need to hold their new occupational licence until 1 January 2022.

Due to recent amendments to the QBCC Regulation, transitional arrangements for the alternative qualification pathway have been expanded. For more information see the Mechanical Services Experience fact sheet - plumbing (PDF).

Current employees may be able to use existing qualifications and experience to satisfy the technical qualifications for the Mechanical Services – Plumbing occupational, or site supervisor licence, provided they can demonstrate six months experience in performing mechanical services – plumbing work.

To hold a licence by this time you should allow 6-8 weeks to process the application.

Apprentices

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