Transitional arrangements for Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence

From 1 July 2020, contractors who carry out mechanical services plumbing work must hold the Mechanical Services - Pllumbing licence.

Employees who perform mechanical services work must be licensed by 1 January 2022 

There is an alternative qualification pathway with expanded eligibility criteria. Under the pathway, Mechanical Services – Plumbing Occupational licence applicants can use their skills and experience to qualify for a licence by 31 December 2021. Under the alternative qualification pathway:

  • additional prescribed qualifications will be accepted
  • if your qualifications differ from those prescribed in the Technical Qualifications for Licensing document or Transitional Provisions for alternative pathways, you may still submit your application, requesting the qualification be considered as equivalent. You may be required to obtain an assessment by a registered training organisation (RTO). Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis
  • if you are unable to demonstrate competence for the complete scope of work for the new licence class, the QBCC may be able to grant you a licence with restrictions on the scope of work you are lawfully allowed to perform.

If you’re applying for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing Occupational or Site Supervisor licence and have six months’ relevant experience, you can use a plumbing apprenticeship or PD Act Water Plumber – Water and Sanitary licence to qualify under the alternative pathway. 

To hold a licence by 1 January 2022, you should allow 6-8 weeks to process the application.

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


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