Mechanical services licences

Transitional arrangements for Mechanical Services - Plumbing 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’.

Existing QBCC plumbing and drainage licensees

You may be able to use your experience 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. You can access the alternative qualification pathway until 30 June 2020.

To carry out mechanical services plumbing work after 1 July 2020 you must hold the Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence.

For more information about the experience required see the 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,

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

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


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