Mechanical Services - Plumbing Licence

IMPORTANT

New mechanical services licensing requirements commenced on 1 January 2020. 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. For more information go to Transitional arrangements for Mechanical Services - Plumbing

How to lodge your application

Did you know you can lodge your application form online with myQBCC? If you’re an existing licensee user of myQBCC, applicable fee exemptions will be automatically calculated when you lodge online.

Visit https://my.qbcc.qld.gov.au/s/licence-app

Alternatively, you can complete an application form and include all the supporting documents and correct application fee by completing the appropriate PDF form/s:

Scope of work

  • Constructing, installing, replacing, repairing, altering, maintaining, testing or commissioning a mechanical heating or cooling system in a building that is associated with the heating and cooling of that building.
  • Installation of fire collars that is incidental to work mentioned above.
  • However, the scope of work does not include work associated with a substance if, under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (Cwlth), a licence is required to—
    • manufacture, import or export the substance; or
    • manufacture or import equipment containing the substance or using the substance in its operation
  • Incidental work of another class.

Experience requirements

Existing plumbers and drainers - applying using the alternative qualification pathway 

QBCC Plumbing and Drainage contractors, nominee supervisors and site supervisors, have until 31 March 2020 to submit an application for a free Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence using the alternative qualification pathway provided by transitional arrangements. 

Eligible licensees, who apply after this time, will still be able to use the alternative qualification pathway until 30 June 2020; however, fees will apply.

For examples of the experience required use the  Mechanical Services – Plumbing Experience fact sheet.

More information about the transitional arrangements are available on the  Transitional Arrangements for Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence webpage.

Existing air-conditioning and refrigeration contractors - applying using the alternative qualification pathway 

Existing QBCC air-conditioning and refrigeration contractors have until 30 June 2020 to submit an application for a free Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence using the alternative qualification pathway provided by transitional arrangements. 

For examples of the experience required use the  Mechanical Services – Plumbing Experience fact sheet.

More information about the transitional arrangements are available on the  Transitional Arrangements for Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence webpage.

From 1 January 2022, if you’re applying for a mechanical services – plumbing contractor or nominee supervisor licence you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years’ experience, other than experience gained during an apprenticeship, in – 

  • the scope of work for the class; or
  • other work, if the commission considers experience in the other work is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for that class.

Technical qualification requirements 

Any of the following:

  • Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413, including the following electives:

    • CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
    • CPCPMS2021A – Assemble mechanical services components
    • CPCPMS3031A – Fabricate/install steel pressure piping
    • CPCPMS3033A – Install small bore heating systems
    • CPCPMS3035A – Install/test ducting systems
    • CPCPMS3032A – Select/fit insulation/sheathing
    • CPCPMS3036A – Install air handling units
    • CPCPMS3038A – Install air conditioning control equipment
    • CPCPMS3039A – Maintain mechanical services equipment
    • MEM05049 – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
    • MEM05050 – Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513)
  • a course the QBCC considers as equivalent
  • a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Managerial requirements

Applicants for Contractor and Nominee Supervisor licences must successfully completed one of the following:

  • BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • a course QBCC considers as equivalent.

NOTE: No managerial qualifications are required for a site supervisor licence

Financial requirements

The relevant financial requirements in the minimum financial requirements policy (contractors only).

Important note:

Recognition of prior learning

If you do not hold a formal technical qualification, you may be able to obtain it through recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The following RTOs may be able to provide RPL services:

Mechanical Services – Plumbing

  • TAFE Queensland (CPC32413, CPC32513)
  • The Services Trade College (CPC32413, CPC32513)

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

Registered Training Organisations issue formal qualifications to people who successfully complete training. Please note that the RTO list is a guide only and subject to change. We strive to ensure that the information contained is accurate and up-to-date.

Other qualifications can be:

  • documentation showing you successfully completed an apprenticeship 
  • a certificate showing you successfully completed the appropriate course for this licence class
  • a certificate showing you successfully completed an equivalent course for this licence class (e.g. similar modules) recognition certificate
  • a qualification of statement of attainment of the required competency issued by an approved authority for the licence class.
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