Passive stream

Passive fire safety involves building elements that generally remain inactive in the event of a fire. They are designed to prevent the spread of fire and assist in the safe evacuation of building occupants.  

Passive fire protection includes fire doors, fire shutters, fire dampers, fire collars, fire-rated penetrations, fire-rated joint sealing, fire and smoke walls, and fire-rated ceilings. 

Passive fire protection licences are offered across the following classes: 

  • certify
  • install and maintain – fire doors and fire shutters
  • install and maintain – fire collars, fire-rated penetrations and fire-rated joint sealing
  • install and maintain – fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings
  • inspect and test.

Scopes of work

Certify
  • certify fire doors, fire shutters, fire dampers, fire collars, fire-rated penetrations, fire-rated joint sealing, fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings.
Install and maintain – fire doors and fire shutters
  • install and maintain fire doors and fire shutters.

Note: maintain includes inspect and test of equipment.

Install and maintain – fire collars, penetrations and joint sealing
  • install and maintain fire collars, fire-rated penetrations and fire-rated joint sealing.

Note: maintain includes inspect and test of equipment.

Install and maintain – fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings
  • install and maintain fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings.

Note: maintain includes inspect and test of equipment.

Inspect and test
  • inspect and test fire doors, fire shutters, fire dampers, fire collars, fire-rated penetrations, fire-rated joint sealing, fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings.

Technical qualifications 

From 1 May 2021, fire protection licence classes transitioned to new classes. Licence applications received after this time are taken to be for the new relevant class and must meet the technical qualifications prescribed for the new licence class. 

Transitional pathways have been provided to enable the QBCC to accept the technical qualification prescribed for a current class for the relevant classes in certain circumstances.  

  • For applications lodged prior to 1 May 2021 and pending determination, the QBCC will assess the application with regard to both the new qualification, and where available, any transitional pathway that will enable the QBCC to accept a current qualification. 
  • For applications for the new ‘fire protection – passive stream – inspect and test’ class that are lodged after 1 May 2021, a transitional pathway is provided to enable acceptance of the technical qualifications for the former ‘fire doors and shutters – inspect and test’ licence class, provided the applicant was enrolled in the qualification prior to 1 May 2021 and completes the qualification between 1 May 2021 and 1 May 2022.

For work that is currently under a licence class that will become a 'continuing class', those holding the applicable licence class as at 30 April 2021 can continue to hold the continuing class with their existing qualifications. From 1 May 2021, all pending and new applications will be assessed against the technical qualifications for the new licence class for the relevant work.

For more information:

Application forms

Find an RTO

Look up the required course in the  Technical Qualifications for Licensing (PDF) and search for it on the training.gov.au website.