Water-based fire system stream

Water-based fire systems assist in controlling and extinguishing fire. The key types of equipment are fire hydrant systems, fire hose reel systems and fire sprinkler systems.

Water-based fire system stream licences are offered across the following classes:

  • design
  • certify
  • install and maintain
  • install and maintain – restricted to commercial and industrial types
  • install and maintain – restricted to domestic and residential types.

Scopes of work

Design
  • design fire hydrant systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • design fire hose reel systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • design commercial and industrial fire sprinkler systems, domestic fire sprinkler systems and residential fire sprinkler systems.

Note: the scope of work does not include professional engineering services under the Professional Engineers Act 2002.

Certify
  • certify fire sprinkler systems – AND
  • certify fire hydrant systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • certify fire hose reels, with or without pumps.
Install and maintain
  • install and maintain fire sprinkler systems – AND
  • install and maintain fire hydrant systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • install and maintain fire hose reels, with or without pumps – AND
  • install fire collars if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.
Install and maintain – restricted to commercial and industrial types
  • install and maintain commercial and industrial fire sprinkler systems – AND
  • install and maintain fire hydrant systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • install and maintain fire hose reels, with or without pumps – AND
  • install fire collars if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.
Install and maintain – restricted to domestic and residential types
  • install and maintain domestic fire sprinkler systems and residential fire sprinkler systems –AND
  • install and maintain fire hydrant systems, with or without pumps – AND
  • install and maintain fire hose reels, with or without pumps – AND
  • install fire collars, if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.

Note: maintain includes inspect and test of equipment.

Technical qualifications

From 1 May 2021, the new fire protection licence classes replaced existing classes. Licence applications received after this time are taken to be for the relevant new fire licence classes for the work and must meet the technical qualifications prescribed for the new class, unless a transitional pathway is available. 

Transitional pathways have been provided to enable the QBCC to accept a former technical qualification for a new class in certain circumstances:  

  • For applications lodged before 1 May 2021 and pending as at 1 May 2021, a technical qualification that was prescribed for a former class may be accepted for a new fire class to which the former class has transitioned. Where an upskilling requirement applied to the transition of the former class, the upskilling requirement will also aply to those relying on the former qualification. 
  • For applications lodged from 1 May 2021, a transitional pathway will allow technical qualifications for a former class to be accepted for some specified new water-based classes. The transitional pathway is available to applicants who were enrolled in the qualification prior to 1 May 2021 and who complete the qualification between 1 May 2021 and 1 May 2022. Under the transitional pathway, the technical qualification for the following classes may be accepted for the new relevant class: 
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – certify (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – certify)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – certify – restricted to commercial or industrial (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – certify)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – certify – restricted to domestic or residential (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – certify)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – install and maintain (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – install and maintain)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – install and maintain – restricted to commercial or industrial (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – install and maintain – restricted to commercial or industrial)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – install and maintain – restricted to domestic or residential (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – install and maintain – restricted to domestic or residential)
    • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) – inspect and test (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – install and maintain)
    • fire pump – certify (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – certify)
    • fire pump – install and maintain (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream - install and maintain - restricted to commercial and industrial types licence)
    • fire hydrants and hose reels – certify (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream – certify)
    • fire hydrants and hose reels – install and maintain (relevant new class: water-based fire system stream - install and maintain - restricted to commercial and industrial types licence)
    • fire hydrants and hose reels – inspect and test (relevant new class: portable stream – install and maintain).

For work that is currently under a licence class that will become a 'continuing class' (that is, fire pumps inspect and test), those holding the applicable licence class as at 30 April 2021 can continue to hold the continuing class, with no change to their scope of work. From 1 May 2021, the fire pumps - inspect and test class will be a continuing licence class and cannot be issued to new applicants or restored.

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