Work under a different licence type

From time to time your role in the industry may change. You may find that you prefer, or are required, to now hold a different type of licence in your existing class.

Our Apply and Surrender Licence-Type Form (PDF) offers a simple process to do this. In the one form you can:

1. Apply for a new licence-type in your existing class

This process allows you to apply for a new licence-type for your existing class.

You will still need to demonstrate you meet all the relevant eligibility for the new licence-type in your existing class.

If applying for a contractor-type licence you will need to demonstrate that you can meet minimum financial requirements with an MFR report or declaration.

2. Surrender the existing licence-type in that class

This process gives you the choice to also submit a request to surrender your current licence-type. The QBCC will then consider this request and advise you of the decision.

NOTE: If your licence is under any current regulatory action, your request to surrender may not be granted until that action is completed.

Who is eligible for this process?

You can only use this process in certain scenarios.

To be eligible, you must hold a contractor or nominee supervisor type of licence and be applying for a different licence-type in the same class. You can request to:

  •  to surrender a contractor-type licence and apply for a
    • nominee supervisor-type licence
    • site supervisor-type licence
    • occupational-type licence (available for fire protection and mechanical services only. Other licence classes would already have required you to hold an occupational licence as a contractor.)
  • to surrender a nominee supervisor-type licence and apply for a 
    • contractor-type licence
    • site supervisor-type licence
    • occupational-type licence

NOTE: You don’t have to surrender your original licence-type when applying for a new licence-type in the same class. But you will need to continue to maintain both licence types and meet all relevant obligations ongoing.

Example 1: Contractor to Nominee supervisor

You are acting as a nominee for a company. You no longer require an individual contractor-type licence as the company will now be responsible for undertaking contracts.

By surrendering your individual contractor licence and applying for a nominee supervisor licence you are no longer required to meet individual minimum financial requirements obligations for that class of licence.

Example 2: Nominee supervisor to contractor 

If you decide to begin personally contracting for work, you will be required to now hold a contractor-type licence.  

You will need to demonstrate that you can meet minimum financial requirements to hold this licence-type and have the relevant experience to do the work.

Who is not eligible for this process?

You are not able to use this process if applying 

  • for a different licence-type in a continuing licence class 
  • as a site supervisor licensee
  • as an occupational licensee
  • when applying for a new licence class.

For these scenarios you need to follow the standard process as per a new licence application.

Likewise, you will need to follow the standard process to surrender your licence if you wish to then cancel an existing licence-type.

What is the application cost? 

The cost to apply for the new licence-type is a set fee per licence type and financial category – see the form for details of the fees.

When your renewal date arrives, you will need to pay the full renewal fee for all the licence-types you hold in that class. (If you have chosen not to surrender the original licence-type.)

Ready to apply?

1. Gather your documents to demonstrate relevant eligibility

Demonstrate you can meet the relevant eligibility for the licence type you are applying for. This may include:

  • technical qualifications
  • experience
  • requirements
  • professional indemnity insurance.
2. Download and fill in the form

Download the Apply and Surrender Licence-Type Form (PDF)

3. Submit and pay the fees

You can pay the fees and submit the form to the QBCC:

  • in person at a service centre or
  • by post - GPO Box 5099, Brisbane QLD 4001