Webinar Q&A: Mechanical Services – Plumbing

General

What is the definition of mechanical services work?

Mechanical services work involves the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating or cooling system in commercial and residential buildings, for example air conditioning, refrigeration and air handling systems. Mechanical services work also includes work on medical gas systems found in hospitals and other health services such as dental facilities.

Can you apply straight away for this licence class if already holding a plumbers licence?

Yes, you can apply now. If you hold a Plumbing and Drainage Contractor or Nominee Supervisor licence, and you have relevant experience carrying out mechanical services work, you may apply for the licence without incurring a fee if you apply by 31 March 2020. More information is available in the Mechanical services experience fact sheet - plumbing (PDF)

How soon can we apply for the additional licence?

Now! The new licensing framework commenced from 1 January 2020 and the QBCC started accepting licence applications from that date.

Remember that there are different timeframes for fee exemptions and for when a licence is required depending on who you are and what type of work you do. Check out the transitional timeline on the website.

  • From 1 July 2020, contractors must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.
  • From 1 January 2022, all workers must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.

Is it all online? If so, please give me further details on how to apply

Yes, you can lodge your Mechanical Services licence application form online through myQBCC. Go to myQBCC to create an account or log in if you already have an account.

There is also a user guide available to step you through the form.

I'm curious as to what is required of this licence. Does this licence allow plumbing contractors to install air-conditioning? Is it a licence that we must now have?

Please refer to the scope of work for Mechanical Services - Plumbing factsheet on the QBCC website.

Do I need a licence?

If you install domestic hot water units do you need the Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence?

No, mechanical services work does not include work on a class 1a (detached dwelling) or class 10 (sheds, garages) building. Please refer to the definition of mechanical services work. There is also a great fact sheet which covers off on what is excluded from the definition of mechanical services work.

I own a plumbing company and we are licensed to complete plumbing work. In relation to the Mechanical Services licence, is this an additional licence to our current Plumbing licence?

Yes, this is a completely new licence class covering work that was previously unregulated. Information on what exactly is included in the Mechanical Services - Plumbing scope of work is available online.

To continue performing Mechanical Services - Plumbing work from 1 July 2020, a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence is required unless you are working under an appropriately licensed Contractor or a Company that holds the relevant licence. From 1 January 2022, all workers must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.

I own a plumbing company and we perform industrial works on cooling towers and chilled water systems etc. Will we require a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence to continue performing this type of work?

Yes, your company requires a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence to carry out these works from 1 July 2020. A company needs to have a Nominee who holds the relevant experience & qualifications for the company, and is responsible for overseeing the quality of work carried out for the company. You or one of your employees, can hold either an individual Contractor or Nominee Supervisor licence to be the nominee for the company.

Employees and subcontractors working under a licensed Contractor or company have until 1 January 2022 to obtain a licence. From that date, all workers must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.

Are hot water reticulated systems in plumbing, classed as mechanical services -  plumbing work?

No, you do not need a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence to carry out work on a hot water reticulated system. Information on what is considered to be mechanical services plumbing work and what is cover under the licence scope is available online.

The definition of mechanical services work on the QBCC website is for cooling systems in commerical and residential buildings. What about industrial works e.g. cooling towers?

Unless another exemption applies, a Mechanical Services licence would be required for work on industrial buildings.

As a plumber, over the years I have installed and maintained chlorine gas disinfection systems at various treatment plants. Would this now fall under mechanical services work?

It depends where this work is carried out. Medical gas means any gas or mixture of gases or other substance or process used for hospital or medical use that is supplied to, removed from or conducted at, a hospital or other place where medical procedures are carried out, by way of a pipeline reticulation system and includes oxygen, helium, nitrous oxide, nitrogen, medical air, surgical tool gas, carbon dioxide and common mixtures of those gases as well as anaesthesia waste.

A description of the medical gas scope of work is available online  

I have only ever done mechanical plumbing, I don't do maintenance or hydraulic. I am not sure how I should apply for the new Mechanical Services licence?

If you carry out any mechanical services - plumbing work as a Contractor, you will need to hold the appropriate QBCC licence as at 1 July 2020.  If you hold the relevant technical qualification, you are not required to provide experience until 1 January 2022. If you have a QBCC contractor plumbing and drainage licence and the requisite experience, you may be eligible for a free mechanical services plumbing contractor grade licence if you apply by 31 March 2020.

Read more about how to apply.

I’m already licensed

I'm a fully Licenced Plumber, Drainer and Gas Fitter and hold a current Occuptational licence which I have held for over 30 years, and carry out work in all aspects of plumbing and gas, including mechanical systems. I've also been a site foreman in public works for hospitals and schools. Do I need to apply/list all my experience to obtain this new licence, or do I automatically apply for this new licence?

There are specific transitional arrangements available for existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractors or Gasfitting Contractors including fee exemptions for some eligible licensees and alternative qualification pathways.

More information is available on the QBCC website for

There are no transitional arrangements for existing occupational plumbing and drainage licensees.

To continue carrying out mechanical services - plumbing or medical gas work as a contractor from 1 July 2020 onwards, you will need to apply for a new Mechanical Services licence. You have until 1 January 2022 to obtain an occupational licence if you are working under an appropriately licensed contractor (that holds the relevant mechanical services licence). 

So it's just a matter of me applying for it?

Yes, you can apply online via myQBCC or by using a PDF form. 

To confirm, because I already hold a Plumbing Contractor and an Occupational and Gas licences, it's just a matter of applying/adding this new Mechanical Services licence to my Plumbing & Drainage, Gasfitting Contracting and Occupational Licences? To confirm, all i need to do is go onto the QBCC website and apply for the new Mechanical Services licence added to my Plumbing, Drainage and Occupational licence?

If you are a Trade Contractor (sole trader) you will need to apply for this licence but do not require the Occupational licence as the contractor licence will allow you to personally carry out mechanical services work. If you are a Nominee Supervisor you will need to apply for this licence and an Occupational licence if you intend on personally carrying out the work. If you are an employee of a licenced Trade Contractor you will need an Occupational licence but it isn't required until 1 January 2022. If you have a Company licence you will need to apply to hold the classes as a company. The technical qualification requirements for Mechanical Services licence are listed on the QBCC website. There are alternative pathways to obtain the mechanical services – plumbing and mechanical services – medical gas contractor licences prior to 1 July 2020, if you have at least 6 months experience in relevant mechanical services work and hold a QBCC contractor plumbing and drainage licence (for mechanical services plumbing) or QBCC contractor gasfitter licence (for mechanical services medial gas).

If I hold a current Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licence and have completed a Certificate III as part of my apprenticeship, do I still need to prove my experience in my application? 

The required technical qualifications for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing Contractor licence are any of the following:

  • Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413 with specific electives OR
  • Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services.

See further information on the QBCC website.

There is an experience exemption across all licence classes until 1 January 2022, unless you are relying on an alternative qualification pathway to obtain a licence. Further information is on the QBCC website

As a fully licensed plumber and gasfitter with a Certificate III, am I exempt from the minimum requirements for the Mechanical Services - Plumbing Occupational licence?

Occupational licensees are not required to meet any financial or managerial licensing requirements in order to obtain a licence. The must hold the required technical qualifications for the specific licence class that they are applying for. 

We already hold a Plumbers Contractor licence, Nominees Supervisor and Occupational licence. Will our existing licence be upgraded if QBCC is satisfied with our application and experience?   Or do you need all new licenses?  

You will still need to submit an application for the licence. As an existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licensee, you may be eligible for a fee exemption when applying for the Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence prior to 31 March 2020 if you have the requisite Mechnanical services experience.  

Apprentices

How are apprentices going to get their licence when there is no specific mechanical trade course?

The technical qualifications required for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing Occupational licence are listed on the QBCC website.

An apprentice is not required to hold a licence whilst undergoing training. Once they complete their apprenticeship, they are classed as a new entrant and are required to obtain a licence before carrying out Mechanical Services work. There are many Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) that may offer the required coursesfor these new licence classes.

Is, or will there be, a trainee QBCC licence for apprentices carrying out mechanical services work? 

Students performing work as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship do not require a licence. Once they complete their apprenticeship, they are classed as a new entrant and are required to obtain a licence before carrying out mechanical services work. 

Employees

I have a Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licence. I do not have so much to do with on-site works. Does my worker, who oversees all this, need a Nominee Supervisor licence and/or a Site Supervisor licence? We do maintenance and small projects.

If you are performing mechanical services work, both your Nominee Supervisor and Company will require a licence by 1 July 2020. Additionally, your nominee may require an Occupational or individual Contractors licence to personally carry out the work. 

Occupational licences

I hold a Plumber and Drainer and a Gasfitting Contactor licence. If I add this to my Contactor licence, will I need an Occupational licence for this as well?

If you obtain a Mechanical Services Contractor licence as an individual, you do not need to obtain the Occupational licence as well to carry out mechanical services work. If hold a Nominee Supervisor licence however, and you intend on personally carrying out mechanical services work, you will need to apply for an Occupational licence as well.

When applying for Mechanical Services - Plumbing Contractor licence, do I need to apply for  Mechanical Services - Plumbing Occupational licence first? 

You do not need to hold the Occupational licence in order to obtain a Contractors licence.

If applying for a Mechancial Services Contractors licence as a company, you need to apply at the same time or already have a Nominee Supervisor that has the required technical qualifications and experience for that company. You should include all desired licence classes on your application.

If you are applying for a mechanical services – plumbing contractor licence as an individual, you do not need an occupational licence to personally carry out mechanical services work, if you hold a contractor licence. 

I have a full Occupational plumbing and gas licence, and also an electrical licence. I work in hospitals and have been asked for a Mechanical Services licence.  How do I register/apply for a licence?

You will need to submit a licence application, show evidence of the required technical qualifications and if applying for a contractors licence provide your financial information. If you are currently performing mechanical services work as a worker, you do not need an occupational mechanical services licence until 1 January 2022. There is also a fee that is payable at the time of applying.  Find out more online

As a licence holder of a Plumbing and Drainage and Gasfitting licence we have an Occupational licence for each. Will there be a new licence number, or will these be on existing, then the QBCC Contractors licence? 

There are specific transitional arrangements available for existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractors or Gasfitting Contractors including fee exemptions for some eligible licensees and alternative qualification pathways. More information is available on the QBCC website for plumbing and gasfitting. There are no transitional arrangements for existing occupational plumbing and drainage licensees.

To continue carrying out mechanical services - plumbing or medical gas work from 1 July 2020 onwards, you will need to apply for a new Mechanical Services licence. You have until 1 January 2022 to obtain a licence if you are working under an appropriately licensed Contractor (that holds the relevant mechanical services licence). 

Qualifications

Does the CNBUI027 Plumbing qualification have the qualifications required to obtain this licence?

The technical qualifications required for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence are listed on the QBCC website:

This qualification is not the listed technical qualification required for a Mechanical Services licence. You should contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to discuss the additional units of competency relevant for the mechanical services stream. You do not need to hold the Occupational licence in order to obtain a Contractors licence.

Can trainers delivering CPC32513 Mechanical Services course transition over?

No there is no transitional arrangements for trainers. If the trainer is an existing Plumbing and Drainage or Gasfitting Contractor licensee, fee exemptions or alternative qualification pathways may be available.

Applicants must meet the required technical qualifications listed under each licence class.
See the following pages for futher information: 

It says on the QBCC Fact sheet regarding mechanical services that to be eligible under the alternate qualification you must demonstrate, in detail, with evidence, that you have at least six months' experience in personally performing or supervising all items listed in the column (that’s 'all', not 'some'). We only do plumbing, so repairs or alternation to water and drainage for cooling towers from time to time. I assume then we will need to visit an ATO regarding additional training?

If you do not hold the required technical qualifications and are an existing Contractor licensee relying on the alternative qualification pathway, you must demonstrate the appropriate experience and can draw on the key elements provided in the Mechanical Services experience fact sheet - plumbing (PDF). Your application should demonstrate the experience you have and each application will be assessed based the individual circumstances. If you hold the required technical qualifications, there is an exemption from the experience requirements until 1 January 2022.

It may be beneficial for you to speak to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) about recognition of prior learning or what courses are available for you to upskill. You can also use a Queensland Government DIY assessment tool to help you identify the existing skills and experiences you could have recognised against your selected course.

I don't understand the alternative qualification pathway. Is this only for applicants that don't have current Refrigeration, Plumbing or Gasfitting licences?

No, the alternative qualification pathway is available for existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractor or Gasfitting Contractor licensees that do not hold the required technical qualifications that have been carrying out mechanical services work. You must be an existing licensee and meet the other requirements to use this pathway.

All other applicants must meet the required technical qualifications for the specific licence class that they are applying for. 

I completed my Certificate III in Mechanical Services in 2011, just before the trade courses changed. Does this mean that I can now get a Mechanical Services licence, instead of just a Plumbing and Drainage QBCC licence and restricted Artick licence? 

We recommend that you check the Training.gov.au website for equivalency as a first step. From there you may consider contacting a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to enquire about getting recognition of prior learning to ensure that this is equivalent to the current technical qualification.

We hold a QBCC plumbers licence. If we dont have sufficient experience are we able to upgrade our skills through a short course? 

Yes, you should definitely talk to an RTO about what further courses or subjects are required to complete the technical qualification requirements. See the case studies page on the QBCC website which talks through various scenarios and how you can go about obtaining the licence.

I am a plumber that has been licensed for 20 years. I am based in a very remote location of Qld; approx 1,000km's inland from Brisbane. The work types are very different from one day to the next (because of the lack of population density), which means that a broad knowledge base is required to cover the varied tasks ranging from water, drainage, mechanical services, gas, stormwater, roofing etc. With this being said, the need for medical oxygen is rare, but it is necesary for servicing the regions medical clinics (as there are no resident doctors in most cases). The use of the mechanical services work is only a few times a year and mainly over summer. What depth do the pre-requisite requirements for the application require?

The technical qualifications are listed on the QBCC website for each licence class and type (depending on Contractor vs Occupational). You will still need to meet the qualification requirements to obtain a licence to carry out this work (from $0 value and no matter how often you do it) as mechanical services work is regarded as high risk.

Will you need to do a refresher course every few years to maintain the licence like the backflow prevention endorsement?

No, under current laws once you obtain the licence and continue to hold it, you do not need to do refresher training courses to renew your licence.

A vast majority of our works revolves around mechanical plumbing.  We currently have 2 x plumbing apprentices, there are no RTO's in our region which offer the course. You are going to create a major skills gap outside of SEQ, unless RTO's in each region have the demand to teach the subjects available. How and when is the QBCC going to address this issue in regional centres?

The QBCC does not direct RTO's as to which courses they must offer.  This however may be a relevant issue to raise with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. A list of the RTOs offering mechanical services technical qualifications will soon be available on the QBCC website.

I have a Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licence and a Gasfitting Contractor licence. I don't have any medical gas experience, but I want to be able to carry out medical gas work. Where can I find out how to upskill, or any additional courses required?

Please see the mechanical services technical qualification pathways and case studies page on the QBCC website.

Read the technical qualification required for a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence. As you will see, you must hold a

  • Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services, Plumbing or Gas Fitting AND
  • also have completed both of the following courses: 
    • CPCPMS3034A - Install medical gas pipeline system , and
    • CPCPCM2043A - Carry out WHS requirement ;
    • or a course/s the QBCC considers as equivalent.

You should contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to discuss the additional units of competency required and whether they have these courses available.  

Applying - individual

If by chance a mistake or incorrect/incomplete information is submitted on the application, will QBCC notify me as to rectify?  Also, once applied for Mechanical Services licence, how long is the turn around in getting the new licence and card?

Yes, definitely. A licensing officer will contact you to request further information. The online form through myQBCC, is fantastic in that it prompts you to upload all required documentation for your application and helps to ensure that the application is made correctly. 

For a Contractor licence, we can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to process your licence application. For an Occupational licence application it is usually a lot quicker as we do not need to check your financial information.  

I have only ever done mechanical plumbing, I don't do maintenance or hydraulic. I am not sure how I should apply for the new Mechanical Services licence?

If you carry out any mechanical services - plumbing work as a Contractor, you will need to hold the appropriate QBCC licence as at 1 July 2020.  If you hold the relevant technical qualification, you are not required to provide experience until 1 January 2022. If you have a QBCC contractor plumbing and drainage licence and the requisite experience, you may be eligible for a free mechanical services plumbing contractor grade licence if you apply by 31 March 2020.

Read more about how to apply.

Applying - company

I'm guessing that for the Company licence I need to employ  someone with a Plumbing and/or Gasfitting licence, and obtain a Certificate III in Mechanical Services?  

To apply for the new Mechnical Services licence classes for a company, you would require a Nominee who holds the appropriate licence classes or is currenty applying.  The person acting as Nominee would require the relevant technical qualifications.

There is no requirement for a company or individual to hold Gasfitting or  Plumbing and Drainage licence to apply for a Mechanical Services licence. There are transitional arrangements for these exisitng Contractor licensees to assist with obtaining the Mechanical Services licence. 

If a company applies for Mechanical Services licence, do all the employees, regardless of class (Occupational or Contractors), apply for a Mechanical Services licence?

Contractors (companies or individuals) are required to hold the appropriate Mechanical Services licence by 1 July 2020. The Nominee Supervisor for the company is also required to be licensed by this date.

People that carry out work under an appropriately licensed Contractor (subcontractors and employees) have until 1 January 2022 to obtain a Mechanical Services licence (whether that is a contractor or occupational licence).

Students performing work as part of their apprenticeship or traineeship do not require a licence. Once they have completed their apprenticeship they are classed as a new entrant and will need to hold a licence before they can carry out mechanical services work.

Refer to the transitional timeline overview. 

Does every company have to have a Nominee Supervisor? Or just a Mechanical Services licence for the company, and Mechanical Services licences for the workers?

Every company requires a Nominee in order to obtain a licence. This can be someone who holds either a Nominee Supervisor licence or a Contractor licence of the relevant class. The Nominee commits to bringing their experience & qualifications to the company, and is responsible for overseeing the quality of work carried out for the company.

Contractors (companies or individuals) are required to hold the appropriate Mechanical Services licence by 1 July 2020. The nominee for a company is also required to be licensed by this date.

People that carry out work under an appropriately licensed Contractor (subcontractors and employees) have until 1 January 2022 to obtain a Mechanical Services licence (whether that is a Contractor or Occupational licence). 

As a director who is on the tools, what licences will I need to hold?

If you are a director of a company and will be personally carrying out the mechanical services work you will require: 

  • A Company Licence
  • AND either a Trade Contractor or a Nominee Supervisor licence for the company.

If you are a Nominee Supervisor you will also require an Occupational licence to personally carry out the work. 

Fees

I hold a QBCC Contactor licence for Plumbing and Draining and Gasfitting. I also hold an Occupational licence for all three. Will the QBCC ever say a Contactor licence doesn't need to pay for occupational licences, as this really adds up?

There have not been any changes to the existing Plumbing and Drainage licence requirements. As an existing licensee, you may be eligible for specific transitional arrangements including fee exemptions or alternative qualification pathways for obtaining and Mechanical Services licence if you have at least 6 months relevant mechanical services experience. There are specific requirements to be eligible for this. See the website here:

A Mechanical Services individual Contractor licensee is not required to hold an Occupational licence to personally carry out the work. They would need an Occupational licence however, if they held a Nominee Supervisor licence for a company and they intended to personally carry out the work on behalf of the company.

Will this cost an additional licence fee every year?

The Mechanical Services licence application fees are consistent with other QBCC licence fees. Licence fees vary depending on what type of licence you are applying for. For Contactors, fees vary depending on whether you are applying for an individual or a company licence. Nominee Supervisor, Site Supervisor and Occupational licence fees are a set fee.

Licence fee information is available on the Licence Fees page.

Why do I also need to pay for a Mechanical Services licence when I have a QBCC Plumbing and Drainage licence, Gasfitting licence and Electrical licence? Is this just to raise more money for the QBCC? 

The licensing changes are part of the Queensland Government's commitment to better protect the health and safety of Queenslanders. Mechanical services work within a building can present critical safety issues, the incorrect installation of medical gas can have disastrous consequences.The QBCC will use the revenue raised from licensing and compliance activities to regulate the mechanical services industry. 

Renewals

How often will the Mechancial Services - Medical Gas licence need to be renewed, and will there be any endorsements on this licence?

All Mechanical Services licences can be renewed for either 1 or 3 years. There are no endorsements available to be added to this licence.

Interstate questions

Will this be a national licence like the plumbing licence should be, or will it be different from State to State?

The Mechanical Services licence requirement falls under State legislation. It is up to other State Government's to decide whether this licence requirement for mechanical services work will be introduced. The Victorian Building Authority already regulates mechanical services work. 

Will a Current Victorian VBA Mechanical Occupational licence transition to a QBCC Licence?

You may be eligible for an application under mutual recognition. Please visit the QBCC website to find out what the relevant technical qualification requirements are and learn more about mutual recognition if you do not hold these qualifications.

Do NSW technicians who occassionally work in Queensland require a licence?

Yes, to carry out mechanical services work in Queensland you are required to hold a Queensland Mechanical Services licence. 

If you were carrying out mechanical services work in Queensland prior to 1 January 2020, you may be considered an existing worker and will have appropriate time to obtain a licence. From 1 July 2020, Contractors must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.

From 1 January 2022, all workers must be licensed to carry out mechanical services work.

Is there a mutual recognition pathway for new licences?

Yes. For more information see Moving from Interstate on the QBCC website. 

I have a Victorian Certificate of reciprocity for plumbing mechanical services. Does that qualify me to receive my QBCC licence?

You may be able to apply for a licence using mutual recognition. For more information see Moving from Interstate on the QBCC website.

I'm currently licenced in both Victoria and Queensland.  I have a Certificate III in Plumbing with the VBA and Contractors licence in Queensland for Plumbing and Drainage, Gas and Roofing. I'm living in Victoria and registered in Mechanical Services in Victoria. I work on industrial cooling towers, heat exchangers and plant rooms and a small amount ductwork. I also have an ARC restricted licence for single head split systems. Can I apply for Mechanical Services licence as I'm moving back to Queensland in five months? I have a Certificate III in Plumbing with VBA and Contractors licence in Queensland for Plumbing and Drainage,  Gas

If you hold a QBCC Act Plumbing and Drainage Contractors licence, you may be eligible to apply for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence with a fee exemption or by using the alternative qualification pathway if you have the requisite mechanical services experience. You can use this pathway if you do not hold the required technical qualifications to obtain a licence and can prove that you have experience carrying out mechanical services – plumbing work. Read the fact sheet for experience requirements.

You may also be able to apply for a licence under mutual recognition. Read more on the website about moving from Interstate.
To continue performing mechanical services - plumbing work after 1 July 2020 in Queensland, you will need to hold a mechanical services - plumbing licence or work under an appropriately licensed contractor. Further information on what is considered to be mechanical services - plumbing work is availabe in this factsheet.

Mechanical services – medical gas

We are manufacturers of medical devices Class 1 equipment. Can we service the medical equipment that we have manufactured in the last 22 years, as we have many field technicians already employed for that purpose?

The QBCC website has a great Reference Guide and description of what types of medical gas work requires a licence.

The scopes of work are different for Contractor vs Occupational licences but both include repairing, altering and maintaining medical gas systems so a licence will be required for this work.   Remember that there are different timeframes for when a licence is required.

Contractors must be licensed by 1 July 2020 and Occupational workers (that work under an appropriately licensed person) by 1 January 2022.  If your company holds the relevant Mechanical Services - Medical Gas Contractor licence, your employees will have until 1 January 2022 to obtain the required licence. 

Can we isolate the Medical Gas licence requirement for maintenance/repair purposes? 

The licence classes and scopes of work are set by the Queensland Government. The scopes of work are different for Contractor vs Occupational licences and both scopes include repairing, altering and maintaining medical gas systems so a licence will be required for this work.

Our employee has performed many pipeline installations of large hospitals whilst working for other companies. He has been doing that for 10 years, however he does not hold a Plumbing and Drainage or Gasfitting licence. Can he still apply for the Mechanical Services licence?  

To continue performing this work he will need to obtain a Mechanical Services licence. If your company obtains a Mechanical Services licence by 1 July 2020 he can continue performing mechancial services work until 1 January 2022 without a licence. From 1 January 2022, all workers will require a licence to carry out mechanical services work.

The technical qualifications required for each licence class are listed on the QBCC website under licence requirements on the following pages:

Your employee may need to speak with an RTO about getting their experience recognised as prior learning. Please visit the case studies page to find a similar scenario as an example.  

What are medical gas classed as? i.e. Helium etc.

Medical gas means any gas or mixture of gases or other substance or process used for hospital or medical use that is supplied to, removed from or conducted at, a hospital or other place where medical procedures are carried out. They can be transferred by way of a pipeline reticulation system and includes oxygen, helium, nitrous oxide, nitrogen, medical air, surgical tool gas, carbon dioxide and common mixtures of those gases as well as anaesthesia waste. 

I require a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence, will this be the same process?

The process for applying for all Mechanical Services licences are the same, however there are some different transitional processes for existing QBCC Contractor licensees. See the QBCC website for further information on the technical requirements and how to apply

As a licensed plumber I have installed, tested and been involved in commisioning medical gas pipe work. Am I eligible for a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence?

You will need to meet the required technical qualifications listed to obtain a Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence.

There are no transitional arrangements for the medical gas licence for existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licensees.  

As an existing Plumbing and Drainage Contractor licensee, you may however be eligible for a Mechanical Services - Plumbing licence using the transitional arrangements if you have the requisite experience carrying out mechanical services work.

Does this relate to general gas work , e.g. LPG & NG domestic work 

Gas work relating to the production, storage and handling of petroleum and liquid petroleum gas is not considered to be mechanical services - medical gas work and does not require this licence. See the Medical Gas Reference Guide for more information on the scope of work for a Medical Gas licence.

A Gasfitting licence may still be required and information on the scope of work is available online.

Can you please specify what is the prerequisite for the Mechanical Services - Medical Gas licence?

The Technical qualifications and experience is outlined in the Mechanical Services - Medical Gas fact sheet.

Mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration

As a plumber I have been employed to install and test refrigeration pipe work numerous times over my 25 year career. Can I apply for a Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors licence?

There are no transitional arrangements to assist existing Plumbing licensees obtain a Mechanical Services - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence. You would need to ensure that you meet the required technical qualifications listed on the following links in order to be eligible to obtain a licence. There are different technical qualifications for the limited or unlimited design licence classes.

If you hold a QBCC Act Plumbing and Drainage Contractors licence you may be eligible to apply for a Mechanical Services – Plumbing licence with a fee exemption or by using the alternative qualification pathway if you can prove that you have the requisite experience carrying out mechanical services – plumbing work. 

Does this licence allow me to supply and install an evaporative cooler on a domestic dwelling?

A Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration licence is not required for work on a class 1a or 10 buildings or for the installation of a single head system. A QBCC licence would be required in this situation however, if the value of the work is $3,300 or over. Read this fact sheet for further information.

If I hold a restricted Air-Conditioning licence, can I still apply for this licence (split system up to 12kw)?

To obtain a QBCC licence, you must meet the current licensing entry requirements - refer to QBCC's website for further specific details about the technical qualifications.