Air-conditioning and refrigeration | Mechanical Services licensing

Consultation has concluded

Submissions through this site closed at 5pm AEST on Friday 5 July 2019.

We would like to thank the organisations and individuals who provided their feedback.

We’re introducing a new licensing framework for mechanical services work, including work on air-conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

What licences will be available?

In recognition of the specialist streams of mechanical services work we are proposing to establish the following licence classes:

Both a contractor licence and an occupational licence is proposed for the air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical services licence classes. This means that any individual or company performing mechanical services work will need to have either a contractor or occupational licence to be able to perform any mechanical services work.

A contractor licence permits an individual or company to contract, subcontract, advertise to contract and perform the work within the scope of work for their licence class.

An occupational licence permits an individual to carry out work within the scope of their licence class but does not permit the individual to contract or advertise to contract for mechanical services work.

Existing licences

The new mechanical services contractor licences for air conditioning and refrigeration will replace the existing refrigeration, air conditioning and mechanical services (limited or unlimited design) contractor licence:

These licence classes will transition to the new framework with no change to the scopes of work or technical qualifications, however the licence name will change.

The threshold value for contractor licensing requirements will drop from $3,300 to $0.

Scope of work

We propose the following scopes of work:

Contractor licence: air-conditioning and refrigeration (unlimited design)

  1. Mechanical services work that is:
    1. installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases; and
    2. design and prepare plans and specifications for refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building that are:
      1. for the licensee’s personal use; or
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.
  2. Building work that is:
    1. installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing mechanical ventilation systems for a building;
    2. design and prepare plans and specifications for mechanical ventilation systems for a building that are:
      1. for the licensee’s personal use or
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

Contractor licence: air-conditioning and refrigeration (limited design)

  1. Mechanical services work that is installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases; and
  2. Building work that is installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing mechanical ventilation systems for a building; and
  3. But only if the designing and preparing plans and specifications for air conditioning, mechanical ventilation systems and air handling systems
    1. are for a building
      1. that is not more than 3 storeys; and
      2. that has floor area of not more than 2,000m²; and
      3. for which that plant capacity for any one system for the building is not more than 34kW; and
    2. do not form part of a fire or smoke hazard management system for a building; and
    3. are for
      1. the licensee’s personal use
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

A single occupational licence

We are considering combining the two draft occupational licence classes into a single occupational licence class for air conditioning and refrigeration.

We are also considering excluding design work and the preparation of plans and specifications from the scope of work for the air conditioning and refrigeration occupational licence classes.

If a single occupational licence was introduced for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry the proposed scope of work will include:

  • Installing, commissioning, servicing, repairing and decommissioning refrigeration, air conditioning and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases.

Single head split air-conditioning systems

Currently, an individual must hold a QBCC licence before contracting or performing building work involving a single head split air conditioning system (including installing a unit), where the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including GST). We do not propose to change these requirements under the new licensing framework.

The Queensland licensing requirements are in addition to the national licensing requirements administered through the Australian Refrigeration Council.

Technical qualifications

We propose the following technical qualifications:

Air-conditioning and refrigeration (unlimited design)

Managerial requirements

(For contractor, nominee and site supervisor licensees only

  • Successful completion of BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business.

Technical qualifications

(For contractor, nominee, site supervisor and occupational licensees)

Any of the following:

  1. successful completion of UEE51211 – Diploma of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering;
  2. successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to either course mentioned in paragraph (a);
  3. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Air-conditioning and refrigeration (limited design)

Managerial requirements

(for contractor, nominee and site supervisor licensees only)

  • Successful completion of BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business.

Technical qualifications

(for contractor, nominee, site supervisor and occupational licensees)

Any of the following-

  1. successful completion of any of the following courses—
    1. an apprenticeship in refrigeration and air-conditioning; or
    2. Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) MEM30205; or
    3. Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration UEE32211; or
  2. successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned in paragraph (a); or
  3. a recognition certificate as a qualified refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic; or
  4. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Transitional provisions

If a licensee, immediately before commencement of the new mechanical services contractor licence, holds a refrigeration, air-conditioning and mechanical services (limited or unlimited design) contractor licence, they will be taken to hold the equivalent licence under the new framework.

Individuals or companies who do not hold this licence will need to apply for a licence under the mechanical services licensing framework.

For unlicensed individuals currently performing air conditioning and refrigeration work without formal qualifications, we are considering the suitability of a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process or a trade skills assessment.

There will be transitional provisions in place to provide a seamless transition for industry and individuals to the new licensing framework.

Submissions through this site closed at 5pm AEST on Friday 5 July 2019.

We would like to thank the organisations and individuals who provided their feedback.

We’re introducing a new licensing framework for mechanical services work, including work on air-conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial and residential buildings.

What licences will be available?

In recognition of the specialist streams of mechanical services work we are proposing to establish the following licence classes:

Both a contractor licence and an occupational licence is proposed for the air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical services licence classes. This means that any individual or company performing mechanical services work will need to have either a contractor or occupational licence to be able to perform any mechanical services work.

A contractor licence permits an individual or company to contract, subcontract, advertise to contract and perform the work within the scope of work for their licence class.

An occupational licence permits an individual to carry out work within the scope of their licence class but does not permit the individual to contract or advertise to contract for mechanical services work.

Existing licences

The new mechanical services contractor licences for air conditioning and refrigeration will replace the existing refrigeration, air conditioning and mechanical services (limited or unlimited design) contractor licence:

These licence classes will transition to the new framework with no change to the scopes of work or technical qualifications, however the licence name will change.

The threshold value for contractor licensing requirements will drop from $3,300 to $0.

Scope of work

We propose the following scopes of work:

Contractor licence: air-conditioning and refrigeration (unlimited design)

  1. Mechanical services work that is:
    1. installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases; and
    2. design and prepare plans and specifications for refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building that are:
      1. for the licensee’s personal use; or
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.
  2. Building work that is:
    1. installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing mechanical ventilation systems for a building;
    2. design and prepare plans and specifications for mechanical ventilation systems for a building that are:
      1. for the licensee’s personal use or
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

Contractor licence: air-conditioning and refrigeration (limited design)

  1. Mechanical services work that is installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing refrigeration, air conditioning, and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases; and
  2. Building work that is installing, commissioning, servicing or repairing mechanical ventilation systems for a building; and
  3. But only if the designing and preparing plans and specifications for air conditioning, mechanical ventilation systems and air handling systems
    1. are for a building
      1. that is not more than 3 storeys; and
      2. that has floor area of not more than 2,000m²; and
      3. for which that plant capacity for any one system for the building is not more than 34kW; and
    2. do not form part of a fire or smoke hazard management system for a building; and
    3. are for
      1. the licensee’s personal use
      2. for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

A single occupational licence

We are considering combining the two draft occupational licence classes into a single occupational licence class for air conditioning and refrigeration.

We are also considering excluding design work and the preparation of plans and specifications from the scope of work for the air conditioning and refrigeration occupational licence classes.

If a single occupational licence was introduced for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry the proposed scope of work will include:

  • Installing, commissioning, servicing, repairing and decommissioning refrigeration, air conditioning and air handling systems for a building, including the installation, commissioning and handling of refrigerant gases.

Single head split air-conditioning systems

Currently, an individual must hold a QBCC licence before contracting or performing building work involving a single head split air conditioning system (including installing a unit), where the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including GST). We do not propose to change these requirements under the new licensing framework.

The Queensland licensing requirements are in addition to the national licensing requirements administered through the Australian Refrigeration Council.

Technical qualifications

We propose the following technical qualifications:

Air-conditioning and refrigeration (unlimited design)

Managerial requirements

(For contractor, nominee and site supervisor licensees only

  • Successful completion of BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business.

Technical qualifications

(For contractor, nominee, site supervisor and occupational licensees)

Any of the following:

  1. successful completion of UEE51211 – Diploma of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering;
  2. successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to either course mentioned in paragraph (a);
  3. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Air-conditioning and refrigeration (limited design)

Managerial requirements

(for contractor, nominee and site supervisor licensees only)

  • Successful completion of BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business.

Technical qualifications

(for contractor, nominee, site supervisor and occupational licensees)

Any of the following-

  1. successful completion of any of the following courses—
    1. an apprenticeship in refrigeration and air-conditioning; or
    2. Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) MEM30205; or
    3. Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration UEE32211; or
  2. successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned in paragraph (a); or
  3. a recognition certificate as a qualified refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic; or
  4. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Transitional provisions

If a licensee, immediately before commencement of the new mechanical services contractor licence, holds a refrigeration, air-conditioning and mechanical services (limited or unlimited design) contractor licence, they will be taken to hold the equivalent licence under the new framework.

Individuals or companies who do not hold this licence will need to apply for a licence under the mechanical services licensing framework.

For unlicensed individuals currently performing air conditioning and refrigeration work without formal qualifications, we are considering the suitability of a Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process or a trade skills assessment.

There will be transitional provisions in place to provide a seamless transition for industry and individuals to the new licensing framework.