Medical gas | 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, which includes work on medical gas systems.

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 mechanical services – medical gas licence class. This means that individual or company performing mechanical services work, including medical gas work will need to have either a contractor or occupational licence to be able to perform this type of 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 work for their licence class but does not permit the individual to contract or advertise to contract for mechanical services work.

Definition of medical gas work

The following definitions will be included in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991:

Medical gas system means any fixed component used:

  • in a reticulation system for the supply or removal of medical gas from the gas source to a wall outlet; and
  • for patient care, therapeutic, diagnostic purposes or surgical tools.

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.

Scope of work

We propose the following scope of work for the mechanical services medical gas licence:

  • Construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, testing, maintenance or commissioning of a medical gas system.

Technical qualifications

We propose the following technical qualifications:

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).

Must satisfy (1) and (2) below:

  1. One of the following:
    1. Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413); or
    2. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513); or
    3. Successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to the course mentioned in 1(i) or 1(ii).
  2. All of the following:
    1. Install medical gas pipeline system (CPCPMS3034A); and
    2. Carry out WHS requirement (CPCPCM2043A);
      or
    3. Successful completion of a course/s the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to the course mentioned in 2(i) and 2(ii).

Transitional provisions

For individuals currently performing work on medical gas systems 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 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, which includes work on medical gas systems.

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 mechanical services – medical gas licence class. This means that individual or company performing mechanical services work, including medical gas work will need to have either a contractor or occupational licence to be able to perform this type of 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 work for their licence class but does not permit the individual to contract or advertise to contract for mechanical services work.

Definition of medical gas work

The following definitions will be included in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991:

Medical gas system means any fixed component used:

  • in a reticulation system for the supply or removal of medical gas from the gas source to a wall outlet; and
  • for patient care, therapeutic, diagnostic purposes or surgical tools.

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.

Scope of work

We propose the following scope of work for the mechanical services medical gas licence:

  • Construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, testing, maintenance or commissioning of a medical gas system.

Technical qualifications

We propose the following technical qualifications:

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).

Must satisfy (1) and (2) below:

  1. One of the following:
    1. Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413); or
    2. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513); or
    3. Successful completion of a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to the course mentioned in 1(i) or 1(ii).
  2. All of the following:
    1. Install medical gas pipeline system (CPCPMS3034A); and
    2. Carry out WHS requirement (CPCPCM2043A);
      or
    3. Successful completion of a course/s the QBCC considers is at least equivalent to the course mentioned in 2(i) and 2(ii).

Transitional provisions

For individuals currently performing work on medical gas systems 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 to the new licensing framework.