Plumbing | 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 plumbing work on mechanical services 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 mechanical services - plumbing licence class. This means any individual or company performing mechanical services work, including plumbing work on mechanical services systems 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.

Scope of work

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

  • The construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating or cooling system in a building which is associated with the heating and cooling of that building but does not include the installation, commissioning or handling of refrigerant gases.

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)

Successful completion of any 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 a course mentioned in (a) or (b).

Transitional provisions

For individuals currently performing this type of 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 plumbing work on mechanical services 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 mechanical services - plumbing licence class. This means any individual or company performing mechanical services work, including plumbing work on mechanical services systems 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.

Scope of work

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

  • The construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating or cooling system in a building which is associated with the heating and cooling of that building but does not include the installation, commissioning or handling of refrigerant gases.

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)

Successful completion of any 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 a course mentioned in (a) or (b).

Transitional provisions

For individuals currently performing this type of 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.