Mechanical services licence for medical gas work

Licensing requirements

Medical gas work has not previously been a licensed trade in Queensland.

From 1 January 2020, you must hold a mechanical services licence to lawfully perform medical gas work, if you are:

  • a contractor
  • a nominee supervisor
  • completing a relevant apprenticeship.

You will have 6 months to meet the licensing requirements. You risk being fined if you don’t have a mechanical services licence by 30 June 2020.

All other individuals will have until 31 December 2021 to obtain a mechanical services - medical gas licence.

You will be able carry out the following work with a mechanical services - medical gas licence:

  • constructing, installing, replacing, repairing, altering, maintaining, testing or commissioning a medical gas system in a building
  • incidental work of another class.

Different requirements will apply during the transitional period for Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licensees who have been performing medical gas work.

Experience requirements

From 1 January 2022, if you are applying for a mechanical services – medical gas contractor or nominee supervisor licence you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the scope of work for the licence class.

Technical qualification requirements

You will need to meet the technical qualifications to obtain the mechanical services – medical gas licence.

Contractor and nominee supervisor licences

Managerial requirements

Successfully completed 1 of the following:

  • BSBSMB401 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • another course the QBCC considers as equivalent.

Technical qualifications

You must meet both 1 and 2 below:

  1. One of the following:
    1. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services CPC32513
    2. Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413
    3. Certificate III in Gas Fitting CPC32713
    4. another course the QBCC considers as equivalent
    5. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence
  1. both of the following courses:
    1. Install medical gas pipeline system CPCPMS3034A, and
    2. Carry out WHS requirement CPCPCM2043A
      or
    3. a course/s the QBCC considers as equivalent.

Occupational and site supervisor licences

Managerial requirements

There are no managerial or experience requirements.

Technical qualifications

You must meet both 1 and 2 below:

  1. 1 of the following:
    1. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services CPC32513
    2. Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413
    3. Certificate III in Gas Fitting CPC32713
    4. a course the QBCC considers as equivalent
    5. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.
  1. both of the following courses:
    1. Install medical gas pipeline system CPCPMS3034A, and
    2. Carry out WHS requirement CPCPCM2043A
      or
    3. a course or courses the QBCC considers as equivalent.

Transitional arrangements

Existing QBCC gasfitting licensees

You will be eligible for a mechanical services - medical gas licence if you’re a QBCC licensee and meet the following requirements:

  • hold a current QBCC gasfitting licence (contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor)
  • submit your application for the mechanical services – medical gas licence to the QBCC and the application is decided before 1 July 2020
  • pay the licensing fees
  • can demonstrate that you have lawfully been performing medical gas work for at least 6 months.

Pending applications for gasfitting licence

If you applied for a QBCC gasfitting licence before 1 January 2020 and the application has not been decided, you can make a written request to the QBCC to include the mechanical services licence in your application.

You need to submit your application before 31 March 2020 for the provisions to apply. Fees will apply for the application and issuing of this licence.

You must also demonstrate you have completed the course 'Install medical gas pipeline system CPCPMS3034A'.

Workers (including site supervisors)

From 1 January 2020, businesses (contractors) will have six months for the QBCC to approve their licence application. During this time, individual workers (other than apprentices and nominee supervisors) will be able to work for a contractor or person who is having their licence application considered.

If you’re an individual worker (other than apprentices and nominee supervisors), you will be able to work for a contractor who holds the relevant mechanical services licence until 31 December 2021.

From 1 January 2022, you will need to hold a mechanical services licence to lawfully perform mechanical services work or risk being fined.