Mechanical services licence for plumbing work

The mechanical services – plumbing licence class is a new licence class that recognises the specialist stream of plumbing work for mechanical services systems.

From 1 January 2020, you must hold a mechanical services licence to lawfully perform plumbing work on mechanical services systems, if you are:

  • a contractor
  • a nominee supervisor
  • completing a relevant apprenticeship after 31 December 2019.

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 – plumbing licence.

You can carry out the following work with a mechanical services - plumbing licence:

  • constructing, installing, replacing, repairing, altering, maintaining, testing or commissioning a mechanical heating or cooling system in a building that is associated with the heating and cooling of that building
  • incidental work of another class.

The scope of work does not include work associated with a substance (refrigerant gas) regulated under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (Cwlth).

Experience requirements

From 1 January 2022, if you’re applying for a mechanical services – plumbing 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 need to meet all technical qualifications to obtain the mechanical services – plumbing licence.

Contractor and nominee supervisor licences

Managerial requirements

Successfully completed 1 of the following:

  • BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • a course QBCC considers as equivalent.

Technical qualifications

Any of the following:

  1. Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413, including the following electives:
    1. CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
    2. CPCPMS2021A – Assemble mechanical services components
    3. CPCPMS3031A – Fabricate/install steel pressure piping
    4. CPCPMS3033A – Install small bore heating systems
    5. CPCPMS3035A – Install/test ducting systems
    6. CPCPMS3032A – Select/fit insulation/sheathing
    7. CPCPMS3036A – Install air handling units
    8. CPCPMS3038A – Install air conditioning control equipment
    9. CPCPMS3039A – Maintain mechanical services equipment
    10. MEM05049 – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
    11. MEM05050 – Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  2. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513)
  3. a course the QBCC considers as equivalent
  4. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Site supervisor and occupational licences

Managerial requirements

There are no managerial or experience requirements for the site supervisor or occupational licence classes.

Technical qualifications

Any of the following:

  1. Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413, including the following electives:
    1. CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
    2. CPCPMS2021A – Assemble mechanical services components
    3. CPCPMS3031A – Fabricate/install steel pressure piping
    4. CPCPMS3033A – Install small bore heating systems
    5. CPCPMS3035A – Install/test ducting systems
    6. CPCPMS3032A – Select/fit insulation/sheathing
    7. CPCPMS3036A – Install air handling units
    8. CPCPMS3038A – Install air conditioning control equipment
    9. CPCPMS3039A – Maintain mechanical services equipment
    10. MEM05049 – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
    11. MEM05050 – Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  2. Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513)
  3. a course the QBCC considers at least equivalent
  4. a qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence

Transitional arrangements

Different requirements will apply during the transitional period to recognise QBCC licensees who have been performing mechanical services plumbing work.

Existing QBCC plumbing and drainage licensees

You will be eligible for a mechanical services - plumbing licence if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a current QBCC plumbing and drainage licence (contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor)
  • Pay the licensing fees (if you apply before 1 April 2020 you won't be charged a fee)
  • Demonstrate that you have lawfully been performing mechanical services plumbing work for at least 6 months
  • submit your application before 1 April 2020 and the QBCC must decide on the application by 30 June 2020.
  • or
  • meet the licensing requirements, including technical qualifications for the mechanical services – plumbing licence.

Pending applications for plumbing and drainage licence (contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor)

If you have applied for a QBCC plumbing and drainage licence before 1 January 2020 and the application has not been decided, you may make a written application to the QBCC requesting they amend the application to include the mechanical services plumbing licence.

You need to apply before 1 April 2020 and also demonstrate you have a minimum of 6 months’ experience in performing mechanical services – plumbing work. You will not be charged an application or licencing fee if your licence is granted.

Pending application for a water plumber – water and sanitary licence

If you applied for a restricted water plumber – water and sanitary licence under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PD Act) before 1 January 2020, and the decision has not be made about the application, you can make a written request to include the mechanical services occupational licence class in the application.

Your application must be made before 1 April 2020. You will not be charged an application or licence fee if your licence is granted.

When applying to renew the licence classes, you will pay to renew the mechanical services licence issued under the QBCC Act and receive the licence under the PD Act without paying any additional fees.

Workers (including site supervisors)

From 1 January 2020, businesses (contractors) will have 6 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.