Step 2 - Decide which licence or authorisation you need

Gas work includes many different categories of work. You'll need to be licensed in every category you intend to work in.

To work on a gas device (type A), you need a gas work licence. A gas device (type A) is a device that uses fuel gas to create heat, light, or power (including for refrigeration). These are essentially certified (badged) mass-produced appliances such as gas stoves and hot-water systems. Read a full list of Type A gas devices.

To work on a gas device (type B), you need a gas work authorisation. A gas device (type B) is any gas device that is not a gas device (type A). This includes devices such as most industrial gas plant, some commercial gas devices, and fuel gas systems of vehicles or vessels.

Types of licences

Interim gas work licence

This authorises you to carry out limited types of gas work on a Type A gas device if you have not yet demonstrated that you have the competencies and experience to hold a licence.

With this licence, you can only carry out the stated types of gas work under the supervision of someone who holds a current Queensland gas work licence.

Your work is limited to:

  • installing
  • removing
  • altering
  • repairing
  • servicing
  • testing.

Gas work licence

This authorises you to carry out gas work on a Type A gas device and impose conditions. You obtain this licence by progressing from an interim licence or if you apply to have your interstate or New Zealand licence recognised in Queensland.

Gas work licence (servicing)

This authorises you to service and repair a Type A gas device (appliance) that has already been installed and certified by the holder of a gas work licence.

Your work is limited to:

  • servicing
  • testing
  • repairing.

This may include:

  • inspecting, cleaning, adjusting and tightening fittings of the gas device
  • testing to find faults
  • disconnecting and reconnecting of an existing appliance for servicing only.

Service work must comply with all relevant requirements under the Act (e.g. safety requirements) and be in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

Servicing does not include installing an appliance (e.g. a new or replacement device) or any part of a gas system. It does not include carrying out gas work that changes the design, layout or operating parameters of a gas system.

Gas work licence (servicing and caravan certification)

This authorises you to service and repair a Type A gas device (appliance) and certify a Type A gas system which has been installed in a caravan by the holder of a gas work licence.

Your work is limited to:

  • servicing
  • testing
  • repairing
  • certifying.

This may include:

  • inspecting, cleaning, adjusting and tightening fittings of the appliance
  • testing to find faults
  • disconnecting and reconnecting of an existing device for servicing only.

Service work must comply with all relevant requirements under the Act (e.g. safety requirements) and be in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. You can only certify an existing Type A gas device in a caravan. For example, conducting an inspection and certifying a gas system for the purposes of transferring ownership.

Servicing does not include installing an appliance (e.g. a new or replacement appliance) or any part of a gas system. It also does not include carrying out gas work or modifications to the system or supply (e.g. pipes, regulator, cylinders, meter etc).

Gas work licence (hydrocarbon refrigerant)

This authorises you to carry out gas work on a Type A gas device that uses fuel gas as a refrigerant e.g. charging, discharging or breaking into a refrigeration system.

  • You must not carry out domestic refrigeration work using more than 150 grams of hydrocarbon refrigerant charge in each separate circuit.
  • You must not carry out any other air conditioning work using more than 1,500 grams of hydrocarbon per individual circuit.

Types of authorisations

Gas work authorisation (industrial appliances)

This authorises gas work on:

  • an industrial appliance
    or
  • a group of industrial appliances
    or
  • the gas system of a gas device (Type B).

Gas work authorisation (servicing)

This authorises the servicing (maintenance and repair) of a gas device (Type B), or a group of gas devices (Type B).

Gas work authorisation (motor fuel)

This authorises motor fuel work in relation to a gas system that supplies fuel to:

  • the engine of a vehicle or vessel
    or
  • a stationary engine capable of consuming fuel gas at a rate of 5GJ/hr or less.

Gas work authorisation (major projects)

This authorises gas work on a major project as stated in the authorisation decision information notice.