New licensing requirements now apply for mechanical services trades

Do you work in mechanical services (plumbing, air conditioning and refrigeration or medical gas) in Queensland? Are you up-to-date with the new licensing requirements that came into effect on 1 January 2020? We have put together some important information you need to know.



Who do the new laws affect?

If you contract for, supervise or personally carry out mechanical services work in Queensland, you will need to comply with the new licensing requirements.


What constitutes as mechanical services work?

Mechanical services work involves the construction, installation, repair, replacement, maintenance, alteration, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating or cooling system in a residential or commercial building. E.g. air conditioning, refrigeration and air handling systems. It also includes medical gas systems found in health services such as dental facilities and hospitals.


What are the new requirements?

New licensing requirements will be implemented in the following phases:


1 January 2020

  • Apprentices completing a relevant apprenticeship after 31 December 2019 and all new contractors/businesses commencing mechanical services work for the first time will be required to hold a relevant, mechanical services licence.

  • Existing QBCC licensed air conditioning and refrigeration contractors will transition to the new, equivalent mechanical services licence. There is no charge and licensees are not required to take any action.

1 July 2020

  • Existing contractors who perform mechanical services work must be licensed. This includes medical gas.

1 January 2022

  • All other individuals (employees and site supervisors) performing mechanical services work for a licensed contractor will be required to have the relevant, mechanical services licence.


For more information about the changes including licence classes, how to obtain a licence, scope of work and a visual breakdown of the transitional timeline, visit the QBCC website.


Do you need some help navigating the new requirements and finding out how they affect you? Get in touch with the QBCC or for personalised legal help, chat with our team.




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