Legislation Updates

Alternative pathway for Queensland RAC licences

Queensland workers needing an occupational licence for air conditioning and refrigeration work can now apply using an alternate qualification pathway. The new pathway allows an applicant who may not have the required qualifications to use their experience instead.

Employees who perform mechanical services work for a licensed contractor, including refrigeration and air conditioning, have until January 1, 2022 to hold the relevant occupational licence. The new qualification pathway is open until September 30, 2021. The QBCC then has until December 31, 2021 to issue a licence under the pathway.

Under the new pathway, individuals demonstrate:

  • Two years’ experience performing work within the scope of the Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration occupational licence class that was attained before the new mechanical services licensing framework started on January 1, 2020
  • No breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 has occurred for at least six months because of their mechanical services – air-conditioning and refrigeration occupational work.

More information about the kind of experience that will be accepted for this pathway is available here.

Applications lodged after September 30, 2021 will not be assessed against the alternative licensing criteria. Individuals will need to meet the prescribed technical qualifications to be eligible for the Mechanical Services – Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration occupational licence.

For more information, click here.

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