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Queensland to review licence regulations

The Queensland government has confirmed it will work to address a loophole in its new licensing framework for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians.

At the beginning of 2020, a new HVAC&R licensing framework was introduced in Queensland. Workers now require a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence for mechanical services work. This includes air conditioning and refrigeration, as well as plumbing and medical gases.

Over the past months, various industry groups – including the ARC, ARMA, AMCA and RACCA – have raised concerns about one of the technical qualifications accepted for the air conditioning and refrigeration licence.

The Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade (MEM30219) covers a wide range of mechanical trade work, including fitting and machining, but not necessarily air conditioning and refrigeration. This effectively creates a loophole in the regulations, whereby a worker can obtain a licence without the skills needed to work on refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

In a move that has been applauded by industry, the Department of Housing and Public Works will be reviewing the prescribed technical qualifications for the licence.

One Reply to “Queensland to review licence regulations

  1. Noone has mentioned the Mechanical Services Unlimited Design License which allows you to install 34kw or above, as a sole trader or company owner. The legislation plumb act, (QBCC website) states you need a trade qualification of a”diploma of refrigeration, or equivalent” to obtain the license. That diploma isnt offered outside Brisbane let alone anything above a cert 3 (not including short courses)!!! Way to crush the industry outside the south east corner. This shortfall wasnt meantioned in the -Regulatory Impact Statement Oct 2019 by any party. Talk about a conflict of interest!!!

    No RTO ive spoken to has any plans to implement local training and its gonna be too little too late before a massive gap forms in the industry. The only way for anyone aforementioned to study this diploma is to study via correspondence with Tafe NSW unsubsidised for a whopping $21500.

    This certainly will push many upcoming fridgey asipring to start and/or grow their own business.

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