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QBCC Licence


QBCC Licence

In the past few years, legislation has changed so that you may need a QBCC licence in order to carry up building work under certain circumstances. In Queensland, both individuals and companies are required to hold a QBCC licence in order to carry out construction work that is:

  • Valued over $3,300
  • Building work valued over $1,100 where a Hydraulic Services Design is required
  • Any building work that involves::
  • Drainage
  • Plumbing and Drainage
  • Gas Fitting
  • Termite Management – Chemical
  • Fire Protection
  • Completed Residential Building Inspection
  • Building Design – Low Rise, Medium Rise and Open
  • Site Classification.

The way in which the value of any particular building work is valued, looks at the cost to a consumer of having the work carried out by any licensed contractor. This includes the costs of materials, labour and GST, no matter who supplies the materials in question. This is often known as the ‘market value’ of the particular building or project.

If you are overseeing any form of work that involves: gas fitting, pest control, plumbing, fire protection or drainage, you are required to have a QBCC license no matter the value of the work. Additionally, a trust is not able to obtain a QBCC license by themselves. The trustee of any trust must be the person that applies for the licence. 

If you are an employee of a business it is unlikely that you will need a licence. However, should you become responsible for:

  • Overseeing and directing the building work.
  • Ensuring the work is of a competent standard, i.e. free of defects.
  • Ensuring the work complies with the plans and specifications.

Then you will be required to obtain a licence. Should you have any questions regarding whether or not you need your QBCC Licence, please visit for more information. Additionally, you can contact our student services team directly via our email. Our course experts will get back to you as soon as possible with the answers to any questions or queries that you may have in relation to course content, time tables, fees or payment options. We look forward to hearing from you.