Licensing requirements for electrical mechanics installing or maintaining fire alarms | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

QBCC licence and other fees are set by regulation and increase according to the Government Indexation Rate. For 2024-2025, the Government Indexation Rate is zero percent. Therefore there was no fee increase on 1 July 2024. 


While electrical work regulated under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 is not regulated by the QBCC, many electricians will hold a QBCC licence for other fire protection work. If you fit into this category, here is some information you may need to know.

Applying for a licence

As an occupational worker

If you are a licensed electrical mechanic seeking to hold a fire protection – electrical stream occupational – install and maintain – fire alarm systems licence, you may apply for the licence and rely on your electrical mechanic’s licence to meet the technical qualifications. Please note you do not require a QBCC licence to carry our electrical work on fire protection equipment.

Non-electricians can also apply for this occupational licence but will require a Certificate III in Fire Protection Control UEE31020 or a course the QBCC considers is at least equivalent.

As a contractor or nominee supervisor

Electrical mechanics may rely on their electrical mechanic licence to partly meet the technical requirements to hold a Fire protection- electrical stream– install and maintain– fire alarm systems class as either a contractor or nominee supervisor. In addition to their electrical mechanic licence, they will need to hold 15 mandatory units of competency.

Applicants who do not hold a current electrical mechanic licence must hold a Certificate III in Fire Protection Control UEE31020 (or equivalent) and 9 of the 15 units of competency.

Applicants for contractor and nominee supervisor licence types also need to meet experience, fit and proper, and managerial requirements. Applicants for contractor licences must also meet minimum financial requirements.

You can find more information about the current technical qualifications required and how to apply under fire protection – electrical – install and maintain – fire alarm systems licence class on the QBCC website. 

What are my upskilling requirements?

Occupational licence type

Licensees who already hold the fire protection – electrical stream occupational – install and maintain – fire alarm systems licence, may be subject to upskilling requirements if they transitioned from a former fire class on 1 May 2021. This includes those who applied for the former class and were approved for the new class after 1 May 2021.

The upskilling requirements vary depending on whether the licensee holds an electrical mechanic licence.

Licensed electrical mechanics who already hold a fire protection – electrical stream occupational – install and maintain – fire alarm systems licence will not be required to upskill.

Licensees who do not hold an Electrical mechanic licence issued under the Electrical Safety Office are required to show that they have completed the Certificate III in fire Protection Control (UEE31011) by 1 May 2025 to satisfy their Upskilling Requirements.

Contractor or nominee supervisor licence type

Licensed electrical mechanics in either the contractor or nominee supervisor licence type, must meet the upskilling requirement by 1 May 2025. This can be met through holding a current electrical mechanic’s licence and providing the following six units of competency:

  • Prevent ozone depleting substance and synthetic greenhouse gas emissions (CPPFES2043A)
  • Enter and verify programs for fire protection systems (UEEEC0026)
  • Install fire detection and warning systems apparatus (UEEEC0041)
  • Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components (UEEEC0060)
  • Verify compliance and functionality of fire protection system installation (UEEEC0076)
  • Install and maintain cabling for multiple access to telecommunication services (UEEDV0005)

For licensees who do not hold an electrical mechanic licence and have not completed the Certificate III in Fire Protection Control (UEE31011) before 1 May 2021, the additional competency unit of Inspect and test emergency and exit lighting systems (CPPFES2026A) will be required.

It is important to note that Licensees have until 1 May 2025 to provide documentation to the QBCC that they have completed the Upskilling requirements.

More information

If you have any questions about fire protection upskilling requirements or wish to lodge upskilling documentation, you can email them to


Last reviewed: 17 Aug 2023 Last published: 17 Aug 2023
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