Water-based fire system stream licence - Queensland


You will need the appropriate licence class to perform fire protection work on water-based fire systems that assist in controlling and extinguishing fire. The key types of fire protection equipment are fire hydrant systems and fire hose reel systems, with or without pumps, and fire sprinkler systems.

The following classes are available:

  • design
  • certify
  • install and maintain
  • install and maintain - restricted to commercial and industrial types
  • install and maintain - restricted to domestic and residential types.

You can apply for a licence class as:

  • contractor - allows you to perform, supervise and enter into contracts for fire protection work
  • nominee supervisor - allows you to supervise work on behalf of a licensed company, but not to contract out individually to carry out fire protection work
  • fire protection occupational licence - allows you to carry out fire protection work as an employee of a contractor licensed in the same licence class.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Your requirements will vary depending on your category of licence. To be eligible, you will need to meet the appropriate:

  • technical requirements
  • experience requirements
  • managerial requirements
  • professional indemnity insurance requirements
  • financial requirements.

If you do not meet the technical qualifications, you may be able to obtain one through recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a registered training organisation (RTO). Please see the attached resources for specific information on these requirements.

If you are an interstate applicant, you may be eligible to obtain a licence through mutual recognition. If you are an international applicant, you may have to have an overseas qualification assessed for equivalency prior to applying.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


To apply for this licence, you will need to fill out the licence application form, providing:

  • evidence of your qualifications
  • evidence of your experience
  • evidence of professional indemnity insurance
  • financial information showing that you meet the minimum financial requirements (for contractor types only)
  • proof of identity
  • the applicable fees.

Approval time

Applications can take between 6 and 12 weeks to be processed, depending on their complexity


This licence cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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