Individual trade contractor licence - contractor, nominee supervisors or site supervisor - Queensland


You require this licence if you are:

one of the following (regardless of the value of the work you undertake):

  • a building contractor or trade contractor performing building work in Queensland where the value of the work (including both labour and materials) exceeds $3,300.00 (including GST)
  • one of the following (regardless of the value of the work you undertake):
  • pest control operator (termite treatment only)
  • building design (all classes)
  • draftsman
  • fire protection (all classes)
  • plumber
  • drainer
  • gasfitter
  • complete residential building inspection.

Please note:

Unlicensed contractors are required to state in their advertisements for building work the value of work they are entitled to carry out without a licence.

Some examples of statements that comply with these requirements include:

  • cannot perform building work valued in excess of $3,300
  • cannot perform building work valued at more than $3,300
  • only work valued at $3,300 or less

A penalty applies for an unlicensed contractor who fails to make such a statement in an advertisement.

If an advertisement by an unlicensed person does not refer to any sort of building work, no statement is required.

Service type


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

Eligibility Requirements

You must provide evidence of:

  • Technical qualifications:

A relevant trade or qualification. If you have not completed an official trade apprenticeship or traineeship you may be able to meet the technical qualifications by obtaining a competency assessment or attaining skills recognition. TAFE Colleges or other Registered Training Organisations (RTO) may recognize prior learning or past experience as the equivalent of an approved course. For a comprehensive list of RTOs please visit

For skills recognition in most trades (apprenticeship trades only) contact Construction Skills Queensland 1800 798 488. However, for skills recognition in either Cabinetmaking or Floor Finishing and Covering contact Department of Education, Training and Employment (Skills Recognition Branch) 1300 369 935.

  • Managerial qualifications:

Completion of an approved managerial course. Courses are offered by TAFE, several industry associations and private providers. These courses are listed in the Fact Sheet "Approved Managerial Courses".

  • Experience requirements:

Two years suitable practical experience in the appropriate trade.

  • Financial requirements:

Financial requirements are set out in the 'Financial Requirements for Licensing' policy available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Offices and the QBCC website


This licence remains in effect for one year from the date of issue. You will be issued with a renewal notice prior to expiry.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Minister for Housing and Public Works

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Contact Centre

Operating address: 299 Montague Road
West End
Queensland 4101
Mailing address: GPO Box 5099
Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 272 272
Fax: 07 3225 2999
Website: Queensland Building and Construction Commission (Opens in new window)