Engineers Australia Skills Assessment

If you an Engineering student or professional who needs skills assessment for a new visa or to migrate to Australia, then Engineers Australia is the skills assessment body to apply to.

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Authority

Engineers Australia recognises three occupational categories within the engineering practice in Australia: Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist and Engineering Associate.

Engineers Australia Fees for Migration Skills Assessment

Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) Assessment Fees

Standard Competency Demonstration Report: A$810.00 (Excl. GST) or A$891.00 (Incl. GST), Competency Demonstration Report + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST): A$1,178.00 (Excl. GST) or A$1,295.80 (Incl. GST), Competency Demonstration Report + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): A$1,040.00 (Excl. GST) or A$1,144.00 (Incl. GST), Competency Demonstration Report + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST) + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): A$1,408.00 (Excl. GST) or A$1,548.80 (Incl. GST).

Australian Accredited Engineering Qualification Assessment Fees

Australian Engineering Qualification Assessment: A$270.00 (Excl. GST) or A$297.00 (Incl. GST), Australian Engineering Qualification Assessment + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST): A$638.00 (Excl. GST) or A$701.80 (Incl. GST), Australian Engineering Qualification Assessment + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): A$500.00 (Excl. GST) or A$550.00 (Incl. GST), Australian Engineering Qualification Assessment + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST) + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): A$868.00 (Excl. GST) or A$954.80 (Incl. GST).

International Accords Qualification Assessment Fees

Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord Qualification Assessment: A$437.00 (Excl. GST) or A$480.70 (Incl. GST), Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord Qualification Assessment + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST): A$805.00 (Excl. GST) or A$885.50 (Incl. GST), Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord Qualification Assessment + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): A$667.00 (Excl. GST) or A$733.70 (Incl. GST), Washington/Sydney/Dublin Accord Qualification Assessment + Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$368 Excl. GST) + Overseas PhD Assessment (+$230 Excl. GST): $1,035.00 (Excl. GST) or A$1,138.50 (Incl. GST).

Additional Assessment Services Fees

Separate Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment: A$418.00 (Excl. GST) or A$459.80 (Incl. GST), Separate Overseas PhD Assessment: A$280.00 (Excl. GST) or A$308.00 (Incl. GST), Separate Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment + Overseas PhD Assessment: A$648.00 (Excl. GST) or A$712.80 (Incl. GST).

Administrative Fees

Review Fee: A$290.91 (Excl. GST) or A$320.00 (Incl. GST), Appeal Fee: A$550.91 (Excl. GST) or A$606.00 (Incl. GST), Standard Administration Fee: A$110.00 (Excl. GST) or A$121.00 (Incl. GST), Fast Track Fee: A$310.91 (Excl. GST) or A$342.00 (Incl. GST).

Fast Track Applications

Migration Skills Assessment applications can take a long time to process. However you can fast track your application to be assigned to an assessor within 20 working days. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR): Fast Track in 20 working days, Standard 12 weeks. Accredited Australian qualifications, Washington Accord qualifications, Sydney Accord qualifications, Dublin Accord qualifications: Fast Track in 18 working days. Standard 8 weeks.

Occupational Categories in Engineering

Professional Engineer

The required academic qualification is an Australian 4 year Bachelor degree in engineering at a University following 12 years of schooling or comparable education.

Engineering Technologist

The required academic qualification is an Australian 3 year Bachelor of Technology degree in engineering following 12 years of schooling or comparable education.

Engineering Associate

The required academic qualification is an Australian 2 year Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in engineering following 12 years of schooling or comparable education.

Engineering Manager

The required academic qualification is generally a Bachelor degree or higher in engineering or in an engineering related field following 12 years of schooling or comparable education.

Choose your assessment pathway according to your qualification and educational background provided you meet the minimum academic requirement of a 2 year Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in engineering following 12 years of schooling or equivalent.

Australian Qualification Pathway

If your qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia, and is listed as fully accredited according to the accreditation's published listing, and the date of your qualification matches the listed accreditation dates; then you can apply for skills assessment under this pathway.

Washington Accord Pathway

The Washington Accord is an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. These bodies who are responsible for accreditation or recognition of tertiary-level engineering qualifications within their jurisdictions, have chosen to work collectively to assist the mobility of professional engineers. The Washington Accord is specifically focused on academic programmes which deal with the practice of engineering at the professional level.

The Accord acknowledges that accreditation of engineering academic programmes is a key foundation for the practice of engineering at the professional level in each of the countries or territories covered by the Accord. Currently there are twenty signatories that make up the Washington Accord.

If your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to 'Washington Accord', and is obtained the same year or after the country became signatory to the accord, and is listed as fully accredited according to the signatory's published listing, and the date of your qualification matches the listed accreditation dates; then you can apply for skills assessment under 'Washington Accord Pathway'.

Washington Accord Signatories

Qualifications accredited or recognized by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

Korea - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2007)
Russia - Represented by Association for Engineering Education of Russia (AEER) (2012)
Malaysia - Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2009)
China - Represented by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) (2016)
South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (1999)
New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (1989)
Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (1989)
Canada - Represented by Engineers Canada (EC) (1989)
Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (1989)
Hong Kong China - Represented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (1995)
Chinese Taipei - Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) (2007)
Singapore - Represented by Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) (2006)
Sri Lanka - Represented by Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) (2014)
Japan - Represented by JABEE (2005)
India - Represented by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) (2014)
United States - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (1989)
Turkey - Represented by Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs (MÜDEK) (2011)
United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (1989)
Costa Rica - Represented by Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (CFIA) (2020)
Pakistan - Represented by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) (2017)
Peru - Represented by Instituto de Calidad y Acreditacion de Programas de Computacion, Ingenieria y Tecnologia (ICACIT) (2018)

Sydney Accord Pathway

If your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to 'Sydney Accord', and is obtained the same year or after the country became signatory to the accord, and is listed as fully accredited according to the signatory's published listing, and the date of your qualification matches the listed accreditation dates; then you can apply for skills assessment under 'Sydney Accord Pathway'.

Sydney Accord Signatories

Qualifications accredited or recognized by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (2001)
Canada - Represented by Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) (2001)
Chinese Taipei - Represented by Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) (2014)
Hong Kong China - Represented by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) (2001)
Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (2001)
Korea - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2013)
South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (2001)
United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (2001)
United States - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2009)
Malaysia - Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2018)
New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (2001)

Dublin Accord Pathway

If your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to 'Dublin Accord', and is obtained the same year or after the country became signatory to the accord, and is listed as fully accredited according to the signatory's published listing, and the date of your qualification matches the listed accreditation dates; then you can apply for skills assessment under 'Sydney Accord Pathway'.

Dublin Accord Signatories

Qualifications accredited or recognized by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised qualifications within its own jurisdiction.

Australia - Represented by Engineers Australia (EA) (2013)
Canada - Represented by Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) (2002)
Ireland - Represented by Engineers Ireland (EI) (2002)
New Zealand - Represented by Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (2013)
Korea - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) (2013)
South Africa - Represented by Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) (2002)
United Kingdom - Represented by Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK) (2002)
United States - Represented by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (2013)
Malaysia - Represented by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) (2018)

Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) Pathway

If your qualification is either not accredited with Engineers Australia, or it from a Non accord country, or before the year when your country became signatory to the accord, then you can apply for Engineers Australia skills assessment under 'Competency Demonstration Report Pathway'. The following are the steps in Preparing a CDR:

Personal Information

Prepare your personal documentation: A passport size photo, prime ID, name change documents, CV/Resume and English language test results.

- You are required to provide a recent colour photograph (dimensions: 35mm x 45mm) of yourself. The photograph must be no more than 6 months old; and be in JPEG format with 1200 x 1600 pixels resolution. The photograph must include full head, neck and shoulders, both eyes, nose and mouth facing directly towards the camera (Do not include other people or parts of other
people); and be clear and against a plain colour background (Selfies are not acceptable).

- You will need to provide your current passport bio-data page (not the entire passport) and English translation where applicable. Where this is not available a scan of your Birth Certificate and/or National Identity Card may be acceptable in lieu.

- If your current name is not the same as that on your academic documents, you must provide evidence of your name change. This may include: marriage certificate, a gazette publication, and an official letter/certificate issued by registry. A Statutory Declaration or Affidavit will not be accepted as official name change document.

- A full summary of your engineering education and work experience is required. Your CV must be a complete record of your activities and must even include any periods of inactivity. The CV is to be a chronological listing of employment, not projects. Your CV should be no more than three A4 pages.

- For each workplace provide: organisation name and location, including contact details, dates and duration of employment, title of position occupied by you, your defined role (provide a duty or appointment, statement where available) and/or a brief description of your activities.

- Applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English language competency through one of the following: IELTS (6 each), PTE (50 each), or TOEFL iBT (Listening 12, Reading 13, Writing 21, Speaking 18).

Application

Nominate your preferred occupational category, and You will also need to submit any evidence of your professional registration (if applicable) with the application.

Education

Prepare academic certificates, transcripts and any other relevant academic documentation (course syllabus). If you have more than one engineering qualification, all relevant additional qualifications must be provided. If you are currently enrolled in any formal educational program, you should also submit your enrollment letter and current transcript (if available). Please ensure the name of the educational institution is entered using the appropriate upper and lower case letters.

Skilled Employment

Evidence of employment must be provided by applicants whose career episodes are based on engineering experience and/or those who are applying for Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment services. If the document is not in the English language, both translation and original language documents must be provided. All translations must be carried out by an authorised translator.

Applicants who have based their career episode upon professional engineering experience must provide a reference letter or certificate of employment from the employer (on official company letterhead, stating your title/position, commencement and termination dates of employment, signed and dated by the author).

Applicants seeking a relevant skilled employment assessment, must provide both primary and secondary documentary evidence.

Note: Submitting fraudulent documentation is a serious breach of Engineers Australia’s Code of Ethics and carries significant penalties including the rejection of the application, imposition of a 12, 24 or 36-month ban and reporting of your details to the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation and action.

Primary Documents for Employees Option 1

Reference letter on official company letterhead to:
Indicate 5 main specific (not generic) duties undertaken, job title or position;
Indicate the exact period of employment (commencement and completion dates in dd/mm/yyyy format);
Be endorsed and dated by the manager/direct supervisor/HR Section (with official telephone & email address);
Indicate full or part-time with number of work hours;
Pay rate;
Include the company’s stamp (if applicable).

Secondary Documents for Employees Option 1

Income Tax Return Acknowledgement or Receipt; and/or
Social Security Insurance/ Superfund/ Provident Fund/ Retirement Contribution Statement Reports; and/or
Work Permit/Residence Permit; and
Official Contract Document from the Ministry of Labour etc (indicating your wage, title and employer’s name).

Primary Documents for Employees Option 2

Reference letter on official company letterhead to:
Indicate the exact period of employment (commencement and completion dates in dd/mm/yyyy format);
Be endorsed and dated by the manager/ direct supervisor/ HR Section (with official telephone & email address); Plus, either:
Job offer Letter on employer’s official letterhead with main duties/position descriptions. OR
Annual Performance Review on employer’s official letterhead with main duties.

Secondary Documents for Employees Option 2

Income Tax Return Acknowledgement or Receipt; and/or
Social Security Insurance/ Superfund/ Provident Fund/ Retirement Contribution Statement Reports; and/or
Work Permit/Residence Permit; and
Official Contract Document from the Ministry of Labour etc (indicating your wage, title and employer’s name).

Primary Documents for Self Employed

Letters from contracting employers or clients on official letterheads stating: the employer’s name, the main engineering duties or tasks performed, exact period of employment (date of commencement and termination in dd/mm/yyyy format), number of hours worked per week, salary level or pay rate.
Invoices issued for service rendered (with your business’s stamp if applicable).
Number of staff employed and their occupations & the organisational charts (if applicable).

Secondary Documents for Self Employed

Business Registration (as engineering company) issued by the relevant authority.
Business tax report covering the entire period of the business operation.
Bank Statement showing all your business transactions.
Payroll tax receipts or acknowledgement on the wages paid to employees (if applicable).
Personal income tax return acknowledgement (if applicable).
Social Security Insurance/Retirement Contribution/Superannuation Contribution Reports covering the period of self employment (if applicable).
Business Financial Report covering the entire period of the business operation (if applicable).
Compliance letter or Practice certificate issued by the relevant authority (if applicable).

Report

Prepare CPD Statement, Career Episodes and Summary Statement.

Global Talent Visa Program (GTVP) Nomination by Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the organisation nominating highly skilled engineering professionals under Global Talent Visa Program.

Engineers Australia may consider nominating candidates who have proved to be highly skilled engineering professionals in the following priority sectors:

- Resources: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include mining, petroleum, chemical, and plant engineers.

- Agri-food and AgTech: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include agricultural, and materials engineers.

- Energy: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include electrical, and geotechnical engineers.

- Health Industries: An example of an engineering occupation under this target sector includes biomedical engineer and its specialisations.

- Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space: Examples of engineering occupation under this target sector includes aeronautical engineer and its specialisations, naval architect, electronics, transport, production, and mechanical engineers.

- Circular Economy: An examples of an engineering occupation under this target sector is industrial engineer.

- DigiTech: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include, telecommunications, and telecommunications network engineers.

- Infrastructure and Tourism: examples of engineering occupations under this target sector includes civil, and structural engineers.

- Financial Services and FinTech: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include electronics, and telecommunications network engineers.

- Education: Examples of engineering occupations under this target sector include electronics, biomedical, telecommunications network, and agricultural engineers.

The engineering occupations listed under each target sector only serve as a guidance only. It does necessarily mean that only those occupations are applicable or that they are limited to that sector. You may wish to nominate one or more sectors that are most applicable to your engineering profession.

GTVP Engineers Australia Nomination Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa Program under the Distinguished Talent visa, individuals must:
- Prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements.
- Still be prominent in their field of expertise.
- Provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise.
- Have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field.
- Have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia endorse them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant.

Candidates must meet a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards, and international
publications and memberships. Places are also available to PhD graduates, and certain PhD students, who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition. Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the high-income threshold of AU$158,500 per annum in Australia.

ANZSCO Occupations Designated to Engineers Australia

Professional Engineer Category (Skill Level 1)

Aeronautical Engineer (233911) including specializations
Agricultural Engineer (233912) including alternative title
Biomedical Engineer (233913) including specializations
Civil Engineer (233211) including specializations
Chemical Engineer (233111)
Electronics Engineers (233411) including specialization
Electrical Engineer (233311) including specializations
Environmental Engineer (233915)
Geotechnical Engineer (233212)
Industrial Engineer (233511) including specialization
Materials Engineer (233112)
Mechanical Engineer (233512) including specializations
Mining Engineer (233611) including specialization
Naval Architect (233916)
Petroleum Engineer (233612) including specializations
Production or Plant Engineer (233513) including specialization
Structural Engineer (233214)
Telecommunications Engineer (263311) including specialization
Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312) including alternative titles
Transport Engineer (233215)
Engineering Professional nec (233999)

Engineering Technologist Category (Skill Level 1)

Engineering Technologist (233914) including specializations

Engineering Associate Category (Skill Level 2)

Building and Engineering Technicians nec (312999)
Civil Engineering Draftsperson (312211) including specializations
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson (312311) including specializations
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson (312411) including specializations
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson (312511) including specializations
Telecommunication Field Engineer (313212)
Telecommunications Network Planner (313213)
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist (313214)

Managers and Administrators Category (Skill Level 1)

Engineering Manager (133211)

Plagiarism Warning

Career Episodes must be based on work conducted personally by you and must be written entirely in your own words. Presenting work conducted by others as your own and/or using other people’s words (templates, Career Episodes, online sources etc.) is considered plagiarism and is a violation of Engineers Australia’s code of ethics. This carries significant penalties including the rejection of the application, imposition of a ban up to 36 months and/or reporting of your details to the Department of Home Affairs for further investigation and action. Please Note: It is not sufficient to merely describe work in which you were involved. Career Episodes must be written in the first person singular clearly indicating your own personal role in the work described. Remember, it is what I did, not what we did or what ‘I was involved in’ and describe how you did it.

Having your Career Episodes written by another person or persons (This includes all hiring or use of any 3rd party professional writers/companies to assist or complete your documentation) constitutes unethical behaviour and may result in serious consequences including but not limited to:

1) Immediate rejection of the application along with the imposition of a ban up to 36 months

2) Mandatory reporting of the applicant’s details to the Department of Home Affairs

Engineers Australia is aware of various entities offering CDR writing services. Please be advised that Engineers Australia does not, in any way, endorse or have any affiliation with these entities and does not condone applicants engaging these services. Applicants are required to complete their own applications and personally write their Career Episodes. Engineers Australia reserves the right to impose or extend the ban period when the unethical behaviour was found at any stage of the process.

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