How to prepare a Competency Demonstration Report for Engineers Australia!!!

Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) is the most critical step for getting Australian Skilled Migration and we don’t recommend you to take any risk. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) plays an important role for Engineers to qualify for skilled migration visa to Australia. Mostly engineers find this task quite complex and don’t have enough time and knowledge about Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) writing. Lack of information leads to poorly written report which might bring negative outcome result and reduce your chances of getting Australian Skilled Migration visa. Here are some tips which can help in creating a successful CDR. All these tips are taken from the MSA BOOKLET Guidelines.
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Documents required for CDR
How to write career episode

The following documents should include in the CDR:


  • Head and shoulders photograph (35mm x 45mm). 

  • Prime Identification Document (current passport, only page, including photo and name). 

  • Academic degree certificate. 

  • Complete and official academic transcript (including any recognition of prior learning). 

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume. 

  • IELTS Test Report Form. 

  • Official Change of Name documents where applicable  

  • Registration certificate under the relevant licensing authority where applicable (e.g. Philippine Regulations Commission). 

  • Documentary evidence of employment (for periods of 12 months or more, or if the employment provides a basis for a career episode/s). 

  • List of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  

  • Three Career Episodes  Summary Statement for the nominated category. 

  • Official English language translations of above documents where applicable.

Career episode format:

Each career episode should follow the format below:

a)    Introduction (approx. 100 words):

This introduces the reader to the career episode and should include such things as:

  •    The chronology - the dates and duration of the career episode;

  •    The geographical location where the experience was gained;

  •    The name of the organization;

  •    The title of the position occupied by you.

b)    Background (200 – 500 words):

This sets the scene and provides the context in which you have been studying/working. It should include such things as:  
1)  The nature of the overall engineering project; 
2)  The objectives of the project; 
3)  The nature of your particular work area; 
4)  A chart of the organizational structure highlighting your position, in relation to the career episode; 
5)  A statement of your duties (provide an official duty statement where available).  

c)    Personal Engineering Activity (500 – 1000 words):

This is the body of the narrative and the key assessable component. In this section, you must describe in detail the actual work performed by you. You should state what you did and then describe how you did it. It is not sufficient to describe the activities performed by a team or group - your own role must be clearly identified. Remember, it is your own personal engineering competencies that are being assessed. This section should include such things as: 

  • How you applied your engineering knowledge and skills; 

  • The tasks delegated to you and how you went about accomplishing them; 

  • Any particular technical difficulties/problems you encountered and how you solved them; 

  • Strategies devised by you including any original or creative design work; how you worked with other team members.

d)    Summary (50 – 100 words):

This section sums up your impressions of the engineering activity and your role in it. It should include such things as: 

  •   Your view of the overall project; 

  •   How the project fared in meeting the goals / requirements; 

  •   How your personal role contributed to the project



Employment Skill Assessment

For the employment skill assessment, you need to submit the following documentary evidence.


1) Referral letter / experience certificate.

2) Any one of the following documents.




Documents issued by the related government agency or any other organization not related to your employer, such as: Social Security/Social Insurance Report


Income Tax/Payroll Tax report


Superfund Contribution Statement


Provident Fund Statement/Retirement contribution reports


Work permit NOTE: Company name must be stated on each document

How to choose a project for Career Episode
Continuing Professional Development:

You may base your career episode upon:

•   An engineering task undertaken as part of your educational            program;
•   A project you have worked on or are currently working on; 
•   A specific position that you occupied or currently occupy (in            this case, the career episode must comprise more than a mere        duty statement); 
•   A particular engineering problem that you were required to              solve.  


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which you keep up-to-date with developments in your field of engineering after you have gained your undergraduate qualification.


All relevant CPD must be included in your CDR application. This CPD must be provided in list format (title, date, duration, and venue)

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