What Is A Competency Demonstration Report?

Engineers who are preparing for migration to Australia needs to be assessed by Engineers Australia through Competency Demonstration Report. So, it very important to make your CDR report perfect to get approved by Engineers Australia. The main purpose of CDR Assessment is to know:

  • Your knowledge on technical factors of engineering.
  • How you have used your engineering knowledge and skills.
  • Your competency capability in engineering occupation you choose.

The CDR Report has Three Different Sections: Continuing Professional Development, Three Career Episodes and a Summary Statement. The complete guidelines on writing this report is presented here to help you with your CDR Writing.



It is the first section of Career Episode and it should include these following things:

  • It should be approximately 100 words.

  • The content of introduction should be in chronological order

    • Dates and Duration of career episodes,

    • The location where it occurred,

    • The name of organization,

    • The title of position occupied by you.



It provides information on the activities you have been involved or working on. It should be around 200 to 500 words and should contain:

  • The nature of the overall engineering project

  • The objectives of the project

  • The nature of your particular work area

  • A chart of the organizational structure highlighting your position, in relation to the career episode

  • A statement of your duties (provide an official duty statement where available).

Career Episodes (CEs)

Career Episodes is what explains your educational qualification and work experience in the field of engineering. All three Career episodes is based on three specific engineering projects done on certain period of time. Career Episodes gives detailed information on technical and other skills an engineer applied to the project described.

Career Episodes are written based upon following activities:

  • An engineering project done during undergraduate or graduate course.

  • A project you are or working on in your workplace.

  • A research done in the field of engineering

  • A engineering position you are currently working on

While preparing Career Episodes you must follow certain instructions given by Engineers Australia such as:

  • Career Episodes must be written in English

  • Each Career episode must be more than 1500 words and shouldn’t exceed 2500 words

  • Each Career Episode should clearly illustrate your engineering knowledge and skills.

  • Each Career Episode should emphasize on personal role like what you did rather than what your team did.

  • You should use first person language. ( I did, done by me, did it myself)

  • Give more importance to engineering methods that you used to solve the problems.

  • Number each paragraph in each career episodes.

Personal Engineering Activity

This section is the body part with all the detail information you have done such as what you did, how you did it. In here you should describe what you personally did rather than what your team did because this is a personal competency assessment. You should provide detailed illustration on:

  • Application of your engineering knowledge and skills on the project.

  • Task given to you and how you accomplished them

  • Any specific technical difficulties/problems you faced and the way you solved them

  • Methods and solution developed by you using your original creation.

  • About team work i.e. how you worked in team



It concludes everything that is explained in above section. It contains about 50 -100 words that includes following things:

  • Conclude everything you did on the project

  • how the project lead to your goals / requirements

  • Summary on what your roles and responsibilities.

Continuing Professional Development(CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the way to show how you will and are keeping yourself updated about new inventions and discoveries in engineering field. It is better to include all the relevant CPD in CDR Report. Engineers Australia has divided Professional Engineers Competencies into Four Principle Elements.

Summary Statement (SS)

Summary statement is the most important and difficult part of any CDR. In this section, you need to analyze that you have illustrated all the competency elements for the nominated occupational category as described in the ANZSCO code. In the summary statement, you need to provide the cross references of the paragraphs that you have written in each career episode. Only one Summary Statement (SS) is required for all three episodes.


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