2. Explanation of eChartered Pathways

The three pathway options through eChartered are as follows:

  1. The Professional Development Program (PDP) pathway
  2. The Engineering Competency Report (ECR) pathway
  3. The Mature Experienced Engineer (MEE) pathway
  4. The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) pathway - will be available in the future eChartered release

2.1 The Professional Development Program (PDP) Pathway

The Professional Development Program (PDP) pathway is for engineers wanting staged assessment and support throughout their Chartered journey. A PDP participant can either be organisation-sponsored, where the organisation has an agreement with Engineers Australia, or self-sponsored.

To enrol on the PDP pathway an engineer must be a member of Engineers Australia at the grade of Graduate or higher.

Engineers on the PDP pathway need to prepare Engineering Competency Claims for  all 16 Elements of Competence. They can and are encouraged to submit one draft ‘Claim’ in response to any one of the Element to obtain feedback from a National Assessor. This draft is submitted at no cost and is for feedback purposes only.

Following the once-off draft submission, participants need to submit Engineering Competency Claims in groups of four or more for assessment.

At the end of Submission stage, participants also need to provide:

  1. further evidence of career history since graduation – an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. a verified record of career history for their last three years of engineering experience – an Engineering Experience Record (EER)
  3. a record of their continuing professional development (CPD). Refer to the CPD Website for details.

PDP participants need actively work towards Chartered Status to ensure they remain enrolled on the program. Participants who have not submitted an item for assessment (a draft is included as an item) inside a 12-month period may be contacted by Engineers Australia to discuss their situation.

PDP participant resources

There are a variety of resources available to PDP participants on organisation and self sponsored programs, including:

  • Writing presentations on preparing Engineering Competency Claims
  • Online tutorials for PDP participants, Verifiers and PDP Coordinators
  • Examples of Engineering Competency Claims
  • Examples of the Engineering Experience Record (not yet available)
  • A quarterly PDP newsletter
  • An invitation to participate in the eChartered Community of Practice (online discussion forum that will be developed soon) to learn, network and share ideas
  • Mentoring and career information

Engineers Australia encourages PDP participants to assign themselves a mentor, to help with their progress through eChartered. If you are on an organisation-sponsored program, a mentor may be assigned to you.

PDP participant resources can be accessed through the PDP secure website and quarterly newsletters are sent by email.

Organisation-sponsorship

Many engineering employers have Professional Development Program agreements with Engineers Australia. They provide a framework for their engineers to become Chartered in a supported and structured way. For a list of current PDP partner organisations visit the PDP website.

Organisations nominate a PDP Coordinator who is responsible for managing the organisation’s program. This includes discussing and setting a competency plan with the participant, providing professional development opportunities, assigning mentors and approving requests for assessment on eChartered. Each time a participant submits a form for assessment on eChartered, their PDP Coordinator will be asked for approval for the assessment to proceed. Approved assessments are invoiced to the PDP Organisation on a regular basis.

The organisation should as part of their agreement assist participating engineers with career planning through the Stage 2 competencies and eChartered process. This often occurs when organisations integrate the Chartered process with their own internal career development programs. Sometimes larger organisations set up working groups of engineers to prepare claims in a group environment.

Self-sponsorship

Engineers who do not have access to an organisation-sponsored Professional Development Program can elect to enrol as a self-sponsored participant.

Participants on a self-sponsored program are responsible for their own career planning and development and progression through eChartered. Self-sponsored participants need to make up-front payments by credit card for all assessments on eChartered, i.e. Enrolment, Submission items, and finally the request to sit the Professional Interview (once all Submission items have been demonstrated to the Assessors’ satisfaction).

Further information about the Professional Development Program including program benefits and a list of program Partners can be found on the PDP wesbite.

Changing sponsorship

Engineers will be asked to select their sponsorship option at the Enrolment stage of eChartered.

After enrolment, participants can at any time request to change their sponsorship, i.e. from one organisation to another, from self-sponsored to organisation-sponsored or from organisation-sponsored to self-sponsored, without incurring a fee.

For those requesting to change to organisation sponsorship, the PDP Coordinator for the organisation receiving the request will need to approve the request before any further action can be taken. Before changing to organisation sponsorship, make sure you have contacted the appropriate PDP Coordinator and cleared your enrolment with them.

To change sponsorship participants need to email their request to pdpadmin@engineersaustralia.org.au

See the Pathway requirements summary table for a summary of required evidence at each stage of eChartered for PDP pathway participants.

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2.2 The Engineering Competency Report (ECR) Pathway

The Engineering Competency Report (ECR) pathway is for engineers who have been in the workforce for some time practicing engineering, and who are more confident in their competence than Professional Development Program participants.

To enrol on the ECR pathway engineers need to have three or more years of engineering experience. The pathway is open to members of Engineers Australia at the grade of Member or higher, or Stage 1 competent engineers that have been granted access to eChartered, either by the eChartered Access Request form process or receipt of a letter of recognition of academic standing prior to RPEQ assessment.

In the Submission stage, engineers on the ECR pathway need to prepare Engineering Competency Claims for all 16 Elements of Competence.

Participants also need to provide with their Submission an up-to-date CV outlining their career history since graduation, an Engineering Experience Record, that is a verified record of their career history for their last three years of engineering experience, and a record of CPD, best explained on the CPD website.

ECR pathway participants need to submit their entire list of Engineering Competency Claims, CV, CPD and Engineering Experience Record simultaneously for assessment.

ECR participant resources

There are a variety of resources available to ECR participants, including:

  • Public free workshops to learn about Chartered Status and eChartered
  • Access to Engineers Australia Assessors to discuss their application
  • Online tutorials for ECR participants, Verifiers and PDP Coordinators
  • An invitation to participate in the eChartered Community of Practice to learn, network and share ideas
  • Examples of Engineering Competency Claims
  • Examples of the Engineering Experience Record f(not yet available)

See the Resources section of the eChartered website for more information.

ECR participants need to be active by making their Submission on eChartered inside a 12-month period. Those who do not may be contacted by Engineers Australia to discuss their situation.

Most engineers in Australia applying for their Stage 2 competency assessment to become a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) will use this pathway. Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Assessment to support their application to become an RPEQ.

See the Pathway requirements summary table for a summary of required evidence at each stage of eChartered for ECR pathway participants.

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2.3 The Mature Experienced Engineer (MEE) Pathway

The Mature Experienced Engineer (MEE) pathway was developed for engineers who are operating at a senior level and have developed their engineering skills over a period of time. This pathway can be utilised for all three Occupational Categories; Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist and Engineering Associate. Whilst the MEE pathway requires the writing of five fewer Engineering Competency Claim (ECC) reports Elements 1-11 only in the Australian Engineering Competency Standards Stage 2, it is not an easier pathway as the interview Panel will be requiring a very well developed and proven demonstration of competence.

To enrol on the MEE pathway the applicant must be a Member of Engineers Australia at the grade of Member or higher. At enrolment they must demonstrate that they have at least 15 years of engineering experience that includes five years employment in position(s) of major responsibility in the design or management of important engineering work. The experience gained must be post-graduation. To demonstrate this they must first submit online and up to date CV summarising their career history since graduation (positions held, your major responsibilities and your achievements). Also required for this enrolment step is a CPD (continuing professional development) record that demonstrates a minimum of 150 hours over the last three years. See www.engineersaustralia.org.au/cpd for the acceptable formats of a CPD record.

Upon submission of the enrolment application, a National Assessor in your state or territory will assess the applicant for their suitability to proceed on the MEE pathway. If the applicant enrols on the ECR pathway within 3 months there will be no additional fee charged for enrolment.

In the Submission stage, the MEE applicant will need to prepare ECC claim reports for the first 11 Elements of Competence in the Australian Engineering Competency Standards Stage 2.  

Each ECC report needs to be verified by a senior experienced engineer, who is preferably Chartered and who meets the criteria set out in the Verifier Guidelines in the Resources section.

Participants also need to provide with their Submission an Engineering Experience Record (EER), which is a verified record of their career history for their last five years of engineering experience.  They should be confident that the EER at least infers competence in the exempted Elements 12-16. Annotations can be used.

MEE pathway participants need to submit their entire list of Engineering Competency Claims, and their Engineering Experience Record, simultaneously for assessment in the Submission stage.

Finally MEE participants need to be active by making their Submission on eChartered within a 12-month period. Those who do not may be contacted by Engineers Australia to discuss their situation.

See the eChartered requirements by pathway – summary table for a summary of the required evidence at each stage of eChartered for MEE pathway participants.

MEE participant resources

There are a variety of resources available to MEE participants in the Resources section of the eChartered website, including:

  • The Australian Engineering Competency Standards Stage 2
  • Public free workshops to learn about Chartered Status and ECC writing
  • An Engineers Australia Assessor on Duty to provide advice
  • Online tutorials for MEE participants
  • An invitation to participate in the eChartered Community of Practice to learn, network and share ideas
  • Online examples of Engineering Competency Claims

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2.4 The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Pathway

The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) pathway is for engineers who currently hold a certain level of membership of an overseas professional organisation with whom Engineers Australia has a mutual recognition agreement.

This pathway is yet to be included in the future eChartered release. In the meantime, please refer to the information in the MRA section of the Engineers Australia website. MRA pathway applications are processed outside of the eChartered system. Engineers who are using this pathway will need to lodge a hard copy application.

 
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