What are the do’s and don’ts one must keep in mind while writing a CDR?


You can get a skilled migration visa to Australia by getting your CDR approved by Engineers Australia. The CDR or the Competency Demonstration Report helps EA assessors understand the competence level that you have in a given competency element. Wherein, the latter is desired for the occupational role that you have chosen to apply for in your visa application.

You may go through the Migration Skills Assessment booklet to understand the clear sectional demarcations, requirements in terms of language, report structure, competency definitions etc. This could well be your first step towards writing a CDR.

Professional CDR writing experts share few Do’s and Don’ts for your benefit. Follow these to the core, to produce a winning CDR.

  1. Identify the correct ANZSCO code that you need to apply for and think through the occupational role as well
  2. Share brief details about training, seminars, workshops, certifications completed in your engineering domain, via the Continuing Professional Development report. It will help the assessors gauge your inclination to develop in your domain, continuously. While you do that keep in mind that all of what you share must seem in line with the occupational role that you have chosen to apply for.
  3. As you write the three Career Episodes, ensure that all of them stand to be exclusive of each other and help display certain competencies required for the chosen role. Each project instance that you share through a particular episode must successfully highlight your job description and role. Remember to focus on your contributions to the project objective and not go in details about the team achievements. You may elaborate on the role, project duration, explain hierarchy etc. While you do this, again keep in mind the occupational role you are submitting the application for. This will help you keep track of your project choices.
  4. Ensure that you use perfect Australian English to write the episodes and follow the structure provided in the MSA. Start your sentences like “I conducted”, “I calculated”, and “I brought the team along”…etc. to throw light on your actions. Use an active voice.
  5. Mark every paragraph of each episode with units and indicators directed in the MSA. For instance, paragraphs will be numbered as “1.1, 1.2, 1.3”…for Career Episode 1 and likewise for the other episodes.
  6. Use the opportunity to throw light on your accomplishments and achievements in your professional journey
  7. Choose the projects will help you do the above mentioned comprehensively
  8. Adopt the EA expected style of presentation, with the episodes

Some of the Don’ts you need to keep in mind

  1. Get confused choosing the correct ANZSCO code and occupational role
  2. Use technical language, graphs, detailed numerals or irrelevant jargons in your episodes
  3. Keep team accomplishments in focus, instead of your personal contributions and achievements
  4. Mis-match the competency element with an incorrect paragraph of the episode
  5. Use unprofessional language, which is uncalled for in a professional report or another language instead of Australian English which isn’t accompanied by a transcript as well
  6. Miss out on the submission deadlines
  7. Copy paste the content from the internet or any other source

Your CDR is a unique report that demonstrates your technical skills along with throwing light on your personality traits. It is very important to get a positive assessment for the CDR to proceed with the visa process. You can seek professional assistance with your CDR to ensure that it gets approved at the very first go.

March 26, 2019

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