Engineers who are looking forward to migrating to Australia on a permanent residence basis can get their skills assessed through the Migration Skill Assessment (MSA) process. Engineers Australia, the most diverse body of engineers in Australia, conducts the Migration Skill Assessment process for migrants. It is a paper-based system in which the skills and competencies of engineers are evaluated based on their qualifications and employment history. As a result, the Migration Skill Assessment process determines if the applicant’s skills are in accordance with the Australian work standards. Let us further discuss what is Migration Skill Assessment (MSA) Booklet and how can it help the applicants in filing the correct application.
The Migration Skill Assessment process follows a well-defined process thereby providing a pathway to the applicants how they can achieve a positive skill assessment. However, the applicants must note that the MSA process does not recognize their qualifications; neither can be used for employment purposes in Australia. It is solely for migration purposes. The Engineers Australia provides the Migration Skill Assessment booklet where the applicants can find the complete information about the process. Hence, the applicants should go through this booklet before applying for skill assessment. From fee details to Recognition to Prior Learning and Steps to prepare CDR every little detail is explained in an easy language in the booklet.
The Engineers Australia skill assessment booklet comprises of 4 different sections with each section providing explanatory details of the Migration Skill Assessment process.
Choosing the Correct Pathway of Assessment as per the MSA Booklet
The Engineers Australia provides 5 pathways of skill assessment to the applicants based on their qualification namely:
The Engineers Australia skill assessment booklet acts as a resource for choosing the correct pathway. However, the qualifications that decide which pathway of skill assessment the applicant should choose are divided into two categories namely Accredited and Non-Accredited Qualifications.
The Australian engineering qualifications and the overseas qualifications for engineers that have been accepted through legal agreements come under the category of Accredited Qualifications. Engineers Australia is a signatory to three agreements – Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord. The Accredited qualifications are assessed on the basis of undergraduate qualifications.
For those who do not have an accredited undergraduate or postgraduate qualification are categorized in the Non-Accredited Qualifications category. These applicants have to undergo the Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) assessment process.
Let us further discuss the process of evaluation of Non-Accredited occupations:
The applicants with Non-Accredited qualifications have to compile a CDR report. It is documentary evidence of the engineering knowledge of the applicant and the application of that knowledge in their engineering field. The CDR report is prepared for the occupation that the applicant wants to nominate from the list of skills mentioned by Engineers Australia. The CDR is then evaluated against the Australian graduate standards and the definition of the occupation as provided by ANZSCO. The following flowchart depicts the stepwise process of preparing a CDR report.
The components of the CDR Assessment in the MSA Booklet
1. Personal Information
This includes documents that can provide your personal information such as your resume or curriculum vitae, photograph, passport bio-data page and evidence of English language competency. The applicants need to provide complete details of their workplace, their job role and duties in their resume.
2. Application Information
This includes the details of the occupation that the applicant wants to nominate for evaluation. The nomination should be as per the ANZSCO listed occupations.
The applicants also need to provide their educational qualification evidence through transcripts, degree certificates or enrolment certificates as applicable.
4. Skilled Employment
The applicants have to provide evidence of their employment. Those who have based their career episodes on their professional experience have to provide reference letters of the same from their company indicating their job title and employment duration. Along with this the applicants also have to submit documents from third parties that can support their employment period such as government documents of income tax return etc.
5. The CDR Report
The Engineers Australia booklet describes the format of the CDR report in details. The CDR report comprises of three main sections: CDP (Continuing Professional Development), Career Episodes and Summary Statement.
The career episodes need to be written by the applicant thereby showcasing their English communication skills. Hence, the career episodes should explain in details how the applicant applied their knowledge in the engineering field, what solutions they suggested or their overall role in that engineering task.
The Career Episodes are written in a prescribed format as under:
|This is an introduction about the career episode including the details of organization and duration of the career episode,||Approximately 100 Words|
|It describes the background details of the applicant’s job role, the idea behind the project or the position of the applicant in the organization and its relation with the career episode.||200 – 500 Words|
Personal Engineering Activity
|This is the body of the career episode indicating how the applicant performed that task, what challenges were faced, how they came onto conclusions or resolved the problems.||500 – 1000 Words|
|This is the summation of the career episode and the role of the applicant in that episode.||50 – 100 Words|
3. The Summary Statement is a summation of the three Career Episodes. In this, the applicant presents an analysis of the episodes in reference to the competencies of the occupation they have nominated. Hence, the summary statement acts as a cross-reference to the career episodes. The applicants can find samples of the summary statement in the MSA Booklet or Engineers Australia website.
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