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Summary Statement Writing

Summary Statement writing needs to be done in the form of a table in the particular format prescribed by the Engineers Australia (EA). You need to mention the correct numbers of the indicators, units and elements you are referring to and link them to the text that refer to them in your Career Episodes (CEs). In the Career Episode writing, we told you how to number the paragraphs. Now, you have to mention the number of the paragraphs allowing the EA assessor to look directly at the relevant paragraph to find a particular element or indicator without having to go through the entire CDR report first.

CDRReport Summary Statement writing service helps you draw examples of each element and indicator mentioned in the EA booklet (for your occupation category) based on your Career Episodes. Our experts may also suggest you to tweak your CEs a bit to make them more relevant for the Skilled Migration assessment by Engineers Australia.


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What does a good CDR Summary Statement look like?

When you study a CDR Summary Statement sample carefully, you will realise that it does not cover all indicators mentioned in each competency element. It means that while you need to refer to the EA indicators, units and elements in your Career Episode, it is not necessary to cover each and everything there. In the Summary Statement, you analyse what all indicators you have covered in all the three Career Episodes you have written.

The three types of indicators that you must aim to show are:

  • Your engineering knowledge and skills
  • Application of your engineering capabilities
  • Your professional and personal characteristics

For example:

A CDR Summary Statement template for a Professional Engineer looks like this:


Summary Statement

These are the competency Units and Elements. These elements must be addressed in the Summary Statement (see Section C). If you are applying for assessment as a Professional Engineer, you will need to download this page, complete it and lodge it with your application.


Competency ElementA brief summary of how you have applied the elementParagraph number in the career episode(s) where the element is addressed
PE1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline  
PE1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline  
PE1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline  
PE1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline  
PE1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline  
PE1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline  
PE2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving  
PE2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources  
PE2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes  
PE2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects  
PE3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability  
PE3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains  
PE3.3 Creative innovative and proactive demeanour  
PE3.4 Professional use and management of information  
PE3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct  
PE3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership  


It is advisable to cover as many indicators in each Career Episode as possible, and to showcase it in your Summary Statement too. In CDRReport’s CDR writing services, experts take care that at least two indicators of ‘Knowledge and Skills Base’ and ‘Professional and Personal Attributes’, and at least three indicators of ‘Engineering Application Ability’ are covered in each Career Episode and that their reference paragraphs are mentioned in the CDR Summary Statement.

Remember, do not skimp details on engineering application activities you participated in. EA lays big emphasis on it – and it can make or break your CDR.

We have noticed that one of the biggest mistakes that people make in CDR Summary Statement writing is that they direct the assessor to the wrong paragraph in the Career Episodes they have included in your Competency Demonstration Report. It shows they are either not able to comprehend or analyse things properly or lack attention to details. In both the cases, it is almost guaranteed that your CDR report will get rejected.

Preparation Tips for CDR Summary Statement

Knowledge and Skills Base

This section is generic in nature. You do not need to go into the details of your engineering or design work in this section, just show that you possess the required knowledge and that you are able to apply it to various kinds of projects.

In the first element, you may only mention paragraphs that refer to just one indicator. However, it is better if you cover at least two indicators mentioned in the template above. It means that pick out two instances from CEs where you have demonstrated dexterity with that element.

Here’s a CDR Australia Summary Statement sample for the first element of the first section:

“In all the three Career Episodes I have mentioned in my CDR Report, I have demonstrated my engineering knowledge and skills and how I applied engineering fundamentals in systematic investigation, interpretation and analysis during various projects. I have also touched upon innovative solutions that I came up with response to complex problems that came my way.”

Engineering Application Ability

This is the core section of your Summary Statement writing, as far as EA assessment for Australian Skilled Migration is concerned. Especially if you are a Professional Engineer, this section plays a crucial role in demonstrating your capabilities as an Engineer.

In each of the four elements mentioned in the template above, try to cover at least three indicators with the help of reference paragraphs in your Career Episodes.

For each element, define the details of your engineering work related to it. Pay special attention to the application of the design processes (the third element mentioned in the template) and try to mention as many instances of your design experience here as possible.

CDRReport’s Summary Statement writing experts suggest that you should read through the description of all the indicators and understand their scope well. It will help you to differentiate them from one another and find proper instances for each one of them from the CEs you have written. For example, the first element can be demonstrated through engineering problems you have solved, second element by mentioning the engineering tools, techniques and software you used, the third element through designing experience you have, and the fourth element by mentioning your overall project management experience.

Professional and Personal Attributes

As you can see in the SS template given above, this section has six elements that do not cover just your engineering work but also other personality traits that are desirable in an Engineer.

While it is easier to understand that you should have adequate communication skills, be able to use information properly, have professional demeanour at workplace, and be a good team leader and member as well, it might stump you want to mention in the elements that talk about professional ethics and creativity & innovation respectively.

The easiest way to demonstrate ‘Ethical conduct and professional accountability’ is to talk about what you have done for the safety of employees and environment during the project or about the risk management process you were a part of. You might want to read through ‘Engineers Australia Code of Ethics’ and include instances related to it in your Career Episodes – and then, refer to it in your Summary Statement.

For example, a Professional Engineer or an Engineering Technologist may mention here:

“I not only implemented on-site safety norms strictly but also took pro-active measures to avoid any accidents at my workplace. Some of these were…”


“I paid special attention to the waste segregation policy of my company and ensured that all the waste materials were disposed off safely at the dedicated points.”


“I not only took all the required precautions and preventive maintenance measures prescribed to us but also took safety evaluation seriously to mitigate work-related risks for all my team members.”

In the ‘Creative innovative and proactive demeanor’, you might mention:

“I worked in coordination with professionals from other disciplines and picked up additional skills like…”


“To keep abreast with the latest developments in my field, I attended or read…”


“I came up with alternative work practices or project solution techniques such as …”

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