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Engineers Australia: Chartered via Interview Pathway – 15 years of Experience

Chartered via the Interview Pathway is reserved for senior engineers with 15 or more years of post-graduate experience. Unlike the standard chartered pathway, you are only required to demonstrate to the assessor that you have met all the 16 competency elements without providing loads of evidence such as drawings, reports, calculation sheets, schedules etc.


The first step is to confirm that you meet all the eligibility requirements for the Chartered via the Interview Pathway.


Eligibility Requirements

Chartered via the Interview Pathway


To be eligible to enrol for chartered via the Interview Pathway, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • You have at least 15 years of post-graduate experience.

  • You are a member of Engineers Australia at the Member level or higher.

  • You have held engineering and management responsibilities, including leading teams or projects.




Process – Chartered via the Interview Pathway


To get chartered via the Interview Pathway, you need to follow a systematic process comprising 4 key stages, namely Pre-Approval, Self-Assessment, Final Application and Professional Interview.


1. Pre-


pproval Stage


This is the first step to getting chartered via the Interview Pathway.  It is the most critical stage since you cannot proceed without getting the green light in this stage. You are required to prepare and submit an Expanded CV (ECV) to Engineers Australia for review and approval. The CPEng Expanded CV is similar to the CV used to apply for NER (National Engineering Register).


The ECV may contain up to 5000 words of content depending on the number of projects and the level of expansion applied.


The ECV is a comprehensive document containing:


  • Your career profile

  • Your employment details

  • Your roles and responsibilities

  • Details of key projects/achievements presented in line with all the 16 Stage-2 Competency Elements.

  • At least 2 referees and a verifier. The verifier can be one of the referees.


You should submit your ECV to the EA email: charteredaltpathway@engineersaustralia.org.au


How do I Prepare the Expanded CV to get Chartered via the Interview Pathway?


To be successful, you should first conduct a detailed review of your career to identify key areas/projects that can optimally demonstrate your engineering competencies. The best idea would be to expand the projects/isolated cases, with a focus on the 16 Stage-2 Competency Elements. Please note that some competency elements, especially those categorised under Technical Proficiency may have more weight.


You may opt to engage with an experienced consultant to maximize your chances of getting through the pre-approval stage. This is further elaborated in the last paragraph of this page.


2. Self-Assessment Stage


Once you receive the assessor’s approval, EA will send you the Self-Assessment Form (SAF). You are required to fill out the form and resend it to EA for review. The provided SAF should be filled out while taking into account the projects/isolated cases discussed in the already-approved Expanded CV.


You may choose to work with an experienced consultant to prepare a high-quality and fully-compliant SAF for your chartered application. This can help you to maximize your chances of getting through the Self-Assessment stage. Refer to the last paragraph of this page.


3. Final Application – Document


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Once your SAF has been approved, you can now lodge the final application on the EA portal. To lodge your CPEng application via the Interview Pathway, you need the following documents:


  • The Expanded CV (ECV): This was already prepared during pre-approval. However, you may choose to update it if need be.  The ECV should not only cover your responsibilities and company details but also provide an account of key achievements/projects, perfectly aligned with the 16 competency elements.  You also need two referees, one of whom can be your ECV verifier.

  • Evidence of your CPD: This is a summary of important training or any career development activities you have accomplished.

  • Identity Photo: A colour-scanned copy of your photo identification. A passport or driver's licence is fine.

  • EA will already be having the self-assessment form submitted in stage 2.






Interview Stage


This is the final step to becoming chartered through the Interview Pathway. You will be invited for a 1-hour online interview. As per EA, a short introductory PowerPoint presentation (six to eight slides) is recommended.


Please note that the interview is the simplest part as it involves a recap of what you have discussed in the ECV and highlighted in the SAF.


Our Services – Preparation of Documents & Consultation


We assist with the preparation of the following documents in accordance with EA requirements:


  • Expanded CV (ECV): This will be used both in Step 1 (preapproval) and Step 3 (final application). For compliance, we will add the referees and verification fields following EA guidelines.

  • Self-Assessment Form (SAF): This will be used in Step 2 (self-assessment). This form seeks to assess all or some of the 16 competency elements. Each element is ranked using a scale and a written justification added in the comments column.

  • CPD Log: Used in Step 3 (final application). We will use the standard EA template to organise your CPD.

  • PowerPoint Presentation: Used in Step 4(professional interview)


NOTE: Consultation and guidance will be provided for free provided we have an active contract. Check Prices for different documents


For more details, please contact the CPEng Team via cpeng@engineersbase.com. Alternatively, create an EA Client account on our PORTAL and use the messaging system to communicate with the CPEng Team..




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