Can you Prepare a CDR Report with no Prior Employment Experience?

Can you prepare a CDR report with no prior employment experience

Are you an engineer wanting to migrate to Australia? Do you have what it takes to make your dream become a reality? An overseas Engineer who graduated from a University that is not accredited from the listed Accord needs a Competency demonstration Report. CDR report is a skill assessment of such engineering applicants to check whether they qualify for the position they applied for. 

So What’s this fuss about CDR report? How to prepare one? Here’s basic knowledge on what must be included in a CDR Report for Engineers. 

Curriculum vitae, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Career Episodes, and a Summary Statement are all parts of a CDR Report.  

We will try to describe each one of the above sections of the CDR report in brief. This will explain in-depth the concept involved in it. 

  1. Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae for CDR Report should be carefully written and prepared to help in the positive outcome. A well-written resume with a concise compilation of educational history, professional experience, qualifications, objectives, and achievements is a sure way to create an impression on Engineers Australia (EA). Our experienced team will guide you in crafting an insightful resume, including all essential points. The total content of your resume should not exceed more than three pages. 

  1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) contributes to the growth of experience, the maintenance of current technical competencies, and the progress of your engineering career. CPD programs are designed to extend or refresh your experience, knowledge, or opinion in your field of study, allowing you to keep and enhance your job performance while retaining professional competence. Over three years, your CPD record must show at least 150 hours of organized CDR in the applicable engineering field.

  1. Career episode

The Career Episode Report for Engineers Australia offers extensive information on the technical and other abilities of an engineer for their project. In your career episodes, you must exhibit your professional abilities. The career episode is dependent on the tasks that you have completed. The main goal of the career episode is to demonstrate your technical abilities and competence in the chosen occupation. The career episode should be kept to a word count of 1000 to 2500. It should be written entirely in Australian English.

  1. Summary Statement

After you’ve written all three of your career episodes, the following step is to write a summary statement. Summary statements are a summary of all of your competency aspects. That is why you must thoroughly examine your professional experience to guarantee that everything is covered. It must be stated correctly, connecting all of the dots in your career episodes. Because only one summary statement is required for all three career episodes, it is recommended that your summary statement not be limited to one page.

How to write a CDR report without prior employment experience?

With the proper combination of all the above components for the CDR report, you are eligible to submit it to Engineers Australia. However, in cases where applicants lack employment experience, there might be a solution to such problems. Let’s focus on career episode as all the project you have completed is to be described in this very section. Since you don’t have any employment experience, you can opt for the projects you’ve performed during your academic, training years, and even workshop-based projects. We have provided detailed examples for each career episode in the link below: 

For each of the above career episodes, the following section must be written properly: 

1. Introduction

The introductory part serves as the start of the career episode and should include all relevant information. This section should be no longer than 100 words. This section must include the following essential elements:

  • Dates of Beginning and Ending
  • The organization’s name
  • Location
  • Your job title/position
  • Superior Supervised

 2. Background

This section briefly introduces the project, the nature of the work area, and your roles and duties on the project. The background section defines the setting or project you described, as well as the project’s goal. All background information should be presented in between 200 and 500 words.

3. Personal Engineering Activity

The main component of the Career Episode is the personal Engineering Activity, which should be 500 to 1000 words long. This section contains all of the explanations for the tasks you completed for the project. It gives specifics about your engineering ability’s practical implementation. The details, such as what you accomplished and how you did it and technical obstacles or hurdles you encountered during the project, and how you solved those problems, should be highlighted.

4. Summary

Finally, summarize all of the project tasks that you completed/achieved and highlight engineering-related abilities. This section’s word count can range between 100 and 120.

When writing a CDR report, keep the format provided in the Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) guide in mind. To begin, pick which engineering job you want to be evaluated for. Then, learn about the talents and abilities required for the career you’ve selected.

CDR may be written in a few simple steps. Personal information, application information, education, employment, and a report must all be included on the CDR. 

Personal Details

  • Frontpage including all the details of your passport
  • Resume
  • Passport size photograph
  • Name change documents, if any 
  • English language test (TOEFL® / IELTS / PTE ACADEMIC™) score

Application Information

  • Proof of registration
  • Nominated engineering occupation of the applicant

Select your engineering profession according to the ANZSCO code list properly.

Education details 

  • Academic / education transcripts
  • Degree Certificates from your educational years
  • Transcript and Enrolment letter
  • Additional qualifications documents


  • Evidence of employment
  • Translational and original language documents (in languages other than English)

If you are claiming engineering work for more than a year, you must submit a reference letter (with relevant information) from your company.

CDR (Competency Demonstration Report) is a mandatory document that engineers must submit to obtain a skilled migration visa to work in Australia. Engineers Australia assesses these engineers using their CDR reports. The Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) has laid forth specific guidelines for creating a CDR report.

If your report does not meet these requirements, your CDR application will be delayed, and you will be unable to go to Australia until the suspension period expires. Your CDR report will is be rejected mainly because it does not adhere to MSA requirements. 


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