A Beginner’s Guide to CDR Report Writing
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A Beginner’s Guide to CDR Report Writing

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A Competency Demonstration Report or otherwise known as CDR is a means through which engineering professionals seeking a gratifying career can settle in Australia. Conducted by Engineers Australia, this report assesses your skills as an engineer and your command over the English language. In this article, we are going to give you a step by step guide to writing a great CDR.

A standard CDR comprises of the following documents:

  • An application form CDR
  • A self-attested copy of your report, stating that the report has been written by you
  • Attested scanned copies of your educational qualifications
  • A copy of your resume
  • Continuing Professional Development listing
  • Test results of your IELTS
  • Three Career Episode Reports
  • A conclusive report of your competencies based on your CERs

Along with these, you will also need a recent passport-sized photograph, official certificates of your academic degrees and transcripts. If these are not in the English language then you will be needed to furnish their English translations. Make sure that all of your documents are authentic. Engineers Australia is very stringent when it comes to the validity of all the documents. It also has very strict policies about plagiarism. All candidates must make sure that they are not copying off of the samples available on the internet. The report MUST be 100% unique and along with that, it should be really well-written.

When you have put all of these in place you can move on and focus all your attention on the Career Episode Reports. These along with the last conclusive report make up a major part of your CDR. IT is on the basis of these reports that the EA distinguishes you from all the other aspirants. It is obvious then, that special attention must be paid to this section.

A typical CER’s word limit ranges from 1000 to 2500 words. It is divided into the following sections:


The word limit for this section is about 1000 words and you are supposed to be as succinct as possible. You should cover the following in this section:

  • The exact date of inception and ending of the particular CER
  • The particular provincial location of the particular episode report
  • The name of the educational organization/institute where you gained the said experience
  • The position of responsibility held at the said organization


This section is responsible for setting the tone of the entire CER. It is the foundation on which the CER stands and provides it with a solid context. The word limit for this section should not exceed 500 words. The following should be covered in this section:

  • A description of the engineering project undertaken by you
  • The project’s intent and objective
  • The focus area of the project
  • A hierarchical chart presenting your position in a way so as to highlight your degree of relevance
  • Details of the set of responsibilities carried out by you in relation to the project


This section makes up for the main body of your CER. You must use the space of this section to showcase YOUR contributions to the project. You can begin by providing a detailed account of the assignment, then you should explain the role you played and finally, you must explain how you helped in its accomplishment. The word limit can range between 500 and 1000 for this section and must cover the following:

  • How you got the chance to use your knowledge or skills in a given situation
  • The kind of task you were allotted and your approach towards it
  • The obstacles encountered during the course of this task and how you overcame them
  • Your significance to the said assignment


This is the conclusive part of your CER in which you get to present your outlook on the assignment you were allotted and the role you played in its completion. It is suggested that you use this section to talk about how you felt during the course of this project. Another aspect you need to highlight how you meet the competency requirements prescribed in the ANZSCO.

As you can understand, the main purpose of this report is to convey to the EA how you will be a valuable addition to the pool of engineers in Australia. This report gives you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible through your own words. And hence it is important that you choose these words well as well as the projects you choose to write on. In case of any query, you can contact us and check out the CDR samples given. Our team as they are available round the clock to guide you through your problems.