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Engineers - IEA

Institution of Engineers, Australia

 Engineering & associated Professionals

Information for Engineering professionals regarding visas and immigration to Australia.

Obtaining a visa to reside permanently in Australia made easy.

On this page you will find all forms and information documents pertaining to Engineers. All documents are listed under "Downloads," top right corner of this page.

Engineers Guide

The Institution of Engineers, Australia(IEAust)recognises three occupational categories in the Engineering Team in Australia:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Associate


The following section describes the occupational categories in the engineering team. This may assist you in determining the occupational category to which you belong.

Professional Engineer

Academic qualification is a four - year bachelor of engineering degree gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.

The Professional Engineer:

  • Focuses on overall systems
  • Develops and applies new engineering practices
  • Applies leadership & management skills
  • Pursues engineering opportunities in a holistic way taking environmental, community & social issues into account.
  • Solves diverse problems

Professional Engineers score 60 points on the points test

Engineering Technologist

Academic qualification is a three - year bachelor of engineering technology degree gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.

The Engineering Technologist:

  • Focuses on interactions within the system
  • Modifies and adapts established engineering practices
  • Advances engineering technology

Engineering Technologists score 60 points on the points test

Engineering Associate

Academic qualification is a two - year diploma of engineering gained after 12 years of schooling, or equivalent.

The Engineering Associate:

  • Focuses on specific elements of the system
  • Works within and applies established practices & procedures.

Engineering Associates score 40 points on the points test


You must meet the following requirements before proceeding with your application for assessment of your qualifications:

  • An appropriate academic qualification (see above).
  • Engineering work experience, in accordance with the General Skilled Migration requirements.
  • Certified evidence of assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent to level 6 for each of the 4 IELTS categories.
  • Where applicable, certified evidence of registration under the relevant licensing authority in the country in which you are working.

Recognition of Qualifications:

There are two pathways to recognition of your engineering qualifications:

a) The Washington Accord

b) Submission of a Competency Demonstration Report (CDR).

a) The Washington Accord

The Washington Accord is an agreement between the engineering accreditation bodies, listed below, to recognise as substantially equivalent the professional engineering degrees delivered in those countries. The Accord applies only to accreditations conducted by the signatories within their respective national or territorial boundaries.

The following countries are signatories to the Accord

  • AustraliaInstitution of Engineers, Australia
  • CanadaThe Canadian Accreditation Board of the Canadian
  • Council of Professional Engineers
  • Hong KongThe Hong KongInstitution of Engineers
  • IrelandInstitution of Engineers of Ireland
  • New ZealandInstitution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand
  • South AfricaThe Engineering Council of South Africa
  • United Kingdom The Engineering Council
  • United States of AmericaThe Engineering Accreditation Commission of the
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Please note:

The Accord only applies to professional engineering degrees accredited and delivered in the signatory countries.

The Accord does not apply to:

  • Qualifications at lower academic levels or
  • Postgraduate qualifications in engineering.

If you consider your qualifications fall under the Washington Accord, you must complete the Washington Accord application form and provide the required documentation and assessment fee.

Your qualifications will be checked with the relevant Washington Accord accreditation body. If your qualifications are not accredited under the Washington Accord, you will be required to submit a Competency Demonstration Report.

b) Competency Demonstration Report

The Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) provides you with the opportunity to establish that your engineering knowledge and competencies are equivalent to those of the appropriate occupational category within the engineering team in Australia.

This Kit guides you in determining your occupational category and preparing your CDR submission.



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