CDR stands for Competency Demonstration Report which is required by Engineers Australia in order to assess your skills and qualification. Applicants need to submit a complete CDR report to describe their capabilities in their related professional field. Engineers Australia requires you to prepare your CDR documents on your own. However, how much you care while writing CDR report, you may commit some mistakes. These mistakes result in CDR Rejection.
Most common reasons for CDR rejection
Plagiarism is a critical reason for CDR rejection. CDR samples available on different websites are only for reference purposes. Never copy and paste the project report from the CDR sample or from the internet. Whether you do it intentionally or unintentionally, Engineers Australia will catch your plagiarized content and reject your report. The CDR report is meant to be an original work based on your own profile and project. So, to avoid plagiarism and rejection, just read the sample, learn from it and write in a similar way.
2. Use of excessive technical details
It is okay to include some technical details in your report. But too many technical details, like tables, excessive calculations, charts, photos, etc., on each report can degrade your CDR report. A CDR report is an official document that is meant to be written by a professional without excessive use of technical details. That’s why a CDR report should be in-point information rather than long and elaborated.
3. Career episode too technical
Each career episode demonstrates the application of engineering knowledge and skills in the chosen engineering discipline. According to the EA it is strictly mentioned that the career episode must not be too technical. A career episode is where you discuss your project or problem, your approach to that problem, and the results. If some necessary calculations are involved, then you can include them in your CDR report. But the diagrams, tables, and excessive calculations must be avoided. Engineer Australia wants to check your problem-solving ability and your practical skills because your theory knowledge can already be known via your educational qualifications.
4. Word count
There is a specific rule for the number of words that should be written in each section of CDR reports. The word limit for each career episode is more than 1000 words; do not exceed 2500 words. Providing extra details and making it too long can lead to CDR rejection. So, you need to include only the essential information and address within a limited word that satisfies all the requirements of Engineer’s Australia.
5. Improper organizational structure
The organizational structure showcasing your hierarchy and position in the project should be clearly defined. It is essential to convey your exact position to appropriately describe the work you have done in your project as viable in the capacity occupied.
6. Lack of creative design in the CDR
The high priority in CDR assessment is given to design activities. There is a high chance of your CDR report being positively assessed when you include the technical design activities in it. In the same way, lack of creative design may act as a huge impediment to the positive assessment of your CDR report. Hence explain the technological experience and creative engineering regarding the designing activities you have and make sure to highlight it as possible.
7. Improper/technical difficulties
Before presenting your CDR report to Engineers Australia, you must pay attention to its correctness of spelling and grammar, formatting, and the flow of sentences in your career episodes. Your report must look like it is written by a professional. A CDR report must include duration, location, company profile and project objective. Not only include this information in a report but also present in chronological order. To provide the information on the bullet point is the common mistake made by many people while writing CDR report. So instead of writing the information on bullet point, explain the information and data in paragraphs so that it can be easily understandable.
8. Absurd selection of project
You can face CDR Rejection for the fact that your supporting project did not stand enough. If you present the illogical project then you might face the rejection from the Engineers Australia. According to your educational qualification, a reasonable project should be selected while writing a CDR report.
9. Vague/ wayward summary statement
Before writing the CDR report, you must understand that CDR report has three main elements: Summary Statement, three Career Episodes and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) list. Each of them serves an important role in CDR report. The summary statement is the essential part of CDR which provides cross references for all career episodes. It is the first page that the most assessors read. It shows them how well you analyze information which provides the first impressions of them.
10. Misguided CPD (continuing professional development)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) report is required by Engineers Australia for Migration Skilled Assessment. CPD includes:
- Formal postgraduate study detail
- Short courses, workshops, seminars attended
- Conferences attended
- Internships or volunteer work
CPD must provide the necessary information like title, date, duration, and venue of the training.
11. CDR in different language
It is compulsory to present your CDR report in English language. It is even better if you could use Australian English in correct way. In case if you write the Career Episodes in different language then you must need to translate it into the English language so that Engineers Australia can understand the language and be able to access your CDR report.
12. Mention only your experiences
CDR report is all about you and your work activities. Even if it is a group project, you should mention only your experiences and contributions to the project. It is unnecessary to include the whole team. Engineers Australia are going to assess your skill and not your whole team’s. So, always keep in mind to write only about your participation and contribution on the project in your CDR report.
13. Not mentioning the problem statements
It is very essential to clearly mention about the problems along with the steps you took to solve them in your career episode report. Mentioning problem statements in your report helps clarify exactly what you contributed and accomplished in the project. So make sure you include all the problem statements and solutions in each of your report.
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