Engineers Australia members who wish to gain the Chartered status or register on the National Engineering Register must demonstrate their competencies in accordance with Engineers Australia’s stage 2 competency requirements. Engineers Australia’s stage 2 Competency Assessment requires a number of documents, one of which is the ECC, or Engineering Competency Claim. It acts as proof of a skilled engineer’s abilities and skills. This article will teach you how to prepare engineering competency claims.
Engineering Competency Claims(ECC)
Before we begin to define what an engineering competency claim is one must understand the four major units of states to competency namely:
1. Personal Commitment:
In this unit, the applicants have to represent their ability to recognise and develop their competencies and how they can handle the ethical issues and showcase their responsibilities towards their work.
2. Application to the CommunityThe candidate must show how they have worked for the betterment of the community during their career and how they have created sustainable solutions through understanding the needs of the stakeholders of this unit. They must prove that they are aware of the legal standards, rules, and codes that relate to their work.
3. The Value in the Workplace
Applicants must illustrate how they can create and maintain relationships in the workplace, communicate their ideas effectively, and improve the quality of their work by integrating resources and processes in this unit.
4. Technical Proficiency
In this unit the applicants have to demonstrate how effectively they have applied engineering knowledge, how they can solve the engineering problems and provide innovative solutions, and evaluate the outcomes and impact of those solutions.
All these four units have 16 elements associated with them. Also, there are certain indicators of attainment provided by Engineers Australia for each element. In the engineering competency claim, the applicants have to demonstrate each element of the stage 2 competency units. In other words, they have to explain how they practice these elements in their engineering profession. The applicants can use the indicators to demonstrate their competence. The ECC, therefore, comprises the actions and decisions taken by the applicants that can act as verifiable elements of these elements specified by Engineers Australia.
Four pathways of ECC
The claims in Engineering Competency Claims (ECC) report range between 11 to 16. The number depends on the selected E-Chartered assessment pathway for Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). The four pathways include:
1. Professional Development Program (PDP)
2. Matured Experienced Engineer (MEEE)
3. Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)
4. Engineering Competency Report (ECR)
While writing your engineering competency claims there are certain points that you must consider –
1. Each claim you write should be no more than 700 words long. It should illustrate in detail how you successfully implemented the competency elements. Assessors can consider ECCs with a word count of less than 500 to be inadequate.
2. The assessor needs to know what you’ve done with your career, how you did it, and why you did it. As a result, use narratives and write your ECC in the first person.
3. You may use bullet points to mention the activities but you must make sure that the sentences make sense and are grammatically correct.
4. In a single career episode, you can illustrate the use of multiple elements. You can, however, try to list at least 5 career episodes that cover all of the elements.
5. Always keep in mind that you must have clarity about your writing. Make sure you are providing clear and concise information to the assessor.
6. Before you write your own, think about some examples of engineering competency statements. This will give you a good understanding of how you can continue and what you should focus on.
7. If at all necessary, use good career episodes and don’t leave it to the assessor’s imagination. Insufficient ECC may be triggered by a low word count as well as a poor career episode.
8. You do not have to explain your project or how your team performed in that project but your projections, decisions and actions.
The Assessment Principle of ECC
After writing the claims you can assess them on your own whether they are in alignment with these principles or not.
- Authenticity You need to demonstrate your competencies and not the one that your team or co-workers possess.
- Validity You do not have to present an imaginary situation but a valid experience.
- Reliability You should be able to explain that you can, if required in future, rely on your solutions and outcomes. Nothing just happened as a coincidence.
- Current Generally there are no time limits specified by Engineers Australia but it is expected from the applicants to provide career episodes of the last 8 years. If not so they must first communicate with their assessor about the acceptance of old evidence.
- Sufficiency Your evidence must be sufficient to cover the competency elements so that the assessor can evaluate your capabilities easily.
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