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Professional Development Program

Operational Process

What are the benefits of PDP to your organisation?


How do you become a PDP partner?





What is the PDP?

The Professional Development Program (PDP) provides a supported pathway to build and develop engineering competence to the Chartered credential standard expected by industry and the profession of engineering professionals. It is delivered through a partnership between Engineers Australia and an engineering employer committed to the development of their engineering workforce.

The Program is underpinned by the internationally recognised 2012 Stage 2 Australian Engineering Competency Standards required to practise at the level of a Chartered practitioner.

The PDP provides the opportunity for participants from PDP partner organisations to provide evidence of their competency attained through on-the-job experience in a staged manner. This evidence is submitted and assessed via a world class online system, eChartered.

Individual participants of the Program can chart their own career journey and attainment of competence, and PDP partners are kept up to date in real time with progress of all their participants towards the outcome of the credential of Chartered.

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Operational Process

Organisation develops an implementation plan endorsed by the local Industry Relationship Manager.

Organisation signs a PDP Agreement at official ceremony.


Access to eChartered & PDP Resources

Enrolment of the program provides ability to log in to eChartered for all PDP participants and the organisation's PDP Coordinator(s).

Session 1: Senior Engineers Briefing

A briefing presented by the local Industry Relationship Manager to line managers and mentors on the benefits and drivers for Chartered; the pathways and process to Chartered; and being a mentor and advocate for the program.
Approximately 1 hour.

Session 2: Introductory Briefing

A briefing presented by the local Industry Relationship Manager to enrolled and potential PDP participants on the benefits and drivers for Chartered; the pathways and process to Chartered; making the most of the Program; and working with a mentor.
Approximately 1 hour.

Session 3: Developing an Engineering Competency Claim (ECC)

An interactive workshop delivered by a National Assessor on developing an ECC through the provision of written evidence of competency to meet the standards.
Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. This may be in-house or public workshop at the Division Office.



Engineering Competence Claim (ECC) development

Individuals further develop their ECCs in preparation for submission and assessment in eChartered.

Internal study group

Draft ECCs are reviewed by a mentor prior to submission via eChartered.

Submission of draft for comment

On the initial submission to eChartered, one unverified report can be submitted for review by a National Assessor, who will provide feedback.


Assessor feedback

Feedback is provided by a National Assessor for the initial ECC submitted as an unverified draft.

Formal assessment

After the initial draft, participants submit verified reports via eChartered. When four such reports have been submitted they are formally assessed and moderated by two independent National Assessors. Feedback is provided if the individual is deemed 'not yet competent' in any of the elements provided in the ECCs.

Continued submission and assessment

PDP participants submit ECCs in batches of four until the individual is deemed 'competent' in all 16 elements.

Professional Interview

Once all 16 elements are endorsed, the individual confirms their preferred outcomes (Chartered, national registration and/or RPEQ) and provides a complete CV, a more detailed account of the past three years' experience (Engineering Experience Report) and CPD log. They then contact their local Division for a Professional Interview. Interview panel provides face-to-face peer assessment and awards Chartered Status as applicable.

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What are the benefits of PDP to your organisation?

The PDP is a structured framework for individual career development as well as capability development for your engineering team. It aims to enable a shorter professional formation period for your engineers, making them a fully contributing team member more quickly.

The benefits to your organisation include:

Recruitment and retention of the best of the best graduates

With a variety of employment options, Graduate Engineers are seeking opportunities to achieve Chartered from employers of choice as they are keen to benchmark their competency development based on globally recognised engineering competencies.

In addition, current graduate engineers are looking for opportunities to obtain higher responsibilities or international experience sooner than their predecessors. They recognise the role that achieving Chartered Status plays in fast-tracking their career development, and therefore seek employers that support their pathway to Chartered.

You can ensure you are seen to be an employer of choice through the provision of the PDP.

Quantitative measurement of the engineering capability of your organisation

The future of your organisation depends on your engineering capability.

While many of your employees have the skills and experience required to get the job done, ensuring Chartered Status allows you to quantitatively measure your capability and strategically plan for capacity improvement necessary for organisational growth.

Meeting the needs of stakeholders

Over recent years, Chartered has become more prominent in the minds of stakeholders, particularly Government. Chartered satisfies the competency demonstration requirement for registration of professional engineers in Queensland* (RPEQ). It is also found that an increasing range of clients are demanding Chartered Engineering professionals be involved with projects due to the assurances of experience, competence and quality.

Providing the PDP pathway to Chartered is one way to meet the changing needs of your stakeholders, including moves to national registration of engineers.

Quality assurance, risk management and professional indemnity

Chartered Engineering professionals have demonstrated engineering competencies and prove their ability to deal with greater engineering complexity and responsibility. They have access to the Professional Standards Scheme, government-legislated preferential insurance cover.

For your organisation, employment and development of Chartered Engineers are integral to quality assurance and risk management strategies. It signifies that they have been through a rigorous external assessment of competency, maintain their currency and have a visible commitment to the code of ethics reflecting positively on your whole organisation.

Competitive edge in a rapidly changing corporate environment

Chartered Engineers are required to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities to maintain their credential. This means that they are up to date with the latest developments in their discipline as well as engineering advancements and technology.

The PDP encourages a culture of mentoring, which provides a platform for knowledge transfer within your organisation.

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How do you become a PDP partner?

Professional Development Program (PDP) partners enter into a formal Agreement with Engineers Australia. They work with their local Industry Relationship Manager and the National PDP Manager to develop the appropriate implementation and financial structures.

If you are interested in becoming a PDP partner complete the online interest form and one of our Industry Relationship Managers will be in contact to work with you to develop a partnership.

What are the costs to be a PDP partner

Click here to learn more about the costs of being a PDP partner.

Who are PDP partners?

Click here to learn more about our PDP partners.

How do you run a successful PDP?

Once you have decided that you want to pursue becoming a PDP Partner, our Industry Relationship team will walk you through, based on experience of working with a variety of partners, our model and strategies to successfully implement and maintain the PDP in your organisation.

Some of the key elements in common from our successful programs are:

  • Visible support and buy in from senior management
  • Dedicated PDP Coordinator aware of roles and responsibilities
  • Regular contact with PDP Admin and local Industry Relationship Manager
  • Participants motivated to join and make progress the PDP
  • Link to internal performance management tools
  • Goal-setting and accountability of participants to peer study group
  • Enthusiastic mentors and champions
  • Communication and celebration


PDP partners have access to a variety of resources to assist with the success of your program. These include:

  • Your local Industry Relationship Manager is on hand to work with you to develop an implementation plan and set up your program.
  • The PDP Team is on hand to work with you and your participants on the ongoing maintenance of your program.
  • Access to eChartered
  • You and your participants will be provided with access to other helpful resources such as advice on mentoring, ECC writing guidelines and Professional Interview preparation, a regular newsletter, PDP Coordinator role resources and CPD information.
  • You will have the opportunity to join our growing network of PDP partners and the Chartered Communities of Practice.


Additional courses available through EEA to provide extra support to your participants

  • EEA Mentor training
  • EEA ECC writing
  • EEA Graduate Program

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