Important announcements

News and updates for migrating engineers.

Please note: Fast Track Applications lodged between 3rd December 2017 and 31st January 2018 will be affected by the End of Year shutdown period and may take longer than the advertised 15 working days to reach an assessing case officer. We are expecting to be back on track with our advertised turnaround period from 1st February 2018.

From the 1st november 2017, Engineers Australia accepts the Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) as the evidence of applicant’s English language competency.

The minimum acceptable score is 50 in each of the 4 modules of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The test result form must be less than 2 years old at the time of lodgement of the assessment application.

Please note, you must send your PTE Academic score through Pearson’s online secure portal to “Engineers Australia” so that we can verify your result. Please refer to Pearson’s website for the detailed instructions on how to do it.

Pakistan, represented by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became a full signatory of the Washington accord on the 21st June 2017.

Holders of accredited qualifications from Pakistan completed in or after 2017 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of Washington Accord accredited qualifications available on the PEC website and be completed in or after 2017.

Congratulations to PEC for their work over the last decade leading to becoming the 19th full signatory of the Washington Accords!

All applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide an evidence of their English language competency in their application unless they are eligible for an exemption.
 
From 1 October 2017, if a suitable English Test result is not provided in the application at the time of lodgement, it will be requested by the assessor. Failure to provide a suitable English Test Result within the imparted timeframe (usually 1 month) will result in the application being closed as unsuccessful.
 
Please include your English language test result in your application.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Suitable English Language Tests are TOEFL iBT, IELTS General, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic
  • Minimum scores in each modules are:
  IELTS TOEFL iBT® PTE ACADEMIC™
Listening 6 12 50
Reading 6 13 50
Writing 6 21 50
Speaking 6 18 50

Please note that the fees for the Migration Skills Assessment services will change on the 1st July 2017.

Download the new fee structure

To streamline the Migration Skills Assessment process, Engineers Australia is implementing the following assessment policies from 15 March 2017:

  1. the applicant is given ONLY one opportunity to address any shortcoming(s) identified by the skills assessor
  2. a response to ALL of the shortcomings is required within 30 days
  3. to provide incomplete information OR no response within the stipulated time-frame may result in the application to be closed

Migration Skills Assessments (MSA) can take a long time to process. However, for an additional fee of $275*, you can Fast Track your application and skip the queue to reduce the waiting time to have your assessment assigned to an assessor to within 15 working days.

China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2nd June 2016.
 
Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.
 
Whilst CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited course is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.
 
For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.
 
Congratulations to CAST for their work over the last decade leading to successful recognition in the Washington Accords!

Applications for a standard Migration Skills Assessment will have to be lodged online only. Should an applicant not have access to the necessary technology, please contact us.
 
Did you lodge a paper based application?
 
Since November 2014, Engineers Australia is no longer accepting new paper based Migration Skills Assessment applications. All applicants now have to submit their application online.
 
On the 1st January 2016, Engineers Australia will close all the pending assessment applications based on a paper based file and will stop further processing of the paper based applications.
 
If you have lodged a paper based application, and have received a request for additional documentation, please provide the requested additional documentation before the 1st January 2016.
 
If you have lodged a paper based application, and you are not sure what the status of this application is, please contact our Member Services team.
 
Applications left incomplete after the 1st January 2016 will be closed. Applicants will need to lodge a new online application if they wish to obtain an assessment.
 
If you have already obtained an assessment from a paper based application, and would like to apply for the additional assessment of your work experience and/or overseas PhD, please apply following the process for paper based applications before the 1st January 2016. After this date, applicants seeking the additional assessment of their relevant work experience or additional PhD will have to lodge a full application online, and request for the fee of the standards assessment to be refunded.

Engineers Australia has launched its new online service, the Migration Skills Assessment Fast Track. Fast tracked applications will be assigned to an assessor, as soon as possible. Please refer to our fee schedule for the current amount of the Fast Track fee.
 
Applicants submitting a new application online can now select the Fast Track option directly at the point of payment. Their application will automatically be placed at the top of the assessment queue for processing.
 
Please refer to the Assessment fee page for further information about the fast track fee. Applicants who have already lodged an application but did not pay the fast track fee at the point of submission can still access this service, by using our online fee payment form.
 
If you have already paid the Fast Track fee at the point of submission, do not pay the Fast Track fee again.

From the 1st January 2016, Engineers Australia will be accepting the TOEFL IbT as an alternative English Language Test to address the English language competency element of the Migration Skills Assessment.
 
Applicants submitting their application on or after the 1st January 2016 will be able to provide either an IELTS test result form with a score of 6 or more in each of the 4 modules, or a TOEFL IbT result with the following minimal scores for each module:    

Minimal Score TOEFL IbT
Listening 12
Reading 13
Writing 21
Speaking 18

Applicants will need to upload the test results, as well as write their registration number.
 
TOEFL IbT results will be accepted up to 2 years after the test date.
 
Information about TOEFL IbT can be found on the ETS website.

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