CPP credentialing their engineering workforce with Engineers Australia

Consolidated Power Projects Australia (CPP)'s new partnership with Engineers Australia will allow individuals to achieve Chartered credentialing and become registered on the National Engineering Register (NER) through an efficient streamlined and bulk approach.
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Eric Winn (CPP Vice President), Jason Thornhill (Engineers Australia Client Manager) and Leon Du Preez (CPP Primary Design)

Consolidated Power Projects Australia (CPP) understands that the process for credentialing their engineering workforce adds up to so much more than the sum of its parts.

Eric Winn’s career as an engineer has led him across the globe from South Africa, to England and now here in Australia with CPP. As a young graduate in 1992, he took responsibility for his career direction and made the very clear steps he needed to end up at his long-term goal.

Now Vice President (Engineering) at CPP, Eric said having individual career development goals and a framework for how to get there was very important.

“The framework starts when you choose what you want to study at college / university, that’s where you start to take responsibility for your career direction” Eric said.

“There is a lot of self-assessment that needs to happen with an individual, and you need to set a goal of where you want to end up.”

The team at CPP have recently developed a graduate program, and the leaders work with individual engineers on their performance, goals and career development.

CPP have been working with Engineers Australia to allow individuals to achieve Chartered credentialing and become registered on the National Engineering Register (NER). They’re achieving this through an efficient streamlined and bulk approach. This partnership focuses the engineers on their continual professional development and self-assessment against the 16 fundamental elements of Chartered engineering.

When CPP engineers can demonstrate the requisite standard of experience, knowledge and training, they can become Chartered engineers. This gives the engineers and the organisation a competitive edge, demonstrating the commitment to best practice and quality assurance.

Eric said he wanted to do everything he could to help his company’s engineers achieve their career goals.

“What we can do as a company is pave the way and assist individuals with where they want to end up,” Eric said.

“I believe assisting individuals to identify and close their development gaps is very important, and provides significant benefits to both the employee and the business.”

CPP encourages each of their engineers to take ownership of their career goals and development.

“We want to be there to help all our engineers,” Eric said.

“Everyone is responsible for their own destiny, I always say ask if you don’t know and discuss it.

“The 16 elements of Chartered engineering are a great way for young engineers to develop their own individual framework.”

Eric believes the opportunity to partner with Engineers Australia was something CPP could not pass up, and EA is committed to working closely with the organisation to help them through the process.

The uptake of this opportunity also assists CPP to comply with legislative changes that have already passed or could be implemented in the future.

CPP’s partnership with Engineers Australia has been fantastic for both organisations, delivering significantly positive outcomes for all parties.

“Engineers Australia has done a fantastic job of making the task of going through the Chartered process as efficient as possible” Eric said.



Davel Duvenage is a Principal Engineer with CPP, having joined the Australian arm of the company in 2008 following an engineering career that started in South Africa.

During his career, Davel had been either the project manager or design manager on several large projects spanning across different decades in which he developed a great deal of knowledge and experience.

Despite his qualifications, Davel perceived acquiring the Chartered credential as daunting and time consuming and had put it off for several years.

“When I came out to Australia it was extremely important for me to get registered and also accredited,” Davel said.

“I started reading and looking into the process and requirements and thought to myself ‘When am I ever going to get time to get this done?’.”

“As a design manager on multiple projects you are working day, night and weekends.  With all the paperwork I thought I was going to have to complete and provide, I decided to put it on the backburner.”

Through Engineers Australia’s partnership with CPP, Davel was able to complete his Stage 2 assessment with a lot more ease then he thought was possible.

“This opportunity (to work with Engineers Australia) came up and it was so easy and so comfortable to complete,” Davel said.

“Becoming credentialed is the extremely important for the way forward. If you are a registered and Chartered engineer it will improve your career opportunities.”

“It is what we are, we are engineers and if you are Chartered it gives you additional credibility.”

A huge benefit to becoming Chartered with Engineers Australia is finding your professional home for life, something that Davel does not take for granted.

“It is beneficial to have a professional entity that you belong to,” Davel said. “I am proud to be an engineer registered with Engineers Australia. It is always good to belong to something”.


Image: Eric Winn (CPP Vice President), Jason Thornhill (Engineers Australia Client Manager) and Leon Du Preez (CPP Primary Design)