Frequently asked questions

Before you apply

Do I need to provide evidence of my English language competency?

Yes, all applicants applying to have their skills assessed by Engineers Australia are required to provide evidence of their English competency. Refer to MSA Booklet , Section A.

Which English test results can I provide as part of my skills assessment?

IELTS and from January 2016 TOEFL iBT are the only two test results we accept towards your degree assessment.

Please note: TOEFL PBT, Pearson's Test of English and Cambridge English test are not accepted towards your degree assessment. 

Do I have to provide both an IELTS AND a TOEFL IbT?

No, it is one OR the other.

What are the accepted scores for my English competency test?

An overall score of 6 with a minimum score of 6 in each and every band for IELTS, or an overall score of 64 with a minimum score of what's shown in the below table for each module for a TOEFL iBT is required for your degree assessment.

Listening:12 Reading:13 Writing:21 Speaking:18
Does Engineers Australia accept combined test results?
Yes, provided that all tests results are valid at the time of submission of the application, and the required score is reached for each module at least once. We will accept a combination of multiple TOEFL or multiple IELTS, NOT a mixed batch of both TOEFL and IELTS. We would accept combined results provided that all tests are valid at the time of submission of the application, and that the required score is reached for each module at least once.
For Example:
Providing both test results below would be satisfactory, provided that both tests are valid at the time of submission.
  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Test 1 13 15 19 20
Test 2 10 14 22 20
How long is my English test result valid for?

Your English test result needs to be no older than 2 years old at the date we receive your application.

Can I provide PTE as an alternative English test towards my degree assessment?

No, Engineers Australia only accepts IELTS and TOEFL iBT as acceptable forms of English tests towards your degree assessment.

How do I know whether I need to pay a GST inclusive assessment fee or not?

If the applicant’s residential address is in Australia, the GST will apply. If the applicant’s residential address is outside Australia, the GST will not apply.

I have limited engineering experience. Can I still apply for an assessment of my Engineering qualification?

Yes, you can still apply. Please note that Work Experience is not a mandatory requirement. It is possible for you to demonstrate your competencies by referring to your undergraduate engineering qualification and the project/work experience elements of your academic study. Note that you must provide an employer reference letter if you have relevant experience of 12 months of more, or if the work experience provides a basis for a Career Episode.

I need to assess my engineering qualification for migration purposes. What do I need to do?

The first step is to read the Migration Skills Assessment Booklet and choose your assessment pathway. You can then login to myPortal and start lodging your application.

What does “Fast Track” mean?

If you chose our “Fast Track” service, your application will be skipping the queue. It will be assigned to an assessor, as soon as possible, to start the assessment.

 

This means that if the application is completely decision ready, it can be finalised within a few days of being assigned. However, if the assessor requires additional documentation, then it is up to you to provide the additional documentation as swiftly as possible.

 

It will impact the assessment processing time. Returning applications are assigned directly to the assessor and do not go into the queue again.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any issues or questions which are not addressed by the website you may contact the Migration Skills Assessment team:

Please make sure you have read all the information on the website before contacting us directly.

What is a Statutory Declaration and how can I get one?

A Statutory Declaration is a legal document, in which you declare that a statement is true. It has to be witnessed by an authorised person. Please refer to the Attorney General website for information about the Statutory Declarations if you are applying within Australia.

Getting started

Can a migration agent create an EA ID on my behalf?

If you already have an EA ID number, a CID number or a membership number you must provide it to your agent. If you do not yet have a number, your agent will be able to create one for you.

Can I request for a fast track application at the time of lodgement?

You will be able to select the fast tracked option at the time of your application lodgement. The fees for this service will be added to your online application at the time of lodgement and you application will be allocated to a case officer within 10 business days.

I already have a CID number or a membership number. Should I apply for a new EA ID number?

No, you should use your existing ID number with Engineers Australia and only apply for a password. You can log into myPortal using your existing ID number and password, and start lodging an online application.

I have applied but not yet received an Engineers Australia ID (EA ID). What should I do?

If you have applied online and have not received your EA ID number within 5-7 working days, please email us

Choosing the correct pathway

I have an Accredited Australian undergraduate qualification. How can I apply for a skills assessment?

If you hold a qualification that is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at the Professional, Technologist or Associate level, then you can apply to have your qualification assessed using the Australian Qualifications Application Form. If your degree is only provisionally accredited you need to lodge a Competency Demonstration Report Form.
Please refer to the list of accredited courses available on Engineers Australia’s website.
Applicants for assessment of Australian Qualifications are required to provide the award testamur and the academic transcript. If the testamur has not yet been awarded, applicants must provide an official transcript which clearly indicates that the applicant has met all of the course requirements and is eligible to be awarded the qualification.

I have an accredited qualification, but I would rather be assessed in a different discipline than the one on my degree. What can I do?

Under the accredited qualifications pathway, the outcome is given in accordance to the discipline of your degree. If the title of your degree does not match its content (e.g. Electrical Engineering degrees focusing on Electronics Engineering), then a close analysis of the transcript will determine the appropriate occupation. If you would rather be assessed in a different discipline, then you can apply via the Competency Demonstration Report pathway. Note however that there is no guarantee that you would be successful in getting the outcome you desire as the qualification has to contain the necessary underpinning knowledge in the discipline you are seeking assessment for.

I have an Australian postgraduate degree, but my undergraduate degree is not accredited. How can I apply?

Only a few Australian post graduate qualifications are fully accredited and would grant eligibility for an assessment under the Accredited Australian Engineering Qualifications Pathway. A non-accredited or provisionally accredited Australian postgraduate degree alone will not allow for a submission under the Australian Qualification Pathway. In such cases, your assessment will be based primarily on your undergraduate degree and your demonstrated competencies. Your postgraduate degree will be taken into account in that it contributes to your engineering competencies.
Also a non-accredited Australian postgraduate degree on top of a non-accredited overseas qualification will not provide automatic recognition in a higher occupational category. You will still have to apply for a formal assessment of your combined qualifications through the Competency Demonstration (CDR) Pathway.
Please refer to the list of accredited courses available on Engineers Australia’s website.

I have an unaccredited undergraduate qualification. How can I apply for a skills assessment?

The Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) pathway might be your best option, please refer to the MSA booklet before you apply.

What is the Dublin Accord and am I eligible to apply for an assessment of my qualifications under this agreement?

The Dublin Accord is an agreement between certain engineering accreditation bodies to recognise the undergraduate engineering associate qualifications, which are accredited by the signatory bodies.

If you have a Dublin Accord accredited qualification, you are NOT required to complete a Competency Demonstration Report.
Please refer to the website of the International Engineering Alliance for the list of signatory bodies, and follow the table provided to see if you are eligible to apply under this pathway.

Please note that the accreditation refers to specific institutions, courses, disciplines, and years of completion. The list of accredited qualifications is available on the website of the relevant signatory organisation.
Also note that the academic requirement at this level is a qualification comparable to an Australian Advanced Diploma (2 years after 12 years schooling). We may not be able to assess qualifications below that level. If you are unsure of the level of your qualification, please send us an email, providing scanned copies of your qualifications transcript and testamur.

What is the Sydney Accord and am I eligible to apply for an assessment of my qualifications under this agreement?

The Sydney Accord is an agreement between certain engineering accreditation bodies to recognise the undergraduate engineering technology degrees, which are accredited by the signatory bodies.
If you have a Sydney Accord accredited qualification, you are NOT required to complete a Competency Demonstration Report.
Please refer to the website of the International Engineering Alliance for the list of signatory bodies, and follow the table provided to see if you are eligible to apply under this pathway.

Please note that the accreditation refers to specific universities, courses, disciplines, and years of completion. The list of accredited qualifications is available on the website of the relevant signatory organisation.

What is the Washington Accord and am I eligible to apply for an assessment of my qualifications under this agreement?

The Washington Accord is an agreement between certain engineering accreditation bodies to recognise the undergraduate professional engineering degrees, which are accredited by the signatory bodies. If you have a Washington Accord accredited qualification, you are NOT required to complete a Competency Demonstration Report. Please refer to the website of the International Engineering Alliance for the list of signatory bodies, and follow the table provided to see if you are eligible to apply under this pathway.

Please note that the accreditation refers to specific universities, courses, disciplines, and years of completion. The list of accredited qualifications is available on the website of the relevant signatory organisation.

Lodging your application

Can I add additional services (e.g. work experience assessment or a PhD assessment) to an already initiated or lodged application?

Yes, you can. If you intend to add the additional services to an initiated but not yet submitted application, you need to cancel the un-submitted application by pressing cancel and start a new application. At the beginning of any new application, you can select the type of service you require and can add the additional services to your new application at this point.
Note that you cannot add additional services to a submitted application. However, along with receiving a positive outcome for your submitted application a link will be provided on the status bar of myPortal where you can lodge a secondary application and request the additional services. (Refer to the relevant User Guides)

Can I add documents to my application after I have submitted and paid for it?

You will not be able to add documents from your end after it has been submitted. Your assessor will let you know if there are any missing documents once they start working on your file. If you still wish to send us important information before your application reaches an assessor, you may email your request to memberservices@engineersaustralia.org.au . Your email will be attached to your application for your assessor’s attention.

Can I attach certified copies to an online application?

No, only original colour scans are accepted towards online applications.

Do I have to upload all my documents at once?

You may, but you don't have to. You have the option of saving and exiting your application at any time during your lodgement and coming back to it later. You have up to 60 days to complete and submit an application. Should you not complete and submit your application within this timeframe, your application will be automatically cancelled and you would have to start a new application.

How can I change my nominated ANZSCO occupation after my online submission?

Email your request to member services.

How can I check the status of my online application?

You will be able to check the status of your application online by logging into Engineers Australia’s myPortal.

How can I request a fast track service after I have lodged my application online?
How do I know whether I need to pay a GST inclusive assessment fee or not?

If the applicant’s residential address is in Australia, the GST will apply. If the applicant’s residential address is outside Australia, the GST will not apply.

How long do I have to make a payment for an invoice?

You can make a payment up to 30 days after the receipt is issued. If the fees are not received within 30 days, your application gets cancelled and you will need to lodge a new application.

How long will an un-submitted application remain in the system?

An un-submitted application remains in the system for 60 days. After this time your application gets cancelled and you will need to start again.

How should I present my documents for an online application?

All required documents must be colour scans of original documents and must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Certified or black and white documents are not accepted for online applications. Where documents are not in the English language, you must upload the original language documents as well as English language translations. Documents you have created yourself such as career episodes or CV, can be uploaded directly.

My assessor has requested additional information. I did not provide the documentation, and now if I log into MyPortal I can no longer see the request. What can I do?

If you have not provided the requested documentation on time, the additional information request has expired.

If you do not provide the required documentation very shortly, your application may be closed and finalised as unsuccessful.

Your case officer should have sent you an email notification advising you that your application is about to be closed.

Contact your case officer or our Member Service Team as soon as possible if you wish to pursue the assessment.

My assessor has requested additional information. I will not be able to provide it by the date indicated in the notification I received. What can I do?

Please contact your case officer directly if you have already communicated with them. Else, please contact our Member Service Team. Explain your situation. We can accommodate for applicants who have genuine difficulties in providing the documents on time.

What are the specifications of an acceptable personal photo for my online application?

You are required to provide a passport style head and shoulder photo. Black and white photos and selfies are not accepted for online applications.

After your assessment

How does the online verification system work?

Third parties including the DIBP can have visibility of your outcome by filling in the required fields on the outcome verification page. Third parties will be able to see your assessment date, granted occupational category and a copy of your outcome letter. DIBP case officers will also have access to this information and additional information regarding your application by entering their special password.

How will I be notified of the outcome of my online application?

Your outcome letter will be sent to you via email. If you have nominated a migration agent acting on your behalf, your outcome letter will be sent via email to your agent instead. The outcome letters can be verified online by entering the application details.

My application was previously rejected by Engineers Australia. Can I reapply?

This depends on the reason for your rejection. Please contact us to enquire about your specific case.

What if I am not happy with the outcome of my assessment?

You can apply for an informal review of your application. Relevant forms and fees are available from our website. During an informal review, your application will be passed on to an independent assessor who will review your case and you will be notified about the result of your review through email. An informal review may take up to 60 days.

What if I am not happy with the outcome of my informal review?

If you are still not happy with the results of your informal review, you can seek a Formal Appeal. Relevant forms and fees are available from our website. During a formal appeal, your application will be passed on to an Independent Review Committee of Professional Engineers. You will be notified about the results of your formal appeal through email. A formal appeal may take up to three months.

Help for applicants with a paper-based application

How can I get my documents certified for my paper based application?

Refer to the MSA booklet.

How will I be notified of the outcome of my in progress paper-based application?

Prior to January 2016, your case officer will communicate with you or your agent regarding any shortcomings to your application via post. Once your assessment is finalised, your outcome letter will be posted to you or your nominated agent.

I have an in-progress paper application. Considering Engineers Australia has now shifted to an online system, how do I proceed with

a) addressing shortcomings requested by my assessor for an already lodged application?
You are able to continue with your paper based application and address the shortcomings through post Until 1 January 2016. You should NOT lodge an online application to continue with an in progress paper application BEFORE this time. If your assessment is finalised in this time frame, your outcome letter will be posted to your nominated address. If your assessment outcome is not finalised by 1 January 2016, your paper based application will be closed and you will need to lodge a new online application.

b) adding additional services to my in progress or completed paper application?
You are able to add additional services to a completed paper based application by filling in a payment of standard administration fee form and sending it along with the rest of your documents through post before 1 January 2016. You should NOT lodge an online application for adding additional services to a finalised paper application BEFORE this time. Your new outcome letter will be posted to your nominated address. If you intend to add additional services to your completed paper based application after 1 January 2016, you are required to lodge a full application online, and request for the fee of the standard assessment to be refunded.

c) requesting an updated letter for a completed application?
If you are seeking an update letter for a completed application before 1 January 2016, you are required to fill out a payment of standard administration fee form and post it to us along with the original outcome letter. If you no longer have access to your original outcome letter, a Statutory Declaration Form stating what you think has happened to it has to be sent with your form. Your updated letter will be posted to your nominated address. If you are seeking an updated letter for a completed application after this date, please contact us .

d) lodging a new application for my new degree?
If you are intending on lodging a new application for a new qualification or a different outcome, you can lodge a new online application. Refer to Online Applications for more details.

I have lost or not received a letter of recognition from Engineers Australia and require a letter for migration purposes, what should I do?

Fill out the payment of standard administration fee form and post it to us along with a Statutory Declaration Form as why you need a duplicate letter. Your duplicate letter will be posted to your nominated address. If you require a duplicate letter after 1 January 2016, please contact us

Help specifically for migration agents

Can an agency have more than one lead agent?

Yes, please refer to the Migration Agent User’s Guide.

Can applications be switched between migration agents?

Yes, the lead agent of each agency can transfer applications from one agent to another if necessary.

How do I lodge an application on behalf of a client?

You should first obtain your own EA ID number and register your agency with EA. Upon receiving a confirmation from Engineers Australia, you can go ahead and lodge on behalf of your client using the facilities provided to you through your portal. (See Migration agent user guide)
If your client already has an EA ID number, you can use it to lodge the MSA application on his behalf. If your client does not already have an EA ID, then you will be able to create one on their behalf.

How does Engineers Australia communicate with agents?

Email notifications will be sent to the agents’ registered email account regarding their clients’ applications advising them to log into the portal for more information.

I accidentally removed myself as a lead agent before appointing anyone else. Now my agency does not have a lead agent. What should I do?

Contact Engineers Australia as we will need to assign a lead agent to your agency manually.

I am a migration agent and I have my own EA ID number. Does this mean my agency is registered with Engineers Australia?

No, having an EA ID number doesn’t directly give you access to the services available to Migrations Agents. The Lead migration agent from each agency should take a further step of registering their agency with Engineers Australia by filling out the Lead Agent and Agency Creation Form and sending it to us. Registering your agency with Engineers Australia may take a few days but a confirmation email will be sent to your once your agency is registered on our system.

I am a migration agent. Should I apply for an EA ID number?

Yes, each individual from your agency who deals with online applications with Engineers Australia must have a separate and unique EA ID number.

I am a migration agent. When I start an online MSA application it appears to be in my name instead of my client’s name. Why?

It is because you are lodging an application incorrectly under your own EA ID number rather than your client's. Stop proceeding with such an application and enter your client's own EA ID number and last name before starting the application.

My migration agency has several migration agents working for it. Can we see other applications currently handled by others in the agency?

Only the lead agent of an agency has visibility of all other applications lodged by other migration agents linked to their agency.

Our agency has more than one site (physical address). How should we register our different addresses on the database?

Each site should have a lead assessor and should be registered separately with Engineers Australia through a separate Lead Agent and Agency Creation Form

Should all the staff members from my agency register separately by filling in the agency creation form?

No, only one migration agent from each agency should fill out the Lead Agent and Agency Creation Form This person will also be automatically set up as the Lead Agent for this agency. This lead agent can then add and remove other agents to their agency through Engineers Australia myPortal.

eStage1 and Engineers Australia membership

I am a member of Engineers Australia. I want to apply for my Migration Skills Assessment. What should I do?

If you are a current member of Engineers Australia other than the grade of Student Member a letter of recognition for the standard Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) may be issued based on your assessment for membership, provided that it has also met the assessment requirements for skilled migration purposes.

This service incurs the Standard Administration Fee as per our fee schedule.

  • If you require additional services (such as assessment of Skilled Employment and/or PhD comparability, etc) the relevant assessment fees will apply.
I have gained a successful Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) outcome. How do I become a Member of Engineers Australia?

Go to the Membership section of our website and follow the prompts.

I have obtained permanent residency in Australia and wish to become a member of Engineers Australia. How do I become a Member of Engineers Australia?

Go to the Membership section of our website and follow the prompts.