How to Write a CDR Report? Step-by-Step Guide

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Updated date: 2024/05/31


As an engineer who is looking to migrate to Australia, you must be familiar with the CDR report for Engineers Australia.

And, you may be wondering “How to write a CDR report?”. Well, we have a detailed answer for that in this article.

Things you should do before writing a CDR for EA

Before learning how to write your competency demonstration report, you must take some preliminary steps:

  • Have a clear idea of EA CDR guidelines. Understanding the guidelines helps you know the do’s and don’ts of CDR report writing.
  • Study available CDR samples for your engineering domain. Ensure to search for samples that are in the desired occupational category.
  • Analyse the engineering projects you were involved in and choose the projects that highlight your competence in the best light.

Now, let’s get started with the steps involved in writing CDR for Engineers Australia.

Step-by-Step Process for How to Write CDR


Here is a detailed explanation of the steps involved in writing a competency demonstration report.

The first step is to be familiar with the CDR components/ format, which includes:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Career Episodes
  • Summary Statement

While writing CDR report, follow the pattern to witness ease and flow in CDR writing:

CPD → Career Episode → Summary Statement

In CPD, fill in the details of the activities you have done to enhance your skills and knowledge relevant to your profession.

  • Provide the correct and relevant CPD activities in chronological order in table format.
  • The information must be date, duration, venue, and organiser of your CPD activity.
  • Double-check the information you have provided.
  • Your CPD must not be more than one A4 page.

Read our article for more details on CPD types and conditions.

You need to write about 3 major work episodes that demonstrate your competency.

The ‘introduction’ is the first part of a career episode which must include:

  • The name of the organisation.
  • Date and duration of the career episode in chronological order.
  • The geographical location where you gain the experience

The introduction part must be approximately 150 words in length.

This section provides context of where you studied/worked.

Here, you must describe:

  • the nature of the overall engineering project,
  • the objectives of the project,
  • the organisational structure; highlighting your position.
  • A statement of your duties (it is recommended to provide an official duty statement where available)

Personal engineering activity section is the core of your career episode. Here describe the work you performed, not by any team.

Here you must include:

  • How you apply your engineering knowledge and skills
  • Tasks assigned to you and how you accomplished them
  • Technical problems you faced and how you solved them
  • How you worked with your other team member

To ensure the best personal engineering activity section, include your engineering diagrams, photos, calculations, tables, design of the model, or anything related to the project.

The summary holds the conclusion of the career episode. Here, write your view of the overall engineering project and your role in it.

In the summary section, you should:

  • Share your view of the project
  • Reveal whether it achieved its goals
  • Explain how you helped in the project

The maximum word count for each of the career episodes is 2500 words while the minimum is 1000.

Thus, make sure that you align your word count as per the CDR writing guideline.

Your CDR report must be based on work you did and must be written entirely in your own words.

Presenting others' work as your own is considered plagiarism. It is a violation of EA’s code of ethics. This carries significant penalties including CDR rejection or a ban.

However, you can use others’ content by providing in-text citations and a list of references.

To write an error free summary statement, put the right paragraph number in your career episode(s) where you used a specific element.

  • Only one summary statement is required for three episodes.
  • Do not attempt to restrict your summary statement to one page only.

Note: Summary in Career Episode and Summary statement are two different context.

Before submitting your competency demonstration report for assessment, conduct a thorough review of your report.

If necessary edit your CDR to enhance readability and consistency in your writing.

Proofread your CDR and check every detail to avoid any grammatical errors.

You must follow this step-by-step guide to prepare a CDR that ensures high-quality so that it can get a positive skills assessment.

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Key Takeaways

  • Take the preparatory steps: Understand EA guidelines, Read CDR samples, and Choose your engineering projects.
  • Follow the CDR format: CPD, Career Episodes, and Summary Statement.
  • Provide accurate details in your CPD record.
  • Write a proper introduction for each career episode.
  • Provide a brief background for the particular career episode.
  • Describe your efforts and input in personal engineering activity. Include related diagrams and figures for credibility.
  • Provide a concise and convincing summary for each career episode.
  • Meet the word count for all career episodes.
  • Avoid plagiarism. Use your own words and cite sources if necessary.
  • Put the correct career episode number/s in the summary statement.
  • Edit and proofread your CDR to ensure its quality.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    To ensure your self-written CDR is error-free you should consider the following things:

    • Understand and be clear about CDR misconceptions.
    • Check for CDR writing mistakes. If you find any mistakes, you can rectify them.


    Your competency demonstration report is all about showcasing your strengths and suitability as an engineer. So, we suggest avoiding unsuccessful projects and using only the successful ones.

    If you have completed your competency demonstration report but don’t know its quality, then you can opt for CDR Review Services. These review services tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your CDR.

    Author Bio:

    Aadya Sharma is a civil engineer in Australia with a passion for blending creativity into technical regions. Her engineering journey of nine years is full of exploration and learning.

    Her outstanding skill is to take on complex engineering challenges and solve them effectively. In addition, she follows the philosophy of trying new things and implementing them in different parts of life.

    Beyond her technical skills, she is committed to bringing positive change in her field. Her diverse nature of work and skills sets her apart from other engineers.

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