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NER Assessment: A Simple Explanation

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Publish date: 2024/3/11


There is one crucial hurdle to overcome during the registration procedure for NER: NER assessment.

Whether you are a seasoned engineer or a recent graduate, understanding the NER assessment process is vital for a smooth and successful NER Registration.

This guide helps both EA members (Members and Chartered members of every EA occupational category) and non members with everything you need to know from the assessment process to potential outcomes.

What is NER Assessment?

The NER assessment is a professional evaluation of competencies of an engineer. It is conducted by highly skilled and experienced assessors of Engineers Australia.

With positive assessment, an engineer can be listed on the National Engineering Register and enjoy numerous benefits.

Note: NER Assessment is also known as NER Direct Assessment.

What is NER Direct Assessment process?

The NER direct assessment process is a set of evaluations done by assessors. This evaluation involves 4 stages:

1. Documents review

First, assessors review the documents submitted by the applicant. They check if your NER documents are genuine and are as per guidelines/requirements.

The assessors will contact you if any document is missing or additional information is needed.

2. Assessment of Competency

This stage is designed to evaluate an applicant's 5 core areas of competency based on problem-solving strategies, innovation, ethical practice, creative thinking, and professional experience.

3. Discussion with referee

Next, the assessors contact the two referees you provided by online or telephone.

They discuss you and your engineering work experience.

4. Interview with the applicant

After having a professional discussion with your referees, assessors will contact you for an interview. This interview is conducted via video conference in most cases OR face-to-face at one of EA’s offices.

Also Read: 7 Common Challenges in NER Applications

Require NER services?

To avoid any sort of mistakes in the NER reapplication or registration, you can get NER related services such as CPD for NER and NER Work Experience Statement Writing from us at CDR Writer Australia. We are always available for support/services.

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How long does the NER Direct Assessment take?

NER assessment usually takes 3-4 months.

Here's a closer look into the timeline:

Stage of NER Assessment Duration Depends on
Document Review 3-4 weeks
  • The completeness of your documents
  • Possible requirement of additional documents for clarification
Referee Interviews 2-4 weeks Availability of both the referees and the assessor.
Applicant Interview 1-2 weeks The date when the interview is scheduled.

Note: This is a general guideline, and the actual timeline may vary depending on individual circumstances.

Once all document reviews and interviews are done, your assessment outcome will be provided.

What are the Possible Outcomes of NER Direct Assessment?

Outcome Effect
Successful Registration
Unsuccessful Registration

Key Takeaways

  • The NER assessment is a professional evaluation of competencies of an engineer by Engineers Australia.
  • The NER Direct Assessment process has 4 steps: Documents review, Assessment of Competency, Discussion with Referee, Interview with the Applicant.
  • Complete NER assessment typically takes 3-4 months.
  • Possible Outcomes: Successful Registration, and Unsuccessful Registration.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    We cannot exactly say what the assessors will ask you during the interview. However, they will make sure the interview questions are related to the following points:

    • Engineering Competency
    • Work experience
    • CPD

    So, be clear and confident about these topics in order to ace the NER interview.

    There is no specific waiting period to reapply. You can reapply as soon as you address the areas where your application fell short.

    No, your application fee is not refundable.

    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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