NER is a challenging process to accomplish. Therefore, the required guidelines and precautions should be taken to achieve a successful NER.
Work experience Statement
You need to demonstrate your work statement or projects in chronological order with your recent and relevant experience. You should highlight all the projects you’ve been responsible for and your accomplishments.
Include situations, problems, and opportunities you’ve encountered. Describe the skills and knowledge you used and the outcomes you achieved. If you took any actions to address problems, include them as well. Don’t forget to highlight the places where you’ve shown innovation and creativity.
For the NER, the evaluation will aim to ensure that your technical competencies are currently operational in the areas of practice in which you are seeking registration and that you are practicing ethically. If you have held more than one position within the last 7 years, you must include the following information:
- Your employer’s name, location, and address.
- Your position title(s), including the start and end dates for each position.
- A succinct description of your role and responsibilities in each position, including your most notable accomplishments in that position.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
A CPD must cover 150 hours showing all the activities of the previous three years, which needs to include all his/her workshops, seminars, meetings, online courses, etc. Some applicants may be able to show that they have completed up to 150 hours of CPD in the previous three years, others will be able to demonstrate only having undertaken a lesser amount, which as a minimum should be 50 hours of CPD in the twelve months before lodging your application for the NER.
Your application must also include the names and contact information of two referees who can verify your recent work experience. They’ll need to be:
- Chartered members of EA (preferable), registered on the NER, or engineers with at least five years of postgraduate engineering experience.
- An engineer with whom you have recently had a professional relationship.
- An engineer who is familiar with your work and the experiences you’re using to support your self-assessment.
- The same engineering practice area in which you seek registration.
Your referees will be contacted by an assessor to discuss your experience and qualifications.
If you would like to apply for NER, you will have to complete a self-assessment form online. This form helps you rate yourself against the National Engineering Registration (NER) competencies.
You will be notified when your application for registration on the NER can be assessed based on the documentation you submit or if additional information is required. The initial review of your application for NER should take about 3 to 4 weeks.