Top 4 certifications for engineers in Australia
In a constantly evolving world, no one can sit on their laurels or risk falling behind. Engineers are not unlike any other professionals in this sense and need to continuously upskill themselves to remain relevant. Luckily for those in Australia, there are many certifications for engineers to do so.
Continuous professional development can help engineers stay ahead of the curve and be better prepared to rise up the ranks in their career ladder or to be more marketable in the job market when you decide that the time is right to look for better opportunities.
Engineers can benefit from upskilling in a myriad of areas via short or long training programmes, be it in project management and IT, to name a few.
Here are some areas worth looking into:
Certifications for engineers
Training provider Engineering Education Australia offers several short and long courses for engineers, including:
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Students will learn to comply with Australian legislation, ensure designs are safe to implement, and understand the core electrical safety concepts outlined in AS/NZS 3000 and associated standards, to name a few.
This course is ideal for designers of electrical installations and electrical engineers across all industries, but architects and construction professionals will also find it useful.
Cost: Under AU$1,000
If you want an introduction to contract law, this course is for you.
EEA notes: “If you work in engineering, project management, contract administration or procurement, you’ll often use contracts. Understanding them is vital to prevent costly mistakes.”
This introductory-level course covers the basic elements of contracting, the nature of binding promises and the Australian legal system and related law, among others.
After completing this course, you’ll develop a better understanding of the law and how it relates to contracts, be able to interpret contracts at a basic level and understand how the proper management of contracts assists project delivery.
Cost: Under AU$800
“Project management is a vital part of any project. In this 12-month qualification, you’ll learn the methods and strategies for keeping a project on track, within budget and scope while delivering the intended outcomes,” said EEA.
This certification is ideal for project administrators and support staff who want to set up to help manage projects.
Among the things students can expect to learn how to develop end-to-end project documentation, understand stakeholder needs, assist with project issues and changes and identify, assess and report on risks.
“By the end of the qualification, you’ll have the tools and methods to support the implementation, management, and completion of engineering projects,” said EEA.
Cost: Under AU$3,000
BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management 2021
Engineers, project managers, project team leaders, construction managers, engineering managers, and aspiring project managers can benefit from this 12-month qualification that aims to equip learners with engineering-specific project management skills.
“Leading a project to success relies on much more than just engineering skills. Gaining project management expertise will help you keep a project on track, within budget and scope while delivering the intended outcomes. Project performance is also improved through good communication and leadership skills,” said EEA.
You’ll learn how to develop end-to-end project documentation, manage stakeholder expectations And deal with project issues and changes, among others. At the end of the course, students will have the tools and strategies to deliver better project outcomes for your organisation and clients.
Cost: AU$5,000 or less