Competency assessment by Oral Presentation is an alternative to preparing the conventional Career Episode Reports (CERs) when making application to the Board for registration as a surveyor. Applicants with a number of years of experience and sufficient documentary evidence to demonstrate competency in all elements and descriptors of the framework are encouraged to apply to use the Oral presentation method.
The oral assessment process is summarised as follows –
The applicant is required to:
- demonstrate they have the skills and experience to undertake an oral assessment;
- submit a portfolio of evidence containing a description of projects, supporting evidence, an executive summary and a copy of proposed presentation;
- deliver a presentation demonstrating skills and understanding in the elements of the framework (30 minutes) to a panel of two Board members or their representatives;
- respond to panel questions (90 minutes) providing additional discussion and evidence to satisfy all elements of the framework; and
- demonstrate you are a suitable person for registration by showing a professional approach to your presentation and work practices.
Please refer to the Board’s Policy for Competency Assessment by Oral Presentation and ensure all the steps are followed.
Step One – Executive Summary and Evidence
Prepare an executive summary that relates the documentary evidence required to demonstrate competency with the descriptors of the framework. The executive summary will include a brief description of at least three (3) projects. Each line of the executive summary is to contain reference to a project in the “evidence” column and a description of a proposed supporting document in the “documents” column.
Step Two – Submit an Application for Competency Assessment
The initial application submitted to the Board is to include:
- an application for assessment form(Form 09A);
- the assessment fee;
- a comprehensive CV to demonstrate the applicant has sufficient skills and experience; and
- an executive summary which provides links between the elements of the framework and the proposed evidence.
The Board will review the application and advise if the oral presentation will proceed or if further evidence is required.
Step Three – Develop the Presentation and submit portfolio of evidence
Develop the formal presentation and prepare the final portfolio of evidence for submission.
The documentation listed below is required to be submitted four (4) weeks prior to the interview date to allow for the assessors to review the material prior to the presentation.
- The portfolio of evidence, 3 hard copies and an electronic copy.
- The formal presentation (hardcopy, PowerPoint, other software format or combination of these).
- Supporting documentation (logically organised and indexed).
- Executive summary.
Step Four– Delivering the Presentation
It is at the discretion of the applicant how to deliver the presentation e.g. hardcopy, PowerPoint, other software format or a combination of these. Applicants are advised that it is difficult to deliver the presentation on an element by element approach as there is not enough time to cover the entire framework in sufficient detail within the 30 minute timeframe. It is recommended that three (3)projects be selected (eg, set-out, topographic and horizontal control) that cover a broad range of the framework and discuss these in detail.
Step Five – Panel Questions
A 90 minutes question and answer session will follow where the assessing panel may request further explanation of aspects of the presentation including the extent of the applicant’s involvement in the projects. The panel will also discuss elements of the framework that may not have been adequately covered by the initial presentation. The applicant should ensure they have sufficient additional projects/material on hand to provide examples and evidence of competency in all elements of the framework.