How to Fill CA03 – Competence Self Review Form


The Competence Self Review form is the key document used by the Assessors as it gives the Assessors examples of evidence where you consider that will show the Assessors that you have meet the various requirements of the relevant standard. The Standard used to benchmark you against is the Professional Engineer Standard.

Here you are assessing yourself against the twelve competence standards as outlined below. You are putting forward evidence to your engineering peers (Assessors) who will consider your evidence from the work samples you provided. You are actually telling the Assessors that you ARE Competent as a Professional Engineer and you are backing your claim with evidence.

 What is a Professional Engineer capable of ?

  1. a) Carrying out Complex engineering activities

Complex engineering activities means engineering activities or projects that have some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Involve the use of diverse resources (and, for this purpose, resources includes people, money, equipment, materials and technologies);
  • Require resolution of critical problems arising from interactions between wide ranging technical, engineering and other issues;
  • Have significant consequences in a range of contexts;
  • Involve the use of new materials, techniques, or processes or the use of existing materials, techniques, or processes in innovative ways.
  1. b) Be able to solve Complex engineering problems

Complex engineering problems have some or all of the following characteristics:

  •  Involve wide-ranging or conflicting technical, engineering, and other issues;
  •  Have no obvious solution and require originality in analysis;
  •  Involve infrequently encountered issues;
  •  Are outside problems encompassed by standards and codes of practice for professional engineering;
  •  Involve diverse groups of stakeholders with widely varying needs;
  •  Have significant consequences in a range of contexts;
  •  Cannot be resolved without in-depth engineering knowledge.


The competence standard sets the entry standard for engineers seeking formal peer recognition as a competent professional engineer by undertaking an PERB/IEPNG competence assessment. The competence standard sets the standard for the registration as a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Registration Board of PNG and the standard for entry into the class of Member or Fellow with the Institution of Engineers PNG Inc.


To meet the minimum standard a person must demonstrate that he/she is able to practice competently in his/her practice area to the standard expected of a reasonable professional engineer. The extent to which the person is able to perform each of the following numbered elements in his/her practice area must be taken into account in assessing whether or not he/she meets the overall standard.


The forms that are used together with this form (CA03) in your portfolio of evidence for registration assessment are:

CA01 – Application for Registration and membership or

CA02 – Submission for continued registration assessment

CA04 – work history summary form – you can send in a ‗detailed CV‘ (i.e., a CV that you‘d use for a job-search, so long as it contains the same type of information requested by the CA04 form).

CA05 – CPD summary form

CA06 – Referee Declaration and Evaluation form which your referees complete and submit directly to IEPNG. Access the form (or use the on-line referee request system) via the IEPNG website. Work samples – refer to paragraph 15 on page 14 for details.

Please use this application form(CA03)when you are applying for Registration and Membership Assessment(AFA)and also for Continued Registration Assessment (CRA) when required by the Assessors to become registered as a Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Registration Board of PNG (PERB) and also become a financial member of the Institution of Engineers PNG Inc under the category class of Member of Fellow.


We recommend the following steps:

  •  If your practice area has not changed materially since your last assessment, the standard for continued registration requires essentially two things –
  1. that you have taken reasonable steps to maintain your competence and
  2. that you are still able to practice competently in your practice area.
  •  If your practice area has changed materially – in other words you have developed a new body of knowledge rather than extended your previous body of knowledge – then you need to prepare your portfolio of evidence as if you were undertaking an AFA in your current practice area. Examples of such a situation would be an electrical engineer who is now practicing in fire engineering. A change where an electrical engineer had been promoted to a position where he or she was responsible for fire engineers would not be regarded as a material change to his or her practice area.
  •  Update your Work History Summary (Form CA04) or your CV if it includes the same information.
  •  Update your Continuing Professional Development Activities Summary (Form CA05) to include CPD activities over the last 3 years. Take the time to reflect on the key learning that you gained and how it impacted on your practice and contributed to demonstrating your current competence.
  •  It is important that overseas candidates undertaking a CRA show they have maintained their competence in Papua New Guinea specific good practice through relevant CPD and work samples. The extent of CPD required will be dependent on the extent to which Papua New Guinea-specific practice in their practice area has changed. In areas of engineering which experience significant changes (due to changes in the regulatory environment, good practice‘ or technology), candidates will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of Papua New Guinea-specific CPD. Overseas candidates should consider

ways in which they may be able to demonstrate this – see paragraph 5.7 on page 6 for further information.


You are required to present work samples as evidence that you are ‘still able to practice competently’ as a professional engineer. In the work samples you must demonstrate that you have as a person been able to :

  1. Use ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE on the project –give evidence of what was used
  1. Applied LOCAL KNOWLEDGE–about Papua New Guinea in areas such as PNG Laws, standards, Codes, geography, cultures, languages etc?
  1. ANALYSE PROBLEMS –Show what you did to define, investigate and analyse complex engineering problems that related to the project
  1. DESIGN OR DEVELOP SOLUTIONS–Show what you did to design and develop solutions to complex engineering problems for the project
  1. MAKE DECISIONS-What decisions you made relating to complex engineering activities for the project
  1. Provide MANAGEMENT–Show areas where you were able to manage and provide leadership in managing complex engineering activities for the project
  1. Manage RISK –Show areas where you were able to identify, assess and manage risks when involved in complex engineering activities on the project
  1. ETHICAL CONDUCT–Show how you applied engineering ethics when conducting complex engineering activities according to the IEPNG/PERB code of conduct
  1. RECOGNISE FORESEEABLE EFFECTS–Show that you were able to recognise the reasonably foreseeable social, cultural and environmental effects of professional engineering activities generally on the project
  1. COMMUNICATION–Show that you wereable to communicate clearly with other engineers and other people that you were working with on the project.
  1. MAINTAIN CURRENCY–Show what activities/courses/conferences that you undertook in order tokeep up to date with the changes in how engineering practice is evolving
  1. JUDGEMENT–Show that you were able to exercise sound professional engineering judgement when involved in complex engineering activities on the project