The training and experience plan is part of the ECSA training process that should constantly be reviewed and discussed with your mentor and your supervisor.
There is no "one training and experience plan" fits all. You will have to adjust your training and experience plan according to the amount of time you have been working within the industry.
Here are some guidelines on how to adjust your training and experience plan according to the number of years you have worked within the industry.
1 - 3 years of work experience
Your goal is to become involved with activities that have been delegated to you by your employer. Before starting with the activity, it is advisable to discuss the activity with your supervisor and mentor to check that the training or work activity is aligned with ECSA competency standards. If the activity is aligned with ECSA competency standard, you can now plan and execute the activity. Once the activity is complete, you can record your activity in the form of a report.
If the activity is not aligned with ECSA competency standard, you will have to look for an opportunity whereby the scope of work and experience is aligned with ECSA requirements. The easiest way to find new opportunity is to have regular meetings with your supervisor and discuss what projects have been awarded.
Take initiative and volunteer to run any new projects as this will ensure you gain the necessary training and experience. An instance may exist whereby you may be involved with a number of projects and when this occurs, you know you are on the correct path and you will have some great experience to write about in your reports.
3-9 years work experience
If you have been working in the industry for a period of 3-9 years, the good news is that you may be able to apply for registration in a year or less depending on your commitment and your type of work experience. The first goal is to log all work experience that has already been completed. So think back to the date of graduation and begin to log all relevant work where you contributed and gained experience that is aligned with ECSA requirements. Set a deadline date for the completion of each report for each training activity.
The fact that you have 3 years work experience does not necessarily mean that you meet all of ECSA requirements. The experience that you log from the date of graduation to the date of application must constantly become more complex in nature and you must demonstrate continual growth. You will know that you are ready for professional registration when you are performing complex work, managing a team, taking responsibility, exercising engineering judgment and making decisions for the success of the project.
Please don’t make the mistake others have made where they see time as the factor that determines if you are ready to apply for registration. The factor to consider is the type of work experience that was gained.
10 or more years of work experience
We know that 10 or more years is a far way to think back to, so what we recommend is for you to make a list of the most technical projects you have ever worked on from your date of graduation. Write down the scope of work of each project, your responsibilities and problems you addressed.
You now need to log all work in a training and experience outline and a training and experience report. Each report is different and will depend on the amount of time you have been working within the industry. The rule is that all work from date of graduation to 3 years prior to registration must be logged in a training and experience outline. The last 3 years of experience prior to registration must be logged in a training and experience report.
So here is an example to show what is required from you:
We have a candidate who name is John.
John graduated in 2005 and he wishes to apply for registration in 2018.
John will log his experience in the following reports according to his target date of registration.
So for the period between 2005 to 2014, John will log all his experience in the form of a training and experience outline.
For the period between 2015 to 2018, John will log all his experience in the form of a training and experience report. So the last 3 years before the date of professionally registration will be logged in a training and experience report.
Your training and experience outline is a brief summary of your work experience while the training and experience report is a detailed report of your responsibilities and scope of work that was conducted. The goal is to set target dates for each training and experience period with the goal of logging all work experience in the fastest possible time.
We will be sharing more about the creation of your training plan in our Free Training video "Getting you to take the first step towards ECSA Registration"
In this training video, we will be sharing the following:
Show which category of registration you can apply for according to your qualification.
What is the role of your mentor and where can you find one.
The purpose of registering a Commitment and Undertaking (C&U).
How to create your training and experience program.
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