Will I be an “Engineer” after I earn an Advanced Diploma qualification?
In most countries the term “engineer” is used loosely. Often people with a trade qualification add experience and find work in a position as some form of “engineer”. The word by itself does not have a legal status and it is quite common for people to work as an engineer without any academic qualification above trade certificate. However around the world there are professional institutions which work to ensure a more rigorous process in defining an engineer. In most cases these institutions stipulate that to make the claim of being a “professional engineer” (PEng) or a “chartered engineer” (CEng), a person needs to apply for membership at a high level. Usually that requires that a person has a 4 year bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus significant experience, plus peer recognition. Most of these details will be detailed on the website of the institution. There is an international agreement called the “Washington Accord” than many institutes have signed which stipulates the high level membership criteria – see related FAQ.
There are lesser levels of membership in these institutions. Often they will have a level for an “engineering technologist” for those with a 3 year bachelor of technology degree and more limited experience. There may also be a lesser level, “engineering associate”, often known as “Officer” level which means working as a “paraprofessional”. A paraprofessional works under the guidance of a professional (similar to a paramedic working under a doctor’s guidance). It is at this level that often an advanced diploma (and above) can be considered as one criteria for membership of an institution (along with peer review, experience and so on).
Will I get recognition of my new qualification under the Washington, Sydney or Dublin Accords?
Yes! At this time there are two (2) EIT programs that have recognition under the Dublin Accord, with more to follow. Information about the Dublin Accord accreditation is here: www.eit.edu.au/accreditation-international-standing-for-online-engineering-training and you can read specific details here: Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation and here: Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering.
When a program is accredited it effectively speeds up the process for graduates to become a member of their chosen engineering association at the “associate” level (known as “technician” or “officer” in some world regions). This provides paraprofessional membership status and peer recognition. If the advanced diploma program you have studied is not yet formally accredited, the qualification may be considered as one criteria for membership of an association (along with peer review, experience and so on). Contact your preferred association for details.
The International Engineering Alliance has defined methods that are used to provide recognition of engineering and technology qualifications in various locations. Three “accords” have been established for this purpose. Details can be viewed at www.washingtonaccord.org. The signatories in various locations can be viewed within the details section on each of the three accords.
The Washington Accord can apply to certain four (4 year full time university degree qualifications such as the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). It provides full recognition as a professional engineer. Some “conversion style” masters degree programs may also be recognized as conferring professional engineer status. Contact your preferred association for details.
The Sydney Accord can apply to certain three (3) year full time university qualifications such as the Bachelor of Science (Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Technology (BTech). At present EIT does not offer these programs but may do so in the future.
What happens if I need to postpone or withdraw from an advanced diploma course?
On the enrolment forms we state: a “fee equivalent to 1 monthly instalment (approximately 6% of the total course fee) will apply for written cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the commencement date of the course. However substitutes are welcome.” This applies to all payment options.2. Postponement after course has started:
If a student needs to suspend studies but definitely intends to re-join a future course, then at the time of postponement the student completes a course withdrawal declaration form. The student can re-join at the point where a subsequent class reaches the last Module in the course that he or she has successfully completed. A re-joining fee of US$200 applies at the time that the student re-joins. We then allow up to 3 years for a student to complete the course – in practice this means that students will need to re-join so that there is time to finish within 3 years of the original start date. Students can only postpone and re-join twice, and after this it is treated as a full withdrawal (please see item 3 below).
Any payments made in advance are held by the EIT in readiness for re-joining.3. Full withdrawal:
If a student decides to withdraw completely from an advanced diploma course a $200 withdrawal fee may apply.
Students are asked to complete the withdrawal declaration form.
Students who have paid in advance (payment option 1) can apply for a pro-rata refund of the fee paid. The refund will consist of the balance after deductions for:
Students who have chosen to pay quarterly or monthly instalments do not receive a refund on full withdrawal. Payment of all instalments is required up to and including the Module where the student provided the EIT with the completed withdrawal declaration form. As applies to students who pay in advance, the withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic is commenced (and even if no assignment is submitted) otherwise the module is deemed to have been attended and the full fee for that module is due. Therefore it is important to submit the form as soon as the decision is made. If paying by instalments the course reference manuals are provided in batches in arrears, so there is no need for a deduction for those materials.
Are you getting value for your money?
A natural concern in your due diligence whether this diploma is worth it, is to ask the question about value for money. We emphatically believe it is and in fact are confident you will get a return for your money in short order for the following reasons;
What level of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry do I need?
The entrance requirements for EIT programs are outlined in the brochures.Post Graduate Programs
For post-graduate programs (that is, those which generally require a bachelor’s degree for entry) it is assumed that you will have attained the standard of maths and science required in most engineering degree programs. We will assume that you have already achieved this standard for programs including the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters degree. The entrance requirements for each program are explained in the detailed program brochures which can be downloaded from this website.Professional Certificate of Competency Courses
There are no formal pre-requisites for the Professionals Certificate of Competency courses. If you need help to determine the level of maths and science required please review the detailed course brochures which can be downloaded from this website.Advanced Diploma Programs
The advanced diploma programs are accelerated, practical and work-oriented, designed for those who have some background in the subject area(s). The entrance requirements are explained in the detailed program brochures which can be downloaded from this website.
While all our courses focus strongly on applied theory and engineering practice, you do need a reasonable understanding of the fundamentals of science and mathematics to derive the maximum benefit from your study. If you have successfully completed a final year high school mathematics course or a related trade qualification, you would probably have minimal difficulty with the maths and science included in most modules of the advanced diploma programs and most of the short certificate courses. If extra study is required there are some excellent study guides in most bookshops and a some excellent recourses on the internet. If you have concerns, here is a summary of key areas that you may encounter during your studies.MATHEMATICS
Our experience leads us to believe that the most challenging subject listed above is undoubtedly mathematics. Physics and chemistry do require a good conceptual understanding, but do rely more extensively on straightforward content and your memory; so are perhaps easier.
If after reading this you are at all concerned about your ability in mathematics and do not want to reply on using a study guide or web resources suggested above, you can attend our Fundamentals of Engineering Maths, Physics and Chemistry - Engineering Studies Preparation Course which runs over 4 months twice a year (with 2 months for mathematics, 1 month for physics and 1 month for chemistry). The Fundamentals course serves two purposes: to re-introduce someone to the discipline of study who may be out of practice, and to revisit final year secondary school maths, physics and chemistry.
If you're looking to start the Fundamentals course in an effort to join an advanced diploma program, it's important to note that much of the mathematics taught in this intensive program is not necessary for the successful completion of the advanced diploma programs. That's why our advisors highly recommend that you apply for the advanced diploma program of your choice first and allow them to advise you.
It’s important to note that the Fundamentals program requires you to be very self-directed. This is partly due to the fact that you should only need to use this program as a refresher to already known maths and science subjects. This course is not designed for beginning maths or science students or those without a background in the covered topics. On completion of this course, 50% of the course fees can be used as a credit towards the fee for an EIT Advanced Diploma course. Please contact one of our advisors via email@example.com for more details.
What is the difference between a Vocational Graduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma?
If you are like most people, the subtle differences between these two diplomas may elude you. And naturally so, as these are defined and audited by vocational and higher education committees who have an in-depth knowledge of educational qualification frameworks. Essentially, it comes down to depth of coverage, your investment in time, degree of understanding and background qualifications and experience.
The Advanced diploma focuses on the nitty gritty introduction to the topics. It requires you to dedicate 5 to 10 hours per week to perform at optimal level. From a qualification level perspective, the advanced diploma is pitched at the level of a bachelor’s degree in engineering in terms of understanding but with a very strong practical (or vocational) bias focussing on applying your knowledge to the job as soon as possible. You will not be covering deep theoretical concepts, but be oriented to the application of the theory. The entry level to this ranges from an engineering higher certificate or diploma to a bachelor's degree in engineering. You would benefit from the EIT advanced diploma if you are mature age (>25 years old) with good working experience.
On the other hand, the Vocational Graduate Diploma is a relatively new but brilliantly conceptualised qualification (identical in level to that of a university graduate diploma) and is at the level of the first year of a two year Master in engineering degree. It is oriented towards applied theory which you can apply to your job almost immediately. It requires considerably more thinking (or cognitive) ability and it is far more challenging than an Advanced Diploma. You will need at least a bachelor of engineering or equivalent or, if you are lacking this, considerable experience (typically more than 10 years working as a practising engineer or technologist) in the subject area. Full details are provided in the prerequisites section. You will need to devote at least 15 to 20 hours per week over 12 months to complete this qualification successfully.
An example of the higher engineering level in the Vocational Graduate Diploma can be seen in the presentation of flow meters.The Advanced Diploma will cover principals of operation, installation, commissioning and maintenance, with a "touch" of some of the more advanced theory. The Vocational Graduate Diploma will cover flow calculations, standards (AGA, ISO etc) , allocation and custody transfer, meter proving, straight lengths and design along with the associated theory.
Are IDC Technologies and the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) connected?
Three years ago IDC Technologies started to offer selected courses via distance education using the latest e-Learning techniques. Demand for these courses has grown so much that we’ve decided to launch a unique new entity to focus on advanced distance learning in engineering and technology.
We are excited to invite you to find out more about the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT). The EIT is intended to help you advance your career when you do not have the time for on-campus study or cannot find courses with practical “real world” content that you can apply at work. The EIT offers engineering certifications, delivered online with practical course content by world class instructors. This provides you with the benefits of live classroom based study in a more efficient, flexible and cost effective manner.
What is e-Learning?
Our e-Learning programs are designed for engineers, technicians and electricians who prefer not to be limited by time or distance and need to develop skills and knowledge in a particular subject.
e-Learning is a form of distance learning, where some or all of the course components are presented online. In the e-Learning environment the presenter of the material and the participants are not physically present in the same room. Instead, they can meet in a ‘virtual’ room. In our courses, the material is shared via the internet in a live ‘webinar’.
Our e-Learning courses incorporate a live approach, also referred to as the synchronous or video-conferencing approach. This ensures that the training is interactive, which maintains the motivation and discipline necessary for successful completion. The live sessions are supported with reading and assignment work.
You will be required to ‘log in’ to your webinar classroom at a pre-arranged time together with several other participants from all over the world. The moderator in attendance will be a real instructor/presenter, qualified and experienced in the particular topic. The presentation (or live webinar) is usually between 60 and 90 minutes, but this can vary depending on the number of questions from students. At any stage the instructor can be signalled if queries on the course material exist. After each presentation there is a question and answer session where you can talk to the instructor, as well as to other participants.
How does it work?
The course consists of a number of modules (this varies from course to course) over a given time period involving live, interactive webinars. Some modules may involve a practical component or group activity. For each module there is an initial reading assignment along with coursework or problems to be handed in and practical exercises in some cases. You will have access to ongoing support from instructors via e-mail, Moodle or Skype.
Is it a 'book on a website'?
No, our e-Learning courses are designed to be as interactive as possible. You will receive materials electronically and participate in live webinars with instructors and students from around the world.
Doesn’t it get boring? How can an e-learning course be interactive?
Boredom can be a real danger, however, we use an interactive approach to our e-Learning – with live sessions instead of recordings. The webinar software allows everyone to interact and involves participants in group work; including hands-on exercises with simulation software and remote laboratories where possible. You can communicate with text messages, or live VoIP speech, or can even draw on the whiteboard during the sessions.
How long is the course?
The duration of the courses vary. For specific information please contact us.
Can I pause my progress and come back to complete the course later?
The webinars cannot be postponed and are set within a given time frame however, it is possible to discontinue a current course and join the next, at the same point for an additional fee.
Can I complete the course in less time?
Our courses actually require ‘attendance’ and participation at the live webinars. The interaction which takes place is an important part of the learning process. See also ‘What if I cannot join or I miss a live webinar’ in the next section.
When will I receive my materials?
All materials required for our e-Learning courses are available in electronic format. We use a Learning Management System called Moodle, which acts like a student portal. You will be provided with a unique username and password, which you use to log into your particular course site. Here, you will be able to access all your course materials, receive and submit assignments and grades, use forums, live chat facilities and much more.
Will I receive notification that I am enrolled on this course?
What do live webinars involve?
These are live, interactive sessions over the Internet. You will join the instructor and other participants from around the world in an online ‘virtual classroom’ where you are able to watch a presentation, and communicate with the instructor and other students via audio, text messaging or drawing on the whiteboard. Each webinar is between 60 and 90 minutes in duration and will be scheduled at 2 or 3 varying times, so you can select the session which is most convenient.
Will it be a live session?
How long will the sessions be?
What if I cannot join or I miss a live webinar?
Webinars are recorded and available to students upon request, however to receive the certificate of completion a minimum of 70% of live webinars must be attended. The live webinars offer the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants from around the globe, which is an essential part of the learning process.
We do have a few students on the current courses who work on-site and therefore cannot always attend webinars during the scheduled time. For special circumstances such as this we will negotiate the minimum attendance and usually agree that provided they watch the recordings and provide feedback, attend when they can and do all assignments on time, then this may be acceptable. This is negotiated on a case by case basis.
Where do I download the webinar software?
When will the sessions take place? When will I receive a webinar schedule?
Our courses are promoted globally and we often have participants from several time zones. Once registration is finalized, we will create schedules and will endeavor to meet everyone’s requirements. Dependent on student numbers, each webinar may be scheduled 1 or 2 times during each presentation day and we try our best to ensure that a session falls into your requested time frames. This is not always possible, however, due to the range of locations of both presenters and students. If you are unable to attend the webinars scheduled, please contact the EIT for more details.
Are the sessions held at the same time of day/day of the week every time?
We do try to keep the schedule as consistent as possible, however this depends on the instructor’s availability.
If I experience technical difficulties and am unable to sit in the session, will I be able to arrange for another?
The webinar sessions are recorded for this reason, but depending on the situation it may be possible to reschedule a session for a later date.
Can I talk to my instructor throughout the session or is all the communication one-sided?
Communication with the instructor is encouraged via microphone, drawing on the whiteboard or by typing in the chat box.
Can I discuss problems with the other people in the session or am I restricted to talking to the instructor?
Interaction with everyone in the room involved in the session is not only possible but encouraged.
What language are the webinars presented in?
All webinars are presented in English.
What do I need?
An adequate Internet connection, speakers and a microphone. A headset is recommended. The necessary software and course materials are provided by us.
What hardware and software do I require?
A participant’s computer is referred to as the ‘client’ machine. The following are recommended configurations. Slightly less powerful machines may still work reasonably well, but faster is better.Windows Client
Do I really need a headset?
Headsets are recommended for sound quality and to avoid feedback through the microphone. Built-in loudspeakers and microphones will work, but are not ideal. Even when microphone problems occur, the presentation can be followed with audio alone. Feedback or questions can be typed using the direct messaging tool. We do strongly recommend a microphone for optimum interactivity.
Do I need any special software?
Yes. The necessary software and set-up instructions are sent to participants prior to the course.
Can I use a dial-up connection?
A broadband connection such as ADSL is ideal. However, a reliable dial-up connection as slow as 28.8 kbps can work as the system will compensate for it. A slight delay with the sound might be experienced as a result.
Who can assist me if I have technical difficulties with the software?
We ask that you install and test the software well before any webinars. Due to company firewalls, you may experience initial problems which we will work through to correct well beforehand. It is recommended that you approach your company’s IT departments to assist with a test connection prior to the course start date.
What level of computer skills do I need to have?
We recommend that you have basic computer skills. The webinar software is very user friendly and easy to use. Most problems are experienced during initial setup of the software (usually due to firewalls) so if you have limited computer knowledge we recommend you have some technical support nearby.
Why is there a difference in costs between your Adv Dip and a similar course offered at my nearby government technical college?
The reason why our Advanced Diplomas are so successful and highly regarded by industry are for some of the following reasons:
For the Advanced Diploma courses, is recognition of prior learning available?
Yes. Please see the detailed course prospectus for more information on this subject, or contact us for details.
How are we assessed?
A series of assignments are completed during the course. These demonstrate understanding of the materials. Each course also has a minimum attendance requirement for live webinars in order to successfully pass the course. Students on any of the Advanced Diploma courses will also be assessed on the level of interactivity in class.
What do the assignments involve?
The assignments are usually a set of questions, problems or calculations which are based on the material provided. They are not designed to trick, merely to determine if the materials have been understood. These vary in length and level of difficulty and are supplied after the live sessions on that topic have finished. Usually around 2 weeks is allowed for completion. The assignments are graded by the instructor and returned by email.
Are there exams?
The examination process can vary per course. Usually there are no exams as such, since exams are generally not effective with distance learning. However, the coursework and grading system are at least equally ‘testing’ and rigorous. There are quizzes and assignments, including practical components, to ensure you develop a comprehensive understanding of the concepts taught in the courses and programs. If you have specific questions about the examination process of a particular EIT program, please contact your nearest Course Advisor or complete the Contact Form available on the website.
My employer is helping to pay the course costs. How can they monitor my performance?
For most courses, including the Advanced Diploma courses, progress can be monitored via the grading system. Some employers have asked to be ‘cc'd’ when marked assignments are returned by email so that they can monitor the student’s progress.
How much time do I need to spend on the course every week?
This depends on the program you have joined as well as you individual knowledge, aptitude and commitment. For the short certificate courses successful students will require 3 to 5 hours each week, including the fortnightly webinar. For advanced diploma programs successful students are likely to spend between 10 and 15 hours per week in order to cover the material adequately and to gain sufficient knowledge in each program topic.
This includes the preparatory reading, attendance at each webcast (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), which runs once a week, and the time necessary to complete the assignments and distance laboratory work. This time would be required to ensure the material is covered adequately and sufficient knowledge is gained to provide sound, enduring and immediately useful skills in engineering. EIT operates almost all year long, so your studies will continue most weeks of the year to enable you to achieve the qualification in an accelerated time period when compared to a traditional semester-based system.
For some programs, particularly post-graduate, the study load will be greater.
If I am struggling to keep up with the workload can I get any extra help or tuition?
Certainly. We understand that furthering your education is a huge commitment, and most of our students have full time work as well as family commitments. We will do whatever we can to assist you in the course. The instructor is available to help via email, Moodle or Skype, and depending on the situation extensions are available for assignments if need be. An additional one-on-one webinar with the instructor is possible, although an additional cost may be incurred.
Do I need to have any qualifications to understand it?
This varies from course to course and is usually essential for the Advanced Diploma courses. Please contact the EIT for the requirements for specific courses.
Are there a maximum number of participants allowed per course?
Yes. In order to maximise the benefit you receive from the course, and to provide you with as much interaction as possible with the instructor and other participants we do limit the number of students per course. The maximum number varies from course to course. We also do keep webinar numbers at a set level in order to encourage interaction. If we do receive a high number of registrations for a course we ensure that we have enough webinar sessions to cater for everyone.
Do I have to start on the designated commencement date?
The commencement date is merely the date that registrations close. On this day the information packs and first set of course materials are sent. The first webinar usually occurs about 10 days after this, once all participants have returned their pre-course questionnaires.
Can I have the contact details of the other participants in the course?
The EIT is not permitted to share any student contact information with other students. However students are welcome to share their contact details, at their own risk.
If I don't understand something am I able to 'approach' the instructor 'after class'?
Yes, the instructor will always stay behind ‘after class’ for questions. Participants can also contact the instructor via email, Moodle or Skype where possible.
If there are hands-on aspects to the session are all the delegates able to be involved?
The hands-on sessions are performed using application sharing tools or simulation software. Only one student can do this at a time, but we ensure all students have the opportunity to use these tools.
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