A Quick Guide

EIT - A Quick Guide:

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How it works:

All EIT programs are presented to you using the latest online distance learning technologies. Learn about our proven learning systems here. It is interactive.


When the course starts:

EIT programs start at set dates (see the schedule here).


Program information:

We provide detailed program brochures which will tell you a great deal about the content - follow the links from the Schedule page to download your own copy.


Entrance requirements:

These vary depending on the program. For example, short (3 month) courses have no formal pre-requisites (they are not a formal “qualification”), but diplomas and above have set pre-requisites. See the brochure for details.

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Professional Development?

Yes, all courses can be used to develop your technical and engineering career. The short courses are designed especially for this purpose – see "Professional Certificates of Competency" here.


Can I enrol now?

Yes, we accept applications for any program listed on the schedule with a future start date. We encourage you to enrol several weeks before the start date.



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All programs are presented in English. Click here for details concerning requirements.


Studying with EIT - What to Expect?

Studying with EIT - What to Expect (Time Required, Workload, Lecturers, Support, and More).


Is it self-paced?

At EIT, we don’t provide learning materials for you and leave you to it. We provide a motivational structure that includes live, interactive online classes with expert practitioners, set due dates for assignments, and a dedicated Course Coordinator who is your guide and central contact throughout the program. This structure helps you to get through the program and, where applicable, earn your qualification. The system has been proven over many years and thousands of students. Quite simply, it works.
At EIT, online does not mean you are on your own.

What is EIT's online learning?

EIT’s online learning programs are designed for engineers and technicians who prefer not to be limited by distance and need to develop up-to-the-minute skills and knowledge in a particular subject in the most efficient way possible.

online learning is a form of distance learning, where some or all of the course components are presented online. In the online 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’ classroom. In EIT’s courses, some of the material is shared via the internet in a live ‘webinar’.

Our online learning courses incorporate a live approach, also referred to as the synchronous 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, assignment work and practical work (subject dependent).

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 teacher in attendance will be a lecturer qualified and experienced in the particular topic. The presentation (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.

[Once you get used to it, the virtual classroom is just like a physical classroom – the more you participate in each session, the more you’ll learn and enjoy.]


How will EIT's method work for me?

All EIT programs are presented to you using the latest online distance learning technologies. Learn about our proven systems here: https://www.eit.edu.au/eit-program-delivery-methodology. It is interactive.

The courses consist of a number of topics (this varies) over a given time period involving live, interactive webinars. Some topics may involve an online practical component or group activity. Students move through the program as a group, one topic following the previous, and so on. You will have access to ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator and specialist lecturers or instructors.

In the professional certificates of competency there are usually 12 modules, each containing short topics. The fortnightly webinars usually cover two modules. Details of content are in the program brochures.

In the diplomas and advanced diplomas each topic is usually delivered over 1 week and the topics are grouped into Modules which can vary from 2 to 12 weeks’ duration (1 topic = 1 week). For each Module there are set readings and coursework (and practical exercises in some cases) along with an assignment to be submitted. There are no exams, but there may be short quizzes at certain points and one assignment per Module, which is graded.

The post-graduate programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters) are divided into Units with the weekly content described in the detailed program brochures. Assessment in the post-graduate programs may be a combination of coursework and exams.

[EIT’s system provides a structure and discipline to your learning that can help you to get to a successful end, with a dedicated Course Coordinator as your ‘coach’ and guide. Quite simply, it works.]


Is it a 'book on a website'?

No, our online learning courses are designed to be as interactive as possible. You will receive materials electronically and participate in live webinars with lecturers and students from around the world.


Doesn’t it get boring? How can online learning be interactive?

Boredom can be a real danger for passive online learning, however, EIT uses an interactive approach to our online learning – with numerous live sessions. The webinar software allows everyone to interact and involves participants in group work; we also include hands-on exercises with simulation software and remote (cloud-based) laboratories where possible. In the webinars you can communicate with text messages, or live VoIP speech, or can even draw on the whiteboard during the sessions.

[The more you interact, the greater the benefits. And yes, that includes building networks with your fellow students, who are likely to be based all over the world.]


How Long is the Course?

The total duration of the courses varies. The duration is listed on our schedule page.


Can I complete the course is less time?

The entire class moves through the program at the same time. There are two principal reasons why we are unable to offer a fast track:

  1. The course actually requires "attendance" and participation at the webinars. We know from experience that these webinars (and fixed assignment due dates) help to provide a disciplined structure which aids motivation.
  2. They are a major reason that around 60 to 70 percent of students who join an EIT program graduate – much higher than passive “online only” programs which are completed in your own time. If you want strong grades, the course reading and assignments will consume about 10 to 15 hours per week on average with the longer programs, so accelerating the course would be quite onerous. We want you to succeed.

[Compare EIT’s total duration with those of “traditional” semester-based courses and you’ll see that the intensive continuous delivery actually delivers a qualification in an accelerated time.]


Do I need any special software?

Yes, to join the webinars. There is no additional cost. You will be able to join the webinars by using the software supplied to you at the start of the course.

You may also be provided access to (or be asked to install) other software as necessary for the practical exercises. This depends upon the subject matter.

You will also join our remote laboratories and gain access to some software through that technology. More details will be provided by your Course Coordinator.


Will the software run on my Mac, tablet, smartphone, or other-non-windows platform?

The webinar software will run on various platforms including Android and Apple iOS, and you will be able to access the remote labs. Some of the industry-based software will only run on a Windows-based platform so you may need occasional access to a PC– this varies by subject.


Can I have the contact details of the other participants in the course?

Our privacy policy means that for the protection of our students EIT is not permitted to share any student contact information with others. However, enrolled students are welcome to share their contact details, at their own discretion and risk.

If you would like to read or see testimonials, please see Student Stories on the website here.


If there are practical aspects are all students able to be involved?

The practical sessions are performed using application sharing tools or simulation software. Only one student can work on some simulations at one time, but we ensure all students have equal opportunity to use these tools.


Where can I find out more about EIT’s methodology, including the practical labs?

Talk to your Course Advisor or see sample sessions on the website here.


Are EIT’s Courses Internationally recognized?

EIT’s online learning courses are offered globally and as you may know there is no single global authority that can provide us with global accreditation. To resolve this, we have sought accreditation and/or CPD validation from a number of institutions worldwide. General information on this question is on the website

The detailed brochures provide course-specific accreditation information.


Who are the lecturers and can I contact them?

Your lecturers will be well-qualified subject matter experts with real-world industry experience. They are selected and recruited from amongst the top engineers in their field - worldwide. We require them to have a background in industry, to present well and get outstanding materials across to you.


Almost all instructors are available to help with course related subjects via email, Moodle or Skype. You simply contact them via your dedicated Course Coordinator.


Live Webinars

Live Webinars

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.


What language are the webinars presented in?

All webinars are presented in English.


What do I need so I can join?

An adequate Internet connection, speakers and a microphone. A headset is recommended. The necessary software and course materials are provided by EIT in the first week of the program.


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.

[The more you interact, the greater the benefits.]


Can I use a dial-up connection?

A broadband connection such as ADSL is ideal. However, a reliable dial-up connection can work for the webinars as the system will compensate for it. A slight delay with the sound might be experienced as a result.

[And if you are on a remote site with weak satellite connection, many students have been pleasantly surprised how light the bandwidth requirements for the webinars are.]


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. There is a question in the application form that asks for your preferences. Once registration is finalized, we will create schedules and will endeavour to meet everyone’s requirements. Dependent on student numbers, each live webinar may be scheduled more than once (i.e. repeated) during each presentation day and we try our best to ensure that a session falls into your requested time frames. On rare occasions this is not always possible due to the range of locations of both presenters and students. If you are unable to attend the webinars at the scheduled times, please contact your Course Coordinator.

Where there are repeat sessions you can move from your preferred session to another time.


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 may depend on the lecturer’s availability.

[All the times are posted on the specific course website.]


Will it be a live session?

Yes, almost all the webinars are live (in real time). All students and the lecturer log in to the webinar ‘room’ simultaneously. Very occasionally we may offer recordings of sessions.


If I experience difficulties and am unable to sit in the session, will I be able to join another?

Yes. The webinar sessions are recorded for this reason, but depending on the situation you may be able to join one of the repeat sessions.


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. Just as in a physical class, you’ll get more out of the session if you put more in.


Can I discuss the subject matter with the other people in the session or am I restricted to talking to the lecturer?

Interaction with everyone in the room involved in the session is not only possible but encouraged. You can communicate with other participants on the course via the chat box. Each course has its own webinar room allocated to it. All students are encouraged to form study groups and bounce ideas off each other. The webinar room is available to students at all times.

[You can build your networks in the sessions if you work at it.]


How long will the sessions be?

The sessions are usually between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the type of program and how many questions the participants have.


What if I cannot join or I miss a live webinar session?

We do have many students working on rotational rosters and shifts. Joining the sessions is proven to help with learning, and is motivational. It also provides a discipline that helps students to stay focussed. In fact, it is a requirement of the course that your attendance rate is at least 70%. That noted, we are certainly aware of the need to be flexible for students who have special circumstances. Recordings of each webinar are made available.

If you have work, family or health circumstances which prevent you from attending a particular webinar, please notify your Course Coordinator prior to the webinar date.

If you are unable to attend a webinar you can submit a summary in your own words that covers all the main points of the webinar. The summary will need to demonstrate that you have reviewed the recording and understood what was presented. Summaries may be submitted in any format but must reflect what was observed in the webinar. This includes all main topic points, special notes and any questions specific to the topic. Summaries must be in your own words and set out in dot points or in short sentences for a minimum of half a page per webinar. Once a webinar summary is received by your course coordinator and checked, you will be marked off as having attended the webinar.

However, we cannot stress enough that relying on the recordings is not ideal because the regular live interaction with the instructors and your fellow students will help you to complete the program.

[We recommend that you do not rely on the recordings. It is the interaction that will help get you through successfully to the end.]


Where do I download the webinar software?

All the necessary instructions to download and install the webinar software is available through our Learning Management System “Moodle”. You will receive login details to access these resources on or shortly after the advertised starting date. We use “Blackboard Collaborate”, a widely used global provider of webinar software. There is no charge for your use of the software.


Who can assist me if I have technical difficulties with the webinar software?

We ask that you install and test the software well before any webinars. Due to your employer’s company firewalls, you may experience initial problems which we can work through to correct well beforehand. It is recommended that you approach your employer’s IT department to assist with a test connection prior to the course start date. It is extremely rare for students to be denied access.

It is possible to connect with as little as 256Kbps if the connection is stable. The virtual classroom software is available at no charge. You can read about the software and test your connection from server one and server two.


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. Of course, some of the more advanced courses do require deeper software knowledge, but generally this is imparted as part of the course.





How am I assessed?

This will vary depending upon the type of program.

For the short certificate courses, there are 6 short online quizzes over the 12 weeks. There are also 2 graded assignments – one near the halfway point and one near the end of the course. Students need to complete all assessments and achieve a grade of at least 50% in each assignment to pass the course. It is a requirement that 67% (4 out of the 6) of webinars are attended, however if this is not possible there is an option to make use of the recordings of each session and submit a webinar summary.

For diplomas and advanced diplomas there is 1 assignment for each Module, distributed as the Module begins and usually due within 2 weeks of Module conclusion. There is no final exam. Every assignment must be passed at 50% or better in order to pass the overall program. There are also quizzes of “critical questions” where students need to achieve 100% in order to pass the module. In addition, it is a requirement of the course that 70% of the webinars must be attended, however if this is not possible there is an option to make use of the recordings of each session and submit a webinar summary.

[See also "What if I cannot join or I miss a live webcast?" in the "Live Webinars" section.]

For graduate and post-graduate programs, assessment will vary by unit and may be a mix of assignments, projects, exams, practical exercises and reports.


What are the assignments like?

The assignments are not designed to trick you or be overly difficult; they are based on the materials you receive and the content of the webinars. Some questions may require you to do your own research, but generally they are designed to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject.

Assignments can take the form of (but are not limited to):

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answers
  • Quizzes
  • Calculations
  • Diagrams and drawings
  • Use of simulation software or remote laboratories
  • Case Studies

What if I fail an assignment?

Students can apply to re-sit particular module or unit assessments whilst the course is still running. There is no fee for the first re-attempt, but a fee applies for further attempts. You would contact your course coordinator for details.


Will I need to sit exams?

The assessment process will vary for each type of program. Many programs up to diploma and advanced diploma level are assessed by assignments (coursework) and quizzes. For higher education programs, such as the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s degree, students can expect examinations.

Many of the assignments include 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.


Course details, including start dates, duration, “pause and re-start” option, more

Course details, including start dates, duration, “pause and re-start” option, more

Do I have to start on the designated start date?

The start date is usually the first day of the “orientation” week. During that week the information packs and first set of course materials are made available. The first webinar usually occurs in the following week, once all participants have returned their pre-course questionnaires. Therefore it may be possible to join a little later but check with your Course Advisor.


How long is the course?

The duration of the courses varies. The duration is listed on our schedule page.


Are there a maximum number of participants allowed per course?

Yes. In order to maximize the benefits you will 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 and per webinar session. The maximum number varies from course to course. We keep webinar numbers per session at a set level in order to encourage interaction. If we do receive a high number of registrations for a course, we aim to ensure that we have enough repeat webinar sessions to cater for everyone


How much time do I need to spend on the course every week?

This depends on the program you have joined as well as your 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.

These estimates are an average based upon student feedback over several years. Of course for some subjects, students will need to spend less time and for others more than the average. The bottom line is that a student who is committed to good outcomes will need to invest the time to gain maximum benefit.

Time spent includes the preparatory reading, attendance at each webinar or tutorial and the time necessary to complete the assignments, additional readings, viewings, quizzes & practicals (including online remote 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.

Commitment + Discipline + Time = Success

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. Almost all instructors are available to help via email, Moodle or Skype, and depending on the situation extensions are available for assignments if need be. You simply contact them via your dedicated Course Coordinator. An additional one-on-one webinar with the instructor is possible, although an additional cost may be incurred.


When will I receive my materials?

All materials required for our online learning courses are available in electronic format. We use a Learning Management System called Moodle, which acts like a course website and student portal. During the first week of the program (“orientation week”) you will be provided with a unique username and password, which you use to log into your particular course website. On the Moodle website you will be able to access your course materials, receive and submit assignments and grades, use forums, live chat facilities and much more.


What is the difference between a Graduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma?

Essentially, it comes down to depth of coverage, your investment in time, degree of understanding and background qualifications and experience.

The diploma or advanced diploma focuses on the nitty gritty introduction to the topics. It requires you to dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week to achieve good grades. The advanced diploma has 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. The entry criteria range 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 Graduate Diploma is at the level of the first year of a two-year Master of Engineering degree. 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’s degree in engineering. Full details are provided on the Entrance Requirements page in the detailed program brochure. The Master of Engineering program, which includes the Graduate Diploma as an “exit point” at the half way mark, will require you to dedicate 15 to 20 hours each week to complete successfully.

An example of the higher engineering level in the Graduate Diploma can be seen in the presentation of flow meters. The Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation will cover principals of operation, installation, commissioning and maintenance, with a "touch" of some of the more advanced theory. The 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.


When do I pay and what happens if I need to postpone or withdraw from a program?

There is no enrolment fee for EIT programs. Payment for EIT programs (whether full payment for short courses or first instalment for longer programs) is required 2 to 4 weeks before the start of the program.

Students in rand-paying countries are required to pay the first month’s payment with their enrolment, but this comes off the total fees.

    1. Withdraw prior to course start:

Short courses (Professional Certificates of Competency and similar): A fee of 20% will apply for written cancellations received 7-14 days prior to the start of the program.

Cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the program are not refundable however substitutes are welcome. Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs: A fee equivalent to 1 monthly instalment will apply for written cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the start date of the course. However, substitutes are welcome.” This applies to all payment options.

    1. Postponement after start (“Pause and re-start”):

For short courses no refund is offered after the start date. In certain circumstances a student of a short course may be able to transfer to a future class. This arrangement would be made with the Course Coordinator.

For longer programs, if a student needs to suspend their studies but plans to re-join a future course, then at the time of postponement the student completes a course withdrawal declaration form. There is no postponement fee. 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 $200 applies at the time that the student re-joins. EIT allows up to 3 years for a student to complete an 18-month 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. EIT allows 4 years for 24-month programs and 5 years for 36 month programs. Students can only postpone and re-join twice, and after this it is treated as a full withdrawal (please see item 3 below).

Any instalment payments made in advance are held by EIT in readiness for re-joining, although a pro-rata refund for those who have paid in full upfront can be arranged via your Course Coordinator (see point 3 below).

    1. Full withdrawal:

If a student decides to withdraw completely from a course they will be required to complete a withdrawal declaration form. Once this form is received, the Course Coordinator will then withdraw the student from the course and liaise with the finance department to complete any refunds or credit notes.

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:

a) Modules attended by the student up to the point where the Course Coordinator receives written notice of the student’s request for withdrawal. The withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic has started (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.

Students who have chosen to pay in monthly instalments may not receive a refund on full withdrawal. Payment of all instalments is required up to and including the Module where the student provided 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 has started (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.


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 (see Live Webinars section). It is possible to discontinue a current course and join the next, at the same point for an additional fee (see preceding question).


Can I complete the course in less time?

The entire class moves through the program at the same time. There are two principle reasons why we are unable to offer a fast track:

  1. The course actually requires "attendance" and participation at the webinars. We know from experience that these webinars (and fixed assignment due dates) help to provide a disciplined structure which aids motivation. They are a major reason that around 60 to 70 percent of students who join a program graduate – much higher than passive “online only” programs which are completed in your own time.
  2. If you want strong grades, the course reading and assignments will consume about 10 to 15 hours per week on average with the longer programs, so accelerating the course would be quite onerous.

[Compare EIT’s total duration with those of “traditional” semester-based courses and you’ll see that the intensive continuous delivery actually delivers a qualification in an accelerated time.]


My employer (or sponsor) is helping to pay the course costs. How can they monitor my performance?

For diploma courses and above, progress can be monitored via the grading system. You can contact your Course Coordinator and ask for a progress report to be sent to you, which is an official record and can be used to show progress to your employer or sponsor. The duration of modules can vary (some are as short as 2 weeks), so EIT requests that these reports are issued periodically rather than per module.

We will require your written permission to disclose your information to your employer. It is preferable for you to pass on the information you receive from your Coordinator.


What type of final certificate do I receive on successful completion?

For the short courses you will be emailed a secured personalized electronic certificate. A printed certificate is available at an extra cost – ask your Coordinator.

For diplomas and above you will be mailed a legal and official printed EIT testamur, with EIT embossed seal affixed.


Where can I see an example of a final certificate?

For obvious reasons we cannot send you draft documentation. You can however view photos of graduating students with their documents in the Student Stories section of the website.


Entrance Requirements (pre-requisites)

Entrance Requirements (pre-requisites)

What are the entrance requirements?

The specific entrance requirements for EIT programs are outlined in the brochures. Here is a short summary.

Post Graduate Programs (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters)

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 knowledge (including relevant 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 master’s degree.


Diploma and Advanced Diploma Programs

These programs are accelerated, practical and work-oriented. Most programs are designed for engineers and technicians who have some background in the field. This includes those who have technical or ‘trade’ qualifications who want to move to the next career step, those with substantial relevant work experience who need to formalize and enhance their achievements, and those with higher level qualifications in a related field who wish to develop specialist knowledge. Practical work experience in related areas of engineering would help enormously. It would not be suitable for a student with no relevant work experience. We will review your application and may recommend pre-program studies if required.

There are occasional exceptions to these entrance requirements, but if so the details will be included in the program brochures.


Professional Certificate of Competency Courses

These short courses are part time, non-award courses designed for up-skilling and cross-skilling. The courses do not provide a “qualification” but do provide outstanding professional development and will, we believe, make you more productive in your work. There are no formal prerequisites but we do recommend that you have some basic knowledge of the subject in order to maximize the value to get from the course.

If you do not have any background in industry, engineering or a technical field we may counsel that a short course may be very challenging, but ultimately registration will be your decision.


What level of maths, physics and chemistry do I need for the diploma and advanced diploma programs?

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 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 some excellent courses on the internet.

If after reading this you are at all concerned about your ability in mathematics and do not want to rely on using a study guide or web resources suggested above, the self-paced “Fundamentals of Maths, Physics and Chemistry” course was developed to assist students wanting to enrol in the advanced diploma programs to revise these subjects. Please note that it was not designed to give students entry in the programs. This self-paced program is offered by EIT’s sister company, IDC Technologies. For more information, visit here.

The Fundamentals program is 100% self-paced (that’s quite a different methodology to the typical interactive online experience of other EIT programs). 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 beginner maths or science students or those without a background in the covered topics.

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.


The Enrolment Process – how, when and more

The Enrolment Process – how, when and more

Where can I find the enrolment application forms?

Please contact your nearest EIT office or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specify the program(s) you are interested in and the country where you are living and we will send you application forms showing fees in an appropriate currency.


How do I apply for admission?

For all courses there are 2-part admission forms to complete. In Part 1 you provide your payment and contact details, Part 2 tells us something about your background. These can be emailed and in some cases can be completed online.

After receipt we will acknowledge that we have your forms and within 5 business days (longer for post-graduate programs) we will confirm admission or make other recommendations if required.


Will I receive notification that I am enrolled?

You should enrol using the appropriate form for each type of course. Once this is received you will quickly receive an acknowledgment and (subject to acceptance) a provisional confirmation of place (subject to payment prior to course start) will follow within 5 business days for short courses, diplomas and advanced diploma programs. Processing time for higher education programs (degrees and graduate certificates) can take longer – ask your course advisor for details.


Will I receive a letter of offer?

For current programs EIT will provide the initial acknowledgment and the confirmation of your place by email.




Where can I find the fees?

Because EIT’s students join from over 100 countries, we offer fees in different currencies. Please contact you nearest EIT office, course advisor, or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., specify the program(s) you are interested in and the country where you are living and we will advise fees in an appropriate currency.


Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Yes, definitely. For diploma courses and above EIT offers monthly payments over the duration of the program. Pay as you go!


What if I postpone or withdraw?

If you need to pause and re-start, your payments would stop until you re-joined, and if you withdraw completely payment would cease at the time your written notice was received by your Coordinator.

Students who have chosen to pay in monthly instalments may not receive a refund on full withdrawal. Payment of all instalments is required up to and including the Module where the student provided 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 has started (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.


Tell me more about EIT’s fees

  1. You may be able to claim or get a tax deduction for this education - check with your accountant or tax advisor to find out if this is the case.
  2. For longer programs EIT offers instalment arrangements (monthly) so that the financial burden is considerably reduced.
  3. Many of our students arrange for their companies to refund their study investment on successful completion of the course. Check with your employer. We can provide interim grade reports on request.
  4. You won’t lose hours and hours travelling to and from classrooms, so you will save time and cost studying with EIT.

If I do another online learning course is there a discount available?

Returning EIT students may be entitled to a reduced fee. Please ask us for details.


Awards, Recognition and Accreditation

Awards, Recognition and Accreditation

Are EIT’s courses internationally recognized?

EIT’s online learning courses are offered globally and as you may know there is no single global authority that can provide us with global accreditation. To resolve this, we have sought accreditation and/or CPD validation from a number of institutions worldwide. General information on this question is on the website here.

The detailed brochures provide course-specific accreditation information.


Will I be an “Engineer” after I earn a qualification?

[Such an easy question, but the answer is not so simple. There is no "easy" pathway to becoming an official "engineer".]

In many countries the term "engineer" is used loosely. Often people with a trade qualification and experience then find work in a position as an "engineer". The word by itself does not have a legal status in many countries and it is quite common for people to work as an "engineer" without any academic qualification above a 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. Usually the applicant requires a 4 year bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus significant experience, plus peer recognition. Most of these requirements will be detailed on the website of the institution. Fortunately, there is an international agreement called the "Washington Accord" that many institutes have signed which stipulates the membership criteria at full engineer level – see related FAQ in this section.

There are other 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. There is also an entry level known as "engineering associate" or similar (often known as "Officer" or "Technician" level) which provides formal status 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 2 EIT programs that have provisional recognition under the Dublin Accord, with more to follow.


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 the Washington Accord. The signatories in various locations can be viewed within the details section on each of the three accords.

Information about the Dublin Accord accreditation is here, 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 under the Dublin Accord 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 gives EIT graduates paraprofessional membership status and recognition by peak industry societies.

The Washington Accord can apply to certain 4-year full time university degree qualifications such as the Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) Honours. It provides full recognition as a professional engineer. Some "entry to practice" master’s degree programs may also be recognized as conferring professional engineer status. EIT’s Master of Engineering program is an entry-to-practice style program and is to be submitted to a signatory of the Washington Accord, Engineers Australia, for accreditation. This can be a lengthy process and whilst we are optimistic about the outcome, it is not guaranteed at this stage.

The Sydney Accord can apply to certain 3 year full-time qualifications such as the Bachelor of Science (Engineering), Bachelor of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Technology (BTech) and similar. The Sydney Accord recognises programs at "Technologist" level. The attraction of these programs is that they are often more achievable for mature-age students who have full-time work. They provide a strong qualification in less time than a 4-year degree with "exit" points that provide other qualifications along the way, such as an advanced diploma. There is always the option to move on to a master’s program for recognition under the Washington Accord.

[EIT is a legally recognized higher education provider and is determined to offer students an achievable pathway to full professional status. Program development can be a lengthy process and whilst we are optimistic about the outcome, the timing is not fixed at this stage.]


What if the program I want is not yet accredited under an Accord?

If, for example, the advanced diploma program you plan to join is not yet formally accredited this need not be a major obstacle, the qualification is usually considered as one criterion for membership (along with peer review, experience and so on). Contact your preferred association or society for details.

Are EIT courses accredited with the Namibian Engineering Council?

The Namibian Engineering Council tend to work with ECSA and recognise ECSA’s agreements. ECSA are a signatory to the three accords – Dublin, Sydney and Washington Accords and recognise Engineers Australia’s work in this regard.  You may be recognised by the Namibian Engineering Council if you complete a qualification at EIT recognised under these three accords. Although, we would not be able to guarantee any recognition under any circumstances. We encourage all applicants to enquire directly with the Namibian Engineering Council in the first instance.


Next Steps (Pathways)

Next Steps (Pathways)

If I complete a short course can I earn credit into higher level courses?

The Certificate courses do not lead to a credential (qualification), but the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and above courses lead to a formal credential. Assessment for the short courses is less comprehensive and study load is reduced compared to formal qualifications. As a result, direct credit into similar “modules” within the advanced diploma program is generally not available although there are some exceptions. In terms of cost efficiency, the formal qualifications provide greater “value”. Completion of the content in (for example) the advanced diploma programs via a selection of short courses would be a costly exercise comparatively.


Will I get credit if I go on to apply to university after my EIT course?

Any credit at a university, if offered, would usually only apply to advanced diploma programs and above.

There is no general set of rules for recognition of prior learning at universities. EIT’s advanced courses are legally accredited by our national government. Universities accredit their own courses and this means that each university can decide what exemptions will be allowed for prior studies, qualifications, and work experience. Therefore, universities may perhaps provide some credit and/or exemptions, but we cannot guarantee the extent of credit because each has its own criteria. The amount of credit will be dependent upon their policies - and the content of the program you are interested in. It might vary from granting of admission but with no credit, to up to possibly 12 months when entering a 4-year equivalent full time program. The criteria is often listed on university websites and in general it is best to research the various options.


Can I study beyond advanced diploma level with EIT?

EIT offers graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s level programs and a recently developed bachelor’s degree pathway for students who are looking for an achievable option after the advanced diploma.

The new bachelor’s degree program is offered using EIT's well-proven “intensive part time” online model.

The program is unique and ideal for mature-aged students to tackle part-time. The qualification pathway takes around 6 years part-time for a newcomer who meets the entrance criteria but has no credit. But those who have studied a relevant advanced diploma with EIT will automatically meet the entrance criteria and the time required may reduce to perhaps 4 to 5 years of further part-time study; any credit will depend on which advanced diploma has been awarded, and which bachelor’s program is preferred.


English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

What are the English language requirements for admission?

All instruction and materials from EIT are provided in English.

For diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate programs, English language competency is required. Students are required to understand spoken and written English and to communicate in English verbally and in writing.

Students are required to indicate their English ability on their application form. If you speak a language other than English most often when at home, or speak English "not well" or "not at all", you will be asked to provide one of the following as part of your application:

  1. A letter from a manager at your current place of employment confirming that you have a good grasp of technical English, OR
  2. Evidence of a completed technical qualification of at least 6 months full time equivalent duration completed within the last 8 years that was conducted in English, OR
  3. Evidence of a pass in English from senior secondary studies completed within the last 10 years; OR
  4. Evidence of a specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test such as IELTS (or equivalent) – students must achieve a score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5).

More details are in the Admissions Policy here.

For Higher Education programs (Bachelor Degree and Master Degree) each course will have a specified English proficiency level.

The methods of satisfying English language proficiency are through:

· An Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or equivalent.

· A specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test, such as IELTS (or equivalent) – Masters course applicants must achieve an overall Academic IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 6.0), or equivalent. Bachelor degree applicants must achieve an overall Academic IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5), or equivalent.

· Satisfactory completion of another course offered by EIT in English, or by another tertiary institution

· Work history in an organisation where English is the language of communication

· All CRICOS applicants from non-English speaking countries and/or whose first language is not English are required to provide results from a recognised language test such as IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent.

More details are in the Admissions Policy here.

It is important to note that students who satisfy the English language requirements are not automatically guaranteed a place – you will also need to meet the specific course entrance requirements.


Recognition of Prior Learning ("RPL") and Credit Transfer

What is credit transfer?

What is credit transfer?

Credit Transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications (or individual units or modules). The program for each qualification consists of a series of Units or Modules. If you have studied the Unit or Module in a previous program and you can provide official evidence (certified statement of attainment, transcript or similar), then we may be able to grant you credit transfer for that Unit or Module and this will reduce your overall program fees.


What is recognition of prior learning?

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

If you have not studied Units or Modules directly but believe you can present a strong case to demonstrate that you are already competent in the subject matter, then you need to provide detailed evidence. This will require you to prepare your case and for us to assess. If RPL is granted it does not reduce program fees because of the complexity of assessing each application. We look at the learning outcomes of the Unit or Module and then we assess the evidence that you provide against those outcomes.


For which courses can I apply for RPL?

RPL may be available for diploma courses and above.


How and when do I start the process?

As a preliminary step you can indicate on the course application form whether you intend to apply for RPL including what specific unit(s) or module(s) you feel you are already competent or have experience in. Once your course application is approved and the first instalment is paid you will be sent a detailed RPL claim form to start the process. Students can apply for RPL at any point throughout the course.


If I send you my CV before admission, can you tell me how much RPL I will gain?

In most instances we cannot give a casual opinion for RPL. It is a process which requires detailed knowledge of your prior experience with significant documentation, plus detailed in-depth information about the subjects you have studied (which we cannot gain from unit titles). This in-depth assessment is usually referred to a subject matter expert. The units you have completed are “mapped” against the modules in our program.

However, you can get some indication that will help decide if what you have studied in the past matches the specific content of Modules in the Advanced Diploma program by reviewing the detailed program brochure.


Where can I read more about RPL?

Ask your Course Advisor or Course Coordinator for a copy of EIT’s RPL guidelines.


What fee is involved for RPL?

If your claim for credit transfer (see “What is credit transfer”) is successful, your course fees will be reduced by the value of the Unit(s) or Module(s) that you are exempt from. If you are making a claim for RPL (as per (2) in “Types of Claim”) there is no fee, but the program cost will not be reduced. If your RPL application is successful, you will be granted exemption from attendance and/or completion of the assignment / exam for the selected Unit(s) or Module(s). In practice this means that you would take a break for any exempted subjects while the remainder of the class continued, then re-join for the next subject.

In most cases where credit transfer or RPL is granted the time taken to complete a program with EIT does not change.


What should I consider before I apply for RPL?

We usually recommend that students carefully consider which Units or Modules and to what extent they apply for RPL. There are several reasons why care is needed:

  1. By staying with the entire course you get the latest information, especially if prior studies in the subject were completed some time ago.
  2. You maintain continuity, which maintains the discipline of the studies.
  3. For many students, any cost savings (for credit transfer) are relatively minor in the context of the overall course and only apply for direct credit.
  4. In some cases, claims we receive for exemption are based upon a student’s prior studies at a lower level. For example, Advanced Diplomas are at Level 6. Moving from Level 3 or Level 4 is often similar to moving from one year to the next in secondary school – it is a natural progression rather than an opportunity for RPL in most cases. There are exceptions to this, where lower level Units or Modules are studied as part of a higher level qualification.
  5. As required by our various accrediting bodies, the RPL process is rigorous and requires considerable resources. As a consequence, only students who have submitted an enrolment form and had a place confirmed on the program are formally considered for exemption. The RPL process may take some time and will only be completed once your course application is approved and the first instalment is paid. Should a student who has enrolled and applied for RPL not be satisfied with the decision of EIT regarding eligibility then that student may appeal the decisions.
  6. The onus is on the prospective student to present a well-documented claim.




What if I am unhappy with any part of my course?

Please contact your Course Coordinator immediately. The course coordinator will work with you to address any issues and find a resolution.


Are IDC Technologies and the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) connected?

IDC Technologies began providing cutting-edge technical and engineering training over 30 years ago - in the early 1980’s. From 2007 the decision was made to offer selected courses via distance education using the latest online learning techniques. Demand for these courses grew so much that a unique new entity known as the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) was launched in 2008 to focus on advanced distance learning in engineering and technology.

The goal of EIT is 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. EIT offers engineering qualifications, delivered online with practical course content by world class lecturers. This provides you with the benefits of live, classroom based study in a more efficient, flexible and cost effective manner.


Why is there a difference in costs between your course 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:

  • Our instructors are selected and recruited from amongst the top engineers/instructors in their field - worldwide. We require them to have a background in industry, to present well and get outstanding materials across to you.
  • If you read the detailed course brochure you will see the courses are aimed at practising technicians and engineers giving hard hitting practical know-how relevant to today's market and aimed at someone who is working in industry. We design and select the examples and practical exercises in the course based upon real-world business requirements including feedback from the tens of thousands of students we have trained over many years.
  • We have experience in training thousands of engineers and technicians throughout the world and have built up a library of outstanding reference materials which focus on what engineers and technicians need in their work today in industry and mining. The value of these references is considerable and included in the cost of most courses.
  • The course content is challenging and designed for engineers and technicians already working in industry. We assume a general understanding of the demands of the workplace. A student without practical experience would be unsuited to the course.




The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.