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Preparing your Professional

Report/Extended CV

 Ensure that professional roles and positions are clearly documented.
 Ensure that evidence is provided for how all of the relevant professional
competencies are met when applying for a category of Professional Registration.

The purpose of the Professional Report/Extended CV is to demonstrate to the Institute’s
Membership Committee that an applicant satisfies the professional standards and
competencies that are expected for the level of membership and/or registration that is being
applied for. When a candidate also requires a Professional Review Interview for membership
and/or registration, the Professional Report is used by the assessors to prepare for the
interview. A good Professional Report/Extended CV should contain extensive evidence of
an applicant’s professional competencies, responsibilities and experience. However,
applicants should avoid submitting excessive and unnecessary documentation. Professional
Reports/Extended CV’s should have a clear focus on the applicant’s specific roles and
responsibilities, and should not be a generalised report on the overall projects that they have
worked on.

The Professional Report/Extended CV
The Professional Report/Extended CV should be a chronologically ordered CV that is based
on a standard CV, but which has a strong focus on the relevant competencies for the level of
membership and/or professional registration applied for. The report should clearly identify
any relevant academic qualifications. The professional experience documented should start
with the current role, and work backwards, and should highlight projects worked on, positions
of seniority, skills developed, responsibilities held and evidence of management and
leadership. Applicants should seek to demonstrate any personal achievements or career
highlights in the report that they feel reflects positively on their professional competency.

The applicant ought to include a paragraph or two for each job role so that the Membership
Committee/PRI assessors can get a good idea of how the candidate has progressed through
their career, and how they have developed their skills and competencies. This should be
closely tied in to the competency areas listed in the relevant standards document. The
candidate should be aiming to provide evidence for all the competency areas in the CV, and
should also attempt to highlight these competencies throughout the document. An effective
method for pinpointing where specific competencies are being demonstrated is to add
notations in the margin for the competency (‘A1’, ‘B3’, ‘D1’ for example) next to the passage
of text that demonstrates that competency. For example, if someone looking to gain
professional registration as an engineer has a sentence about their responsibilities in
mentoring and developing junior staff and conducting appraisals, they should add ‘C3’ in the
margin as this is the UK-SPEC competency relating to this responsibility (see example in the
right margin).
The Professional Report/Extended CV should provide evidence for all competency areas
listed in the relevant Standards document, and the applicant should take care to ensure that
they are providing clear documentation of when they have been meeting each specific
competency throughout their career.

Supporting Evidence
Applicants may also find it beneficial to provide further supporting evidence in the form of a
table mapping their professional experiences against the relevant professional competencies
for the level of professional registration that they are applying for. Each specific competency
should be supported by bullet-points of evidence. These should be from across different
roles and projects, and don't need to be in a chronological order. A table of evidence for
each competency area will complement the Professional Report/Extended CV by allowing
the Membership Committee/PRI assessors to identify the applicant’s experience in meeting
specific competencies. Applicants may also wish to provide a list recording professional
development activities and training courses that they have completed in recent years and a
continuing professional development (CPD) plan to identify how they intend to maintain and
develop their professional competency in the future.

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