FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why choose to apply through the EPRA website?

EPRA is the only platform in Australia that allows you to choose units from any of our partner institutions that suits your location, fit in your work and other commitments, and recognise your level of previous study achievements and experience.

What engineering degrees can I get?

If you are successful in gaining admission into one of our partner universities you can graduate with an associate degree in engineering.  If you choose to continue you are guaranteed admission into Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programs in any of our partner universities.  You could even end up with a PhD!

Will my degree be recognised?

YES- your Associate Degree in Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland is fully accredited by Engineers Australia for membership as an Engineering Associate.  The University of Tasmania has applied for accreditation of their Associate Degree in Engineering.  You are guaranteed acceptance into any of the partner universities if you choose to continue your study to become an Engineering Technologist or all the way to become a Professional Engineer.

I didn’t finish high school – can I apply?

YES – The EPRA website will allow you to choose a combination of units that match your qualifications and experience.  But you will still need to satisfy the entry requirements of the university of your choice.

Why do a preparation subject?

You will need to know calculus and other maths and sciences topics to be able to understand some of the core and discipline subjects.  A preparation subject will bridge the gap and provide you with the necessary underpinning knowledge.

What happens when I submit an application though EPRA?

You will receive an acknowledgement from EPRA, and your application will be sent to one of the EPRA partner universities.  Their admissions people will contact you with information on how to enrol.  You may be asked to apply through QTAC if your course is at the University of Southern Queensland.

How long will it take me to get an engineering degree?

You can graduate with an associate degree in engineering in two years full time; or less if you can show that you have done some TAFE courses or have worked in the engineering industry and can claim recognition for prior learning (RPL).  That is not the end of the pathway – you can continue your study at the same, or different, university to qualify as an Engineering Technologist or Professional Engineer.

Can I study part time?

YES – but check with your university – there are time limits for completion.

I can’t attend any classes – can I study entirely on line?

IT DEPENDS – A degree in engineering develops competency in practical skills that can only be acquired hands-on.  Some subjects that are delivered on-line may require residential attendance for the practical component – look for details in the subject outline.

Courses, subjects, units – what do we mean?

A course is the 16 or 18 subjects that you will study to get your Associate Degree in Engineering.  Subject and unit means the same.

What will my degree cost?

Universities and TAFE colleges charge different amounts for subjects.  You will be invoiced around $1,100 for each subject. But you can apply for to have your fees partially or fully paid by the Australian Government under the HELP scheme which you pay back when you graduate and earn over a certain amount.

I am not an Australian – can I apply?

NO – the EPRA program is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

I am not living in regional Australia – can I apply?

YES.

Why should I apply through EPRA and not directly to any Australian university?

An EPRA application gives you the flexibility to design an associate degree in engineering to suit your needs.  Once enrolled, EPRA guarantees you a pathway to go as far as you wish in the engineering profession.

About EPRA

A consortium of regional HE and VET providers will partner to create a Learning Platform for Engineering which aims to provide access to engineering pathways, to expand curriculum choice and coverage. It reduces individual campus delivery costs and cross-institutional barriers and improves the availability of engineers and associated para-professionals for regional resource and manufacturing economies.

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