Application for entry in the list of architects (fields of interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning)

One of the following protected professional titles may only be used by those who are entered under the respective name in the list of architects of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony, the corresponding directory in another federal state or the directory of external service providers:

  • Interior Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Urban Planner

The same applies to word combinations with one of the job titles or similar designations. The relevant regulations can be found in particular in § 1 NArchtG.

In order to protect consumers, this ensures that only sufficiently qualified persons practise the profession under the professional title and that they comply with certain professional rules. However, such protection of the professional title makes it necessary for the Chamber of Architects to require the person to register proof of their qualifications, usually by:

- the completion of at least 3 years of study,

- the completion of at least 2 years of practical work

- attendance at certain training courses.

With the registration you become a member of the Chamber.

Type of employment

The entry in the list of architects takes place depending on your activity in one of the following four types of employment:

  • self-employed
  • Active in the construction industry
  • employed
  • civil servants

The application must be accompanied by documents relating to the following areas:

  • Evidence of formal qualifications
  • Foreign applicants: Copy of identity card or passport as proof of nationality
  • Practical work
  • Own work and certificates
  • Compulsory training
  • Type of employment
  • For freelance applicants: Proof of professional indemnity insurance

All documents in non-German must be accompanied by a translation, which must be confirmed by a publicly appointed and sworn translator.

Important note on registration:

Registration presupposes that the applicant has a place of residence or a professional establishment in Lower Saxony or pursues the profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony (§ 5 para. 1 no. 1 NArchtG).

Please have all the necessary documents ready for the electronic application. Without the complete documents, you will not be able to complete the electronic application process and submit your application.

Depending on whether you register with a chamber of architects for the first time or whether you apply for re-registration or registration in Lower Saxony after an already existing registration in another federal state, different proofs are required. Therefore, the two variants are presented separately below with regard to the documents to be provided.

Documents required for an initial registration:

Evidence of formal qualifications

Copies of the diploma certificate and the diploma certificate, if applicable, copy of the Bachelor's and Master's certificates and a copy of the respective degree certificate as well as the respective Diploma Supplement as proof of study in the requested field of study with a standard period of study of at least three years of study.

Applicants with evidence of formal qualifications from a Member State of the EU or another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a Country treated as such by agreements:

Certificate from the competent body of the country of origin on the conformity of the training with the European Professional Recognition Directive (BARL - 2005/36/EC)

In the case of studying abroad outside the EU, the EEA or equivalent countries:

Copies of degree certificates and certificates. The documents must show the standard duration of study and the training contents with the respective temporal scopes.

Note: A list of foreign universities recognised in the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the Internet (www.anabin.de). If you have any questions about the equivalence of foreign degrees, you can also contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB: www.kmk.org). It is responsible for the assessment of foreign qualifications in Germany. (Postal address: Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, Taubenstraße 10, 10117 Berlin).

Foreign applicants:

Copy of identity card or passport as proof of nationality

Practical work

Certificates from the employer or confirmations from clients or authorities about at least 2 years of practical work full-time part-time correspondingly longer in the essential professional tasks in accordance with § 2 para. 2 to 6 NArchtG (§ 6 para. 3 NArchtG, see also the performance profiles of the HOAI).

Submission of own work and certificates

From the field of interior design usually at least 2 plans for each 3 objects (design plans e.B scale 1 : 100) as well as for an object at least 1 execution planning (scale 1 : 50 or 1 : 20) and 1 detail drawings

from the areas of landscape architecture / urban planning, e.B. object planning, landscape conservation accompanying plans, land use plans, development plans, development, structure, framework or design plans, if necessary also to supplement landscape conservation accompanying plans, landscape and green order plans, landscape framework plans)

If the cooperation of the applicant (e.B. name abbreviation) cannot be clearly identified from the planning documents, a supplementary confirmation of the participation is required, e.B. by the employer.

Compulsory further training

In order to deepen the main areas of activity of the practical professional activity, at least eight one-day training events on certain topics (§ 6 para. 4 NArchtG) must have been attended. An event on the following topics is required:

1. public law principles and procedures for planning and construction,

2. civil law principles of planning and construction,

3. Planning and construction practice

4. Cost-effectiveness of planning and construction.

The remaining four events can be chosen from the aforementioned topics.

Type of employment

The type of freelance employment must be proven by a certificate from the tax consultant, the tax office or the office partner(s).

The type of employment employed is proven by a certificate from the employer. Unemployed applicants submit a certificate from the Employment Agency, if necessary a copy of the approval notice.

Civil servants submit a copy of their certificate of appointment and a current certificate from the employer on the nature of the activity.

Applicants working in the construction industry submit a business registration or an extract from the commercial register with a list of shareholders.

For freelance applicants:

Proof of continuous professional indemnity insurance (cf. § 11 NArchtG)

Documents required for a change of chamber / re-registration:

Copy of the diploma or bachelor's and master's certificates and copies of the respective degree certificates

Proof of previous or current registration copy of the registration certificate/certificate of the respective Chamber of Architects

Proof of the current type of employment see variant First entry

For freelance applicants

Proof of continuous professional indemnity insurance (cf. § 11 NArchtG)

Related Links

  • § 11 Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)

Preconditions

Registration requirements 

Registration is possible under the following conditions (overview):

- Completion of a course of study corresponding to the subject with at least 3 years of standard study

- Completion of at least 2 years of practical work 

- Proof of compulsory further training

- Place of residence, professional establishment or place of work in Lower Saxony. For registration in the type of employment "freelance":

-Proof of sufficient professional indemnity insurance

Registration requirements in detail according to §§ 5-7 NArchtG:

§ 5
Conditions for registration

(-1) With a professional title in accordance with § 1 (1) and an addition in accordance with § 10 (1) and an addition in accordance with § 10 (1), the list of architects shall be entered on application who:

1. has a place of residence or a professional establishment in Lower Saxony or pursues his profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony, and

2. is qualified to carry out the professional tasks associated with the professional title in accordance with Paragraph 2(1) to (6).

2. Registration in the list of architects shall be refused if there are facts showing that the applicant does not have the necessary good repute for the profession.

§ 6
Qualification on the basis of a degree
and a practical job

(1) The qualification pursuant to § 5 (1) no. 2 is held by a person who:

1. has successfully completed a course of study at a German university corresponding to the respective subject area in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 2 and the guidelines on the training content (see Annex), or

2. has successfully completed a course of study corresponding to the respective field of study at a foreign university or at another foreign educational institution that is equivalent to a course of study in accordance with number 1,

and has subsequently completed a professional activity in that discipline in accordance with the requirements of paragraphs 3 and 4.

(2) 1  In the field of architecture, the standard period of study must be at least four years of study. 

(3) The  practical professional activity must have been completed full-time for at least two years, correspondingly longer on a part-time basis, built on the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the studies of the respective discipline and have enabled the acquisition of practical professional knowledge, skills and competences in the essential parts of the respective professional tasks in accordance with § 2 (1) to (6). 2  It may also have been completed abroad. 3  Proof of practical professional activity must be provided by submitting one's own work and by means of documents showing the duration of the activity and the practical professional knowledge, skills and competences acquired in the process.

(4) As  part of the practical work, at least eight one-day training events must have been attended on the following topics:

1. public law principles and procedures for planning and construction,

2. civil law principles of planning and construction,

3. Planning and construction practice as well as

4. Cost-effectiveness of planning and construction.

2  Registration with the professional title "architect" requires attendance at two events in each subject area and registration with a different professional title in accordance with § 1 para. 1 require attending one event per subject area and four other events.

(5) In  order to be registered with the professional title "architect", the practical professional activity must also have been completed under the supervision of a professional or a chamber of architects who has supervised that the practical professional activity corresponds to paragraph 3 sentence 1. 2  For registration with the professional title "architect", up to one year of practical professional activity may have been completed after completion of a three-year course of study. 3  The Chamber of Architects may regulate details of the contents of the practical professional activity, the requirements for supervision and the documents referred to in paragraph 3 sentence 3 by means of statutes. 

§ 7
Qualification based on the recognition of a European professional qualification

(1) The  qualification pursuant to § 5 (1) no. 2 for registration with the professional title "architect" is also held by anyone who has a certificate of formal qualifications

1. in accordance with point 5.7.1 of Annex V to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications. EU No L 255 p. 22; 2007 No L 271 p. 18; 2008 No L 93 p. 28; 2009 No L 33 p. 49; 2014 No L 305 p. 115), as last amended by Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2016/790 of 7 January 2016 EU No L 134 p. 135),

2. in accordance with Annex VI to Directive 2005/36/EC, where the training for the profession of architect began at the latest in the academic reference year referred to therein, or

3. in accordance with Article 49(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC

has. 

(2) 1  The qualification pursuant to § 5 (1) no. 2 shall also be held by a person who:

1. holds one or more evidence of formal qualifications required in another Member State of the European Union, another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a State treated as such by agreements in order to obtain authorisation to take up and pursue the profession there, or

2. has pursued the profession for one year on a full-time basis or, on a part-time basis, for an equivalent period of time, for the preceding ten years in a State referred to in point 1 in which that profession is not regulated, and which is in possession of one or more evidence of formal qualifications issued by the competent authority in a State referred to in point 1 and attesting; that the holder has been prepared for the exercise of the profession,

if there are no significant differences in accordance with paragraph 4 between the professional qualification resulting from the evidence and the professional qualification pursuant to § 6 or if these

differences referred to in paragraph 6 have been compensated. 2  In the case of registration with the professional title "architect", sentence 1 shall only apply if the condition of paragraph 1 is not fulfilled for special and exceptional reasons.

(3) Evidence of formal qualifications in accordance with paragraph 2 sentence 1 no. 1 shall be treated as

1. evidence of formal qualifications issued in third countries under the conditions laid down in Article 3(3) of Directive 2005/36/EC;

2. evidence of formal qualifications or sets of evidence of formal qualifications recognised as equivalent in a State referred to in point 1(1) of paragraph 2 under the conditions laid down in Article 12(1) of Directive 2005/36/EC; and

3. Professional qualifications under the conditions laid down in Article 12(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC.

(4) There are significant differences between the proven professional qualification and the professional qualification required under § 6 if

1. the evidence relates to skills, knowledge and competences which differ substantially in terms of content or scope from the skills and knowledge to which the vocational education and training regulated in § 6 relates,

2. the relevant skills, knowledge and competences are an essential prerequisite for the exercise of the profession in question, and

3. the person to be registered has not compensated for these differences by knowledge, skills and competences acquired in the course of his professional practice or through lifelong learning and recognised by a competent authority.

( 5)  If the registration cannot take place due to significant differences in accordance with paragraph 4, the Chamber of Architects shall determine the proven professional qualification and the essential differences to the professional qualification required under § 6 by written notice. 2  The decision shall specify the level of the proven professional qualification within the meaning of Article 11 of Directive 2005/36/EC, the level required under Paragraph 6 and the reasons why the essential differences cannot be compensated for by qualifications referred to in paragraph 4(3). 3  The decision also determines which compensatory measures under paragraph 6 can compensate for the substantial differences.

6. For  registration with the professional title "architect", the substantial differences referred to in paragraph 4 may be compensated for by taking an aptitude test; if the training corresponds to the level of qualification referred to in Article 11(a) of Directive 2005/36/EC, there is no possibility of compensation...

by completing an adaptation period of no more than three years or by taking an aptitude test at the choice of the person to be registered, if the training corresponds to the level of qualification referred to in Article 11(.c(d) or (e) of Directive 2005/36/EC.

3  If an aptitude test must be taken in accordance with sentences 1 and 2 nos. 1 and 2, the Chamber of Architects must ensure that the aptitude test can be taken within six months of notification of the decision in accordance with paragraph 5. 

Appendix Guidelines on the training contents according to § 6 sentence 1 no. 1 NArchtG

A.

General

During the course of study, the theoretical and practical aspects of the field of study must be sufficiently emphasized in relation to the respective professional tasks according to § 2 NArchtG as well as the required professional skills and possible activities.

B.

Fields

II. Specialisation in Interior Design

The study must be mainly focused on interior design. It must have earned at least 180 credit points in the following subject areas. In the individual subject area groups, credit points must have been acquired at least in the specified number.

1. Design: 48 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Design, detail design, furniture design, building theory, interior lighting, color design, usage planning.

2. Presentation and design: 30 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Design basics, descriptive geometry, freehand drawing, painting, plastic design, model making, photography, CAD, presentation, visual communication.

3. General Scientific Foundations of Interior Design: 12 Credit Points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Architectural history, art history, design theory, architectural theory, urban planning, political science, sociology, perception theory.

4. Construction and expansion construction, structural design: 24 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Building construction, structural design, expansion construction, furniture construction, execution and detailed planning.

5. Materials, building physics and building technology: 14 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Materials science, building physics, technical expansion, room acoustics, lighting technology.

6. Construction economics and planning management: 4 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Data processing, surveying, construction surveying, construction operation, cost and schedule planning, project management.

7. Law and regulations, if necessary as part of the subject groups 1, 4, 5 and 6: 6 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Planning law, building regulations law, private construction and architectural law, public procurement law, standards and guidelines.

If a subject area of subject area group 7 is part of subject area group 1, 4, 5 or 6, the minimum number of credit points in subject area group 7 is reduced and the minimum number of credit points in the other subject area group increases accordingly.

III. Specialisation Landscape Architecture

The study must be mainly focused on landscape architecture. It must have earned at least 180 credit points in the following subject areas. In the individual subject area groups, credit points must have been acquired at least in the specified number.

1. Planning and design in landscape architecture: 48 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Basics of landscape architecture, planning methodology, design in landscape architecture, vegetation planning, design in landscape planning.

2. Landscape and environmental planning, regional planning, urban development: 18 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Environmental and landscape planning, urban planning, urban development, regional and regional planning, landscape maintenance and development, recreation provision and tourism.

3. Presentation and design: 12 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Design basics, freehand drawing, photography, model making, CAD/GIS presentation, visual communication, moderation.

4. General Scientific Foundations of Landscape Architecture: 6 Credit Points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

History of Landscape Architecture, Garden Monument Conservation, Political Science, Sociology.

5. Construction and engineering in gardening and landscaping: 18 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Building materials science, vegetation technology, engineering biology, construction technology, execution and detailed planning.

6. Natural sciences: 18 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Botany and vegetation science, soil science and hydrogeology, animal ecology, climatology, ecology.

7. Economics and Planning Management: 6 Credit Points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Data processing, surveying, construction surveying, construction operation, cost and schedule planning, project management, green space and vegetation management.

8. Law and regulations, if necessary as part of the subject area groups 1, 2, 5 and 7: 6 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Environmental and nature conservation law, planning law, building regulations law, private construction and architectural law, public procurement law, standards and guidelines.

If a subject area of subject area group 8 is part of subject area group 1, 2, 5 or 7, the minimum number of credit points in subject area group 8 is reduced and the minimum number of credit points in the other subject area group increases accordingly.

IV. Department of Urban Planning

The degree programme must be mainly focused on urban planning. It must have earned at least 180 credit points in the following subject areas. In the individual subject area groups, credit points must have been acquired at least in the specified number.

1. Urban planning project work and urban design

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Basics of urban planning, urban design, conceptual and strategic planning solutions, urban development planning.

2. Urban planning, urban design, building theory and settlement

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Urban development, settlements, housing, building theory, urban design.

In subject area groups 1 and 2 together 54 credit points.

3. Theoretical and cultural aspects of urban planning: 12 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Planning theory, architectural theory, urban history, building history, monument preservation.

4. Technical basics:

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Traffic planning, supply and disposal planning, urban and construction technology.

5. Ecological basics:

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Urban and landscape ecology, environmental planning and protection.

6. Social science and economic fundamentals:

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Urban Economics, Real Estate, Land Management, Sociology, Political Science.

In the subject area groups 4, 5 and 6 together 30 credit points.

7. Legal bases, instruments and procedures, if necessary as part of subject groups 1, 2 and 5: 12 credit points

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Planning law, building code law, special urban planning law, instruments and procedures of urban planning, spatial planning, state and regional planning, environmental and immission control law, private construction and architectural law.

If a subject area of subject area group 7 is part of subject area group 1, 2 or 5, the minimum number of credit points in subject group 7 is reduced and the minimum number of credit points in the other subject group increases accordingly.

8. Methods and techniques of inventory determination and plan presentation:

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Surveying, construction survey, inventory and evaluation, statistics, data processing, descriptive geometry, CAD/GIS, presentation and presentation techniques.

9. Process design and planning management:

The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas

Planning control, project management, formal and informal participation procedures, visual communication, moderation.

In subject area groups 8 and 9 together 30 credit points.

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Related Links

  • §§ 5 -12 Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)

An application for registration must be submitted in writing or online using the form provided. The supporting documents referred to in 'Required documents' shall be attached to the application. The procedure is essentially regulated in §12 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act.

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  • § 12 Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)

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Last update or date of publication
02.09.2020