Permission to use the professional title "engineer"

The professional title "engineer" is protected by the Lower Saxony Engineering Act (NIngG). The same applies to word combinations and similar designations (see also § 1 NIngG). In order to protect consumers, it should be ensured that only sufficiently qualified persons practise the profession under the professional title "engineer". Such protection of the professional title makes it necessary that the existing professional qualification is checked for compliance with the requirements applicable under the NIngG.

If you do not have a domestic engineering/university degree that meets the requirements (see also § 6 No. 1 NIngG), you need a permit from the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers (see also § 6 No. 5 in verb.m §§ 7 to 9 (NIngG) to use a protected professional title, if you have a residence or a branch in Lower Saxony, or practice their profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony, this does not apply if you have already received a permit from a competent authority of another federal state.

  • Copy of proof of identity ( passport )
  • officially certified copies of the foreign original degree and the foreign subjects / transcript of grades
  • Translations of the degree and the subject overview into the German language, which must be confirmed by a publicly appointed and sworn translator
  • Curriculum vitae, which in particular also shows the relevant professional experience and relevant further qualifications
  • Declaration/Proof of reliability
  • Certificate of non-prohibition/no criminal record

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).

The granting of the authorisation to use the professional title presupposes that the applicant has a place of residence or a professional establishment in Lower Saxony or exercises the profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony (§ 6 NIngG).

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.

Applications can be submitted at any time in writing or online to the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers.

  • Forms for download: Approval
    Link to page IngKN
     

  • Online Procedure
    Link to the online application
  • Personal appearance may be required, e.B. if compensatory measure becomes necessary

Related Links

  • Application for authorisation to use the professional title

Preconditions

  • No significant differences between the professional qualification obtained by a foreign engineer/degree or a professional qualification entitling to practice the engineering profession in another European country and a domestic qualification that entitles the holder to use the professional title "engineer" (at least three years standard period of study, studies at least 70% characterized by mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology (MINT)).
  • An exception applies to the fields of agriculture and industrial engineering insofar as only a MINT share of at least 51% must be achieved.
  • For persons with qualifications from EU, EEA or equivalent countries, it is possible, under certain conditions, to compensate for significant differences in qualifications by completing an adaptation course and/or an aptitude test.

Further details can be found in §§ 7 and 8 NIngG (see legal basis)
 

Insert a direct link to the website of the Chamber of Engineers, on which the statutes for the regulation of details for the implementation of compensatory measures pursuant to § 8 paragraph 3 of the Lower Saxony Engineering Act (NIngG) are published.

  • Further information

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  • § 6 No. 5 in Verb. m. §§ 7 to 9 NIngG
  • The NIngG as well as the articles of association for the regulation of details for the implementation of compensatory measures according to § 8 paragraph 3 NIngG can be found here:

An application for Permission to use the professional title "engineer" must be given in writing or online using the form provided. The supporting documents referred to in 'Required documents' shall be attached to the application.

The further procedure is essentially regulated in § 9 NIngG.

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Last update or date of publication
27.11.2020