Application for registration in the list of architects (specialization in architecture)

The protected professional title "architect/architect" may only be held by those who are entered under the name in the list of architects of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects, the corresponding list in another federal state or the list of external service providers: The same applies to word links with the job title or similar designations. The relevant regulations can be found in particular in Section 1 of the NArchtG. In order to protect consumers, this ensures that only sufficiently qualified persons practise the profession under the professional title 'architect/architect' 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 invitees to prove their qualifications, usually by: - the completion of at least 4 years of study, - completing a professional activity of at least 2 years - the attendance of certain training measures. With the registration you become a member of the Chamber. In connection with the membership, the architects have the building template authorization in accordance with Section 53 (3) No. 1 of the Lower Saxony Building Code (NBauO). Type of employment The list of architects is entered in one of the following four types of employment, depending on your activity: freelance Construction-industrial Hired official

The application shall be enclosed with documents relating to: Proof of training 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 liability insurance All documents in a non-German language shall be supplemented by a translation, which must be confirmed by a translator appointed and sworn in by the public. Important note on registration: Registration presupposes that the applicant has a domicile or professional establishment in Lower Saxony or practises the profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony (Section 5 (1) No.1 NArchtG). Please have all the necessary documents ready for the electronic application. Without the complete documentation, you will not be able to complete the electronic application process or submit your application. Depending on whether you register with a chamber of architects for the first time or if 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 with regard to the documents to be provided below. Documents required for initial registration: Proof of training Copies of the diploma certificate and the diploma certificate, if applicable, a copy of the bachelor's and master's degrees and a copy of the respective diploma certificate as well as the respective diploma supplement for proof of a degree in architecture with a standard study period of at least four years. Applicants with proof of training from a Member State of the EU or another State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a State assimilated by an agreement: Certificate from the competent body of the State of origin of the conformity of training with the European Professional Qualifications Directive (BARL - 2005/36/EC), e.B. in accordance with Article 46 i.V.m Annex V No 5.7.1, Article 49 (1) i.V.m Annex VI or Article 49 (2) BARL In the case of foreign studies outside the EU, the EEA or equivalent countries: Copies of certificates and certificates of diplomas. The documents must show the standard duration of study and the content of the training with the respective time ranges. Note: A list of foreign universities recognised in the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the Internet (www.anabin.de). For questions on the equivalence of foreign degrees, you can also contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB: www.kmk.org). It is responsible for the evaluation of foreign qualifications in Germany. (Postal address: Secretariat of the Permanent Conference of Ministers of Culture 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 of architects as persons in charge of supervision of a full-time professional activity of at least 2 years, correspondingly longer, in the essential professional tasks in accordance with Section 2(2). 1, 5 and 6 NArchtG (see Sections 6(3) and 5 nArchtG as well as the statutes of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects for the field of practical work under the supervision of 23.11.2017, see also the performance pictures of the fee regulations for architects and engineers (HOAI). If a chamber of architects has supervised the practical activity, a certificate from the Chamber of Architects must be submitted. Such a certificate is not required if the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects has supervised it. Note: If the practical work has begun before 01.01.2018 and has not been completed under the supervision of an architect, the transitional provisions of Section 43 nArchtG must be observed. According to this, the provisions of the NArchtG 2003 will continue to apply insofar as they are more favourable to the applicant. Thus, a practical job may also be recognised if it has not been carried out under the supervision of a professional. Those wishing to benefit from this transitional arrangement must provide certificates from employers, contracting entities or public authorities to prove their practical work. In such cases, however, there is a risk that the entry in the list of architects will not be recognised in the EU country in accordance with the BARL. Presentation of own works and certificates As a rule, at least two plans for three objects (design plans - e.B scale 1: 100) as well as for an object must be presented with at least one execution plan (scale 1: 50 or 1: 20) and a detailed drawing. Where a professional has supervised the practical activity, a certificate from the professional shall be attached that the work submitted has been carried out under the supervision of that professional. If the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects has supervised the practical activity, the works to be submitted must be selected from the works submitted to the Chamber of Architects during the practical work. The same applies if the Chamber of Architects of another federal state has exercised supervision. Compulsory training In order to deepen the main areas of activity of the practical activity, at least eight one-day training events from certain subject areas (Section 6 (4) NArchtG) must have been attended. Two events are required on the following topics: 1. public law bases and procedures for planning and construction; 2. civil law bases of planning and construction, 3. Planning and construction practice as well as 4. Cost-effectiveness of planning and construction. Type of employment The type of employment is to be demonstrated by a certificate issued by the tax advisor, the tax office or the office partner(s). The type of employment is demonstrated by a certificate from the employer. Unemployed applicants shall submit a certificate from the Employment Agency, if applicable, a copy of the authorisation notice. Official applicants shall submit a copy of their certificate of appointment and an up-to-date certificate from the principal of the official on the nature of the activity. Applicants engaged in construction products submit a trade declaration or a commercial register extract with a list of shareholders. For freelance applicants Proof of continuous professional insinuating insurance (cf. Section 11 NArchtG) Required documents in the event of a change of chamber / re-registration: Copy of the diploma or bachelor's and master's degrees and copies of the respective diplomas Proof of past or present registration - copy of the registration certificate/certificate of the respective Chamber of Architects or proof of the earlier or present entry in the list of draft authors of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects Proof of the current type of employment - see variant First registration For freelance applicants: Proof of continuous professional insinuating insurance (cf. Section 11 NArchtG)


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Forms: Application for registration in the list of architects of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects, together with the above-mentioned documents Applications can be submitted at any time in writing or online to the competent body.

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Preconditions
Registration requirements Registration is possible under the following conditions (overview): - Completion of a course of study corresponding to the subject field with a period of at least 4 years of regular study - Complete at least 2 years of practical work under the supervision of an architect, including the presentation of his own work - Proof of compulsory training - residence, professional establishment or place of work in Lower Saxony for registration in the type of employment "free-for-all": -Proof of adequate professional inertial insurance Registration requirements in detail in accordance with Section 5-7 NArchtG: Section 5 Requirements for registration ( 1) A professional title in accordance with Section 1 (1) and an addition in accordance with Section 10 (1) shall be entered in the list of architects on request, 1. has a domicile or professional establishment in Lower Saxony or has his profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony; 2. is capable of performing the professional tasks associated with the professional title in accordance with Paragraph 2 (1) to (6). 2. Registration on the list of architects shall be refused if there are facts showing that the applicant does not have the necessary reliability for the profession. Section 6 Qualification on the basis of a degree and a practical job (1) The ability to be qualified in accordance with Section 5 (1) No. 2 is the right to 1. has successfully completed a course of study at a German university corresponding to the subject area in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 2 and the guidelines on the content of the training (see annex), or 2. has successfully completed a course of study corresponding to the subject subject at a foreign university or at another foreign educational institution equivalent to a course of study referred to in point 1; and thereafter has completed a practical job in this field 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. (3) 1 The practical work must have been carried out full-time for at least two years, correspondingly longer, on part-time, on the basis of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the study of the particular subject area and must have enabled the acquisition of practical professional knowledge, skills and competences in the essential parts of the relevant professional tasks in accordance with Paragraphs 2(1) to (6). 2 It may also have been completed abroad. 3 The practical activity must be demonstrated by the submission of one's own work and by means of documents showing the duration of the activity and the practical knowledge, skills and competences acquired therein. (4) 1 As part of the practical work, at least eight one-day training courses must have been attended in the following areas: 1. public law bases and procedures for planning and construction; 2. civil law bases of planning and construction, 3. Planning and construction practice as well as 4. Cost-effectiveness of planning and construction. 2 For the registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect" the attendance of two events per subject area and for the registration with a different professional title in accordance with Section 1(1) the visit of one event per subject area and four other events is required. 5. 1 For registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect", the practical work must have been additionally completed under the supervision of a professional or a chamber of architects who has supervised that the practical activity corresponds to the first sentence of paragraph 3. 2 For registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect", up to one year of practical work may have already been completed after completing a three-year course of study. 3 The Chamber of Architects may regulate the details of the contents of the practical activity, the requirements for supervision and the documents referred to in paragraph 3 sentence 3 by statute (see link under forms/applications). Section 7 Qualification based on the recognition of a European professional qualification (1) 1 The qualification referred to in Section 5 (1) No. 2 for registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect" also has the ability to 1. in accordance with Annex V No 5.7.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (OJ No. 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), last amended by Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2016/790 of 7 January 2016 (OJ No. EU No L 134 p. 135), 2. in accordance with Annex VI to Directive 2005/36/EC, where training for the profession of architect began no later than the academic reference year referred to therein, or 3. in accordance with Article 49(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC has. (2) 1 The ability to be qualified in accordance with Section 5 (1) No. 2 also has the right to 1. possesses one or more qualifications required in another Member State of the European Union, another State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or a State assimilated by agreements in order to obtain permission to take up and pursue the profession there, or 2. has carried out the profession for one year, full-time, or part-time, for one year in a State referred to in point 1, in which that profession is not regulated and is in possession of one or more training certificates issued by the competent authority in a State referred to in point 1, certifying that the proprietor has been prepared to pursue the profession. , if there are no significant differences in the professional qualification resulting from the evidence and the professional qualification referred to in Paragraph 6, or if these differences in accordance with paragraph 6. 2 In the case of registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect", sentence 1 shall apply only if the condition of paragraph 1 is not fulfilled for special and exceptional reasons. (3) Proof of training in accordance with the first sentence of paragraph 2 shall be treated as equivalent to 1. proof of training issued in third countries under the conditions of Article 3(3) of Directive 2005/36/EC; 2. in a State referred to in the first sentence of paragraph 2, point 1, as equivalent, proof of training or totalities of qualifications under the conditions of Article 12(1) of Directive 2005/36/EC; 3. Professional qualifications under the conditions of Article 12(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC. (4) There are significant differences between the proven and the professional qualification required by Paragraph 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 training covered by Paragraph 6 relates; 2. the relevant skills, knowledge and competences are an essential prerequisite for the exercise of the respective profession, and 3. the person to be entered has not compensated for these differences by means of knowledge, skills and competences acquired in the course of their professional practice or through lifelong learning, which have been recognised by a competent body. (5) 1 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 by Paragraph 6 by written decision. 2 The decision shall indicate the level of professional qualifications that have been proven 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 the compensatory measures under paragraph 6 that can compensate for the main differences. (6) 1 For registration with the professional title "architect" or "architect", the essential differences referred to in paragraph 4 may be compensated by taking an aptitude test; If the training corresponds to the level of qualification in accordance with Article 11(a) of Directive 2005/36/EC, there is no possibility of compensation... by completing an adaptation course of no more than three years or taking an aptitude test at the choice of the person to be entered, if the training corresponds to the level of qualification set out in Article 11(.c, d or e) of Directive 2005/36/EC. 3 If an aptitude test has to 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 referred to in paragraph 5. Appendix Guidelines on the training content in accordance with Section 6 Sentence 1 No. 1 NArchtG A. General In the course of studies, the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject area must be sufficiently exploited in relation to the respective professional tasks in accordance with Section 2 of the NArchtG as well as the required professional skills and possible activities. B. Fields I. Specialization in Architecture The study programme must focus mainly on architecture with study content in accordance with Article 46(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC. In it, at least 240 credits must have been earned under the European Credit Transfer System (Credit Points) in the following subject areas. Credit points must have been purchased at least in the number specified in each subject group. 1. Design and Building Theory: 48 Credit Points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Design, design methodology, detail design, building theory, usage planning. 2. Presentation and design: 12 Credit Points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Design basics, performing geometry, ink drawing, painting, sculptural design, model making, photography, CAD, presentation, visual communication. 3. Urban planning, local and regional planning: 6 credit points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Urban planning, urbanplanning, regional planning, landscape planning. 4. General Scientific Basics of Architecture: 6 Credit Points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Building history, art history, architectural theory, building culture, preservation of monuments, political science, sociology. 5. Construction and structural design: 24 credit points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Construction, structural design, strength theory, execution and detail planning. 6. Building Materials, Building Physics and Building Technology: 12 Credit Points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Building materials science, building physics, technical expansion, energy-efficient construction, ecology. 7. Construction Economics and Planning Management: 6 Credit Points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Data processing, surveying, construction, construction, cost and scheduling, project management, facility management. 8. Law and regulations, including, where appropriate, as part of subject groups 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7: 6 credit points The subject area group includes, for example, the subject areas of Planning law, building regulations, private building and architectural law, procurement law, standards and guidelines. If a subject area of subject group 8 is part of subject group 1, 3, 5, 6 or 7, the minimum number of credit points in category 8 shall be reduced and the minimum number of credit points in the other subject group shall be increased accordingly.
An application for registration must be submitted in writing or online using the form available. The evidence referred to in 'required documents' shall be attached to the application. The procedure is essentially regulated by Section 12 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act.

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31.08.2020