Application for entry in the list of architects (specialising in architecture) Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The protected professional title "architect" may only be used by those who are entered under the designation 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:

The same applies to word combinations with the job title 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 "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 person to register proof of their qualifications, usually by:

- the completion of at least 4 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. Associated with the membership is the building template authorization according to § 53 Abs. 3 Nr. 1 Niedersächsische Bauordnung (NBauO).

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 studies in the field of architecture with a standard period of study of at least four 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 authority of the country of origin on the conformity of the training with the European Professional Recognition Directive (BARL - 2005/36/EC), e.B. in accordance with Art. 46 in conjunction with annex V.m. Annex V No. 5.7.1, Art. 49 para.1 in conjunction.m Annex VI or Art. 49 para. 2 BARL

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 of architects as supervising professionals about at least 2 years of practical work full-time in part-time correspondingly longer in the essential professional tasks in accordance with § 2 para. 1, 5 and 6 NArchtG (cf. § 6 para. 3 and 5 NArchtG as well as the statutes of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony for the field of practical professional activity under supervision of 23.11.2017, see also the performance profiles of the Fee Schedule for Architects and Engineers (HOAI).

If a Chamber of Architects has supervised the practical professional activity, a certificate from the Chamber of Architects must be submitted. Such a certificate is not required if the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony has supervised it.

Note: If the practical work began before 01.01.2018 and was not completed under the supervision of an architect, the transitional provision of § 43 NArchtG must be observed. Thereafter, the provisions of the NArchtG 2003 continue to apply insofar as they are more favourable to the applicant. Accordingly, a practical professional activity can also be recognised if it has not been carried out under the supervision of a professional. Anyone wishing to make use of this transitional arrangement must submit certificates from employers, clients or authorities as proof of practical professional activity. In these cases, however, there is a risk that the entry in the list of architects will not be recognised in other EU countries in accordance with BARL.

Submission of own work and certificates

As a rule, at least two plans for three objects (design plans e.B scale 1: 100) as well as at least one execution plan (scale 1: 50 or 1: 20) and a detailed drawing for one object must be submitted.

Where a professional has supervised the practical work, it shall be accompanied by a certificate from the professional that the work submitted has been carried out under the supervision of that professional.

If the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony has supervised the practical professional activity, the works to be submitted must be selected from the works submitted to the Chamber of Architects during the practical professional activity. The same applies if the Chamber of Architects of another federal state has exercised supervision.

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. Two events on the following topics are required:

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.

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 the previous or current registration copy of the certificate of registration/certificate of the respective Chamber of Architects or proof of the previous or current entry in the design author list of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony

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)

Forms:

Application for entry in the list of architects of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony together with the above-mentioned documents

Applications can be submitted at any time in writing or online to the competent body.

Related Links

  • Further information on the website of the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony

Preconditions

Registration requirements

Registration is possible under the following conditions (overview):

- Completion of a course of study corresponding to the subject with at least 4 years of standard study

- Completion of at least 2 years of practical work under the supervision of an architect, including the submission of own 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) on request, the list of architects shall include any person 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 more detailed information on the contents of the practical professional activity, on the requirements for supervision and on the documents in accordance with paragraph 3 sentence 3 by means of statutes (see link under Forms/Applications).

§ 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

decreed.

(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

I. Specialisation in Architecture

The programme shall focus mainly on architecture with study content in accordance with Article 46(2) of Directive 2005/36/EC. It must have earned at least 240 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (Credit Points) in the following subject area groups. In the individual subject area groups, credit points must have been acquired at least in the specified number.

1. Design and Building Theory: 48 Credit Points

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

Design, design methodology, detailed design, building theory, usage planning.

2. Presentation and design: 12 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. Urban development, local and regional planning: 6 credit points

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

Urban planning, settlements, regional planning, landscape planning.

4. General Scientific Foundations of Architecture: 6 Credit Points

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

Architectural history, art history, architectural theory, building culture, monument preservation, political science, sociology.

5. Building construction and structural design: 24 credit points

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

Building construction, structural design, strength theory, execution and detailed planning.

6. Building materials, building physics and building technology: 12 credit points

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

Building materials, building physics, technical development, energy-efficient construction, ecology.

7. Construction 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, facility management.

8. Law and regulations, if necessary also as part of the subject groups 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7: 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 8 is part of subject area group 1, 3, 5, 6 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.

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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.

Related Links

  • § 12 Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)

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