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Application for registration in the list of architects as an autodidact

The professional title "architect" or "architect", "interior architect" or "interior architect", "landscape architect" or "landscape architect" and "urban planner" or "urban planner" may only be held by those who are entered under the respective designation in the list of architects of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects, the corresponding directory in another federal state or the directory of external service providers. The same applies to word links with one of the job titles or similar designations. The relevant regulations can be found in particular in Section 1 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG).

In order to protect consumers, this ensures that only sufficiently qualified planners carry out the profession and that they comply with certain professional rules. Such protection of the professional title makes it necessary, however, for the Chamber of Architects to require the invitees to prove their qualifications.

Even persons without a corresponding university degree can register in the list of architects as architects, interior designers, landscape architects or urban planners (Section 8 (1) NArchtG), if they meet the following requirements in particular:

  • at least 7 years of specialising-related practical occupational activity under the supervision of a professional
  • Submission of own works
  • Taking a performance test at university level

The entry in the list of architects in accordance with Section 8 (1) of the NArchtG presupposes, inter alia, that you prove that you have acquired professional/practical knowledge and skills by means of a performance test which, in its requirements, corresponds to at least the completion of a higher education course. The performance test is taken by at least three members of the registration committee who are professors at a university. Participation in such a performance test is mandatory.

The performance test consists of a written part, which can be supplemented by an oral part. The written performance test consists of the following service components:

  • Design and design; Processing time 8 hours
  • Technology and construction; Processing time 6 hours
  • Construction and planning law; Processing time 2 hours
  • construction; Processing time 2 hours

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:

  • self-employed
  • Construction-industrial
  • employed
  • official

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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