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Application for entry in the list of architects as self-taught

The professional title "architect" or "architect", "interior designer" or "interior designer", "landscape architect" and "urban planner" 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. 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 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG).

In order to protect consumers, this ensures that only sufficiently qualified planners practise the profession 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 persons to register proof of their qualifications.

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

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

Registration in the list of architects pursuant to § 8 (1) NArchtG requires, inter alia, that you prove the acquisition of professional/practical knowledge and skills by means of a performance test that meets at least the requirements of a university education. 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 performance parts:

  • 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. 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

Process flow

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 NArchtG

§ 12 Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)

Requirements

Registration requirements

Registration in accordance with § 8 Abs. 1 NArchtG is possible under the following conditions:

- the applicant has worked for at least seven years under the supervision of a professional in the field for which registration is sought,

- the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and competences required for the fulfilment of the professional tasks according to § 2 Abs. 1 to 5 NArchtG is proven

(a) by submitting their own work and by means of documents showing the duration of the activity and the practical professional knowledge, experience and competences acquired in the process; and

b) by subsequently passing a performance test whose requirements meet the requirements for the completion of the respective course of study in accordance with § 6 para. 1 no. 1 NArchtG .

Performance Testing Details

Specialisation Architecture

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

design and design; Processing time 8 hours

A design task is to be worked on, which includes the mastery of a differentiated spatial program. The design of a multi-storey "hybrid" building (e.B residential and administrative buildings) including urban planning aspects is to be developed. Building law and organisational criteria are taken into account. It is expected that functional, technical and aesthetic interactions will be recognized and reflected in the building design.

Performances

  • Sketchy building mass study (representation in spatial sketches)
  • Plans
  • Slice
  • Views
  • Conception of facilities

 Aids

  • Housing standards
  • Neufert Building Design Theory

technology and construction; Processing time 6 hours

From the comprehensive range of services of the execution-oriented processing of given design concepts, questions on shell construction work (masonry and skeleton construction) and on expansion work (heavy/light support) have to be dealt with. This includes solutions for structural design. Furthermore, questions about technical building equipment (heating, ventilation, sanitary installation, electrical installation, gas and water supply, sewage and rainwater disposal) must be answered. In addition, sufficient knowledge of building materials science, building physics (heat and sound insulation) and fire protection must be proven.

Performances

  • Sketchy and graphic representations of constructive sections
  • Textual descriptions
  • Approximate calculations

Aid

  • Relevant standards
  • Construction table books
  • Relevant specialist literature on the aforementioned topics

Construction and planning law; Processing time 2 hours

Knowledge of the basics of public construction law is expected, which is based on the general questions for the processing of a design task. Skills must be demonstrated to apply the knowledge described above in the complex context of the architecture-related planning of construction projects with special attention to urban planning law, building code law including monument protection and the associated administrative procedures.

Performances

  • Textual descriptions (answers) to individual questions (exam tasks)
  • If necessary, sketchy and graphic additions to the above answers

Aid

Text editions of the above regulations (e.B. BauGB, BauNVO, NBauO incl. DVO, NDSchG) 

Construction; Processing time 2 hours

Knowledge of private construction law, which is based on the general questions of the implementation of a construction project, must be proven. In particular, knowledge of the principles of work contract law as well as the general basics of construction site organization and process planning and cooperation with the client are expected.

Knowledge of the principles of BGB and VOB, HOAI, basic knowledge of public procurement law (VOB/A, VgV) etc. as well as in particular their practical application in the execution of construction, as well as knowledge of the basic features of contractual relationships between client and contractor are expected; of the law on work and service contracts according to the German Civil Code, forms of employment, liability risks and procedural disputes.

Performances

  • Textual descriptions (answers) to individual questions (exam tasks)
  • If necessary, sketchy and graphic additions to the above answers

 Aids

  • Text editions of the above sets of rules

The aids mentioned in the explanatory notes to the application as well as drawing board for DIN A 2 and drawing device, drawing and sketch paper as well as writing paper must be brought by the participant.

Specialisations in interior design, landscape architecture or urban planning

The above explanations on performance testing in the field of architecture apply mutatis mutandis.

Which documents are required?

The application shall be accompanied by the following documents:

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

  • Practical work:
  • Certificate(s) from professionals of the respective discipline that the applicant has worked for at least 7 years under supervision.
  • Submission of own work Planning documents for usually at least 7 objects (design plans – scale 1 : 100) as well as for one object at least 2 execution and detail drawings (scale 1 : 50 or 1 : 20)
  • Curriculum vitae and certificates of education and professional career

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.
  • Official applicants 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 liability insurance (see section 4 of the application)

Hint:

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).

What are the fees?

Registration fee: EUR 1,585.00

If you do not use the fully electronic application procedure including the online payment function, please enclose a receipt with your registration application, e.B. printout of the transfer in online banking about the payment. The bank details are:

Nord/LB Hannover: BIC NOLADE2HXXX-IBAN: DE55 2505 0000 0101 4747 81

Commerzbank Hannover: BIC COBADEFFXXX - IBAN: DE97 2504 0066 0338 8345

The following payment methods are possible online:

  • Credit card

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Appeal

Possibility of bringing an action before the Administrative Court of Hanover

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony.

Professionally released on

02.09.2020

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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