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Application for a declaration of suitability for a practical job in the field of architecture

With the transposition of the EU Professional Recognition Directive (2005/36/EC) into the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG) in 2017, the requirements for entry in the list of architects of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects have changed for graduates of the field of architecture. Graduates of the other disciplines (interior architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning) are not affected by the changes outlined below.

For registration in the field of architecture, it must be demonstrated that the applicant has carried out a practical activity of at least 2 years. The practical work must have been completed full-time for at least two years, correspondingly longer, on part-time, built on the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the course of study and have enabled the acquisition of practical knowledge, skills and competences in the essential parts of the professional tasks referred to in Paragraph 2(1), 5, 6 of the NArchtG.

What is new is that

  • up to one year of practical work can already be completed after completing a 3-year degree (Bachelor), and
  • the practical activity must be carried out under supervision (Section 6 (5) NArchtG).

The details of the practical activity under supervision are laid down in the "Statute for the field of professional practice under supervision in accordance with Section 6 (5) p. 3 and paragraph 6 p. 2 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)."

Upon request, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects may determine whether a planned or already started practical activity is suitable for fulfilling the knowledge, skills and competences required for entry in the list of architects.

Process flow

The request for a declaration must be made in writing or online using the form available. The evidence referred to in 'required documents' shall be attached to the application.

Requirements

Information on practical work in the field of architecture

With the transposition of the EU Professional Recognition Directive (2005/36/EC) into the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG), the requirements for entry in the list of architects of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects have changed for graduates of the field of architecture. Graduates of the other disciplines (interior architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning) are not affected by the changes outlined below.

For registration in the field of architecture, it must be demonstrated that the applicant has carried out a practical activity of at least 2 years. The practical work must have been completed full-time for at least two years, correspondingly longer, on part-time, built on the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the course of study and have enabled the acquisition of practical knowledge, skills and competences in the essential parts of the professional tasks referred to in Paragraph 2(1), (5), 6.

What is new is that

  • up to one year of practical work has already been

after completing a 3-year course of study

(Bachelor) can be completed

And

  • the practical work under the supervision of a

professional or an architect's chamber

must be exercised (Section 6 (5) NArchtG).

The details of the practical activity under supervision are laid down in the "Statute for the field of professional practice under supervision in accordance with Section 6 (5) p. 3 and paragraph 6 p. 2 of the Lower Saxony Architects Act (NArchtG)."  The following remarks are intended to give an overview of the course and the necessary contents of the practical workunder supervision in the field of architecture.

Aim and necessary content of practical work

The practical work is intended to gain experience as well as to deepen theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and competences in the professional tasks of the field of architecture in accordance with Section 2 nArchtG. It is intended to enable graduates of a degree in architecture to pursue their profession on their own responsibility. The practical work must have been carried out in a balanced manner in the essential occupational tasks. This means, with particular regard to the safety aspects and legal framework of the project, the exercise of

(a) the design planning of buildings (in particular:

preliminary draft, draft),

(b) the technical planning of buildings (in particular execution planning);

(c) the economic planning of buildings (in particular preparation and participation in procurement and cost planning) and

(d) the coordination and monitoring of the design and execution of buildings (in particular construction supervision).

Supervision

The practical work under supervision can be carried out at home or abroad. In both cases, supervision is required either by a chamber of architects or by an architect (professional person).

Professional person can only be a person who, on the basis of a corresponding entry in the list of architects of a chamber of architects, is responsible for the professional title "architect"

or "Architect". The Chamber of Architects is available as a supervisory body, especially for graduates, if it is not possible to be accompanied by a professional – for example, if the graduate works in a construction company or engineering firm in which no architect works, or if the graduate carries out an independent activity in which there is also no architect available for supervision.

If the practical activity is to be carried out abroad, the foreign professional must be qualified to supervise the practical activity. For this reason, the admission of the foreign supervisor or post by the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony or another Chamber of Architects must be established before starting the practical activity abroad.

Evaluation of practical work

The Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects examines the practical activity after graduation in the context of the registration procedure or on a separate application.

Request for a declaration of suitability for a practical occupation

On request, the Registration Committee may also make an assessment of a planned or a practical occupational activity outside a registration procedure. The application shall be attached to the following documents:

  • 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
  • For the evaluation of a practical job already completed:
  • Certificates of architects as persons in charge of supervision of the profession (see Appendix)
  • results of work, for example in the form of
  • Planning documents (e.B. preliminary drafts, drafts, execution plans)
  • Documents for awarding / cost planning (e.B. service descriptions, quotation evaluations, cost determinations)
  • Documents for the coordination and monitoring of planning and execution (e.B. schedules, construction diary, acceptance protocols)
  • For example, in order to assess a planned practical activity, it may be submitted:
  • Employment contract, job description, planning contracts, competition awards

    or "Architect". The Chamber of Architects is available as a supervisory body, especially for graduates, if it is not possible to be accompanied by a professional – for example, if the graduate works in a construction company or engineering firm in which no architect works, or if the graduate carries out an independent activity in which there is also no architect available for supervision.

    If the practical activity is to be carried out abroad, the foreign professional must be qualified to supervise the practical activity. For this reason, the admission of the foreign supervisor or post by the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony or another Chamber of Architects must be established before starting the practical activity abroad.

    Evaluation of practical work

    The Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects examines the practical activity after graduation in the context of the registration procedure or on a separate application.

Which documents are required?

The application shall be attached to the following documents:

  • certified copy(s) of the diploma, bachelor's and/or master's certificate and a copy of the respective diploma
  • where appropriate, proof of a professional or job in which parts of the practical professional activity have already been completed under supervision
  • if necessary, proof of registration with another chamber of architects

What are the fees?

Fee for the determination is 80.00 Euro

Unless you use the fully electronic application procedure including the online payment functions, please include a receipt to your registration application, e.B. the transfer with online banking via payment.
The bank details are:

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

Commerzbank Hannover: BIC COBADEFFXXX - IBAN: DE97 2504 0066 0338 8345 00

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.

Processing duration

usually 4- 6 weeks

Appeal

Possibility of bringing an action before the Administrative Court of Hanover

What else should I know?

Information on registration

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Chamber of Architects lower Saxony.

Professionally released on

02.09.2020

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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