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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.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

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