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Providing services by external engineers

The professional title "engineer" or "engineer" is protected by the Lower Saxony Engineering Act (NIngG). If you have neither a domicile nor a professional establishment in Germany and are temporarily and occasionally carrying out professional tasks of engineers within the meaning of Paragraph 2 of the NIngG in Lower Saxony, you may hold the professional title "engineer" or "engineer" if you are entered in the list of external engineers. The provision of the service must be notified to the Chamber of Engineers in advance.

If a year has passed since the last advertisement and you intend to continue to provide services in Lower Saxony and to use the professional title "engineer" or "engineer", this must be reported to the Chamber of Engineers.

Process flow

An advertisement about the supply of services by external engineers must be submitted in writing or online using the available form. The evidence referred to in 'required documents' shall be attached to the notification.

Requirements

For the first time, persons established in an EU, EEA or equivalent country are subject to the following conditions:

  • Proof of professional qualification
  • No significant differences between the professional qualification obtained by a foreign degree in engineering or study abroad in Other European countries and a domestic qualification which entitles you to hold the professional title "engineer" or "engineer" (minimum three-year period of regular study, study at least 70% shaped by mathematics, computer science, science, technology (STEM)).
  • An exception applies to the fields of agricultural and industrial engineering in so far as only a STEM share of at least 51% has to be achieved.
  • Under certain conditions, it is possible to compensate for significant differences in qualifications by completing an adaptation course and/or an aptitude test.
  • Certificate of establishment as an engineer and non-prohibiting the practice of the profession or proof of professional practice as an engineer of at least one year (if the profession is not regulated in the establishment).

For the first time, the following requirements apply to persons with a branch in other countries:

  • it is sufficient to display the

The following requirements apply to re-display:

  • re-display
  • documents if there have been significant changes in the situation attested in the documents submitted so far.

Further details can be found in Sections 12 and 13 of the NIngG (see legal basis).

Which documents are required?

For the first time, the following evidence must be provided by persons established in an EU, EEA or equivalent Country:

  • Proof of university degree
  • Certificate of establishment as an engineer and non-prohibiting the practice of the profession or proof of professional practice as an engineer of at least one year (if the profession is not regulated in the establishment).
  • For all documents in a non-German language, a translation must be attached, which must be confirmed by a translator appointed and sworn in by the public
  • For the first time, the mere notification is sufficient for persons with qualifications from other countries.

  • Documents must be submitted in addition to the notification if there have been significant changes in the situation attested in the documents submitted so far.

Please have all the necessary documents ready for the electronic display. Without the complete documentation, you will not be able to complete the electronic notification procedure or submit your ad.

What are the fees?

For persons established in an EU, EEA or equivalent country, the fee limit for a first-time advertisement ranges from €150 to €1,500.

For persons with a branch in other countries, the first-time notification is free of charge.

Re-display is generally free of charge.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

  • A maximum of two months after receipt of the complete documents
  • Exception for qualifications from an EU, EEA or equivalent country: if the proven professional qualification falls short of the professional qualification required by Paragraph 6 nIngG

Applications / forms

Advertisements can be submitted at any time in writing or online to the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers.

  • Forms to download:
    https://www.ingenieurkammer.de/das-koennen-wir-fuer-sie-tun/mitgliedschaft-und-listen/antraege
  • Online procedure
    Link to the online application
  • Personal appearance may be necessary, e.B. if compensatory action becomes necessary

Appeal

Only when persons with an establishment in an EU, EEA or equivalent State are notified for the first time can an administrative action be considered.

What else should I know?

The advertisement necessarily entails registration in the list of external engineers.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers

Professionally released on

04.12.2020

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.