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Expert Person Public appointment and swearing-in application

The purpose of the public appointment and swearing-in for/the expert is to provide courts, authorities and the public with particularly competent and personally appropriate experts.

If you are entitled to hold the professional title "engineer" or "engineer", you can apply to the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers for a public appointment and swearing-in to the expert. Your reliability and integrity (personal suitability) will be checked before ordering. In an official ordering procedure, the demanding proof of special expertise in a particular field of engineering must be provided. This refers to above-average expertise and experience. If you have already obtained a Special Certificate of Expertise in a specific field of engineering in an EU, EEA or equivalent country, this can be recognised. If the content of this differs substantially from the requirements of a domestic area of engineering, an aptitude test or adaptation course may be imposed on you.

In addition, you must prove that you have the ability to assess and that you have knowledge of German expert law. They must also speak the German language in word and writing, and the official and judicial language is German. You will be sworn to carry out your duties independently, without instructions, personally, conscientiously and impartially, and to provide the expert opinions you have requested to the best of your knowledge and belief.

Process flow

An application for public appointment and swearing-in to the expert must be submitted in writing or online using the available form. The evidence referred to in 'required documents' shall be attached to the application.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers.

Requirements

  • Authorization to hold the professional title "Engineer" or "Engineer" in accordance with Section 6 NIngG. The right to hold the professional title "engineer" or "engineer" is carried out in separate procedures by the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers
  • sufficient life and professional experience
  • There must be no concerns about suitability
  • Proof of above-average expertise (special expertise) and appropriate professional practice in the field of appointment, as well as the ability to provide expert opinions and other services: advisory services, monitoring, verification, issuing of certificates and arbitral and arbitral activities
  • Disposal of the bodies necessary to carry out the activity as a publicly appointed expert
  • orderly economic conditions
  • Guarantee of impartiality and independence as well as compliance with the obligations of a publicly appointed expert
  • Proof of relevant expertise in German law and the ability to explain technical questions and assessments in a comprehensible manner
  • German language in word and writing
  • Declaration to assume the duties of a publicly appointed and sworn expert
  • Proof of the existence of liability insurance for the activity as a publicly appointed and sworn expert in accordance with Section 14 of the Expert Regulations.
  • An expert who is in an employment or employment relationship can only be appointed publicly if he/she additionally proves that:
  1. does not preclude it/his contract of employment from the requirements of guarantee of impartiality and independence and for compliance with the obligations of a publicly appointed expert and that he/she may carry out his/his expert work personally,
  2. he is not subject to any technical instructions in his/her expert work in individual cases and his/her performance as a publicly appointed and sworn expert in written or electronic form is called 'publicly appointed and sworn by the Chamber of Engineers of Lower Saxony for ... and, as far as technically possible and reasonable, to use its circular stamp as it is able to identify it itself as it is able to identify
  3. he is exempted by his/her employer to the extent necessary for the expert's work
  • Persons who have already obtained a special certificate of expertise in a specific field of engineering in an EU, EEA or equivalent Country shall provide evidence to that effect. Under certain conditions, it is possible to compensate for significant differences in qualifications by completing an adaptation course or an aptitude test.

Further details can be found in Paragraphs 36, 36 a GewO, Section 27 (1) No. 9 NIngG and the Expert Regulations of the Chamber of Engineers (see legal basis).

Which documents are required?

  • Certified copies of the university degree
  • Persons with a foreign university degree also:
    Approval to hold the professional title "Engineer" or "Engineer"
  • Curriculum vitae with photo and detailed description of the career path
  • Official certificate of leadership, not older than three months (please apply directly to the responsible registration office or citizens' office)
  • Safety certificate of the competent tax office
  • Designation of at least three references (names and full addresses)
  • Proof of attendance at least two expert seminars on legal and procedural issues
  • At least three different self-produced opinions, publications or equivalent written elaborations from the intended area of order are each drawn up in three copies, two of which are not older than three years
  • Exemption or ancillary activity authorisation of applicants in a dependent position
  • Proof of payment of the advance payment/handling fee in the amount of € 1,500 in accordance with the Fee and Expenses Statute of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers
  • Proof of the holding of professional inertial insurance for the activity as a publicly appointed and sworn expert. The minimum insurance sums amount to € 1.5 million for personal injury and € 200,000 for property and property damage (two times maximised). The insurance cover must exceed the date of termination of the insurance contract for at least five years (supplementary liability). It is sufficient if the proof of the insurance is made before the order certificate is handed over.
  • Persons who have already obtained a special certificate of expertise in a specific field of engineering in an EU, EEA or equivalent Country shall provide evidence to that effect.
  • 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

Please have all the necessary documents ready for the electronic application. Without the complete documentation, you will not be able to complete the electronic application process or submit your application.

What are the fees?

There is a handling fee of 1,500,-€ and an examination fee of 800,-€.  In case of increased expenses, the fee can be increased up to 500,-€ depending on the time

The annual fee for entry in the list of experts is 80,-€.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

The processing time is usually between one and two years from the date of application to the swearing-in.

Applications / forms

Applications 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 required, e.B. if expert discussion becomes necessary

Appeal

Administrative action.

What else should I know?

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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.