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Authorisation to use the professional title "engineer"

The professional title "engineer" is protected by the Lower Saxony Engineering Act (NIngG). The same applies to word combinations and similar designations (see also § 1 NIngG). In order to protect consumers, it should be ensured that only sufficiently qualified persons exercise the profession under the professional title "engineer". Such protection of the professional title makes it necessary for the existing professional qualification to be checked for compliance with the requirements applicable under the NIngG.

If you do not have a domestic engineering/degree degree that meets the requirements (see also § 6 No. 1 NIngG), you need a permit from the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers to use a protected professional title (see also § 6 No. 5 in conjunction with §§ 7 to 9 (NIngG), provided that you have a place of residence or a branch in Lower Saxony, or exercise their profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony, This does not apply if you have already received a permit from a competent authority in another federal state.

Process flow

An application for Permission to use the professional title "engineer" must be submitted in writing or online using the form provided. The supporting documents referred to under "Required documents" must be attached to the application.

The further procedure is essentially regulated in § 9 NIngG.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers.


  • There are no significant differences between the professional qualification obtained by a foreign engineer/degree or a professional qualification entitling the holder to practise the engineering profession in another European country and a domestic qualification entitling the holder to use the professional title "engineer" (at least three years of standard period of study, at least 70% of the course of study is characterised by mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology (STEM)).
  • An exception applies to the fields of agriculture and industrial engineering insofar as only a STEM share of at least 51% must be achieved.
  • For persons with qualifications from EU, EEA or equivalent countries, it is possible, under certain conditions, to compensate for significant differences in qualifications by completing an adaptation period and/or an aptitude test.

Further details can be found in §§ 7 and 8 NIngG (see legal basis)

Insert a direct link to the website of the Chamber of Engineers, on which the statutes regulating details of the implementation of compensatory measures in accordance with Section 8 (3) of the Lower Saxony Engineering Act (NIngG) are published.

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of proof of identity ( passport )
  • officially certified copies of the original foreign degree and the foreign subjects / overview of grades
  • Translations of the degree and the overview of subjects into the German language, which must be confirmed by a publicly appointed and sworn translator
  • Curriculum vitae, which in particular also shows the relevant professional experience and relevant other qualifications
  • Declaration/proof of reliability
  • Certificate of non-prohibition/no criminal record

Note: A list of foreign universities recognized in the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the Internet ( If you have any questions about the equivalence of foreign degrees, you can also contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB: It is responsible for the assessment of foreign qualifications in Germany. (Postal address: Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, Taubenstraße 10, 10117 Berlin).

The granting of the licence to use the professional title requires that the applicant has a place of residence or a professional establishment in Lower Saxony or exercises the profession in whole or in part, but not only temporarily and occasionally, in Lower Saxony (§ 6 NIngG).

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


What are the fees?

Costs: 150 – 2300 Euro

The amount of the fee is determined by the processing effort in the individual case (scope, difficulty and, in particular, the time required) (e.g. effort for the examination of the proven qualification, determination of significant differences in qualifications, ordering compensatory measures or carrying out an aptitude test).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

A maximum of four months after the complete documents have been submitted (see also § 9 NIngG).

Applications / forms

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

  • Forms for download: Approval
    Link to page IngKN

  • Online Procedure
    Link to the online application
  • Personal appearance may be necessary, e.g. if compensatory measures become necessary


Administrative court action

Fiction of approval pursuant to Section 9 (3) sentence 1 NIngG

What else should I know?

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Chamber of Engineers


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)