Profession of Authorised Architect - conditions for obtaining authorisation

1. 5. 2014 | Source: Point of Single Contact (PSC) Czech Republic

The document sets forth the conditions and further information applying to awarding authorisation for pursuing the profession of architect.

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Conditions for granting a licence

Upon written application, the Czech Chamber of Architects shall grant the authorisation to whoever:

  1. is a citizen of the Czech Republic
  2. is a national of another EU Member State save for the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as "another Member State")
  3. has full legal capacity
  4. is a person of probity (probity may not be claimed by anyone who has been found guilty of
    • a criminal offence which is essentially related to the pursuit of their professional activity as provided for under the present Act
    • any other criminal offence committed deliberately where there is concern that the person applying for the authorisation may commit the same or similar offence in the pursuit of their activity as an authorised entity
  5. has acquired a university education by either completing a minimum four-year course focused on architecture as part of a Bachelor’s degree, or completing a Master’s degree in the same field
  6. has completed professional experience of at least 3 years, where the applicant has previously completed a Master’s degree, or of at least 5 years, where the applicant has previously completed a Bachelor’s degree or similar type of education
  7. has successfully passed a professional eligibility test – The Chamber shall allow each applicant who has met all of the conditions above to sit the professional eligibility test within 6 months of receiving a written application
  8. has sworn the prescribed oath – The Chamber shall allow each applicant for authorisation who has met the conditions stipulated above to swear the prescribed oath within at most one month of the applicant passing the professional eligibility test

Under exceptional circumstances, especially where the applicant has successfully pursued the activity professionally, the Chamber may waive the requirement for the specified academic qualification.

Application requirements

The request for authorisation shall be submitted by the applicant to the Chamber on a prescribed form that has been legibly and duly completed and which contains the following data (as per the Authorisation Code – internal regulation of the professional chamber):

  1. name and surname, maiden name or former surname
  2. academic title, scientific or pedagogical title
  3. birth certificate number or any other identification data, nationality
  4. permanent address also stating the contact telephone number, fax and email
  5. contact address, if different from the permanent address
  6. request for professional designation (authorised engineer, authorised technician, authorised builder
  7. field or specialisation of the required authorisation
  8. completed education indicating the field of study
  9. a chronological list of completed professional experience
  10. details regarding any prior application for authorisation

Documents to be added to the request on a mandatory basis:

  1. original and copy of documentary proof of completed education
  2. documentary proof of professional experience
  3. extract from the Criminal Register
  4. list of selected projects and or constructions implemented and territorial urban planning documentations professional papers and publications, acceptable patents
  5. confirmation of participation in works listed in Annex 4
  6. description of professional activities undertaken so far
  7. confirmation of professional activity listed in Annex 6
  8. documentary proof of full legal capacity
  9. copy of documentary proof of surname change

Pursuit of the profession by EU nationals

The proposed amendment of Act No. 18/2004 Coll., as amended, in association with the implementation of Directive 2006/36/EU also amends Act No. 360/1992 Coll. (hereinafter referred to as the proposed version):

Article § 30(i)

In their request for registration applicants shall state:

  1. the chosen activities they intend to systematically pursue in the territory of the Czech Republic
  2. a mailing address in the territory of the Czech Republic


Pursuant to Paragraph 1, the application must be supported with evidence to substantiate:

  1. professional qualification
  2. demonstration of probity (where documentary proof must not be older than 3 months)
  3. a liability insurance policy to cover loss or damage caused in the pursuit of the profession
  4. payment of the administrative fee, determined by special regulation, for processing a request for recognition of professional qualification

Requirements connected to the provision of services by a provider from a different Member State

In the event that a foreign entrepreneur seeks to establish themselves in the Czech Republic, they must file an application for recognition of professional qualification pursuant to Article 22 Act on Recognition of Professional Qualification.

A foreign entrepreneur may provide architect services in the Czech Republic on a cross-border basis, i.e. as a guest architect, urban planner and landscaper.

Further information on the licence proceedings

Type of licence

  • authorisation granted by the Czech Chamber of Architects (ČKA) – authorised architect (Article 4 and 7 of the Act) in the form of "Authorisation Certificate"
  • inclusion onto the list of authorised architects maintained by ČKA

Pursuit of the profession by EU nationals

  • inclusion onto the list of guest registered persons in the form of "Guest Entity Registration Certificate" – licence to pursue the profession subject to a time restriction of one year
  • inclusion onto the list of established registered persons in the form of "Established Entity Registration Certificate" – licence to pursue the chosen profession (no time restriction)

Respective authority

  • Czech Chamber of Architects

Control and supervisory bodies

  • Authorisation Council, Supervisory Board

Procedure for granting a licence

  • Persons interested in obtaining authorisation must initially submit an application to be granted authorisation to the Czech Chamber of Architects. Where the application meets all requirements, the applicant shall be invited to sit a professional eligibility test. If the applicant passes the test, they shall receive an invitation to swear the prescribed oath. On the date of taking the oath, they shall be granted the authorisation and included onto the list of authorised architects. They shall also be provided with an authorisation certificate.

Pursuit of the profession by EU nationals

  • The recognising body in charge of assessing professional qualification and other eligibilities shall make their inclusion onto the list of registered established entities or guest entities with no undue delay, no more than three months from the day of submitting a full application or full notification; in the event of justified doubts on the verity of the background documentation provided in support of the professional qualification, the recognising body shall proceed as specified under a special regulation (Act No. 18/2004 Coll.).

Application clearing deadline

  • at the latest within 6 months of submitting the full application, the applicant shall be admitted to take the professional eligibility test
  • at the latest within 1 month of successfully passing the test, the applicant shall be invited to swear the oath – on the day of taking the oath, the applicant shall be included onto the list


  • fee to be provided on submission of request to recognise professional qualification amounting to CZK 2,000 as per Article 30(d) of the Act

Suggested wording:

  • article 30(i), paragraph (2) (e) of the Act
  • administrative fee for processing the request for recognition of professional qualification (Act No. 634/2004 Coll., on administrative fees), as amended

Period of validity

The authorisation shall expire in the event of the demise of the authorised person or if the authorised person is declared dead.

The Chamber shall cancel the authorisation (Article 10 of the Act) for whoever:

  1. has been deprived of their full legal capacity or whose legal capacity has been restricted
  2. has been administered a disciplinary action consisting in the withdrawal of the authorisation by the Chamber
  3. has been authorised based on incorrect or incomplete data
  4. waives the authorisation in writing

The Chamber shall strike off from the list of authorised entities any person that ceases to exist or such whose authorisation has been withdrawn.

The Chamber shall suspend an authorised person’s authorisation (Article 11 of the Act):

  1. during their imprisonment to which they have been sentenced for a criminal offence committed in association with pursuit of the profession covered by the authorisation
  2. during the term of their prohibition to pursue the profession of an authorised person
  3. during the term of an administrative action whereby their authorisation has been suspended
  4. where the authorised person has requested suspension in writing

The Chamber may suspend an authorised persons authorisation:

  1. should criminal action be launched against the authorised entity in association with the pursuit of their profession for a criminal offence, up to the "res judicata" ruling
  2. should an action be launched regarding their legal capacity, up to "res judicata" ruling concluding such an action
  3. where the authorised entity has not performed the activity covered by the authorisation for five years, until their professional eligibility has been reviewed as provided for under Article 7, Paragraph (1) (f) of the Act

The Chamber shall make an entry in the list of authorised persons on any suspension of authorisation; An authorised person shall communicate to the Chamber all facts that may affect decision-making on the withdrawal or suspension of the authorisation within 15 days – negligence will result in disciplinary action.

Pursuit of the profession by EU nationals

  • established entities – no restriction
  • guest entities – restricted to one year with the option of repeated renewals

Combined proceedings (recognising qualifications and granting authorisation)

  • yes

Legal Regulation

  • Act No. 360/1992 Coll., on the professional practice of certified architects and on the professional practice of certified engineers and technicians active in construction

Professional liability insurance

  • Yes. Prior to the commencement of the activity and during its entire course, a valid liability insurance policy must be held as specified by the law.

Related legal regulations

  • Act No. 183/2006 Coll., on town planning and the building code (the Building Act), as amended
  • Act No. 184/2006 Coll., on the forfeiture or restriction of title to land or buildings (Expropriation Act)
  • Decree No. 499/2006 Coll., on construction documentation
  • Decree No. 500/2006 Coll., on analytical materials for town planning, town planning documentation and method for filing town planning activities
  • Decree No. 501/2006 Coll., on general land use requirements
  • Decree No. 503/2006 Coll., on more detailed town planning regulation, public contracts and planning measures
  • Decree No. 526/2006 Coll., by which some Stipulations of the Building Act in Matters of the Building Code are performed
  • Decree No. 137/1998 Coll., on general technical requirements for construction, as amended
  • Decree No. 369/2001 Coll., on general technical requirements enabling use of buildings by mobility and orientation-impaired individuals, as amended
  • Act No. 309/2006 Coll., stipulating further requirements for health and safety at work in labour relations /.../ (Act on Further Requirements on Occupational Health and Safety)
  • Act No. 500/2004 Coll., Administrative Code, as amended
  • Act No. 20/1987 Coll., on state monument care, as amended
  • Act No. 114/1992 Coll., on nature and landscape protection, as amended
  • The Authorisation Code

Current Community regulations

  • Directive 2005/36/EC, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications

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