Profession of Authorised Architect - licencing step by step

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

An architect provides expertise in the construction sector. Selected activities in the construction sector include designing constructions, expertly managing their implementation, and supervising structural alterations. An authorised architect may obtain authorisation for the related disciplines of architecture, regional planning or landscape architecture and specialization on landscape systems of ecological stability (USES).

Procedure for obtaining authorisation:

A: Citizen of the Czech Republic

Persons wanting authorisation must initially file an application for authorisation with the Czech Chamber of Architects. Where the application meets all requirements, the applicant shall be invited to sit an eligibility test within 6 months. If the applicant passes the test, they shall receive an invitation to swear the prescribed oath within 1 month. On the day the oath is sworn, applicants shall be provided with the authorisation and included onto the list of authorised architects. They shall also be provided with an authorisation certificate. In addition, they shall be called upon by the Czech Chamber of Architects to pay a professional fee and take out professional insurance.

Procedure for obtaining authorisation:

1) Application for authorisation

  • The application shall be filed with the Czech Chamber of Architects.
  • Applications are submitted using a prescribed form. The form must be purchased from the Czech Chamber of Architects and amounts to CZK 2,700. By purchasing the form the applicant covers the costs of the authorisation procedure.

The application shall include:

  1. university diploma + certificate of final state examination where relevant (copy of documentary proof of the required completed specialist education, of the required duration, at a recognised educational institution, commonly, a certificate of final state examination and Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)
  2. structured professional CV + list of works, reference from an authorised architect (and/or documentary proof of completed professional experience under supervision),
  3. an extract from the Criminal Register not older than three months,
  4. documentary proof as to payment of the authorisation fee – an administrative fee amounting to CZK 500 may be transferred to the bank account, paid at a post office or at the Czech Chamber of Architects

The Czech Chamber of Architects shall allow applicants to sit the professional eligibility test within 6 months of receiving their written application.

2) Taking the professional eligibility test

The Czech Chamber of Architects shall send to the applicant, within 1 month of the relevant decision of the authorisation council, a letter on their successful passing of the examination along with an invitation to swear the prescribed oath.

3) Taking the oath

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

  • The authorisation shall be granted on the day the prescribed oath is sworn.
  • The Czech Chamber of Architects shall enlist persons to whom authorisations have been granted in the list of authorised entities and issue them with an authorisation certificate and stamp.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

  • The Czech Chamber of Architects shall call upon the authorised architect to pay the professional fee and professional insurance. Both shall be paid on an annual basis. The professional fee currently amounts to CZK 6,000 and professional insurance to CZK 1,140. Every year, the Czech Chamber of Architects shall send to each authorised architect two postal money orders which the latter shall use to pay their professional fee and insurance for the upcoming year – the amount of fees will not be communicated by the Czech Chamber of Architects – it is the obligation of the authorised architect to ascertain the current amount. The Czech Chamber of Architects provides a collective professional insurance policy; nonetheless, each authorised architect has the option to reject this policy and furnish instead documentary proof of having met their obligation by submitting an alternative insurance contract.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

4) Payment of professional fee and taking out a professional insurance policy

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

The business may be conducted after fulfilling all the above stated requirements.

B: EU Nationals

For EU nationals providing services in the territory of the Czech Republic on a cross-border basis, the term of the authorisation is restricted to one year. Such an architect is regarded as a guest entity. If, however, an EU Member State national is established in the territory of the Czech Republic, i.e. they have their organisation registered here, and then they are referred to as an established entity.

EU national who is a guest entity

1. Request for provision of "Notification of Professional Activity and Request for Registration" form

  • There is no prescribed form for the request

The Czech Chamber of Architects shall provide the form (free of charge) or it is downloadable at www.cka.cc in the English section.

2. Notification of Professional Activity and Request for Registration

  • The Notification is not available in electronic form.
  • The Notification shall be sent to the Czech Chamber of Architects.
  • Detailed information is available in the recognition registration code

The notification shall include:

  1. confirmation that the condition of formal qualification (diploma) has been met; confirmation must not be more than 12 months old (recognition registration code – Article 9)
  2. documentary proof, which may be no more than 12 months old, of professional experience for the specified term when submitting the notification and request for registration covering "Civil Structural Engineering"
  3. an extract from the Criminal Register, or equivalent, or a solemn declaration
  4. a certificate issued by the competent body in the country where the architect is registered (licence to pursue the profession of architect)
  5. documentary proof of an insurance policy taken out in the country of where the architect is settled
  6. documentary proof of payment of administrative fee – currently, the administrative fee amounts to CZK 2,000

ČKA shall include the architect in the list of authorised architects for 1 year

The business may be conducted after fulfilling all the above stated requirements.

EU nationals who are established entities

1) Request for provision of the "Registration Request" form

  • There are no requirements specified for the request; the form must simply be obtained from the Czech Chamber of Architects

ČKA shall send the form (free of charge)

2) Registration request

  • Not available in electronic form; the form is the same as for guest entities (point 2), it differs only in name and the additional requirement to fill in the registered office address in the Czech Republic
  • The application shall be filed with the Czech Chamber of Architects
  • Detailed information is available in the recognition registration code

The following shall be included:

  1. confirmation that the condition of formal qualification (diploma) has been met; confirmation must not be more than 12 months old (recognition registration code – Article 9)
  2. documentary proof, which may be no more than 12 months old, of professional experience for the specified term when submitting the notification and request for registration covering "Civil Structural Engineering"
  3. an extract from the Criminal Register, or equivalent, or a solemn declaration
  4. a certificate issued by the competent body in the country where the architect is registered (licence to pursue the profession of architect)
  5. documentary proof of an insurance policy taken out in the country of where the architect is settled
  6. documentary proof of payment of administrative fee – currently, the administrative fee amounts to CZK 2,000

The Czech Chamber of Architects shall send to the architect concerned a letter with an invitation to swear the prescribed oath

3) Taking the oath

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

  • The authorisation shall be granted on the day the prescribed oath is sworn.
  • The Czech Chamber of Architects shall enlist persons to whom authorisations have been granted in the list of authorised entities and issue them with an authorisation certificate and stamp.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

The business may be conducted after fulfilling all the above stated requirements.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

  • The Czech Chamber of Architects shall call upon the authorised architect to pay the professional fee and professional insurance. Both shall be paid on an annual basis. The professional fee currently amounts to CZK 6,000 and professional insurance to CZK 1,140. Every year, the Czech Chamber of Architects shall send to each authorised architect two postal money orders which the latter shall use to pay their professional fee and insurance for the upcoming year – the amount of fees will not be communicated by the Czech Chamber of Architects – it is the obligation of the authorised architect to ascertain the current amount. The Czech Chamber of Architects provides a collective professional insurance policy; nonetheless, each authorised architect has the option to reject this policy and furnish instead documentary proof of having met their obligation by submitting an alternative insurance contract.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

4) Payment of professional fee and taking out a professional insurance policy

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