Authorised Engineer Activity - authorisation step by step

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

The term authorisation denotes a licence granted to individuals (natural entities) to conduct specialised activities in the construction sector. Selected activities in the construction sector include designing constructions, expertly managing their implementation, and supervising structural alterations. An authorised engineer may, for instance, draft design documentation for constructions, make static and dynamic calculations for constructions, etc.

Procedure for obtaining authorisation:

A: Citizen of the Czech Republic

Persons seeking authorisation must initially file an application for authorisation with the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers. Where the application meets all requirements, the applicant shall be invited to sit an eligibility test within 6 months of delivery of the request. 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 granted the authorisation and included onto the list of authorised engineers and provided with a certificate of authorisation. In addition, they shall obtain a certificate of insurance from the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians.

1) Application for authorisation

Further information on the application

  • With regard to the annexes, the application cannot be sent to the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians directly in electronic form. The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians has a regional office in each region where the application may be submitted.

The following shall be annexed to the application:

  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, implemented constructions, published professional papers and publications, acceptable patents
  5. Confirmation of participation in works listed under d)
  6. Description of professional activities undertaken so far
  7. Confirmation of professional activities listed under f)
  8. Documentary proof of full legal capacity
  9. Copy of documentary proof of surname change

Further information on the licence proceedings

The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall allow applicants to sit the professional eligibility test within 6 months of receiving their written application.

2) Taking the professional eligibility test

  • The fee for taking the professional eligibility test amounts to CZK 500.
  • In addition, the applicant shall be obliged to pay a membership fee, at the latest by the day on which they swear their oath. The fee shall amount to CZK 6,000 for the first year, whereupon CZK 3,000 shall then be paid annually. The fee shall always be payable by 31 March of the respective year. The fee includes mandatory insurance.

The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall send to the applicant an invitation to swear the prescribed oath within 1 month of passing the test.

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 Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall include the entity to which authorisation has been granted onto the list of authorised entities and issue them with a certificate of authorisation (along with a stamp).
  • In addition, the authorised engineer shall receive a certificate of insurance.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

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

B: EU Nationals

two different regimes apply for EU Member State nationals:

  • Guest entity – an entity providing services on a cross-border basis – the term of authorisation is restricted to 1 year only
  • Established entity – a person enjoying the same authorisation as a Czech citizen

Guest entity

1) Notification by an entity seeking to pursue business in the territory of the Czech Republic as a guest entity

  • The application shall be filed with the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians.
  • Applications are submitted using a prescribed form (in Czech), the form also states the mandatory annexes.
  • The applicants must, in the first place, submit confirmation from the body that issued their certificate stating that at the time of submitting their application, their authorisation had not been withdrawn, neither had their activity been suspended.
  • Where the applicant comes from a Member State where no regulation of authorised engineers exists, they shall submit confirmation of their having engaged in the activity for the past 10 years.
  • When submitting their application, the applicant shall pay a fee amounting to CZK 2,000.
  • With regard to the annexes, the application cannot be submitted to the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians in electronic form.

The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall include the entity to which authorisation has been granted onto the list of authorised entities and issue them with a certificate of authorisation (without a stamp).

The term of the authorisation is restricted to 1 year; once the 1-year term has lapsed, a new authorisation application must be filed.

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

Established entity

1) Request for recognition of professional qualification

  • The application shall be filed with the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians.
  • Applications are submitted using a prescribed form (in Czech), the form also states the mandatory annexes.
  • When submitting their application, the applicant shall pay a fee amounting to CZK 2,000.
  • With regard to the annexes, the application cannot be submitted to the Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians in electronic form.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall send a letter inviting the applicant to select whether they intend to

  • take a test of professional eligibility
  • pursue the profession of engineer during a so-called "adaptation period"

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

a) Adaptation period

  • The period lasts two years (unless the CKAIT rules otherwise), during which time the applicant shall perform activities in the field and specialisations indicated in the application under the supervision of an expert guarantor.
  • The expert guarantor is member of the CKAIT possessing a certificate of authorisation in the field and specialisation in which the applicant shall pursue its expert activity during the adaptation period. The person of the expert guarantor shall be nominated by the applicant and approved by the CKAIT. Upon completion of the adaptation period, the expert guarantor shall submit to the CKAIT an assessment report covering the adaptation period with a clear conclusion allowing the CKAIT to rule on the issue of recognising the applicant’s professional qualification and their registration as an entity established in the Czech Republic.

b) Eligibility test

  • The applicant shall provide documentary proof of their solid grasp of Czech legislation and technical regulations associated with the field and specialisation of their future professional career. The scope and content of the eligibility test is specified in the document "Scope of Requirements for Review of Knowledge of Generally Applicable Regulations pursuant to Act No. 360/1992 Coll."

2) Taking the professional eligibility test or lapse of the adaptation period

  • the applicant shall provide payment of the membership fee amounting to CZK 3,000

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall send a letter to the applicant inviting them to swear the prescribed oath.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

3) Taking the oath

  • The authorisation shall be granted on the day the prescribed oath is sworn.
  • The Czech Chamber of Authorised Construction Engineers and Technicians shall include the entity to which authorisation has been granted onto the list of authorised entities and issue them with a certificate of authorisation (along with a stamp). The authorisation is issued for an indefinite term.
  • The time limit for the authorisation is 60 days from submitting the request for the recognition of qualification.

Upon the completion proceed to the next step

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

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