In compliance with the authorisation as per Section 23, par 6 h) and Section 34 of the Czech National Council Act No. 360/92 Coll. On the Practice of Licensed Architects and Construction Engineers and Technicians, as amended by Act No. 164/1993 Coll., Act No. 275/1994 Coll., the Resolution of Deputy Chamber of the Czech Parliament No. 276/1994 and the finding of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic No. 168/1995 Coll. (hereinafter ”the Act”), and for the purposes of fulfilling selected provisions of the Act, with respect to Guideline No. 85/384/EEC of the European Community of 10 June 1985 on mutual recognition of diplomas, school reports and other documents related to the qualification of architects (hereinafter ”the Guideline”), based on the authorisation of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic of 7 June 1994 granted in compliance with the provision of Section 4, par 1 of Act No. 114/1992 Coll. On the Protection of Nature and Countryside, as amended by legal measures of the Chairmanship of the Czech National Council No. 347/1992 Coll., Act No. 289/1995 Coll. And the finding of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic No. 3/1997 Coll. And in compliance with the provision of Section 2, par 3 and Section 4, par. 3 of Decree No. 395/1992 Coll. Fulfilling selected provisions of the Act on Protection of Nature and Countryside and upon the approval of the Minister of Economy of the Czech Republic as per Section 33, par. 3 of the Act, the Czech Chamber of Architects issues
of the Czech Chamber of Architects
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND THE CLASSIFICATION, SCOPE AND CONTENT OF LICENCES
In compliance with the provision of Section 30 of the Act the following specific conditions of the registration procedures shall be stipulated and Section 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 17, 29, 30 and 32 of the Act shall be fulfilled.
TYPES, CONTENT AND SCOPE OF LICENSES
Types, specialisation’s and branches of licenses and their classification (fulfilling Section 4, par. 3, Section 6 and Section 13 par. 1 of the Act)
- In compliance with the provision of Section 4 of the Act the Registration Council (hereinafter the ”Council”) shall grant the license of an ”architect” with number 1.0 and with the authority to use the legally protected title (herein after the ”protected title” of the ”licensed architect”.
- In compliance with the provision of Section 4 of the Act the Council shall grant licenses for the following specialisation, with the relevant numbers:
a) building construction (1.1),
- urban planning (1.2),
- interior design (1.3),
- garden and landscape design (1.4).
- In compliance with the provision of the Act and the Resolution of the Board of Directors the Council shall
grant the license for the ”stage design” branch with number 1.3.1 under 1.3 – interior design.
(4) In compliance with the provision of Section 6 of the Act, general legal regulations concerning the protection
of nature and countryside and upon the request of the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic the
Council shall grant the licence in the ”development of environmental systems” with number 2.1.
(5) Upon the fulfilment of necessary requirements, a license in more specialisation or branches may be granted.
Content and scope of the license (fulfilling Section 4, Section 6 and Section 17 of the Act)
- develop the environmental systems,
- participate in the preparation of urban planning supporting documents and urban planning documents in environmental systems and landscape and nature protection,
- perform relevant surveys, analyses and evaluations,
- issue expert opinions and prepare expert evaluations, even for the purposes of proceedings in front of the public administration bodies,
- perform expert supervision over the realisation of environmental systems and landscape changes projects,
- represent the client in administrative proceedings held in connection with the design and realisation of environmental systems,
- adopt expert duties in public administration bodies in nature and landscape protection, if not stipulated otherwise by a special regulation.
e), f) and h) to j), including the management of the accomplishment of garden and landscape changes.
REQUIREMENTS OF education and proffessional experience, co-operation with schools
Requirements of education (fulfilling Section 7 and Section 8, par. 2 of the Act)
- For the granting of a license, the minimum of a five-year university education, focused on architecture in the first plan and completed by a successful state final examination and the protection of a dissertation is required by law.
- The education as per paragraph 1 has to include many subjects with a proportionate representation of technical subjects and humanities, theoretical and practical subjects, and shall aim at the acquiring and developing of the following skills:
- the understanding of architecture as a profession and the role of architects in society,
- the skills to create architectural designs satisfying aesthetic, technical and other functional requirements, including the knowledge of methodical procedures of design, project and planning,
- the knowledge of the theory and history of architecture and related industries of science, technology and arts,
- the knowledge of the procedures of art and graphic design needed to create an architectural design,
- the skills to design urban (landscape, country or town) environment, including the knowledge of the urban planning procedures,
- the knowledge of human and community needs in relation to buildings and environment,
- the knowledge of the garden and landscape design procedures, including the ecological impact of construction intervention into nature and landscape, as well as relevant project and planning procedures,
- the knowledge of the interior and exhibition design procedures or stage design, including the knowledge of structures, materials and technologies and relevant project procedures,
- the knowledge of building structures and their design, in particular with respect to security, stability and health,
- the knowledge of applied construction physics, especially in relation to the quality of internal environment of buildings and the protection against climate influences,
- the knowledge of building materials, products and technologies, including their ecological aspects and the knowledge of building realisation procedures,
- a good orientation in legislation and adequate knowledge of construction law and related regulations,
- the knowledge of economical aspects of building design and projects and urban planning,
- the skill to act as a professional architect in relation to clients, sub-contractors of project documents, bodies of public administration and suppliers,
- In the case of license granted in a certain specialisation or branch, the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 will apply adequately.
- For the purposes of synthetic education of an architect, at least one quarter of the education has to take place in architectural and urban planning studios. The student is individually led by a teacher in the scope of all specialisation for which licenses are granted by the Czech Chamber of Architects.
- For the purposes of the registration procedures, the bachelor level of education is considered related.
- In compliance with Section 8 of the Act the Council may recognise the related education relevant as per Section 6 of the Act, if it meets the requirements stipulated in Section 6 of the Act at least to a certain extent, especially in the case when no other education exists for the relevant license specialisation which would fully meet the above requirements.
- If in exceptional cases without having acquired the required or at least the related education the applicant shows evidence of a successful and long enough professional experience and is able to demonstrate during the examination the ability to act as a licensed architect in an independent and responsible way, the Council may recognise or waive the education requirement in compliance with the provision of Section 8 of the Act.
- The Board of Directors of the Chamber in co-operation and upon an agreement with the Council shall prepare, approve through a resolution and publish a list of schools offering the recognised education and a list of schools offering the related education. These lists shall be regularly updated, at least once every five years. The Chamber shall co-operate with the Authorisation Committee of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Training of the Czech Republic in the preparation and approval of the lists.
- To be included in the list of schools offering the recognised education or the related education, each school has to evidence that the scope and content of studies comply with those requested by the Chamber, and submit a list of pedagogues, both internal and external, including their qualification.
- For a school to be included in the list of schools offering the recognised education, the representatives of the Chamber have to participate in the state examination boards.
- Upon meeting the conditions stipulated by this Order and by the Chamber, the school has to be included in the list of schools offering the recognised education.
- The school shall be notified by the Chamber of the decision not to include it in the list of schools offering the recognised education together with a justified reason within ten days from the decision. The school may file an appeal against the decision within one month from its delivery.
- Arbitration procedures are opened within ten days upon the occurrence of a contradiction between the Chamber and the school as per the previous paragraph.
Requirements of professional experience (fulfilling Section 8, par. 5 of the Act)
- submitting a completed confirmed experience card (hereinafter ”the Card) that includes all information relevant to the independent and responsible performance of the duties of an architect,
- submitting work completed during the experience period independently or in co-operation,
- verifying during the examination whether the applicant during his/her experience period learnt important activities comprising the full scope of an architect’s duties, in particular
- preparing surveys, supporting evidence, analyses and their evaluation,
- providing expert consulting services, including budget and funding of urban planning or architectural work,
- urban planning, i.e. the preparation of urban planning supporting materials and documents,
- preparing graphic studies, drafts and project documentation in building construction, interior design and landscape design for the purposes of territorial proceedings, construction permit proceedings, project documentation for the construction completion, including related text reports or the preparation of models,
- co-ordinating the activities of technicians and other specialists and consultants,
- supervising the construction, performing especially the author’s and technical supervision or investor’s supervision and supervision over the introduction of the construction into operation,
- preparing the supporting materials for the selection of the supplier and co-operating during the selection of suppliers,
- performing mediating activities related to the engagement, especially the application of general and professional legal regulation and standards, and co-participating in public and legal negotiations concerning the documents, in administrative proceedings or in court proceedings, if applicable,
- partial or full administration and management of the engagement, especially negotiating and concluding contracts,
- managing the activities of an architectural and/or urban planning office of technical, administrative or financial character.
- The provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 shall apply adequately on specialisation and branches.
REQUIREMENTS OF application for registration
(fulfilling Sections 7 and 8 of the Act)
The application for registration shall be submitted in writing on a pre-scribed form through the Office of the Czech Chamber of Architects. It has to include the following information:
- the type of license requested,
- the first name, second name, maiden name or other eventual changes in the second name,
- the degree, scientific or pedagogical title,
- the birth number,
- the permanent address, including the telephone or fax number, faxmodem or e-mail address,
- the address of the registration office,
- the education acquired,
- the evidence of professional experience as per Section 7, par. 2 of this Order,
- the type of practice
- The documents enclosed with the application for registration shall include:
- a copy of the documents certifying the requested professional education at a recognised type of school
and in the prescribed period, most often through the state examination certificate and the diploma,
confirmed legally or by the Chamber’s Office,
- a certificate of the professional experience performed, including a list or samples of selected pieces of
work, and a reference by at least one licensed architect – usually the employer or the partner. The reference shall include:
- the identification of the person for whose benefit the reference has been issued,
- the purpose of the reference
- the text certifying the correctness of information included in the C.V., especially the authorship or scope of co-authorship of submitted work and other forms of co-operation, and certifying further professional and ethical qualities of the applicant,
- the identification of the licensed architect issuing the reference, including the signature in his/her own hand and the official stamp,
- a certificate of integrity, i.e. the criminal register extract not older than three months,
- a certificate of full legal capacity, usually in the form of a honourable statement of the applicant
claiming that he was never declared legally incapable. In special cases a valid certificate of the
cancellation of the official legal incapacity declaration is required.
- a certificate of the registration fee payment, if it was paid in advance.
- If the certificates needed for the examination of professional capability are not correct and complete, the applicant may not be admitted to take the examination. The Office shall request the applicant to supply the missing documents. The period as per section 7, par. 2 of the Act is suspended for the time during which the application for registration is incomplete in compliance with the provision of general legal regulations.
- The application form may be provided to the applicant only upon the payment of expenses incurred in connection with the acquisition thereof. The amount to be paid shall be identified by the Board of Directors through its annual decision after consulting the Council and on the basis of the calculation performed by the Office of the Chamber.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF PROFESSIONAL
CAPABILITY AND LICENSING
(fulfilling Sections 8, par. 6 and 7 of the Act and Section 29, par. 2b) of the Act)
- The examination of professional capability is organised by the Chamber as needed, at least three times annually, when regular session of the examination board take place.
- The regular sessions of the examination board are always held by 15th February, 15th June and 15th October at the latest. The date of the session is announced to the applicants at least two weeks in advance, unless an applicant agrees with a later announcement.
- The sessions of the examination board are usually held in Prague or in Brno.
Subject of the professional capability examination
- The subject of the professional capability examination for all types, specialisation and branches of the license is demonstrating the acquired education in the scope prescribed in the provision of Section 4 of this Order, the professional experience in the scope prescribed in the provision of Section 7 of this Order and a basic knowledge of legal regulations determining the practice of an architect and related activities and relations.
- For persons that do not meet the requirements of registration in all specialisation when applying for a license without specification or the requirements of registration in individual specialisation and branches when applying for a license in the relevant specialisation or branches (Section 8, par. 3 and 4 of the Act), and for persons that acquired only related education or that acquired no professional or related education, the subject of the professional capability examination is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed to execute the selected and professional activities, if they are not part of the applicant’s recognised professional education, in all lines of study stipulated by the provision of Section 4, par. 2 of this Order.
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in building construction is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in a) – d), f) and h) – n).
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in urban planning is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in a) – c), e) – f) and l) – n).
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in interior design is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in a) – d), f), h), k) – n).
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in garden and landscape design is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in a) – g), and k) – n).
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in stage design is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in a) – d), h) – i), k) – l) and n).
- The subject of the professional capability examination for the purposes of licensing in the independent branch of urban ecological systems is demonstrating in an adequate way the knowledge needed for the performance of relevant professional activities in lines of study stipulated in e), g) and l) – n).
Examination proceedings and licensing
- The application for registration together with the enclosed documents is submitted by the applicant to the Council through the Office of the Chamber, that will check the formal correctness and completeness of the application and its appendices. In compliance with the instructions of the Council the Office shall determine the examination term upon an eventual agreement with the applicant.
- If the submitted documents are satisfactory and if the application is supplemented as requested in compliance with the provision of Section 9, par. 2 of this Order, the applicant is called to take the examination. The applicant shall be invited to take the examination within six months from the date when the Council received his/her written application at the latest.
- The professional capability examination is comprised of two parts – the written part and the oral part and is open to public. The written part includes knowledge of the specialised legislation as per Section 11, par. 1. Both parts, the oral and the written, are held in Czech. The participation of an interpreter is not permitted.
- The examination board shall assign the following evaluation marks to the progress and the results of the examination in the absence of the applicant: ”capable” or ”incapable”. The decision of the examination board is made by the majority of votes of all present members. If the number of votes for and the number of votes against are equal, the vote of the Chairman shall decide. The members of the examination board vote individually and cannot avoid the classification ”capable” or ”incapable”. The decision making of the examination board is not open to public.
- A written record on the examination and its results shall be made by the examination board, signed by all present members of the board. The record shall be submitted to the Council together with other materials.
- The Council shall decide about granting the license by the simple majority of votes of all regular members. The members of the Council vote individually and cannot avoid the classification ”capable” or ”incapable”.
- The results of the Council’s decision shall be announced to the applicant by the Office of the Chamber within fifteen days from the decision date at latest. If the decision is negative, the announcement of the Office shall include the clause on appeal. Upon request, a summary report on the progress and the results of the registration proceedings shall be issued to schools the graduates of which applied for registration. Personal data of the applicants shall remain confidential.
- The Chamber shall issue a written certificate to the applicant who was granted the license by the decision of the Council. The certificate shall include the scope of activities to which the license relates and shall be signed by the Chairman.
- A written record on the decision of the Council, the taking of a vow and the proposal to issue the license certificate in writing shall be made by the Council. It will be field in the Office of the Chamber for permanent reference.
Requirements of the vow taking
Requirements of the certificate
The license certificate shall include:
- the first name and the second name of the licensed person,
- the birth number,
- the type, specialisation or branch of the license,
- the authorisation to use the protected title the ”licensed architect” in connection with the specialisation in which the license was granted, if applicable, the authorisation to use the title the ”licensed urbanist” in cases stipulated in Section 3, par. 3 of the Act or the title the ”licensed ecological systems designer” in cases stipulated in Section 3, par. 7 of the Act,
- the authorisation to use the registration stamp with the state emblem and the number code identifying the license specialisation,
- the certificate number,
- the registration or member number of the Czech Chamber of Architects,
- the date of granting the license,
- the signature of the Chairman of the Council.
Requirements of the record on the Council’s negotiation and decision
The records concerning the negotiation and the decisions of the Council shall include the date and place of the session, the list of the present people including the signatures of regular present members, the decision on granting or not granting the license to the applicants, the types of licenses, the justification of decisions and other resolutions of the Council. The records shall be signed by all regular present members of the Council.
Requirements of the vow taking records
The record of the prescribed vow taking shall include the date and place, the name and signature of the person taking the vow and the name and signature of the member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber accepting the vow.
Requirements of the license documents
The following materials are inseparable part of the license documents:
- the application for registration, including the required documents,
- the record on the progress and the result of the examination,
- the record on the Council’s decision about granting the license,
- the vow-taking record,
- a copy of the license certificate with the type of license identified as per Section 4,
- the license stamp with the state emblem, the license specialisation in words and the number code,
- a copy of the record on the transfer of documents under d)-e) above to the licensed architect,
- the written instruction for entry in the list of licensed architects.
Requirements of the license stamp
Requirements of the record on the transfer of license documents
The record on the transfer of the license documents, i.e. the certificate and the license stamp, to the licensed architect shall include the date and place of the transfer, the subject transferred, the name and signature of the authorised transferor and the name and signature of the licensed architect.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE ENTRY IN THE LIST, MAINTAINING THE LIST OF LICENSED PERSONS
(fulfilling Sections 9 of the Act)
Requirements of the list of licensed persons
Requirements of the entry in the list of licensed persons
- the license number, under which the licensed person is filled,
- the first name and second name of the licensed person, eventually the maiden name or subsequent changes in the name,
- the title of the licensed person,
- the birth number of the licensed person,
- the type, specialisation or branch of the license,
- the date of the entry in the list,
- the record of the type of practice,
- the record of the license suspension,
- the record of the imposed disciplinary measure, i.e.:
A/ the type of disciplinary measure imposed,
B/ the date when the disciplinary measure was imposed,
C/ the date of the disciplinary measure cancellation,
- the record of the termination of the license.
- The instruction to enter the licensed architect in the list of licensed persons is issued by the Council. The instruction includes the name of the licensed architect, his/her birth number, the date of the license granting, the date when the instruction was issued and the signature of the Chairman of the Council. The relevant documents on the basis of which the license was granted shall be enclosed with the instruction.
Requirements of the maintenance and administration of the list of licensed persons
TRANSITORY AND FINAL PROVISIONS
(fulfilling Section 32, par. 3 of the Act)
Licenses for the practice of licensed persons issued by similar foreign institutions may be recognised by the Chamber on the basis of bilateral or multilateral international agreements on mutual recognition of such licenses.
This Registration Order comes into effect three months after being signed by the Minister of Regional Development of the Czech Republic.
signature in his own hand
Ing. Jan Černý
Minister of Regional Development
Signature in his own hand
Ing.arch. Jan Štípek
Chairmen of the Czech Chamber of Architects
Prague, 23rd January 1998