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Access to the profession in Austria
Architects – Chartered Engineering Consultants
(January 2010)

The access to the Austrian profession “Ziviltechniker” (comprises Architects and Chartered
Engineering Consultants) is regulated by a federal law called “Ziviltechnikergesetz” (ZTG).
To practice as Ziviltechniker , the following qualifications are required:

1. University (Mag. , Dipl.Ing. or Master) or University of applied sciences degree in
technological, scientific and mining areas, in areas connected with environmental and soil
sciences.
2. Professional practice of at least three years (after graduation).
The practice has to be passed as an employee or personally exercising a regulated trade
or in the public service.
3. Licensing Examination (“Ziviltechnikerprüfung”)

Access is open to applicants with Austrian nationality, applicants with nationality of an
EU/EEA country or Switzerland and applicants with (a) family member(s) with nationality of
an EU/EEA country.

LICENSING EXAMINATION:
The application for this examination – including all necessary documents – has to be filed with
the regional Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants where the
applicant has his/her main residence. If the applicant has no residence in Austria, he/she can
choose one of the regional Chambers. The chamber passes the application together with an
advisory opinion to the Federal Ministry for Economics, Family and Youth. The ministry
decides about the application and assigns the candidate to an examination commission.
The Licensing Examination is a public oral examination and there are no remedies against
the decision of the commission.
If the candidate fails the examination, he/she has the possibility of a second and a third try.
Every candidate has to demonstrate in the Licensing Examination sufficient knowledge in the
following areas:
• Austrian administrative law which includes especially the scope and basic knowledge of
the different regulations;
• Business administration, especially basics in the fields of cost accounting, organisation,
personnel matters, investing and financing etc.;
• Legal and professional regulations of the special professional field (e.g. architecture)
• Professional laws and ethics of the profession, which include especially knowledge about
the Ziviltechnikergesetz, Ziviltechnikerkammergesetz, ethic code etc.

Further candidates for the licence of a Geodetic Surveyor have to demonstrate further
knowledge i.e. of the scientific basics and methods of the land surveying,
Vermessungsgesetz (BGBl. Nr. 306/1968), Liegenschaftsteilungsgesetz (BGBl. Nr. 3/1930),
A-1040 Wien
Karlsgasse 9
Fon: (+43-1) 505 58 07
Fax: (+43-1) 505 32 11
E-mail: office@arching.at
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Grundbuchsrecht, Wasserrecht, Forstrecht, Baurecht, Raumordnung, Flurverfassung and the
Austrian Civil Law and other regulations in connection with the above mentioned law acts.

AUTHORISATION:
The authorisation for professional activity (“Befugnis”) is awarded by the Federal Ministry for
Economics, Family and Youth. For either architecture or one of the more than 60
specialisations of Chartered Engineering Consultants a special authorisation is required.
Both, natural persons and business associations of architects and chartered engineering
consultants may hold an authorisation.
Before making use of the authorisation the applicant has to take the oath that he/she will
observe the law, his other responsibilities and the duty to confidentiality.

Areas of Specialisation:
Architects are officially authorised to render architectural services.
Chartered Engineering Consultants are officially authorised to work in technological, scientific
or mining areas and in the field of environmental and soil sciences.

Scope of the Authorisation:
The authorisation enables architects/chartered engineering consultants to provide planning,
testing, supervising, consulting, co-ordinating and mediative services for their entire expert
area.
They act as trustees, handle total planning projects and settle projects in a commercial and
organizational manner. They draft reports and are entitled to act as representatives before
authorities and public law corporations.
They draw up public documents in their areas of specialisation using a seal (=external sign of
authorisation and certification).
Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are not entitled to the execution of workings.
Austrian Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are generally obliged to work
freelance or to work for an association of Ziviltechniker, if they are partners or shareholders.
Should they wish to work employed in a private or public business (other than an association
of Ziviltechniker) or exercise a regulated trade they will have to notify the competent Regional
Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants and the authorisation will become
inactive. During the employment status, which is a part of the awarded authorisation for
professional practice, the Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are not entitled to
perform activities of the authorisation, besides the Ziviltechniker is employed in a company in
which he is partner or shareholder.
A written notification of the Chamber will turn the authorisation active again.
Austrian Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are obliged to a continuing
professional development.
Ziviltechniker (Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants) are entitled to make use of
various business forms, but authorisation, professional duties and liability are always
assigned to the Ziviltechniker who offered his total planning services of all types to the client.

TITLE:
The academic titles of graduates are either
Dipl.-Ing (Diplomingenieur) or Mag. (Magister), Master
The professional titles “Architekt”, “Ingenieurkonsulent”, “Zivilingenieur”, “Ziviltechniker” and
“Zivilgeometer” are protected by the Austrian “Ziviltechnikergesetz”. They can only be used
by authorized Architects or Chartered Engineering Consultants.

Provision of Services in Austria by Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants
of EU/EEA Member countries and Switzerland:

Citizens of an EU/EEA country and Switzerland are allowed to provide cross border
services occasionally and temporarily if they fulfil the following criteria:

• Nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
• Authorisation to practice as an architect/chartered engineering consultant (in one of
the areas of expertise of § 3 ZTG – degree in technological, scientific and mining
areas, in areas connected with environmental and soil sciences) in an EU/EEA
Member country or Switzerland and establishment in an EU/EEA country or
Switzerland
• Formal professional qualification
• Practice as an authorized practising architect for at least two years during the last 10
years, if the profession is not regulated in the country where he/she is established.

A notification with the chamber is not requested, but the architect/chartered engineering
consultant is obliged to supply the client with the following information:

• Register and identification number in this register
• Name and address of the responsible controlling authority in the country of
establishment
• Professional body or similar organisation of which the architect/engineering
consultant is part of
• Professional title / formal qualification
• UID Number
• Details about insurance protection concerning professional liability

Establishment in Austria:

Requirements for architects:

An Architect can apply for authorization to work as an architect in Austria and establish
himself/herself in Austria if he/she is citizen of an EU/EEA country (or is a family member
of a person with nationality of an EU/EEA country) or Switzerland and is practising as
authorized architect in his/her country of origin. The authorization in Austria is awarded
by the Federal Minister of Economics, Family and Youth.

Requirements for application:

1. Evidence of nationality
2. Proof of authorisation to practice as an architect by country of origin
3. Evidence of reliability, non-bankruptcy and non-violation of code of ethics / code of
conduct by the responsible authorities in the country of origin (not older than three
months)

Requirements for chartered engineering consultants:

A chartered engineering consultant can apply for authorization to work as chartered
engineering consultant – in an area of expertise which is equivalent to the areas of expertise
mentioned in § 3 ZTG (technological, scientific and mining areas, in areas connected with
environmental and soil sciences) – in Austria and establish himself/herself in Austria if
he/she is citizen of an EU/EEA country (or is a family member of a person with
nationality of an EU/EEA country) or Switzerland and is practising as authorized
chartered engineering consultant in his/her country of origin. The authorization is
awarded by the Federal Minister of Economics, Family and Youth.

Requirements for application:

1. Evidence of nationality
2. Proof of authorisation to practice as a chartered engineering consultant by country of
origin
3. Evidence of reliability, non-bankruptcy and non-violation of code of ethics / code of
conduct by the responsible authorities in the country of origin (not older than three
months)

The authorization will be awarded if the professional qualification is equivalent (according to
Art. 11 lit e Directive 2005/36/EG)

Especially in the following cases the qualification is not seen as equivalent:

• The subjects of the applicant’s education differ highly from the requested
qualifications according to the Austrian ZTG
• The services belonging to the scope of authorization of a chartered engineering
consultant are in the applicant’s country of origin not in the scope of this profession
and the applicant’s education differs from the requested qualifications according to
the Austrian ZTG.

If the applicant’s qualification is not seen as equivalent this can be equalized by a training
course with a duration of up to 2 years or verbal aptitude test.

Contact:

The regional Chambers of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants will supply you
with all the information you may need, such as information on insurance and building
regulations. The chambers also offer a wide range of seminars and courses:

Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Wien, Niederösterreich und
Burgenland
1040 Wien, Karlsgasse 9/1
Tel. 0043/1/5051781
Fax 0043/1/5051781-70
E-mail: kammer@arching.at
Internet: www.arching.at/wien

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Styria and Carinthia:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Steiermark und Kärnten
8010 Graz, Schönaugasse 7/1
Tel. 0043/316/82 63 44-0
Fax 0043/316/826344/25
E-mail: office@ztkammer.at
Internet: www.ztkammer.at

Upper Austria and Salzburg:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Oberösterreich und Salzburg
4040 Linz, Kaarstraße 2/II
Tel. 0043/732/738394-0
Fax 0043/732/738394-4
E-mail: office@linz.aikammeros.org
Internet: www.aikammeros.org

Tyrol and Vorarlberg:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Tirol und Vorarlberg
6020 Insbruck, Rennweg 1
Tel 0043/512/5885335
Fax 0043/512/588335-6
E-mail: arch.ing.office@tirol.com
Internet: www.kammerwest.at

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