The Croatian Chamber of Architects (CCA) was founded in 1998; from 1998-2009 it was part of joint Chamber of Architects and Engineers in Civil Engineering, since 2009 it is an independent chamber. Registration with the CCA is mandatory in order to practice architecture and/or urban planning. The profession is fully regulated: professional title (registered architect) and function as well as scope of professional work and responsibilities are protected by 2 major laws. Access to the profession is structured, well organized and in accordance with the ACE positions: 5 years of university level education (MArch, pre-Bologna Accord Dipl.Ing.-Arch.), 2 years of compulsory professional experience under the supervision of a registered architect (5+ years since the registration), compulsory professional exam (administered by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Construction), registration with the CCA (pending the CCA Admissions Board review), compulsory CPD - continuous professional development. A total of 150 students enter the 2 university level, public architectural schools in Croatia (Zagreb and Split), after the entrance examination.
CCA membership is organised in 9 local regional councils and 1 special division (landscape architects). The internal work of the CCA is structured within several bodies, steering and oversight committees, boards, special committees, etc.
CCA continuously promotes and upholds architecture as a discipline and profession. The Chamber maintains and enforces a wide range of objectives, procedures and programs – all dedicated to achieving and maintaining high professional standards in order to protect the profession, public interest and the interests of third parties
|Protection of the title of architect||Yes|
|Protection of the function of architects||Yes|
Membership in the Chamber and the right to use a professional title shall be acquired on the basis of a decision on the registration in the appropriate directory of members of the Croatian Chamber of Architects:
Certified architect – urban planner
Certified construction manager
(Official Gazete No. 78/2015)
(Official Gazete No. 153/13)
PHYSICAL PLANNING ACT
(Official Gazete No. 153/2013)
STATUTES OF THE CROATIAN CHAMBER OF ARCHITECTS
(Official Gazete No.140/2015).
|If yes, where ?||Croatian Chamber of Architects - CCA|
Croatian Chamber of Architects - CCA
Statutes of the Croatian Chamber of Architects,
1. Entrance examination
2. Study at university level: 5 Years : Baccalaureate 3 years + Masters 2 years.
3. Practical student level internship of 3 months between Baccalaureate and Masters Compulsory
4. Professional examination administered by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Construction
5. Compulsory professional experience of 2 years
|Additional compulsory practical training- internship||2 Years |
(Professional internship mentor must be registered with the CCA)
|Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship||Master level professional degree + regular employment status|
|Period of traineeship supervised (overseen) |
By who ?
Mentor – a registered architect with a minimum of 5 years of practice as registered architect
|Practical training period|
To which conditions
|Number of hours per month required||180|
|Compulsory Professional examination||Yes|
|Complementary professional education||Yes|
|Remuneration of the Traineeship||No|
|Specific supplementary courses organised||No|
|Model form of contract available||No|
|Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account||Yes|
|Evaluation of the Traineeship||No|
|Evaluation method used||-|
Certified architects, certified architects – urban planners, certified construction managers, certified works managers and foreign certified persons shall be required to take out professional liability insurance, which is appropriate to the nature and the extent of the risk, covering for damage that they may incur to the investor or other persons while performing their tasks or activities, in which case the insured sum shall not be less than HRK 1 000 000.00.
Professional liability insurance of a certified architect, certified architect – urban planner, certified engineer, certified construction manager or certified works manager who is listed in the directory of foreign certified persons and is established in the territory of the Republic of Croatia shall be recognised if it has been taken out in a member state of the European Economic Area in which he/she is already established and if he/she is covered by a guarantee which is equivalent, or essentially comparable as regards its purpose and the cover it provides, in which case the insured sum shall not be less than
HRK 1 000 000.00. Where equivalence is only partial, the insured person must take out a supplementary insurance to cover the aspects not already covered: the insured risk, the insured ceiling for the guarantee and possible exclusions from the cover. (Act on the Chamber of architects and chambers of engineers in construction and physical planning - Official Gazete No. 78/2015)
A foreign certified person's professional liability insurance taken out in another EEA contracting state in which the person is established shall be recognised, provided that the person is covered by a guarantee which is equivalent, or essentially comparable as regards its purpose and the cover it provides, in which case the insured sum shall not be less than HRK
1 000 000.00. Where equivalence is only partial, a foreign certified person must take out a supplementary insurance to cover the aspects not already covered: the insured risk, the insured ceiling for the guarantee and possible exclusions from the cover. (Act on physical planning and building tasks and activities - Official Gazete No. 78/2015)
|Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?||Yes|
|If yes: |
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
|Encouraged and regulated|
|If it is compulsory,|
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
|Required by law and Croatian Chamber of Architects rule book|
|If it is regulated, who regulates the system:|
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
| Professional body: Croatian Chamber of Architects |
|Is it organised ?||Yes|
|Who provides the courses:||Any legal person (institutions, faculties, associations, chambers…)|
Provided courses are short term seminars, lecture series, workshops, presentations, guided tours or excursions.
|What level of training is provided:||General awareness (keeping up to date), regulations and legislations, detailed knowledge, local issues|
|Are certain subjects mandatory ?||Yes, energy efficiency regulation and legislation updates for energy efficiency certificators|
|What types of activities or provisions are accepted :||Short term seminars, lecture series, workshops, presentations, guided tours or excursions|
|Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ?||Yes|
|Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :||Croatian chamber of architects within its Continuous professional development program or Ministry of construction and physical planning for energy efficiency certificators|
|Development of the trainings :|
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / year
C. Estimated lesson hours / year
|Level of requirements for the architects :||CPD hours accumulation system, requiring a minimum of 20/30/40 hours within 1 year period|
|Is this required level validated or checked and how:|
A. Not requested,
B. Self-assessment of value,
C. Attendance tracking,
D. Self-assessment using self-test,
E. By regular checks,
H. Others means (e.g. electronic monitoring) ?
|Attendance tracking (hours)|
|Is training (provision) delivered abroad accepted ?||No|
|What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:|
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
|Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ?||Yes|
What requirements must a European architects fulfil to practice in this country ?
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