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ACE Member Organisation

Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori (CNAPPC)

Via di S. Maria dell’Anima 10 - I - 00186 Roma
Phone: + 39 06 688 99 01
Fax: + 39 06 687 95 20
Email: esteri.cnappc(at)archiworld(dot)it

The National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists, (CNAPPC) is a body appointed by the Ministry of Justice with the Law n. 1395/23; it took its current name, which substituted the original one of National Council of Architects, after the coming into force of the D.P.R. 328/01 that adds to the traditional figure of architect other professional qualifications from both five-years and three-years (junior) graduate courses.
The Council consists of 15 members, elected by the provincial Orders, for a five-year term. The present Council has been in office since March 2011. The CNAPPC carries out its activity for the in-depth analysis of professional themes through the work of its own departments.
The National Council makes decisions in order to give its own opinion and interpretation with reference to regulations and laws regarding the professional practice.
Circulars, sent to the provincial orders, provide a continuous updating of the most important legislative regulations linked to the professional world.
The Italian system of the Orders is organised through the 103 provincial Orders that, being distributed all over the national territory, are ready to pass first-hand information and promote the culture architecture at a local level. Furthermore they are responsible for the registration of architects practising in the Province and provide cultural and professional services to their members.
The Board of governors of the Orders are elected by the members registrered to the provincial structures every four years.


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Recourse to an architect is mandatory for all buildings of artistic value (historic monuments). For constructions of a metal or concrete structure or those situated on earthquake zones, the project’s originator and the director of the works also have to be architects or engineers registered with the Chamber under the control of the Order of the province. A State examination, controlled by the Ministry of Justice, is imposed.
Protection of the function of architectsYes 
Professional title Doctor in Architecture
Professions is regulated by the Law of 24/06/1923, the decree of 23/10/1925 and the latest decree n.137 dated 07/08/2012.
Mandatory RegistrationYes
If yes, Where ? Provincial Architects’ Chamber (Order) of the Province of residence or place of work
Competent authority National chamber of Architects (CNAPPC) also present in the territory with provincial Chambers

Access to the profession: How to become an architect in this country ?

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- Entrance examinations
- Academic training of 5 years at universities, polytechnic schools, and university institutes of architecture.
- Professional internship (6 months) during the academic training (not compulsory)
- Academic qualification confers the title of “laurea in architettura”.
- No professional experience required (see notes that follow), nor any complementary professional training.
- State Examination (which can immediately follow academic qualification) that confers the Doctor in Architecture title.
- Compulsory registration on a regional register of the CNAPPC.
- Continued training: not compulsory.


Stage pratique obligatoire

Non obligatoire

Le stage est envisagé par les universités et est reconnu comme faisant partie du cours, donnant des mérites. Le temps maximum reconnu est de 120 heures


Exigence pour entreprendre une période de stage


non obligatoire

Période de stage supervisé

Oui, toujours sous la direction d’un architecte inscrit


Par qui ?

Autorité professionnelle (Ordre + Univers.) et l’employeur


Période de formation pratique



Bureaux d’architecture, administration publique, autres acteurs (entreprises, fabricants)


A quelles conditions ?


Nombre d’heures par mois requises


Examen professionnel obligatoire


Formation professionnelle complémentaire


Rémunération du stage


Stagiaire accompagné


Cours supplémentaires spécifiques organisé


Modèle de contrat disponible 


Stage et expérience pratique réalisé à l’étranger prise en compte


Evaluation du stage


Méthode d’évaluation utilisée


Liability and insurance

2 years (starting from appointment) and 10 years for gross negligence. Insurance is compulsory for all work from august 2013

Continuous Professional Development

Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?Yes. From 2013 CPD is mandatory in Italy and it's followed by all architects (National Council is suspending who has not enough CPD/year).
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?

If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?

If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?

Is it organised ? 
Who provides the courses: 
What level of training is provided: 
Are certain subjects mandatory ?
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :

Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ? 
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :
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 :
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,
F. Examination,
G. Thesis,
H. Others means (e.g. electronic monitoring) ?

Is training (provision) delivered abroad accepted ? 
What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:
A. None,
B.  Reprimand,
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
It will mean a breach of conduct and will incur disciplinary measures according to CA regulation 
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ? 

Requirements to practice in this country

What requirements must a European architects fulfil to practice in this country ?
Register with CA



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