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ACE Member Organisation

Latvian Association of Architects (LAA)

Torņa iela 11, Riga
LV 1050 Latvija
Phone: +371 6721 2802
Email: latarh(at)latarh(dot)lv


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Protection of the function of architectsYes 
Professional title Certificated Architect 
Mandatory RegistrationYes
If yes, Where ? Latvia Association of Architects (LAA) 
Competent authority Certification Board of the Latvia Association of Architects (LAA)

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

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• Entrance examinations
• Academic training: 5.5 years
• Professional experience of 3 years
• Compulsory registration with the Certification Board of LAA
• Competence Test in Certification Board of the LAA


Additional compulsory practical training- internship3 years
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship Architect’s Diploma
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?
3 years
Certificated Architect 
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
3 years
Architect’s Office
Number of hours per month required Not stated
Compulsory Professional examinationNo 
Complementary professional educationNo
Remuneration of the TraineeshipYes 
Trainee accompanied 
Specific supplementary courses organised 
Model form of contract available No
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account Yes 
Evaluation of the Traineeship Yes 
Evaluation method used presentation of a portfolio 

Liability and insurance

Insurance - mandatory from 01/10/2014, liability - period not defined

Continuous Professional Development

There will be no requirement from 01.10.2014. The whole system is not fully developed yet, answers are therefore incomplete.
Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?

Yes from 01.10.2014
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
YES, compulsory
Some courses will be free
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Required by law
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
Regulated by profesional body

Is it organised ? Yes partly
Who provides the courses: Professional Association, other institutions
What level of training is provided: 
Are certain subjects mandatory ?Yes
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) ?

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 ?
Reprimand, if requirements are not fullfilled after this examination
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 ?

According to the European Directive 2005/36/EC



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