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Occupation of Architect

Occupation of Architect

The implementation of architectural activities is a complex of architectural structures’ creation, which includes making an architectural manifestation and its performing, coordinating the participants who developed all the components of planning projects, construction and upgrading of the area.

Profession of “architect” is regulated in Ukraine that is confirmed by legislation of Ukraine. Architectural profession  in Ukraine is regulated by Constitution of Ukraine, the Laws of Ukraine  “On Urban Planning ”, “On Regulating Urban Development”, “Responsibility for urban planning delicts”, the Architecture Act”  and other laws.

UKRAINE SUPREME LEGAL COUNCIL is the national registration authority that regulates the procedures for access to the architectural profession. Now, both registration in USLC and obtaining of architectural education are required for several professions: architect, restorer, structural engineer, landscaping architect. 


Architectural education is a system of specialized training and retraining of professional architects, which is provided by educational institutions; it includes development of professional knowledges, upbringing of architectural design’s skills. System of architectural education in Ukraine includes higher architectural education, complete higher architectural education, postgraduate architectural education. Ukraine’s higher education system is based on Constitution of Ukraine, the Laws of Ukraine: “On education”“On higher education”, On Scientific and Scientific and Technology Activities” etc.; on international agreements of Ukraine. Obtaining of a higher university degree is realized basing on several levels, which are relevant to levels of National Qualifications Framework (NQF):

  • initial level (short cycle); corresponds to the fifth level of NQF;
  • the first (bachelor) level; corresponds to the sixth level of NQF; 
  • the second (master) level; corresponds to the seventh level of NQF;
  • the third (educational and research/educational and creative) level; corresponds to the eighth level of NQF;
  • Research level; corresponds to the ninth level of NQF.

Graduation (obtaining higher architectural education) means that person has successfully completed appropriate educational programme. It provides receiving of specific qualification level, degree: Junior Bachelor, Bachelor; Master; PhD; Doctor.

Junior Bachelor is an educational and professional degree that is gained at the initial level (short cycle); a higher education institution can award the academic degree if a person has completed educational and professional programme successfully; this educational and professional programme includes 120-150 ECTS credits.

Bachelor is an educational degree that is acquired at the first level of higher architectural education and is award by a higher education institution to a degree-seek student after successful completion of the educational and professional programme the scope of which is 180-240 ECTS credits.

Master is an educational degree that is acquired at the second level of higher education and is awarded by a higher education institution to a degree-seeking student after successful completion of the relevant educational program. The Master’s degree is acquired according to educational and professional or educational-and-scientific programmes. The scope of educational and professional Master’s training programme makes 90-120 ECTS credits, whereas the scope of educational and scientific programme makes up 120 ECTS credits.

PhD is an educational and at the same time the first academic degree which is acquired at the third level of higher education based on the Master’s degree. Ph.D. degree is awarded by a specialized Academic Board of a higher education institution or research  institution as a result of the successful completion by a degree-seeking student of the relevant educational-and-scientific programme and public defense of the thesis at the specialized Academic Board.

A person has the right to acquire Ph.D. while studying at the graduate training (postgraduate training). The scope of the educational component of the educational and scientific training programme for Ph.D. is 30-60 ECTS credits. 

Doctor  is the second degree which is acquired by a person on a scientific level of higher education based on the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and provides the acquisition of the highest competences in the area of development and implementation of the research methodology, carrying-out original research. Ph.D. is awarded by the specialized Academic Board of the Higher Education Institution or academic institution based on the results of public defense of scientific achievements in the form of a thesis or published monograph.

The document on higher education (academic degree) is issued to a person who successfully completed the appropriate educational (academic) programme and has been certified. An integral part of the diploma of Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. is the annex to the diploma according to the European model containing structured information about completed training.


Architectural education quality assurance (LECA) consists of:

  • system of LECA provided by higher education institutions and general quality of education (internal controls system) ;
  • system of external LECA of higher education institutions and general quality of architectural education;
  • system of LECA of National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance  (NAQA) general quality of architectural education.

For detailed information about national system of higher education, please, visit website of Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

GUIDE to Regulation of the architectural profession in Ukraine

Architect is professional of architectural activity who has responsibilities depending on a job which might be designing and preparing of urban development’s documentation, drawing up of the design documentation for construction, reconstruction, restoration, repairs and major maintenance of buildings, development of  Landscapes, parks, gardens, has an opportunity to perform scientific and researching or teaching work.

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine represented by the relevant ministries, namely the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the national registration authority represented by Ukrainian Supreme Legal Council, unions and independent self-governing organizations are working to ensure the proper functioning of an architect as a profession.

In addition, the architectural profession is regulated by specialized laws, the regulatory bodies which are International Union of Architects, National Union of Ukrainian Architects, Building and Architectural Classification Board etc

USLC functions as a national registration body that carries out activities aimed at registering architects in Ukraine.

Acquired architectural education gives a person / holder of the relevant diploma the right to be recognized as a specialist in architecture. In order to obtain the status of an architect, a person performs a number of actions, the list of which includes the initial registration by USLC.

Registration in the USLC is a procedure according to which a person who has successfully completed an educational program and mastered the key criteria for the profession, has the right to apply to the registration authority for official registration of their professional status in Ukraine.

USLC, as a registration body, conducts a relevant inspection of the documents submitted by a person for their compliance with applicable law and establishes a fact that has legal significance, namely, provides REGISTRATION OF PROFESSIONAL STATUS.


Starting with 2016, there was no single registration body in Ukraine that would have provided a proper service in terms of confirmation of professional competence in the relevant professional field, completion of a proper architectural registration of relevant rights and reflecting the disciplinary status of the person against whom a decision should be made.


The registration card must be generated using a special service ” to be Registered”. To enter the architectural faculties of higher Functions’ execution of the registration body is provided by formation of the unified structured base (Register) on a professional direction for the purpose of establishment of a universal confirmation way of the declared information during employment, studying, internship, etc.

The data of the register reflects information about the candidate, obtained qualification, registered right to execute professional activity in Ukraine, form of activity, as well as other important information. The path of a person who has expressed a desire to become an architect is quite difficult and consists of a number of STEPS. Let’s consider it in details.

The first step

Graduation. A complete secondary education may be acquired in general and specialized secondary schools, boarding schools, lyceums, gymnasiums, colleges, and other institutions of general secondary education of the ІІІ grade. A complete secondary education may also be obtained in a vocational educational institution, or institution of higher learning of the I-II accreditation levels. Graduates who have high academic results are awarded the gold medal “For High Academic Achievements” or the silver medal “For Academic Achievements” and receive а certificate of complete general secondary education with distinction. This certificate comes with a supplement specifying the scores earned for educational achievements. Graduates of the 11th grade who fail the examination in at least one subject receive school report cards in which the mark of “failed” is placed against each such subject. Secondary school graduates are required to pass the independent external knowledge assessment test in the subjects required for the enrollment in a chosen institution of higher learning. This higher educational institution may change the list of such subjects following its enrollment requirements.

Registration and independent external knowledge assessment test.  Provision of external evaluation carried out by the Ukrainian Center for Educational Quality Assessment in partnership with local education authorities, Regional Institute of Postgraduate Education, educational institutions. Person who has a certificate of complete secondary education or will have got it by the end of a year has a right to take independent external knowledge assessment test. To be successfully registered for an external independent evaluation, you must create and issue a registration card, create a set of registration documents and submit it to the person responsible for registration in the educational institution (for school leavers, students of vocational schools and colleges who are graduating this year) or send it to the relevant regional center for the evaluation of the quality of education (for graduates of previous years). The set of registration documents must contain:

  • issued registration card, the form of which is formed using a special service “to be Registered”;
  • application for participation in an additional session;
  • a true copy of ID card of a citizen of Ukraine;
  • a true copy of Certificate of Secondary Education (for graduates of previous years).
  • if necessary, other documents (medical opinion on the creation of special conditions for the external assessment, copy of the document changing name / surname, a copy of a notarized translation into Ukrainian of documents provided in a foreign language for registration).

The registration card must be generated using a special service ” to be Registered”. To enter the architectural faculties of higher educational institutions, it is necessary to pass an external examination in such subjects as Ukrainian language and literature, English language, history of Ukraine. For more information on conducting an external independent evaluation, see the link.

Getting results. The result of the external examination is showed in the standard-issue certificate, which provides information about the completed subjects and points obtained. External evaluation results are credited as admission tests to a higher education institution. The average score of the certificate of Secondary Education is also taken into account during the competition to the university.

The second step

Principles of admission process. The admission campaign in Ukraine starts every year in June with an external independent evaluation of school leavers. Admission process is based on available rating points, which are defined as the sum of points obtained by tests of external independent assessment, the average score of the certificate and additional points for outstanding academic achievements (winners of All-Ukrainian Olympiads, competitions of the Small Academy of Sciences, international competitions, etc.). Ukrainian entrants have the right to apply for admission to higher education institutions in paper or electronic form. Documents’ acceptance from applicants usually lasts during July.

Collecting and submitting documents. After the person has decided on the educational institution, it is necessary to submit a package of documents for obtaining the appropriate education and qualification level, namely:

  • A standard-issue application (in paper form).
  • Certificate of Secondary Education (document on the obtained educatione and qualification level) and its appendix
  • EIT Certificate, with scores in subjects required for admission by the university
  • Six photos in color sized 3 x 4 cm
  • Document certifying the identity and citizenship of the entrant + copies of the first and second pages
  • A copy of the ID code
  • Military ticket (or certificate of enlistment in the conscription station) for male entrants
  • Confirming documents for benefits
  • Admission tests’ certificates

Enrollment of entrants for studying at the state budget’s expense and at the personal’s expense takes place in the first half of August. The conditions of admission to higher education institutions approved by the Ministry of Education and Science can be viewed at the following link.

The third step

Studying and internship. While studying at a higher education institution, a person may have an internship in private or public organizations.

The fourth step

Obtaining a diploma. A person who has successfully completed the relevant educational program and passed the certification is issued a document on higher architectural education at the appropriate level. An integral part of the bachelor’s and master’s degree is the appendix to the European diploma, which contains structured information about the completed studies.

Registration in USLC. The person fills in standard-issue registration application and the questionnaire. After that, USLC provides a list of documents that should be scanned. The application is processed by specialists within 10 working days, as a result the conformity and authenticity of the submitted documents are provided by the Department of Registers, which provides assistance in order to include the person to the relevant Register in the appropriate professional field.

Inclusion in the register and creation of an office. Confirmation of registration of an architect is Registration Authority Certificate. The next step is to include a person in the Register and to create an electronic account of a professional, with the keys for access. The result of the inclusion of an architect to the register is Certificate of Registration Professional Status.

The fifth step

In-service training. Architectural courses and in-service training contribute to the development of professional skills in the field of architecture for future architects, restorer, structural engineer, landscaping architect many others. At the courses for architects you can get a diploma, certificate of in-service training.

The sixth step. An access to specialized occupation.


  1. Preparatory stage. A person, who plans to emigrate for working or educational purposes, should understand that there are certain barriers for accessing a regulated profession, such as the requirements to have a recognized diploma, the obligation to take a state exam, or professional experience. Accessing conditions to a regulated profession are defined in Law system of each country.
  2. The first step to obtain the status of “architect” is to choose the country and determine the registration authority that regulates professional activities and issues a certificate confirming the right to be an architect.
  3. After applying to the registration authority, the person will be provided with a list of required documents for submission in order to obtain a permit to carry out professional activity. Most likely, the first point will be the recognition of educational documents obtained abroad – verification. Verification is carried out by organizations authorized by structural units. As each country has its own verification organizations, the list can be found following the link ENIC-NARIC. This procedure is aimed to compare the person’s education with the country’s educational programs. Based on the results of the review, the compliance of the provided educational documents is confirmed or denied and a document with a conclusion is provided. In addition, in case of non-compliance, such a document indicates differences in educational programs, which must be compensated by additional training, courses.

List of documents to be submitted to the verification body:

  • application for recognition;
  • educational document (with an apostille stamp and translation into the state language, notarized copies);
  • appendix to the educational document (with an apostille stamp and translation into the state language, notarized copies);
  • ID card.

In order to carry out a comprehensive examination and to establish the equivalence of educational programs, verification body makes a request to Image Center to determine the fact of studying, university status and accreditation, average score, comparison of educational programs etc.

  1. After successful recognition of educational documents, the next step is to fill in an application for access to the profession in the registration authority of a foreign country and to take necessary exams. The main ones are the language exam and the professional test. Referral and advice on the professional exam is provided by a verification body and acquaints the candidate with the necessary requirements. English language exams are IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL, FCE, BULATS, etc., German is Goethe-Zertifikat, Spanish are DELE, SIELE and others.

Other requirements may include: an examination of knowledge of the the country’s legislation, the availability of practical experience for a specified period, a certain number of working hours, the presence of a license to operate in the country of origin of the candidate, and so on.

  1. The result of confirmation of fulfillment of all necessary requirements of the registration body is the issuance of a permit for professional activity. The stage is accompanied by finding an employer and obtaining a visa or work permit.

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