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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Number of inhabitants 1,311,000
Number of architects 100
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.076‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans No
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities  
Recognised educational centers There are no schools of architecture in Trinidad and Tobago at this time.
Duration of studies  
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration 3 years required in order to be registered.
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body Professional body examination follow a course of professional studies prior to registration.
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title   Authority that grants the academic title  
Job title   Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes There are no architecture schools in Trinidad & Tobago.
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Law regulating profession Architecture Profession Act, Nš 19 of 1992.
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings, feasibility studies, drafting technical documents related to the designs, control of costs, inspection and co-ordination of construction.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description At present there is no legislation that requires the compulsory involvement of registered architects in the building permit process. However, such legislation is in Parliament and if it is approved it will have the effect of controlling the application for building permits and planning approval. Architects will be required to stamp their drawings when they submit them for approvals process and may issue a certificate of inspection.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description The duration for the limit of liability is normally 6 years. 12 years when the contract is signed under seal.
Source Civil laws
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Very few insurance companies offer this type of insurances.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects
Additional notes In addition to the fees under contract, the architect shall be reinboursed for all reasonable collateral expenses (hotel and travelling expenses, reproducing or purchase costs, photographs and models, etc.)
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
ENGINEER  
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
QUANTITY SURVEYOR  
ENGINEER (Electrical, mechanical, geo-technical/soil, naval)  
LAND SURVEYOR  
PLANNER  
REAL ESTATE AGENT  
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
The definition of competences has not been rationalised with regard to the legal responsibilities for the design. There is discussion in progress between architects and engineers on this point. Architects have proposed the Spanish form of legislation that defines various building agents and responsibilities. Another aspect is the role of project managers that further complicates the architect's role as a project leader.
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Register, code of ethics, disciplinary control, list of qualifications and institutions in respect of training in architecture, generally regulate the architectural practice.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS The mission of The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects is to promote excellence in Architecture as an essential contributor to the built environment for present and future generations.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
 
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all origins) Architectural qualification, legal practice in the country of origin, work permit, an interview. If the country of origin has no reciprocal arrangements locally then it will be necessary to provide further information to the Board of Architecture as well as pass through professional examinations and further interviews.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Individual foreign architects: getting the work permit from the Immigration Department in order to work with a local firm. Foreign architects must furthermore ask the Trinidad&Tobago firm to apply for their work permit providing evidence that the post has been advertised locally and that local applicants are unsuitable. Foreign practices that would establish a joint venture with local firms may be asked to apply for the work permits for some of the employees (depending on place of employment). Satisfying the income tax and repatriation of funds and taxes.
 
EXPENSES
Application fees
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (all origins) Diploma in architecture, proof of legal practice in the country of origin, work permit. For getting the work permit, besides the diploma and the abovementioned, a proof from a local firm that no local candidate was suitable for the announced post, a proof of clean disciplinary record will be required.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended?  
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects? Joint venture collaboration is recommended between foreign and local firms.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
The above policies are subject to variation in government-to-government agreements that may apply from time to time.

Useful addresses
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
P.O. Box 585
  Port of Spain
Tel: 1-868-624 8842
e-mail: administration@ttiarch.com
URL: http://www.architecture.co.tt/
BOARD OF ARDHITECTURE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Jamtek Building, 56-58 Robarts Street, Woodbrook
  Port of Spain
Tel: 1-868-622 2010
Fax: 1-868-622 2021
e-mail: Watkins@wow.net

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