The certification of a Designer of building physics is based on the Land Use and Building Act (in Finnish), as well as the decrees and guidelines complementing it (Ministry of the Environment: Legislation on land use and building (in Finnish)). In accordance with Section 120 of the Act, special designs required in the building shall be designed by a designer responsible for the special field concerned.
The certification requirements for a Designer of building physics have been prepared taking into consideration the instructions for interpretation of building inspections in the Metropolitan area (www.pksrava.fi (in Finnish)).
The certification of a Designer of building physics does not differentiate new building and repair and alteration works. A verified certification means that the designer masters the theory of building physics in accordance with the certification grade, and has proven by their work experience that the designer also masters the application of theory into practice. The experience can consist either of new building projects or repair and alteration works projects, or both. The designer can demonstrate their project-specific competence to the authorities and the client with their work references.Application form
The certification grades are:
The certification grades are based on the requirement classes of design duties stated in the Land Use and Building Act. The difficult grade is divided into subgroups V and V+ in accordance with the PKSRAVA instruction for interpretation 17-12002.
The certification requirements consist of requirements on education, work experience and demonstration of skills. A summary of certification requirements by certification grade is presented below. The detailed certification requirements are presented on the application form of the certification in question.
The requirements for education consist of a degree and studies. The required degree is based on the qualification requirements for designers, set in Section 120 e of the Land Use and Building Act. The requirements on studies are in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment’s guideline on the qualifications of designers of buildings (YM2/601/2015) and the PKSRAVA instruction for interpretation 17-12002. The education may include studies performed for degrees, as well as training complementing such degrees.
Table. Requirements on education and studies by certification grade.
|Conventional||A construction-related or technical degree appropriate for the design task in question, equivalent to an earlier technician’s or another relevant degree.||A minimum of 20 credits in studies relating to building physics, as well as structural technology and material techniques, which shall include the following credits:
|Difficult (V and V+)||A construction-related or technical university degree appropriate for the design task in question, or an earlier construction-related higher-level vocational or other degree.||A minimum of 30 credits in studies relating to building physics, structural engineering and material techniques, as well as building physics in a branch of technology in question, which shall include in the following areas:
|Exceptionally difficult||A construction-related or technical university master’s degree appropriate for the design task in question.||A minimum of 35 credits in studies relating to building physics, structural engineering and material techniques, as well as building physics in the a branch of technology in question, which shall include in the following areas:
The diploma work of a degree can be partially included in the required studies, provided that the applicant can prove its relevance to building physics and that it has strengthened the applicant’s expertise in the subjects presented. A maximum of 30% of a diploma work’s credits can be accepted as part of the studies. Similarly, work experience in excess of 10 years can be accepted to substitute studies in part (maximally 20%). The above described total quantity of studies shall, however, be performed as study credits.
The so-called AHOT procedure i.e. identification and recognition of previously acquired expertise is an activity to be executed within the educational system. Wishing to exercise this procedure, the applicant may turn towards educational institutions providing e.g. training for certifications. The certification board does not perform the so-called AHOT procedure, but the studies presented in the applications shall be recognized by educational organisations.
The work experience required for the verification of certification of a Designer for building physics structures is in accordance with the requirements on work experience stated in the qualification requirements for designers, set in Section 120 e of the Land Use and Building Act. The assessment of design experience is based on the Ministry of the Environment’s guideline on the qualifications of designers of buildings (YM2/601/2015) and the Ministry of the Environment’s guideline on the requirement classes of design tasks (YM1/601/2015).
Table. Requirements on work experience by certification grade.
|Conventional||A minimum of 3 years of experience in assisting with design tasks relating to at least conventional building physics.|
|V||A minimum of 6 years of experience in design tasks relating to building physics, of which a minimum of 4 years in conventional design tasks (either a responsible or assisting designer) and a minimum of 2 years of assisting with difficult design tasks.|
|V+||A minimum of 6 years of experience in design tasks relating to building physics, of which at least 4 years as a responsible designer of building physics in grade V design tasks.|
|Exceptionally difficult||A minimum of 10 years’ experience in design tasks relating to building physics, with at least 6 years in design tasks relating to grades V and V+ or in assisting in Exceptionally difficult tasks, including a minimum of 4 years as a responsible designer relating to at least Difficult tasks. The experience shall include building physics projects of V+ grade. The above mentioned 6 years of experience shall be performed after completing the degree. The above mentioned 6 year’s work experience shall be performed after completing the degree.|
In the conventional grade, as well as the grades V and V+, a minimum of 2/3 of the work experience shall be performed after completing the degree. In the Exceptionally difficult grade, 6 years of experience shall be performed after completing the degree that is required for the work task in question (M.Sc./M.Sc. in Applied Sciences). Work experience performed during the studies shall only be accepted for the part of work experience performed after fulfilment of the required credits and that can be deemed as designing work (e.g. final draughting of designs is not accepted as designing).
The certification grade Exceptionally difficult requires 2 demonstrations of skills (e.g. design documents), which will demonstrate the level of skills and the demanding nature of the design projects.
The Act on the Amendment of the Land Use and Building Act, 41/2014, includes a transitional provision, according to which a person who prior to the effective date of the Act (1 September 2014) has been approved as certified for extremely difficult design tasks by the building inspection authority and thus can be deemed to have the requirements required for an exceptionally difficult design task, can be considered as a designer fulfilling the certification requirements.
When applying verification of certification based on the transitional provision, the applicant shall be verified as having the general certification in the grade, in which the requirements set for degrees and credits in accordance with the new act are fulfilled. The certification in the Exceptionally difficult grade shall be delimited to apply for corresponding design tasks that were the basis for verifying to certification.
With regard to work experience, the applicant shall fulfil the requirements set for the Exceptionally difficult grade, presented under WORK EXPERIENCE.
The certification grade V can be upgraded during its 7 years period of validity to a certification grade V+ applying a lightened procedure. This requires the indication of fulfilment of the work experience requirement relating to grade V+, in accordance with the table above. The upgraded certification of grade V+ will be valid until the end of the original certification’s period of validity, after which the certification shall be renewed. In case the requirements set for the Exceptionally difficult grade are fulfilled, the verification of certification in Exceptionally difficult grade shall be applied for as new certification, not as renewal.
A verified certification will be valid for a period of 7 years at a time, after which the certification shall be renewed.
By renewing a certification, the applicant shall prove that he/she has worked actively in the task determined by the verified certification. The application shall provide information on employment, work experience and updating training during the certification’s period of validity.
The requirement is a minimum of 3 years of work experience in certification grade in accordance with or higher than the certification, during the certification’s period of validity.
The requirement is updating training that supports the design of building physics, a minimum of 3 training days (21 training hours) or 3 credits for the previous 7 years’ registering period.
If the verification of certification is applied for in a requirement grade higher than before, it shall be applied for as new certification.
A certification, an upgrade of a certification grade, or renewal of a certification is applied for using an application form that can be accessed by depressing the button APPLICATION FORM FOR CERTIFICATION at the top of this page. The application form provides detailed certification requirements and the instructions for applying for the certification.
The processing and registering fees for the Application of certification are given under APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION.
Additional information on the application for certification as Designer of building physics are given by the secretariat organization RIL (in Finnish) that is responsible for the certification board of designers of building physics.