The Critical Importance of Insurance Certification for Architects

Discover the vital steps for architects to submit their insurance certification to stay compliant and protected.

Each year, architects face the important task of renewing their professional insurance certification. This annual procedure is not just a bureaucratic formality; it's a cornerstone of architectural practice that ensures both protection and compliance. This process is particularly significant, highlighting the commitment of professionals to safety, responsibility, and excellence in the construction and architecture sector.

Why Is Insurance Certification Mandatory?

The insurance certification for freelance architects, partners, and architectural firms is more than a legal requirement; it's a testament to reliability and professionalism. It covers two crucial aspects: decennial liability, protecting against construction defects for ten years, and common law civil liability, extending up to thirty years. This comprehensive coverage offers full protection against unforeseen issues, benefiting both professionals and their clients.

How to Submit Your Insurance Certification?

The process of submitting your insurance certification has been made easy and accessible for each insurer:

  • For those insured by MAF and CAM BTP, the process is automatic. Simply downloading your insurance certification suffices for seamless transmission and registration.
  • For those with other insurance providers, submissions can be made via email or postal mail, ensuring every architect can meet this critical obligation effortlessly.

Diverse Professional Situations

Beyond freelance architects, those in other employment forms are also covered. Before March 31, a sworn declaration is also required, reflecting the variety of roles and responsibilities within the profession. Whether you're employed by an architect, an architectural firm, a CAUE, or working in a public or private context, specific documentation tailored to your situation must be provided.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

To clarify any doubts, let's address some commonly asked questions:

  • What happens if I don't submit my certification on time?

Failing to submit your insurance certification by the deadline can have significant consequences. It may result in your being temporarily suspended from the professional register, which means you would not be legally allowed to practice as an architect until the situation is rectified. The regional architectural council (CROA) may issue a formal notice asking for compliance, and if there's no response, suspension from the register is the next step. It's crucial to meet this requirement to avoid any disruptions to your professional activities.

  • Can I change insurers, and how does it affect my submission?

Yes, you can change insurers. However, it's important to ensure that the new insurance policy meets all the legal requirements, including coverage for decennial liability and common law civil liability. After changing insurers, you'll need to submit a new insurance certification from your new provider. It's advisable to handle this change well before the submission deadline to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain continuous coverage. Always inform the CROA of any changes to your insurance details as soon as possible.

  • How do I obtain certification if I'm newly graduated and starting my practice?

Newly graduated architects starting their practice need to obtain professional liability insurance that covers both decennial and civil liability. The first step is to contact an insurance provider that offers coverage for architects. Many professional associations and organizations provide guidance or partnerships with insurance companies to help new architects. Once you have secured insurance, your provider will issue an insurance certification. This document must be submitted to the CROA according to the guidelines for your first year of practice. It's also a good idea to seek advice from experienced professionals or the CROA itself for any specific questions related to starting your practice.

These answers aim to provide clarity and guidance on the insurance certification process for architects, ensuring they can navigate their obligations with confidence and continue their professional activities without interruption.


The obligation to provide an insurance certification is not just a legal formality but a decisive step for the safety and integrity of the architectural profession. By adhering to this process, each architect contributes to building trust and sustainability in the construction sector. The CROA is here to support you through this process, ensuring you can practice your profession with assurance and compliance.

For More Information: Feel free to contact the CROA for any questions or assistance needed. Together, let's make compliance a priority, for safe and thriving architecture in 2024 and beyond.

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