Structural engineer

If you wish to pursue a career as a structural engineer in Denmark, you will need accreditation from the Accreditation Committee for Structural Engineers.

The Accreditation Committee is managed by The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), under an agreement with the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority.

How to apply?

To apply for accreditation as structural engineer in Denmark, fill out one of the following forms:

  • Apply for accreditation or renewal for civil or college engineers specialising in building technology
  • Apply for accreditation or renewal if the applicant is not a civil or college engineer specialising in building technology
  • Apply to pursue the profession of accredited structural engineer on a temporary or occasional basis

You can read more in IDA’s

Guidance paper for The Danish Society of Engineers’ (IDA) accreditation scheme for structural engineer (pdf).

Moreover you will need to enclose different documents depending on whether you are establishing in Denmark or providing your service as a structural engineer on a temporary and occasional basis.

Applications and the relevant enclosed documents can be submitted electronically via this website.

You may also send your application to the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA). See contact details below.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

  • Information on insurance agreements or other forms of personal or collective protection associated with professional liability;
  • Documentation verifying the nationality of the service provider;
  • Attestation that the service provider is lawfully established in a Member State to pursue the profession of accredited structural engineer there, and that at the time the attestation was issued the person concerned was not prohibited from pursuing this profession, even temporarily;
  • Evidence of professional qualifications;
  • Evidence of any kind that the service provider has pursued the profession in question for at least two years during the previous 10 years, if the profession or training for the profession is not regulated in the home country of the person concerned.

Establishing a business

  • A design prepared independently by the applicant submitted for assessment by the Accreditation Committee.
  • A declaration by the applicant identifying the designs they have submitted to the building authorities during the last three years prior to the application for accreditation.
  • Documentation showing that, for no less than the last three years prior to the application for accreditation, the applicant has been employed on structural designs, and that for no less than one year they have had independent professional responsibility for their work.
  • Engineers who have not trained as civil engineers at a foreign educational establishment whose training in this area is recognised by the Danish Society of Engineers must furthermore declare in writing that they are willing to sit a test arranged by the Accreditation Committee.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.


No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

Once all the necessary documents have been received, the Accreditation Committee will notify the applicant of the expected assessment time. You can expect to get an answer within four months.

In case of rejection

If the Accreditation Committee decides to reject your application for accreditation, they will send you a reasoned notification.

This rejection can be appealed to IDA’s Executive Committee.

When evaluating an appeal, the Committee will require a written statement containing the grounds for the appeal. The Committee will also grant the appealing party the opportunity to come before the Committee and state their arguments in person.

Who to contact for questions?


Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)
Kalvebod Brygge 31-33
DK-1780 Copenhagen V
F.A.O.: Accreditation Scheme for Structural Engineers

Tel.: +45 33 18 48 48
Fax: +45 33 18 48 89

The Accreditation Committee has a shortlist of everyone accredited as structural engineer.

Public registers and databases

If you would like further information about engineers (in general) in Denmark, these links may be useful:

The Danish Association of Consulting Engineers’ (FRI) homepage