Certification of Restorers of Movable Cultural Properties

Certification of restorers is the assessment of their professional qualifications, competences and practical activities.

Aims of certification:

  1. To assess the restorer’s professional knowledge and experience, research works of conservation, restoration and preventive conservation and/or developed methodologies and projects of these works, as well as methodological supervision of these works, and to grant qualification categories defining the areas and limits of their activities;
  2. To protect cultural properties from unqualified conservation, restoration and preventive conservation;
  3. To promote restorers’ professional excellence and dissemination of professional knowledge;
  4. To relate restorers’ qualification categories to wages.

Restorers are certified by the Certification Commission. The Commission also assesses the professional qualifications of restorers who have acquired the restorer’s education abroad and establishes the qualification category. The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the organisation of work and maintenance of the Certification Commission.

Restorers of movable cultural properties are certified annually, during the last decade of May and November. Information on the date of certification of restorers of movable cultural properties is published on the website of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Restorers are certified in accordance with the Regulations of the Commission for Certification of Restorers of Movable Cultural Properties approved by Order No. ĮV-266 of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania of 19 May 2008 “On the Approval of the Regulations of the Commission for Certification of Restorers of Movable Cultural Properties”, general qualification requirements stipulated in Annex 1 to these Regulations and the requirements for certification of specific specialities approved by the Minister of Culture.

THE PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNISING QUALIFICATIONS

The procedure for recognising qualifications of citizens of the European Union Member States, the European Economic Area countries and the Swiss Confederation willing to pursue restorer’s profession or provide restorer’s services temporarily or occasionally in the Republic of Lithuania as well as compensatory measures are regulated by the provisions of the Description of the Procedure for Recognising Professional Qualifications of Restorers Willing to Pursue Restorer’s Profession or Provide Restorer’s Services Temporarily or Occasionally in the Republic of Lithuania approved by Order No. ĮV-485 of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania of 14 October 2008 “On the Approval of the Description of the Procedure for Recognising Professional Qualifications of Restorers Willing to Pursue Restorer’s Profession or Provide Restorer’s Services Temporarily or Occasionally in the Republic of Lithuania”.

Documents:

Recognition of the Professional qualification of restorer in the Republic of Lithuania enables persons to practise the profession of restorer in the Republic of Lithuania, the qualifications of which he/she is deemed to hold in the Member State of origin. The profession of restorer, which a person is entitled to practise in the Republic of Lithuania shall be the same as that the qualification of which the person is deemed to hold in the Member State of origin, provided that the activities covered are similar.
Persons holding a recognized professional qualification of restorer must know Lithuanian and the level proficiency must conform to the second state language skills category approved by Resolution No. 1688 of 24 December 2003 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania “On the Approval and Implementation of the State Language Proficiency Categories”.

Procedure for the recognition of the professional qualification of restorer in order to practise the profession of restorer

The applicant or an authorized representative of the applicant shall fill in and submit to the Ministry of Culture directly in writing, by e-mail: dmm@lrkm.lt or in any other form, or via the contact centre of the Republic of Lithuania specified in the Law on the Recognition of Regulated Professional Qualifications of the Republic of Lithuania, an Application on Recognition of the Professional Qualification of Restorer to Work as a Restorer along with the following documents (or copies thereof):
1. proof of citizenship;
2. proof(s) of formal qualification;
3. document(s) certifying duration and content of training;
4. document(s) in relation to the in-service training of the restorer‘s qualification (if-any);
5. evidence of recognition in the Member State of formal qualifications obtained in a third country (if any);
6. document(s) certifying the professional experience and duration of restorer (if any);
7. other supporting documents certifying the professional qualifications of restorer (scientific degree, scientific pedagogical activity, list of major restored cultural property, passports of restored cultural property, etc.);
8. documents certifying change of the surname (name) (if changed);
9. document certifying that within the last ten years a person has been practicing full-time or part-time equivalent of the full-time the profession of restorer in another Member State in which the profession is not regulated, for a period of one year, when the applicant holds one or more documents certifying the qualification or evidence of formal qualification. The period of ten years shall be calculated from the date the application for recognition of the professional qualification of restorer is submitted to the Ministry of Culture;
10. Power of Attorney if the application is completed by an authorized representative;
11. a document certifying the right of movement within the Member States under the legislation of the European Union (if the person is not a national of the Member State);
12. evidence of passing an aptitude test or professional adaptation period (if one of compensation measures was imposed).

The application shall be accompanied by the translation of the documents listed in items 1 to 12 to Lithuanian. The translation must be signed by the translator and/or stamped by the translation agency.

Orders of the Minister of Culture on the recognition of professional qualification

Procedure for the recognition of the professional qualification of restorer in order to provide the services of restorer on a temporary or occasional basis

This procedure shall be applicable only in cases when the service provider enters the territory of the Republic of Lithuania to provide the services of restorer on a temporary and occasional basis. The Ministry of Culture shall assess the temporary nature of the restorer's services on a case-by-case basis in terms of duration, frequency, regularity and continuity of the services.
The applicant shall fill in and submit to the Ministry of Culture directly in writing, by e-mail: dmm@lrkm.lt or in any other form, or via the contact centre of the Republic of Lithuania specified in the Law on the Recognition of Regulated Professional Qualifications of the Republic of Lithuania, a fully completed written declaration concerning temporary and occasional provision of the restorer’s services the first time he/she moves from a Member State to the territory of the Republic of Lithuania to provide the services of restorer.
Renewed declaration shall be submitted by the applicant to the Ministry of Culture once a calendar year if during that year the applicant intends to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis.
To commence the provision of the restorer’s services in the Republic of Lithuania or in case of a material change in the circumstances previously documented, along with the declaration the applicant shall submit to the Ministry of Culture the following documents or copies thereof:
1. proof of citizenship;
2. certificate verifying that the applicant is legally established in another Member State to engage in respective activities and he/she is not even temporarily prohibited from practicing the profession of restorer;
3. proof of professional qualification;
4. a document verifying that the applicant has been practicing the profession of restorer in the Member State of establishment for at least one year within the last ten month, if this profession or training thereof is not regulated in that Member State. The period of ten years shall be calculated from the date of submission of the declaration to the Ministry of Culture.

Information on declarations received to provide services of restorer.

THE PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNISING QUALIFICATIONS OF THIRD-COUNTRY

The procedure for recognising qualifications of third-country nationals willing to pursue restorer’s profession in the Republic of Lithuania as well as compensatory measures are regulated by the provisions of the Description of the Procedure for Recognising Professional Qualifications of Third-Country Nationals Willing to Pursue Restorer’s Profession in the Republic of Lithuania approved by Order No. ĮV-309 of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania of 3 May 2012 “On the Approval of the Description of the Procedure for Recognising Professional Qualifications of Third-Country Nationals Willing to Pursue Restorer’s Profession in the Republic of Lithuania”.

This procedure shall be applicable only in cases when the service provider enters the territory of the Republic of Lithuania to provide the services of restorer on a temporary and occasional basis. The Ministry of Culture shall assess the temporary nature of the restorer's services on a case-by-case basis in terms of duration, frequency, regularity and continuity of the services.
The applicant shall fill in and submit to the Ministry of Culture directly in writing, by e-mail: dmm@lrkm.lt or in any other form, or via the contact centre of the Republic of Lithuania specified in the Law on the Recognition of Regulated Professional Qualifications of the Republic of Lithuania, a fully completed written declaration concerning temporary and occasional provision of the restorer’s services the first time he/she moves from a Member State to the territory of the Republic of Lithuania to provide the services of restorer.
Renewed declaration shall be submitted by the applicant to the Ministry of Culture once a calendar year if during that year the applicant intends to provide services on a temporary and occasional basis.
To commence the provision of the restorer’s services in the Republic of Lithuania or in case of a material change in the circumstances previously documented, along with the declaration the applicant shall submit to the Ministry of Culture the following documents or copies thereof:
1. proof of citizenship;
2. certificate verifying that the applicant is legally established in another Member State to engage in respective activities and he/she is not even temporarily prohibited from practicing the profession of restorer;
3. proof of professional qualification;
4. a document verifying that the applicant has been practicing the profession of restorer in the Member State of establishment for at least one year within the last ten month, if this profession or training thereof is not regulated in that Member State. The period of ten years shall be calculated from the date of submission of the declaration to the Ministry of Culture.

Information on declarations received to provide services of restorer.

THE PROCEDURE FOR RECOGNISING QUALIFICATIONS OF THIRD-COUNTRY

The applicant or an authorized representative of the applicant shall fill in an application for assessment and recognition of the acquired qualification of restorer to the Ministry of Culture and attach the following documents or certified (by a notary public or respective institution) copies thereof:
1. proof of citizenship;
2. documents certifying change of the surname (name) (if changed);
3. proof of formal qualifications and annexes thereof with titles of the subjects attended and number of credits (if any);
4. certificate of assessment of higher education qualification acquired abroad and/or certificate of academic recognition of qualification issued by the Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education;
5. document(s) certifying the professional experience and duration of restorer (if any);
6. Power of Attorney if the application is submitted by an authorized representative.

The application shall be accompanied by the translation of documents listed in items 2 to 6 to Lithuanian. The translation must be signed by the translator.
Procedures for the recognition of the professional qualification of restorer to practise the profession of restorer on a temporary and occasional basis in the Republic of Lithuania and for the recognition of professional qualifications of the third-country nationals to practise the profession of restorer in the Republic of Lithuania are free of charge.

Contacts:

Laimis Mikelevičius
Chief Officer
Memory Institutions Policy Group
e-mail: laimis.mikelevicius@lrkm.lt

Last updated: 26-11-2019