European Council


Civil Engineers

Spain (ES)


Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos

Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (CICCP)
Almagro 42
28010 Madrid


Phone:   +34 91 308 1988 
Fax:     +34 91 319 1531

Facts at your fingertips

In Spain the profession of civil engineering – the equivalent of the title in Spanish is: engineer of roads, channels and ports – is linked, from its very birth, to the name of Agustín de Betancourt, the founder of the faculty of Civil Engineering dating as far back as 1802 the foundation of the first Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos (Faculty of Civil Engineering), in Madrid. Currently, there are 9 civil engineering faculties all over Spain.

The Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (the official body) was founded in 1953 as a corporation of public interest and a legal entity in its own right. The main purposes of the Colegio are to regulate the practice of civil engineering, to be the exclusive representative of the profession of the Spanish Civil Engineers both national and internationally; to cooperate with the Public Administration, to arbitrate professional disputes and to defend the professional interests of civil engineers.

The Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos acts towards a higher level of employment for its professionals, helps young graduates to find their first job, as well as see to a continuous professional development through courses organised by the Colegio.

In Spain it is compulsory to be a member of the Colegio in order to practice as a professional civil engineer. All those professionals who hold the officially acknowledged degree as a civil engineer have the right to request membership from the Board of Directors of the Colegio.

Applicants from the EU as well as from third countries, are required to obtain prior recognition of their civil engineering degree from the Ministry of Public Works or the official approval of the Ministry of Education before becoming a member of the Colegio.

Number of members in the organisation:
Currently the Colegio has some 19,000 members.

Form of establishment:
The statutes by which the Colegio is ruled, were modified in 1979 and new statutes were approved in October 2003 and are legally based in the “Ley de Colegios Profesionales 2/1974�? (Law on Professional Bodies of 1974).

The Colegio is a single body, with its head office in Madrid and 19 autonomous offices (‘demarcaciones’) all over Spain with their own operational rules. Each member of the Colegio belongs to a specific autonomous office, according to his/her home address.

The General Council is the supervising body and assesses the Board of Directors which is the executive managing and administrative body of the Colegio.

Among the many activities embraced by the Colegio, we highlight the following:

Certification (‘Visado’) This is a process by means of which the Colegio certifies the authenticity of the author of a project (signed by a civil engineer member of the Colegio). Furthermore it certifies certain details of the project. In the event that a client does not pay a member for his project, the Colegio may initiate the legal process against the client in the name of the member. This mandatory certification process is the responsibility of the autonomous offices which charge an amount of money for doing so.

Other services offered by the Colegio to its members include Employment Service; International Relations; Service for Retired Engineers; Research and Library; Book Store; PR; Data Processing – in 2004 this department received the EEMA Award for Excellence in Secure Electronic Business for a digital signature solution to smooth the process and reduce paperwork for the members in the certification process.

Other institutions linked to the Colegio but with a different legal entity are a financial institution and an insurance company.

Associeted societies:
Foro del Agua and Foro de Infrastructuras, Water and Infrastructure Forum, and the Asociación de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos.

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