The calculation of the axial bearing capacity for pile foundations vary widely from one country to another, depending on the methods that each country use or on the building codes that has adapted in the legislation. In Albania, a legislation nor a building code exist for this purpose, but during years a design practice for pile foundations is consolidated. In this paper the calculation of the axial bearing capacity of a pile using Albanian Design Practice is shown in comparison with 3 other methods, which are: analytical method based on SPT data; analytical method based on CPTu data; method based on Japanese Design Practice. In order to have a satisfactory comparison between the results of the used methods, the calculations are carried out for both driven and cast-in-place piles, considering for each case several values for pile length and diameter. Analysis of the complete results enables to compare the method described in Albanian Design Practice with other proposed methods. The calculated bearing capacities show that the differences between the methods are apparent.
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