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If you intend to use the title 'architect' in the Netherlands you must register with the Architects' Registration Bureau (Bureau Architectenregister). This registration is in accordance with the Architects' Title Act (Wet op de architectentitel).
This applies to anyone wishing to use the title:
- garden or landscape architect
- interior architect
- urban designer
Yacht and naval designers are not required to register.
If you qualified as an architect before the end of 2014, you are eligible to register without professional experience.
If you qualified in or after 2015, you can only register in the architects' register if:
- you have completed the relevant masters training at an accredited educational institution; and
- you have work experience
There are 2 possible routes to gain work experience:
- the independent route (2 years)
- the integrated programme
Whichever route you follow, you apply for your traineeship by filling in this application form.
Did you qualify abroad?
If you qualified as an architect outside the Netherlands, your degree needs to be recognised first. You may have to follow a traineeship if the Architects' Registration Bureau finds this necessary. If you are a trained and qualified architect from another EU country you automatically qualify for registration.
Do you have experience, but no qualification?
If do not have the relevant degree, or you want to change the title under which you registered, and you have at least 7 years experience in the field, you can become eligible to register by taking an exam.
Protected title in the firm name
If you have an architectural firm and you wish to use a protected title in the firm’s name, at least half of the directors must be registered under this title in the Architects’ Register.
Unlawful use of the title
If you use a protected title and you are not registered, this is unlawful use of the title. Unlawful use of the title can be reported by anyone to the Architects Registration Bureau. They may take legal action.
Online registration procedure via Message Box
Using Message Box you can submit requests online to be listed in the architects' register, which is maintained by the Architect Registration Bureau. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.