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Registration and consultation of architects' register

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you intend to use the title 'architect' in the Netherlands you must registerExternal link with the Architects' Registration Office (Bureau Architectenregister). This is in accordance with the Architects' Title Act (Wet op de architectentitel).

Architects' titles

This applies to anyone wishing to use the title:

  • architect
  • garden or landscape architect
  • interior architect
  • urban designer

Yacht and naval designers are not required to register.

Professional experience

If you qualified as an architect before the end of 2014, you are eligible to registerExternal link without professional experience.

If you qualified in or after 20015External link, you can only register in the architects' register if:

There are 2 possible routesExternal link 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 formExternal link.

Did you qualify abroad?

If you qualified as an architect outside the NetherlandsExternal link, your degree needs to be recognised first. You may have to follow a traineeship if the Architects' Registration Office finds this necessary. If you are a trained and qualified architect from another EU country you automatically qualify for registrationExternal link.

Do you have experience, but no qualification?

If do not have the relevant degreeExternal link, 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.

Consulting the architects' register

If you are looking for a registered architect, garden or landscape architect, interior architect or urban designer, you can consult the architects' registerExternal link on the website of the Architect Registration Office.

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 Office. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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