What is the professional practice experience ('BEP')?

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The professional practice experience ('BEP') is a period in which - after obtaining a qualifying Dutch (master) diploma - you gain professional experience under the supervision of a mentor. This period lasts approximately two years if you work at least 32 hours a week. If you work less, the BEP is longer. If you work less than 20 hours per week on average, you cannot participate in the BEP. The mentor must work in the same discipline as you. He or she must also have been registered in the Architects Register for the same discipline for at least three years.

The requirements that all participants must meet after completing the BEP are described as end terms in the Appendix to the Regulations on Professional Practice Experience ('Regeling Beroepservaringperiode'). This scheme is effective from 1 January 2015.

The titles 'architect', 'urbanist', 'garden and landscape architect' and 'interior architect' are protected by the Architect’s Title Act . You may only use these titles if you are registered in the Architects Register. The obligation to have a professional practice experience is included in the 2011 Architect’s Title Act, which was revised in 2011 and elaborated in 2012 in the Regulations on Professional Practice Experience.