People who do not meet the requirements for registration in the Architects’ Register may take the architect exam. An admission requirement to the exam is that applicants have obtained at least seven years of relevant professional practice experience as architects in the discipline concerned.


The exam takes place once a year and consists of two parts. In the first part, the examination board will evaluate the experience on the basis of projects accomplished by the candidate. Candidates who pass this first part of the exam will be invited to the second part, consisting of a thesis, production of a design, and an oral exam by the Examination Board.

The first part of the exam takes place in spring. The design assignment of the second part takes place in autumn, will take eight days, and must be carried out in The Hague. The exam has an academic level. The certificate confirming that the exam has been passed successfully will qualify for registration. Please note that this certificate does not qualify for automatic recognition in another EU-country. 

More information about the architect exam can be found in the Examination regulations under the Dutch Architects´ Title Act 


The exam fee amounts to € 1250,- for the first part and € 2500,- for the second part. The registration fee amounts € 65. The annual membership fee amounts € 60. In case of registration in the course of the year, the membership fee will be calculated proportionately.


Registration for the exam is open until 31 December of the year preceding the year in which you wish to take the exam.