In the Netherlands only the use of the title is protected. In order to qualify for registration in the Architects’ Register on the basis of a foreign degree, your degree must be recognized first. Then we will determine whether or not you need to complete the professional traineeship (fully or partially) before qualifying for registration.
If you are an architect who is trained and qualified for the profession of architect in one EU country, you qualify for automatic recognition. In case of automatic recognition you don't have to do the professional traineeship in the Netherlands. Directive 2005/36/EC sets up a system for the recognition of professional qualifications in the European Union (EU), which also extends, under certain conditions, to the other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and to Switzerland. Here you can check if your degree will be recognized automatically.
Is automatic recognition not possible?
Your request for registration will not be processed until we have received the requested documents for registration by regular post. If your degree entitles you to registration in the Architects’ Register, we will send you an invoice for the registration fee. After receipt of payment, the registration procedure will start, taking 3 to 4 weeks. In order to confirm your registration, we will send you an email with further information about your certificate of registration and your personal account and we will send you an invoice for the annual contribution fee.
Temporary or occasional services: in the Netherlands, service providers who are not registered, are only permitted to use the professional title held by them in the European State in which they are established, in the official language of that state or in one of the official languages of that State. Service providers can request to be temporarily registered for the duration of the service in the capacity of architect, urban designer, garden and landscape architect or interior architect. Applicants must provide evidence of their lawful establishment as an of architect, urban designer, garden and landscape architect or interior architect in another European Member State, and that no disciplinary measures have been taken against them. They must confirm that they are an EEA national and that they have one year of professional experience in another EEA Member State, in the ten years preceding the temporary or occasional service provision, if the State is unregulated.
Temporary or occasional service providers can request to extend their temporary registration on a yearly basis. The register decides within three months after the fully documented request has been received. It is possible to object to or appeal against a decision. The registration of the service provider or the extension of this registration will go into effect after the applicable fees have been received. Please note that registration as a temporary or occasional service provider is only for those who are not established in the Netherlands.
The registration fee amounts € 65. The annual contribution fee amounts € 60. In case of registration in the course of the year, the contribution fee will be calculated proportionately.
Rates 2020 for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications:
- no rate applies to automatic recognition. The registration fee amounts € 65. The annual contribution fee amounts € 60;
- € 400,- for the processing of a request for recognition of professional qualifications obtained in another EU Member State, in a Member State that is party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in Switzerland.
- € 800,- for the processing of a request for recognition of professional qualifications obtained outside the EU.
Rates 2020 professional traineeship: the independent route costs € 1.200,-, the integrated programme costs € 5.000,-.