The exam is intended for individuals who wish to get registered in the architects register as an architect, urbanist, garden and landscape architect or interior architect, but do not have the required degree. An admission requirement to the exam is that applicants have obtained at least seven years of relevant professional practice experience in the discipline concerned. A traineeship does not count.
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, the actual exam, 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.
The exam has an academic level. The certificate confirming that the exam has been passed successfully will qualify for registration. However, 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. Registration for the exam is open until 31 December of the year preceding the year in which you wish to take the exam.
Registration under a different title
This procedure is intended for people who are already registered in the architects register and who wish to be registered (once more) under a different title. A precondition for participation is that applicants are registered in the architects register on the basis of a Master´s degree and that they have at least seven years of professional experience in the relevant field, amongst other things.
Applicants must add a portfolio of five completed projects and corresponding references, among other things. These documents will be assessed by a committee of experts, who will then invite the applicant to present his projects and his views on the subject. Based on the aforementioned detailed requirements, the committee will determine whether the applicant meets the aforementioned additional criteria and will issue an advisory opinion to the Architects Registration Bureau with respect to the decision.
The acceptance criteria for applicants are set forth in the detailed requirements for registration in the Architects’ Register under a different title 'Nadere eisen inschrijving in het architectentitel onder een andere titel'. The fee for the processing of an application for registration under a different title has been set at € 1135,-.
Certificate special distinction
In exceptional cases, the Architects’ Registration Bureau may grant a Special Distinction Certificate to exceptionally talented architects, which certificate will qualify for registration in the Architects’ Register. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information.