Professional traineeship

Individuals who have obtained a recognised academic degree are also obligated to complete a two-year professional traineeship in order to be eligible for registration in the Architects’ Register.


The objective of the professional traineeship is to obtain practical experience in the profession for which a study has been successfully completed and for which registration in the Architects’ Register is intended. There are two ways to carry out the professional traineeship: the independent route and the integrated programme.

Transitional regime and exceptions

Individuals who have obtained a recognised Dutch degree prior to 1 January 2015 remain eligible for registration without having to fulfil the additional Professional Traineeship. For graduates from the Academies of Architecture (Academies van Bouwkunst), gaining professional experience is already part of the official curriculum. Here, too, an obligation applies to carry out paid work, and to work with a logbook and a mentor. This releases the Academies of Architecture graduates from the obligation to complete any additional professional traineeship.

Professionals holding a foreign degree who are not eligible for automatic recognition are also required to complete the professional traineeship. In some situations (for example on the basis of an already completed comparable professional traineeship abroad) a (partial) exception request may be granted.

If you qualify for automatic recognition, no professional traineeship is needed. However, mixed qualifications can be a problem.



Use of title by individuals

The use of the title of architect, urban designer, garden and landscape architect, and interior architect is legally protected and, pursuant to Section 23, first paragraph, of the Dutch Architects’ Title Act, is privileged to persons who are registered as such in the Architects’ Register. This also applies to the use of abbreviations and word compositions consisting of or containing these titles.

Use of title in/with an architectural firm name

Pursuant to Article 23, first paragraph, of the Dutch Architects’ Title Act, architectural firms are entitled to use a protected title in or with the architectural firm name if at least half of the directors is registered under this title in the Architects’ Register. An architectural firm that satisfies this condition may only combine a protected title in or with its architectural firm name with the name of a natural person (the name of an individual), if this individual is entitled to the carry title. The same applies to the combination of names of individuals with abbreviations and word compositions of or with a protected title.