Professional Traineeship

As of 1 January 2015, 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.

More information about the professional traineeship can be found in the separate website about the professional traineeship. That site is also the electronic portal to start and apply for the professional traineeship. Apart from information for (future) participants, the site also contains information for mentors, employers and for potential providers of individual modules or an 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, this is not possible in case of mixed qualifications.