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ACE Member organisation

Conseil National de l'Ordre des Architectes (CNOA)

19/4, Rue des Chartreux- 1000 Bruxelles
Phone: + 32 2 627 88 10
Fax: + 32 2 627 88 19
Email: nationale.raad(at)cnoa-nroa(dot)be / conseil.national(at)cnoa-nroa(dot)be

Fédération Royale des Sociétés d'Architectes de Belgique (FAB)

Rue Ernest Allard, 21 - 1000 Bruxelles
Phone: + 32 2 512 34 52
Fax: + 32 2 502 82 04
Email: info(at)fab-arch(dot)be


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Protection of the function of architectsYes
Professional titleArchitect or Architect-engineer
Mandatory RegistrationYes
If yes, Where ?Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes (CNOA)

Access to the profession: How to become an architect in this country ?

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• Baccalaureate 3 years + Masters 2 years
• Final examination of the academic training giving access to the diploma    
• 2 Years Professional training (compulsory)  - Possibility of extension (additional 6 months or 1 year if necessary)


Additional compulsory practical training- internship2 Years (can be extended 6 months or 1 year). To be started within the 5 years following the qualification.
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeshipFinal Diploma or Foreign Diploma
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)Yes
• The PPE mentor must be registered with the Order for more than 10 years.
• The aspiring architect must often carries out his/her PPE under the status of independent
• No examination, but a follow-up conducted by a PPE committee belonging to the Council of the Order
By who Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes (CNOA)
Practical training period 24 months (minimum + 6 months or 1 year if necessary) with period of 6 months minimum
Where?Architect’s office
Public administration
Other actors (companies, manufacturers, contractors) - Possible 6 months maximum
To which conditionsMinimum 10 years experience for the employers - mentor
Maximum 2 trainees per mentor
Employers - mentors need to be registered
Number of hours per month required
120 hours per month
Compulsory Professional examinationNo
Complementary professional educationNo
Remuneration of the TraineeshipYes (12-15 €/hour gross)
Trainee accompaniedYes by a steward from the Order
Specific supplementary courses organised No
Model form of contract availableYes
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account experience Yes
Evaluation of the TraineeshipYes, every 6-9 months
Evaluation method used- Document provided by employers
- Presentation of a portofolio (possible)
- Submission of certification that experience has been gained (possible)
- No examination

Additional notes:
- On the francophone side, each of the Superior Institutes of Architecture (ISA) have joined since September 2010 a university within a new department (faculty) of architecture. The Architect-engineers, for their part, belong (like other engineers) to faculties of Applied Sciences (except at the UCL where they have joined the new department of Architecture).
- On the Flemish side, the Institutes of Architecture were integrated in the (multidisciplinary) “grandes écoles”, while Architect-engineers are trained by three universities.
- Civil engineers working in construction can also practise as architects if they have carried out their professional internship of two years (but they are not recognized at European level).
- In some local Councils (level of Belgian “province”), specialised internships (for example in a company) or certain training courses can sometimes be taken into account as part of the work experience (6 months maximum). The internship must be monitored by an internship mentor that complies with the legal requirements.
- It must be pointed out that from the beginning of his/her traineeship, the trainee can already take some personal project in charge.

Liability and insurance

10 years (counted from acceptance) + non-contractual liability of 20 years.
A civil liability insurance is compulsory (imposed by the law and the Code of Conduct)

Continuous Professional Development

Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?No but it is expect for soon
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
It is encouraged and will be compulsory soon. Some CPD course are free
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
It will be required (soon) by the Code of Conduct
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
The regulation will be taken in charge by the two sides (Fr and NL) of the order

Is it organised ?Regional scale (FR and NL)
Who provides the courses:Professional / Architects’ bodies, Schools of architecture, Other institutions or firms, etc.
What level of training is provided:General awareness (keeping up to date),
Regulations and legislation,
Detailed knowledge,
Local issues, etc.
Are certain subjects mandatory ?No
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :Recognised courses,
Other courses,
Excursions or visits, etc.
Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ?No
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :Actually nobody but it will be recognised soon by the two sides of the Order
Development of the trainings :
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / y
C. Estimated lesson hours / year
Level of requirements for the architects :16 hours / year
Is this required level validated or checked and how:
A. Not requested,
B. Self-assessment of value,
C. Attendance tracking,
D. Self-assessment using self-test,
E. By regular checks,
F. Examination,
G. Thesis,
H. Others means (e.g. electronic monitoring) ?
Is training (provision) delivered abroad accepted ?Yes
What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:
A. none,
B.  Reprimand,
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ?No

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