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ACE Member Organisation

Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA)

Runeberginkatu 5 A, SF - 00100 Helsinki
Phone: + 358 9 58 44 48
Fax: + 358 9 58 44 4222
Email: safa(at)safa(dot)fi


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectNo
Protection of the function of architectsNo
Professional title Arkkitehti (Architect)
The profession is not regulated
Mandatory RegistrationNo
If yes, Where ?
Competent authority There is no compulsory registration.
Over 70% of Finnish architects are members of the voluntary professional association, Suomen Arkkitehtiliitto – Finlands Arkitektförbund ry (SAFA) – the Finnish Association of Architects. 

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

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The sign for the compulsury entrance examination missing !

Universities (training offering a good balance between theory and practice in Aalto University in Helsinki, the Tampere University of Technology and in the University of Oulu)
- Academic training of 3 years (with practical internship during the studies, but not compulsory)
- Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. in Architecture).
- Academic training of 2 years
- Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc. in Architecture).
- PhD in 3-4 years
- Continued training: not compulsory.

UAS (more practical training aimed at “assistant architects”):
- This education ceased in 1996
- Academic training of 4 years in polytechnic Schools
- Degree: Rakennusarkkitehti
- Continued training: not compulsory

- Despite the fact that the profession is not regulated, architects can register voluntarily on a professional register. The register is maintained by FISE – Qualification of Professionals in Building, HVAC and Real Estate Sector in Finland and operated by the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).  The following conditions are imposed upon the applicants:
- Masters degree in Architecture from a university or a technical university or Rakennusarkkitehti degree from a polytechnic school.
- Professional experience of 3 years with a complementary professional training of 15 to 35 hours per year. There is no examination.
- Registration has to be reviewed every seventh year, CPD is required for renewal of registration
- Local building control authorities make the assessment of the architect’s competence as a part of every building permit process. This assessment is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the project.  The categorised requirements can be found in the national Building Code of Finland – A2 Building designers and plans; Regulations and guidelines 2002.
(new legislation in 2014)

Academic education

Entrance examinations Yes
Duration of academic education 5 years


Additional compulsory practical training- internshipNo
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
Number of hours per month required
Compulsory Professional examinationNo
Complementary professional educationNo
Remuneration of the Traineeship
Trainee accompanied 
Specific supplementary courses organised
Model form of contract available 
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account
Evaluation of the Traineeship
Evaluation method used 

Liability and insurance

10 years 

Read the insurance sheet

Continuous Professional Development

Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?Yes
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
Voluntary based
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Not compulsory
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?

Is it organised ? On a national scale
Who provides the courses:Professional/architects’ bodies; schools of architecture; other institutions or firms
What level of training is provided:General awareness; Regulation and legislation, Detailed knowledge, others
Are certain subjects mandatory ?No
What types of activities or provisions are accepted : 
Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ?No
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :
Development of the trainings :
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / year
C. Estimated lesson hours / year
Level of requirements for the architects :
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 ? 
What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:
A. None,
B.  Reprimand,
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
Expulsion from the voluntary register FISE
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ?No

Requirements to practice in this country

Aucune conditions



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