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ACE Member Organisation

Bureau Architectenregister (BA)

Nassauplein, 24, NL 2508 CE Den Haag
Phone: +31 70 346 70 20
Fax: +31 70 360 30 28
Email: info(at)architectenregister(dot)nl

Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA)

P.O. Box 19606 100 GP Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 555 36 66
Fax: +31 20 555 36 99
Email : bna(at)bna(dot)nl
Head of the delegation: Fred Schoorl
President: Willem-Hein Schenk


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Protection of the function of architectsNo 
Professional title Architect 
Mandatory RegistrationYes.
To use the title but not to practise the profession 
If yes, Where ? Bureau Architectenregister (BA)
Competent authority Bureau Architectenregister (BA)

Architects who are registered with the BA can, if they so wish, become member of the Bond van Nederlandse Architecten (BNA), the only Dutch professional association of architects in the Netherlands. 

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

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- Academic training of 5 years at Technical Universities (Delft or Eindhoven) and, after 4 years of Higher Technical School and 4 years in an Academy of Architecture, combined with the practice of the profession in the architectural sector.
- Degree of MSc in architecture (Technical Universities) or degree of Master of Architecture (Academy of Architecture).
- 2-year professional experience will be required as from January 2015.
- Compulsory registration with the SBA to be able to use the title but not to practice the profession.
- Compulsory Continued training.


Additional compulsory practical training- internship2 years (as from January 2015)
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 examination 
Complementary professional education
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

Design contracts are mostly covered by standard conditions on the mutual rights and obligations of the contracting parties (usually the DNR). According to these standard conditions architect liability expires after five years from the day on which the assignment ends. In the standard conditions architect liability is often limited to its extent. In particular the architect liability is limited to the architects fee or to the advisory costs.

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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 ?
Architects are obliged to carry out at least 16 hours of CPD per year. BNA members are responsible for carrying out 30 hours of CPD per year; the training is organised, promoted and audited by the BNA
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Required by laws and by a code of conduct
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
A professional body,
A governmental body,

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; Advanced knowledge
Are certain subjects mandatory ?
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :

Recognised courses; Other courses; Workshop; Presentations; Excursions or visits

Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ? Yes
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

60 courses / year
1200 participants /year
240 hours per year


Level of requirements for the architects :16-30 h / 1 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) ?
 Self-assessment of value, Attendance tracking

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 form the Register
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ? Yes

Requirements to practice in this country

What requirements must a European architects fulfil to practice in this country ?

No information available



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