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ACE Member Organisation

Association of Consulting Architects in Norway (ACA)

P.b. 5482, Majorstuen 0305 Oslo
Phone: +47 22 93 15 00
Fax: +47 22 93 15 01
Email: post(at)arkitektbedriftene(dot)no

Norske Arkitekters Landforbund (NAL)

Josefines Gate 34 - N-0351 Oslo
Phone: +47 23 33 25 00
Fax: + 47 23 33 25 01
Email: nal(at)arkitektur(dot)no


Josefines gate 32 - N-0351 Oslo
PB 5899 Majorstuen - 0308 Oslo
Phone : +47 23 33 24 80
E-mail: post(at)afag(dot)no
Website :


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectNo
Protection of the function of architectsNo
In principle the profession is not regulated. The actual practice is, however “semi regulated”; i.e. the practicing firms are subject to approval by the authorities, according to their competence, in order to be eligible to sign on the building permit papers.
Professional title Architect MNAL (voluntary)
Mandatory RegistrationNo 
If yes, Where ? There is no obligation to register with an association or an official list.
Two associations organize architects at national and provincial level in Norway:
Association of Consulting Architect Companies of Norway (Arkitektbedriftene i Norge), representing the professional architectural firms
Essendrops gate 3 - N-0305 Oslo
Phone : +47 22 93 15 00
Fax : +47 22 93 15 01
Email : post(at)arkitektbedriftene(dot)no
Website :
National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL)
Competent authority

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

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1. Academic training: 5 years (3+2), Master’s Degree, given at three architect schools   
2. No professional experience required in order to practice at the lowest level. The authorities require academic training, Ms and various degree of relevant experience in order to be authorized to sign building permit papers (three levels of authorization)
3. Continued training: not compulsory.


Additional compulsory practical training- internshipNo but the authorities require academic training, Ms and various degree of relevant experience in order to be authorized to sign building permit papers (three levels of authorization)
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 No
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

No information available

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 ?
Free or compulsory
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Required by law and by 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

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; Electronic means

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

60-70 courses / year
2000 participants / year
370 lessons hours/year

Level of requirements for the architects :30 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) ?
Not requested; Attendance tacking
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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