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ACE Member Organisation

Ordem Dos Arquitectos (OA)

Travessa do Carvalho, 23, P - 1249-003 Lisboa
Phone: + 351 21 324 11 00
Fax: + 351 21 324 11 01
Email: ri(at)ordemdosarquitectos(dot)pt
Website: www.arquitectos.pt
Head of delegation: Daniel Fortuna do Couto, José Manuel Pedreirinho
President: Gonçalo Byrne

The Portuguese Order (OA) assures that deontological rules are observed by all OA members; OA seeks the promotion of Architecture at a National level; OA is an organization of Public Interest and recognized by the Portuguese State as the official representative of all Portuguese architects; It is structured through a National Board and two regional branches (sections).  The first one assures all institutional and representative activities and actions (responding to National legislation and the making of laws and decrees), while the second ones assure the communication and contact with all the member architects.


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Protection of the function of architectsYes
Professional title Architect
Mandatory RegistrationYes - Registration confers the title of architects
If yes, Where ? Ordem Dos Arquitectos (OA)
Competent authority Ordem Dos Arquitectos (OA)

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

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- No entrance examinations
- Academic training of 5 years
- Qualification of Master Degree in Architecture
- Compulsory professional experience of a minimum of 12 months organized by the Ordem dos Arquitectos.
- Compulsory registration with the Ordem dos Arquitectos.
- Continued training: not compulsory.




Additional compulsory practical training- internship1 year
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?
The Patrono must have 5 years of professional experience. 
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
There is a program of undergoing professional practice regulated by law: Decree 66/2011, June 1, that regulate the traineeship in Portugal and Regulamento de Inscriçao – Ordem dos Arquitectos, that regulate the required traineeship under supervision in order to register as architect

Number of hours per month required 
Compulsory Professional examinationYes
Complementary professional education Yes (seminar).
Remuneration of the Traineeship
Trainee accompanied 
Specific supplementary courses organised Yes (learning package).
It is required that the trainee has a formation in professional Regulation and Deontology.
Model form of contract available 
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account 
Evaluation of the Traineeship Logbook
Evaluation method used 

Liability and insurance

5 years for gross negligence in private contracts, 2 years (1 year if stipulated) in public contracts (counted from completion or delivery of a permit of use).
Title and function are protected. 

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 ?

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 ?
The CPD is certified by a governmental body, Direcção Geral do Emprego e das Relações de Trabalho (DGERT).

Is it organised ? Yes.
Who provides the courses: Professional/architects’ bodies; other institutions or firms.
What level of training is provided:General awareness; Regulation and legislation, Detailed knowledge; Advanced knowledge; Local issues; other sujects 
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

30-35 courses/year
900 participants
600 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) ?
Not requested

Attendance tracking
Self-assessment using self-test
By regular checks
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 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 ?
Must have an academic qualification in Architecture, national or present in Directive 2005/36/EC.



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