knowledge and competence are gained at the same time by teaching given at the national architecture colleges
(at Rennes, the 150 hours
of theoretical training are spread out over two sets of two consecutive weeks in December then in March), and by a professional full-time placement of 6 months duration
(on the condition that knowledge is validated), the benefits of both should be complementary as far as possible. This training can be started either immediately after obtaining the « Diplôme d’État d’architecte », or after a period of professional activity which involves a process of validating experience gained.
At the start of the course a training protocol
is established between the establishment and the state-recognized architect to determine a coherent and adapted training route that is supported by a director of studies who is responsible for monitoring the candidate during the length of their training right up until final evaluation, and to act as the link between the part of the training given in college and that relevant to professional application.
in a professional situation, in a place of carrying out project management (whether in France or abroad) is the subject of a three-way agreement
between the college, the state-recognized architect and the receiving entity which summarizes the responsibilities that will be given to the architect in order to achieve part of the objectives set in the protocol, and the monthly interactions between the college and the receiving entity to ensure monitoring that re-targets skills to be acquired. The architect must be able to provide evidence of paid employment on the first day of the first training sequence
(mid-December). It is the right to work which fixes the status of the employee recruited in the professional structure by either a permanent or temporary contract.