VAE/VAP : Validation of prior learning and experience

Integrated into the Labour Code since 2002, the Validation of Acquired Knowledge and Experience (Validation des Acquis et de l’Expérience) makes it possible to have one’s professional experience, whether salaried or not – as well as voluntary, recognised in order to obtain a diploma, title or certificate of professional qualification.

All titles awarded by ECEMA are accessible through a VAE procedure.
In order for your EAV application to be accepted, you must meet certain criteria:

  • Proof of at least 1 year’s experience
  • Your experience can be continuous or discontinuous
  • Your activity must be attested by documentary evidence; this activity may be paid, self-employed or voluntary.
  • Your activity must be directly related to the diploma in question.

Finally, remember that access to EAV is not conditioned by any maximum age criterion, nor by any minimum level of initial education.
La prise en compte de l’expérience professionnelle peut mélanger les activités rémunérées et volontaires, à condition qu’elles correspondent au même domaine de compétence. You can get :

  • The totality of the certification or title, if your competences evaluated by the jury correspond to the totality of those required by the reference frame of the certification.
  • Une partie de la certification, si le jury considère que les compétences acquises ne couvrent pas la totalité du champ de la certification. Only the corresponding blocks will be allocated to you.

In this case, the jury will indicate the skills still to be acquired. You will then have 5 years to obtain the missing blocks :

  • By gaining new professional experience and re-applying for VAE.
  • By following an additional training course which will only cover the modules or parts of training corresponding to the skills still to be acquired.



The financing of EAV-related expenditure follows the same rules as those applied to the financing of continuing education and training.

The potential funder remains in control of its decision whether or not to take over the total or partial financing of EAV-related expenses. For example, an employee whose company contributes to an Approved Joint Collecting Body (OPCO) may request that the cost of services (support and validation procedures) and his or her remuneration (within 24 hours) be covered.

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Validation leave

The leave for validation of acquired experience allows any employee in the private sector to take time off from work in order to undertake a validation process. The purpose of this leave may be :

  • Participation in the validation tests organised by the body that will issue the certification.
  • Accompaniment in the preparation of the validation.

The maximum duration of leave for validation of prior learning is 24 hours of absence from work, whether consecutive or not. The employee must apply to his or her employer for leave of absence 60 days before the start of the validation process. This written request must present :

  • The degree sought
  • The dates
  • The nature and duration of validation actions
  • The name of the authority or body issuing the certification.

The employer has 30 days to respond. He can either accept or postpone the request for leave for service for a maximum of 6 months. At the end of the leave, the employee must present a certificate of actual attendance provided by the body issuing the certification.


Training courses

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  • Overall success rate: 87%.
    • Project Manager – Tier 7 title: 87%.


  • Satisfaction rate: 100% (participation rate: 70%)



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