Validation of Prior Learning Assessment

The Validation of Prior Learning Assessment (VAE) is :

A new way to obtain all or part of a professional diploma, title or professional certification appearing on a list validated by the National Commission for Professional Certifications.

By means other than training, it is now possible for anyone who has been in active life for at least one year to obtain the professional title of “Cultural Manager”, with recognition of their professional experience and the skills developed in their activity.

The law recognizes that work activity allows for the acquisition of skills, knowledge and qualifications, such as vocational training. Validation of experience is now an individual right enshrined in Book IX of the Labour Code and in the Education Code by the Social Modernization Act passed on 17 January 2002. It is not an obligation. It is carried out at the request of the individual.

To do this you will need to apply for validation from the EAC. Only one application may be submitted in the same calendar year for the same degree and at the same institution. Three applications are possible for different diplomas.

VAE – Conditions and validations : procedure and jury

The VAE package applies to :

All people involved in working life are covered by the validation of prior learning at EAC as long as they can prove they have at least 1 year of professional experience. Anyone, whatever his/her status, his/her academic level, his/her qualification, can apply for a VAE in order to obtain a professional title of “Cultural Manager”.

The audiences concerned by the VAE approach are :

  • job seekers,
  • young people without professional qualification (level 5, baccalaureate, undergraduate degree without results, youth jobs…),
  • private-sector employees on permanent and fixed-term contracts, temporary workers, etc.
  • non-employees : members of a liberal profession, farmers, artisans, traders, self-employed workers, …
  • candidates in an administrative competition (to obtain the required level)
  • volunteers with association or union experience, etc.

Constitution of the booklet :

To know all the steps in the constitution of the file for the Validation of Prior Learning Assessment, please contact the Admission Office :

Inquire about VAE

In Ile-de-France, an information and advice system welcomes people, gives them general knowledge about the VAE and helps them build their project of validation depending on their professional strategy.

This system, called « regional centre for information and advice on VAE », comprises a regional ressources center and information antennas in charge of greeting the audience. These antennas have two main missions :

  • General information on the VAE, certifications, procedures and terms and conditions of access.
  • Personalized advice aiming to :
  1. Confirm the relevance of the certification objective with regard to the professional project and the different stages of the career path,
  2. Help the person identify the right certifications for his/her validation project and find ways to facilitate his/her access to them,
  3. Guide the person towards the organization that will be able to approve his/her validation procedure and may offer support

Evaluate the duration of the process

Any validation process requires a period of 3 to 8 months beforehand, before your application can be submitted :

  • Find out about the training offer and identify the diploma corresponding to your assets and your professional and personal experience.
  • Study with us the relevance of your validation request, its feasibility according to your professional and training projects.
  • Elaborate and build your file with our advice and support.

You can also get help from a VAE advisor if your experience doesn’t fit to any of EAC’s degrees.

VAE – Regulations

Before, the validation of prior learning assessment was presided by two laws : law n°84-52 of the 27th of January 1984 and law n°92-678 of the 20th of July 1992 on the the validation of professional experience.

The Social Modernization Act of 17 January 2002 n°2002-73 reforms the system of validation of prior learning, substituting “Validation of Acquired Experience” (VAE) for “Validation of Professional Acquired Experience” (VAP) and allows the official recognition of experience for access to all diplomas and titles for professional purposes.

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