VAE: Your Experience Can Be Worth A Degree

VAE: Your Experience Can Be Worth A Degree

Experience gained in a professional, personal or associative environment can help you to obtain a diploma or a certification: it is called the Validation of prior learning (VAE).

Why VAE?

If in your profession you have developed skills that go beyond your diplomas, if within your association you have become an expert in an area, the VAE may interest you. It can be the starting point for professional development or retraining, a precious sesame for you to enroll in a training or just a recognition that does good to morale (and to the purse if it is followed by a ” a promotion ;

The VAE, for whom and for which diplomas or certifications?

VAE is accessible regardless of your age, status and level of experience. The only condition is that you must have at least 1 year of experience in the subject certification. This certification can be a diploma, a certificate or a certificate of professionalization and must be registered with the RNCP (National Directory of Professional Certifications).

The VAE, a journey that requires implication and motivation

The preparation of the validation document takes time and energy and involves several stages: documentary research, reflection on your objectives, search for possible funding and preparation of the final file. Generally, it is estimated that it takes between 6 and 12 months to go after a VAE. To increase your chances of success, it is better to be accompanied: do not hesitate to contact the VAE “Relay Board” near you.

How to finance your VAE?

If you are an employee, your company can offer you a VAE, of course with your agreement. In this case, it is she who will take care of your course. If you are the initiator, you can mobilize the available hours on your personal training account (CPF) to accompany you. In this case, you do not have to notify your employer, unless it impinges on your working time or you solicit the participation of your company. If you are looking for a job, the support to the VAE can be taken care of by your region or by Pôle Emploi.

How does a VAE work?

You have completed the steps of defining your project and setting up your file: a certifying body will now examine it to declare it admissible (or not). You can then prepare the validation requested by the jury. If he deems it necessary, he can ask you for an interview or a professional situation. Finally, you will be called to a validation session. The latter may be either total or partial or refused. If the coveted diploma is in higher education, you may be offered additional supervision. In 2014, 69% of the files declared admissible and presented before a jury resulted in a total validation