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Validation of non-formal and informal learning (Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience - VAE) for general secondary education diplomas and for the Master Craftsmanship qualification

Validation of non-formal and informal learning (VAE) allows experience to be recognised with a view to obtaining all or part of:

  • one of the general secondary education diplomas:
    • Vocational Capacity Certificate (Certificat de Capacité Professionnelle – CCP)
    • Vocational Aptitude Diploma (Diplôme d'Aptitude Professionnelle - DAP)
    • Technician's Diploma (Diplôme de Technicien - DT)
    • General Secondary School Leaving Diploma (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires générales - DFESG)
  • a Master Craftsmanship qualification in a trade.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning is for anyone, regardless of age, level of study or professional status. The prerequisite is to have completed at least three years or 5.000 hours - not necessarily continuously - of paid, unpaid or voluntary work directly related to the requested qualification.

Identifying the diploma that corresponds to the applicant's experience

How to find out which diploma might correspond to the applicant's experience:

1. Ask for help from the VAE unit at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth or from the Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce) and the Chamber of Employees (Chambre des Salariés).

2. Consult the syllabuses for the diplomas on the Times and Programmes website:

  • For the CCP, DAP and DT qualifications, follow the "Times and Programmes" link, click on Vocational Training Programme, then on "Structured view". Select CCP, DAP or DT, followed by the trade or profession.
  • For the General Secondary School Leaving Diploma, follow the "Times and Programmes" link, click on General Secondary Education under the heading "Order of studies", then select the study years:

    • 4GCM, 3GCM, 2GCG and 1GCG: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, administrative and commercial division, management section;
    • 4GCM, 3GCM, 2GCC and 1GCC: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, administrative and commercial division, communication and organisation section;
    • 2GED, 1GED: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, health and social professions division, social education worker training section;
    • 1+GED: social education worker's diploma;
    • 2GSO, 1GSO: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, health and social professions division, social sciences section;
    • 2GSI, 1GSI: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, health and social professions division, nurse training section;
    • 1GSH: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, health and social professions division, health sciences section;
    • 4GTG, 3GTG, 2GGE and 1GGE: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, general technical division, general technical section;
    • 4GTG, 3GTG, 2GGI and 1GGI: secondary school leaving diploma, general secondary education, technical scheme, general technical division, information technology section.

   3. Consult the syllabuses on the Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers) website for master craftsmanship qualifications.

Useful information

  • What languages do you need to be able to speak?
    You must be able to speak the languages indicated in the outline syllabus for the diploma you are interested in. For the Master Craftsmanship qualification, applicants may choose either German or French.
  • List of professions and trades for the CCP, DAP and DT diplomas/certificates
    The list of professions and trades for which vocational training is required is updated in July each year by Grand-Ducal Regulation. Under the heading 'Identify the diploma' in the right-hand column, you can access information on the CCP, DAP and DT.
  • List of trades for the Master Craftsmanship qualification
    The list of trades for which the Master Craftsmanship qualification is required is updated in July each year by Grand-Ducal Regulation. Under the heading 'Identify the diploma' in the right-hand column, you can access information on this qualification on the Chamber of Trades website.
  • Cross-border apprenticeship
    An application for VAE can only be made for a profession or trade for which a training programme exists. Cross-border apprenticeship diplomas ("TRF") do not fall within the VAE scheme.


Procedure

The applicant must put together a validation portfolio in two steps:

  • The admissibility application: first stage of the validation process
  • The validation application based on content: second stage of the validation process


Diagram for the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VAE) for technical secondary education diplomas and the Master Craftsmanship qualification

    Mentoring

    The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth offers mentoring for anyone wishing to apply for VAE.

    The aim of the mentoring is to help applicants compile their application for VAE based on content. It may take the form of:

    • a group workshop organised by the Ministry;
    • one or more personal interviews with the mentor, who is either a public official or a representative of the professional chambers. The total duration of the personalised mentoring is limited to a maximum of 12 hours.

    The mentoring is optional; it may be conducted in French, German, or Luxembourgish.

    The stages in the mentoring available to applicants are as follows:

    • informing the applicant on the procedure to follow;
    • informing the applicant on the match between his/her professional experience and the final diploma;
    • guiding, helping and advising the applicant in compiling his/her application to present to the Validation Committee;
    • advising the applicant in preparation for placement in a professional situation or attending an interview.

    Deadline for requesting mentoring

    Send your request for mentoring to the Ministry no later than one month after receiving notification of acceptance of the admissibility application.

    A request form is sent to each applicant whose application has been declared admissible.

    Admissibility application

    First stage in the validation process

    The applicant must complete an admissibility application, specifying the diploma sought through validation of non-formal and informal learning.

    In his/her admissibility application, the applicant must also provide information on his/her experience, education and training. The Ministry will use this information and the supporting evidence to check whether the person in question is indeed entitled to validation of non-formal and informal learning and if the application is admissible.

    There is no deadline for submission of the admissibility application.

    Application for validation based on content

    Second stage in the validation process

    If the admissibility application is accepted, the applicant must complete a validation application based on content. A positive decision concerning admissibility of the request remains valid for two validation sessions.

    Example

    You submit your admissibility application in January 2019. If the decision is favourable, you could submit your application for validation based on content:
    •     either by 31 July 2019 (for the October-November 2019 session), or
    •     by 28 February 2020 (for the May-June 2020 session).
    These are absolute deadlines; postmarks will be used as evidence of the date on which the application was made.


    The Validation Committees meet twice a year.

    The competent authority will notify you of the decision within one month of being informed by the Validation Committee.

    In his/her validation application based on content, the applicant should provide details of the knowledge, competencies and skills which are directly related to the diploma in question, and provide concrete examples of tasks carried out. The portfolio is submitted to the members of the Validation Committee for evaluation. The Committee compares the skills acquired by the applicant with those required for the desired diploma.

    In the light of the portfolio put together by the applicant, the Validation Committee issues a decision on the level of validation:

    • no validation,
    • partial validation,
    • full validation.

    Where required, the assessment of the portfolio may, at the Committee's initiative, be followed by an interview or placement in a professional situation (real-life or simulated).

    In the event of partial validation, the applicant has three years to acquire the missing skills through training or additional experience.

    Example

    Marc, a mechanic, would like to take over the family business

    Marc, 33 years old, holds a DAP as a car and motorcycle mechanic., Marc, 33 ans, He has worked in his uncle's garage for the past 13 years, as a mechanic. He also helps with the day-to-day management of the company.

    He would like to take over the business one day, and has contacted the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth for information on the possibility of obtaining the master craftsmanship qualification in car mechatronics. The Ministry has replied that, on the basis of his years of experience, he may apply for VAE with a view to obtaining the qualification.

    The application is in two stages. First, Marc sends the Ministry an admissibility application, together with the required supporting documents, indicating which master craftsman qualification he is aiming for. Then, once he has received a favourable reply, he submits his validation application based on content. In this application he provides proof that he has acquired the knowledge, competencies and skills required for the qualification he is aiming for, which cover employment and social law, business law, calculation of salaries, accounting mechanisms and financial analysis, calculation of cost prices, communication techniques, personnel management, business organisation, business creation, the reform in vocational training, applied education theory, professional theory and practice in the trade concerned.

    He is only granted partial VAE, because the Validation Committee considers his skills in calculating salaries, accounting mechanisms and financial analysis, and calculating cost prices are inadequate. Marc decides to attend evening classes in these subjects; he has three years to acquire the skills he lacks.

     

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