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Vocational Aptitude Diploma (Diplôme d'Aptitude Professionnelle - DAP)

Adults who discover or rediscover a desire to learn a trade or change their professional prospects may obtain a DAP through sandwich training by way of an adult apprenticeship. It should be noted that in the healthcare and social professions sector the DAP for Nursing Assistants is accessible through on-the-job training.

The DAP provides access to the labour market as a qualified worker. Since the reform of vocational training in 2008, the DAP has replaced the Technical and Vocational Training Certificate (Certificat d’Aptitude Technique et Professionnelle - CATP)

Anyone who is in employment may also acquire a DAP by the validation of non-formal and informal learning (Validation des acquis de l'expérience - VAE).

Adult apprenticeship - List of DAP

The list of DAP through adult apprenticeship may vary from school year to school year. Applicants should contact the Vocational Guidance Service (Service d'Orientation Professionnelle) of the Agency for the Development of Employment (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM) for further details.

In the framework of the adult apprenticeship, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18,
  • Have left the initial school system (or initial apprenticeship contract) at least one year ago,
  • Have been affiliated with the Luxembourg Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la Sécurité sociale – CCSS) for at least 12 months, based on at least 16 hours per week.

StructureContact details
Training proposed through adult apprenticeships is structured as a sandwich course:

  • Training at school,either at a technical secondary school, or with the National Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (Centre National de Formation Professionnelle Continue – CNFPC).

  • Modules within a training body to be obtained while working for the company with which the applicant has agreed an apprenticeship contract. The company must be authorised to train apprentices.
    Adult apprentices are paid the statutory minimum wage.

Applicants for the adult apprenticeship must submit their application in person to the Vocational Guidance Service (Service d'Orientation Professionnelle) of the Agency for the Development of Employment (Agence pour le Développement de l'Emploi - ADEM). The application is submitted to the Advisory Committee for a decision: the applicant will be informed of this decision by letter. If the application is successful, the adult apprentice having found a company to train with contacts the Vocational Guidance Service of the ADEM to obtain the required documents to enter into the apprenticeship contract.

The adult apprenticeship contract must be concluded between 16 July and 1 November of the year of the apprenticeship.

Agency for the Development of Employment (Agence pour le Développement de l’Emploi – ADEM)
Vocational Guidance Services

Maison de l'Orientation
58, boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
L-1330 Luxembourg
Tel. +352 247 85480
      +352 247 85387

Maison de l'Orientation "Beim Park"
7, avenue de la Gare
L-9233 Diekirch
Tel. +352 247 65430

Agence Belval
1, blvd. Porte de France
L-4360 Esch-sur-Alzette
Tel. +352 247 75411

Class attendance is determined by the linguistic knowledge required by the training.

Evening courses - Administrative and Commercial Agents

Evening courses are aimed at adults who work and who wish to gain a DAP for Administrative and Commercial Agents.

For evening courses, applicants must be at least 18.

Applicants should obtain up-to-date information as regards the registration conditions from the Vocational Training Department of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse - MENJE).

Contact details

Year 10 (10e) and Year 10 (10e) in the French-speaking scheme
  • Training at school in the form of evening classes at the LTC. These courses are equivalent to those taught in the middle cycle of technical secondary education.
    The classes of the 10e Administrative and Commercial Agent in evening classes are spread over 2 school years.

  • Professional practice to be gained through the job performed within the company. The assessment of modules within a training body should be carried out by the company.
LTC - Lycée Technique du Centre
106, avenue Pasteur
L-2309 Luxembourg
Tel. +352 47 38 11 223

On-the-job training - Nursing assistants

On-the-job nursing assistant training is suitable for people with a certain amount of work experience in the care sector, who have not had the opportunity to undertake the initial training. The 3-year training course leads to a Nursing Assistant DAP.

Applicants must:

  • Have the professional requirement of 2,500 hours in the care sector,
  • Have at least a part-time contract,
  • Obtain the agreement of their employer,
  • Have gained a positive guidance decision (avis d’orientation favorable) at the end of the 9e class or have a recognised equivalent certification,
  • Be ranked at the required level during the skills entry assessment.

An Admissions Committee ranks the applications and where necessary selects applicants. The registration process can be consulted on the Lycée Technique pour Professions de Santé website:


Eric, who has been unemployed for 7 months, wants to become a florist

Eric, 36, was a computer specialist until he was laid off on economic grounds. As he has been unemployed for 7 months, he would like to change sectors.

After contacting the Agency for the Development of Employment (ADEM), Eric decides to undertake training leading to the Professional Competence Diploma (Diplôme d'Aptitude Professionnelle - DAP) in floristry, through the adult apprenticeship.

He therefore submits a complete application to the ADEM's Vocational Guidance Service. Some time later an ad hoc Committee approves his application. With the support of the Vocational Guidance Service, Eric starts looking for a floristry employer that is authorised to train apprentices.

Confident, he tells himself that if he obtains his DAP, he could even continue to the Master Craftsmanship (brevet de maîtrise) in order to set up his own business.


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