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Vocational Aptitude Diploma (Diplôme d'aptitude professionnelle - DAP)

Adults who discover or rediscover a desire to learn a trade or a profession or to 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 also accessible through on-the-job training.

Adults who work and who wish to gain a DAP for Administrative and commercial agents may attend the class of the first year DAP by way of evening classes.

The DAP provides access to the labour market as a qualified employee.

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 DAPs

All the professional training courses organised under an apprenticeship contract are accessible to adults. Applicants may contact the Vocational Guidance Service (Service d'orientation professionnelle) of the Employment agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi - ADEM-OP) for further details.

See the list of DAPs under an apprenticeship contract.

In the framework of the adult apprenticeship, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old,
  • 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 under an adult apprenticeship contract is structured as a sandwich course:

  • Training at school, in a secondary school.

  • Modules within a training body to be obtained while working for the undertaking with which the applicant has concluded an apprenticeship contract. The undertaking 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 of the Employment agency (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 may only be concluded between 16 July and 1 November of the apprenticeship year. 

ADEM - Employment agency
Vocational Guidance Service

Class attendance is determined by the language skills required by the training.

Evening classes - first year class DAP - Administrative and commercial agent

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

For the evening classes, applicants must be at least 18 years old. They may contact the Lycée technique du centre (LTC) or the Lycée Technique Mathias Adam (LTMA) regarding all the registration conditions.

Contact details

First year class DAP and first year class DAP French-speaking scheme
  • Training at school by way of evening classes
    Classes for the first year DAP Administrative and commercial agent by way of evening classes are spread over 2 school years.

  • Work experience to be gained through the job performed within the undertaking. The assessment of modules within a training body should be carried out by the undertaking.
After successful completion of the classes of the first year of the DAP course, adults may attend the classes of the second and third years of the course under an adult apprenticeship contract.
LTC - Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers

LTMA - Lycée Mathias Adam

On-the-job training - DAP Nursing assistant

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

Applicants must:

  • have already worked for at least 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 at the end of the 5e 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:

Last update - 27.05.2022
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