In the craft sector, obtain the Master Craftsmanship by attending preparatory classes or through VAE
The Master Craftsmanship is aimed at adults who wish to set up and run their own craft business or who would like a managerial role in a craft,
manufacturing or commercial business. Applicants must register for the training with the Chamber of Trades (Chambre des Métiers). The diploma is issued
after attendance of all the preparatory classes and successful completion of the examinations.
Applicants, who must be at least 18, must hold one of the following diplomas:
and provide evidence of at least 1 year of work experience in the trade chosen in order to sit the final practical examination.
Preparatory classes for the Master Craftsmanship are broken down into modules and comprise 2 parts:
The training usually lasts for 3 years, but the maximum time allowed to pass all of the modules is set at 6 years. Classes are usually held on weekday evenings
and on the weekend.
Applicants are free to put together their own study programme suited to their own pace. When registering they choose the modules that they would like to attend.
Classes start in general mid-September and last until the end of March, or, with some exceptions, until the beginning of July of the following year.
Further information about the exact duration of the course can be requested from the Chamber of Trades.
Registration fees for the preparatory classes amount to 600 euros per year of registration. Registration fees for the exams are set at 300 euros per exam session.
Here is the list of the available trades and their curricula
The Chamber of Trades holds 2 examination sessions per year.
Requirements for admission to examinations
In order to be admitted to the theoretical examinations, applicants must have attended 80% of the classes for which they are registered and have paid
their registration fees in due time.
Applicants are admitted to the practical examinations provided they have passed all their professional theory exams and are able to provide proof of having
worked for at least one year (experience earned after the DAP/CATP in the trade for which they are registered) and have paid their registration fees in due time.
At each session, applicants may sit exams for the business organisation and management, applied educational theory and professional theory courses.
The professional practice examinations are only held during the spring session.
Registrations are accepted from 15 June until 15 August at the latest. Registrations for classes and exams must be renewed for each session.
The Master Craftsmanship can also be gained either wholly or partially through validation of non-formal and informal learning (VAE).
More information about VAE