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Validation des Acquis de l'Experience
The VAE or Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience is a procedure for the recognition of prior learning that allows any French educational institution to grant degrees partly or completely based on work experience. A portfolio of the applicant's achievements and work experience is presented to a committee at the educational institution. The committee will then decide if the documents presented in the portfolio show work that merits credit towards a particular degree.
The VAE is now included in the French Code of Education at Part legislative, Third part, Book VI, Title Ier, Chapter III, Section 2, Art. L613-3 to L613-6. It is important to note that Art L- 613-4 states: "The validation produces the same effects as the knowledge or aptitude testing process that it replaces." The degrees and diplomas obtained through the VAE process are exactly the same and any mention of the VAE is prohibited in order to fight possible unlawful discrimination. The VAE decision is done on file after interview (electronic or physical) by a VAE Jury made of professors belonging to the university.
European & Mediterranean Countries :
The Lisbon Convention on Recognition on its article IV.8 recognises the VAE. This convention was ratified by 45 states member of the European council plus Australia, Belarus, Vatican, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyztan and New Zealand.
USA and Canada:
Our degrees for Immigration, Licensing or Immigration are validated by major "credential evaluators".
We can provide for a 150€ fee an Apostille certification for the participants of the Hague Convention. For other countries you can ask the French embassy or your embassy in France for legalization. We will provide all support and confirmation.
French Speaking African Countries and Lebanon:
Automatic as they follow the French system.
OUR students come from 155+ Countries
The VAE Degrees are provided by E.S.R.S., a regionally accredited institution of higher education in France as per Tile -III Book IV of the code of education of the French republic, which grants degrees based on your Work /Life Experience.
Here are the official texts. Some have to be kept in French for legal reasons.
E.S.R.S., is a regionally accredited Not for profit French (Loi de 1901) private institution of higher education organization according to the articles L731-1 to 17 of the French code de l'éducation. It is registered as an "établissement d'enseignement supérieur privé" and authorized to grant degrees under article L-731-14, with publication in the Journal Officiel de la République Française under #20040039-1669. It has the SIREN # 478 817 059 and has a TVA (VAT tax) exemption as per article 44-2 CGI as a French Private Institution of Higher Education.
French authorities granted "Marque de Service" to the institution from November 8, 2013.
The degrees are French "Diplômes d'enseignement supérieur privé" not "Titres ou Grades Universitaires".
Public and Private French institutions apply this procedure.
Several legal texts organize and validate the VAE (Validation des Acquits de l'Experience) in French Public Higher Education:
-The decret du 23 about 1985 modified by:
• -The Law of 17 Janvier 2002 et its "décret d'application" of April 24, 2002
• - Article L613-3 to 6 of the French Code of Education
Here is the important article L-355 of the French code de l'éducation, stating that a VAE procedure is equivalent to any "regular" procedure. The degree carries exactly the same name, the VAE is only a procedure
Art L 355 I "La validation des acquis produit les mêmes effets que les autres modes de contrôle des connaissances et aptitudes. Peuvent ètre prises en compte, au titre de la validation, l'ensemble des compétences professionnelles acquises dans l'exercice d'une activité salariée, non salariée ou bénévole, en rapport direct avec le contenu du diplôme ou du titre. La durée minimale d'activité requise ne peut ètre inférieure à trois ans."