What are your vocational training rights?

14 Feb 2022


Vocational training allows employees to train alongside their jobs. It aims to give employees the opportunity to acquire new skills in order to develop or change careers. Are you wondering whether you have any vocational training rights? How can you use them to train? What training courses are available and under what conditions? How can you use your CPF? Which organisations are able to finance professional training? Discover all the answers to your questions in our complete educational file.

What is professional training?

Professional training or continuing education is a right enshrined in the Labour Code. The objectives of vocational training are to enable each person in employment or who has accumulated rights to acquire new knowledge or develop their skills.

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How to benefit from your vocational training rights?

There are many organisations that can finance vocational training, provided you have acquired the necessary rights:

  • The CPF: the personal training account is for young people over 16 or 15 years of age who have signed an apprenticeship contract. It concerns civil servants, employees, jobseekers and the self-employed. It expires when the holder of the rights retires, unless the latter pursues an activity based on voluntary work.
  • DIF: recently replaced by the CPF for private sector employees, but still in force for the civil service.
  • The VAE: the validation of acquired experience, makes it possible to enhance and have one's professional experience in a given sector recognised in order to obtain a diploma. The candidate must justify at least one year of professional experience and present a written file, consisting of two booklets. These two booklets are the supports on which the members of the jury will base themselves during the oral examination. Validation is then granted in full, or partially, or refused.
  • The PTP (ex-CIF): this is the Professional Transition Project. This leave allows any employee to follow a part-time or full-time training course without losing their job. This leave is paid for by an organisation such as the Fongecif, an OPACIF or an OPCA.

How does the personal training account (CPF) work?

Have you heard about the personal training account, but don't quite understand how it works? We take a look at how you can benefit from your rights and under what conditions.


How is the CPF funded?

The CPF is valued in euros and is funded by €500 per year for any part-time or full-time activity. It cannot exceed €5 000 in entitlements. People with no more than a level 3 education, such as a CAP or BEP, can receive up to €800 of training per year, up to a total of €8,000.


How to use your CPF?

Are you ready to use your personal training account and choose your professional training? There are many options available to you. There are a multitude of sectors of activity (hotels, management, secretarial work, digital, IT, food, handling, machine driving, languages, early childhood, crafts, education, banking, sales, personal services, commerce, etc.) that offer training leading to qualifications or diplomas that can be financed with your CPF. These training courses can take place in person, in a training centre, at a distance, on the premises of a training organisation with other employees from several companies, or on your company's premises.

You can find the adult training you need to enter working life or to take up a new job on the Moncompteformation.gouv.fr website. Click on 'find vocational training', then refine your search using the filters in just a few clicks. It is possible that the total cost of your training, or only part of it, will be covered by your CPF. It is possible to apply to Pôle Emploi or your employer to finance the difference (you can also pay for it yourself). Validate your application and wait. If your application is validated, you can start your training!

We recommend that you always consult your employer before starting your training, as his or her agreement is necessary for any training undertaken during your working hours. The company will then be obliged to respond to you within a specific period of time, formulated by decree, and the absence of a response is equivalent to acceptance.