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Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE)

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Your experience deserves a diploma

VAE validates your professional experience and enhances your career prospects by awarding you a recognised qualification.

What is VAE?

Law 2002-73 from 17 January 2002 pertaining to the social modernisation established the validation of acquired knowledge (VAE) in articles 133 to 145, enabling any person who has performed a professional activity (salaried, non-salaried, voluntary, etc.) to, under certain conditions, obtain validation of acquired knowledge (VAE). The person’s experience can be presented as justification for obtaining a qualification for further professional development. This professional certification must be registered with the French National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP).

Skill fields acquired by way of VAE have life-long validity (article R335-10 of the French education code).

Who can benefit from VAE?

VAE is open to anyone, regardless of age or professional status. The system is open to any experience enabling the acquisition of skills directly linked to the targeted certification (title registered in the RNCP: French National Directory of Professional Certifications). However, a minimum of one year’s experience is strongly recommended.

Since 1 January 2015, any applicant can benefit from personalised professional development assistance or advice (CEP). NEOMA Business School has an Executive Education team devoted to guiding applicants through this process.

Why join NEOMA for a VAE?

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Obtain a recognised degree from an innovative business school in the French & international top rankings

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Choose your VAE from a wide range of programmes

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Benefit from a powerful Alumni network of 72,000 graduates in France & worldwide

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Benefit from personalised support

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Are you a company? Consider a collective VAE!

Aurélien Fraisse

As a management consultant, the certification of my 20 yearsexperience at PSA by NEOMA’s VAE has boosted my confidence and professional credibility. I chose VAE to certify my skills without taking an academic course. NEOMA matched my expectations perfectly, becoming the only certifier for the diploma in question.

Results indicators

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Satisfaction rate: 97%

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Success rate: 84%

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Number of VAE participants: 41

For more information by programme, please contact Christelle Riccobene

Data collected by 2021-2022 participants, all VAE combined

NEOMA Business School is Qualiopi certified under the following action categories:

  • Training actions
  • Apprenticeship training actions
  • Actions allowing the validation of acquired experience

Which degrees and diplomas are eligible for VAE?

All our level 6 and 7 qualifications listed on the RNCP are accessible via VAE. Identify and validate your skills acquired through experience and obtain a recognised qualification. Choose the course that suits you from our 28 courses:

The stages

Stage 1: Understanding the process: 2 phases

1st phase: pre-analysis of the CV and information about the process for the applicant for the VAE

The VAE point of contact at NEOMA Business School provides the applicant with information about the VAE process. This is aimed at assessing the chances of success and identifying the frame of reference of the most appropriate certification concerning the applicant’s professional experience. Booklet 1 (admissibility file) is sent to the applicant who must return it completed and including all the necessary documentation.

2nd phase: study of the admissibility of the application

The head of certification carries out a feasibility study in terms of professional experience and skills based on booklet 1.

After this assessment, the applicant receives notification of the decision on admissibility within two months maximum. Along with this decision, educational recommendations are made to the applicant.

An estimate concerning fees for individual or collective support and assistant with the financial arrangements is sent.

Stage 2: Interview

An interview between the candidate and the VAE point of contact takes place in order to:

  • Sign a contract binding the applicant to NEOMA Business School with obligations on either side
  • Plan the various stages of the support
  • Explain the various constituent parts of Booklet 2 (supporting evidence)

At the end of this stage, the applicant begins the VAE process for certification on one of the four proposed intakes.

Stage 3: Gathering supporting evidence

 The applicant puts together booklet 2 and indicates for each skill field:

  • The description of their activities related to the qualification
  • The knowledge acquired
  • The expertise implemented and the qualitative and quantitative results obtained
  • How they feel their behaviour and skills have developed over the course of their professional lives

While the file is being put together, a VAE adviser nominated by NEOMA BS assists the applicant.

Stage 4: Validation of the certification by a jury

  • Evaluation of the supporting evidence (booklet 2) by the jury
  • Support for the applicant at the meeting of the VAE jury (a NEOMA representative, a programme representative and two external employees in the skill field)
  • The decision of the jury is sent to the applicant within two months of the date of the jury (total validation, partial validation, non validation).

Due to a very low rate of VAE requests at NEOMS BS, it is not yet possible for us to communicate on success and dropout rates.

For more information, contact our international team:

Ludgia RUPERT

Programme Coordinator Executive Education

Practical information

  • Format:

    18 hours of support (2h collective workshops, 16h individual workshops)

  • Duration:

    12 months

  • Tuition fees:

    • Admissibility exam (booklet 1): €150 (net of tax)
    • Booklet 2 on the Level-7 RNCP programmes: €7,400 (net of tax) with accompaniment from the institution / €4,400 (net of tax) without
    • Booklet 2 on the Level-6 RNCP programmes: €5,900 (net of tax) with accompaniment from the institution / €2,900 (net of tax) without
    • Accompaniment fees are eligible for the CPF

      • Course start date:

        September - December - March - June
        Registration possible throughout the year

      • Entry level:

        Open to anyone with at least one year of experience allowing the acquisition of skills directly linked to the targeted certification

      • Degree awarded:

        VAE can be applied to all of our RNCP certifications : levels 6 & 7.

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Practical information

  • Practical information
    • Format:

      18 hours of support (2h collective workshops, 16h individual workshops)

    • Duration:

      12 months

    • Tuition fees:

      0€

    • Course start date:

      February 2024

    • Entry level:

      Open to anyone with at least one year of experience allowing the acquisition of skills directly linked to the targeted certification

    • Degree awarded:

      VAE can be applied to all of our RNCP certifications : levels 6 & 7.