The legal basis of VAE in France
VAE represents in France a means to access to qualifications just like education, apprenticeship or further education
Recognition and validation of prior learning, whatever this latter comes from professional experience or prior studies, has been implemented in France long before the 2012 European Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning. Nevertheless, the most known validation procedure is the VAE (validation des acquis de l’expérience) created in January 2002. Since this date, a new right has been given to French citizens, the right to have their skills and competences assessed and validated. VAE represents in France a means to access to qualifications just like education, apprenticeship or further education.
The legal basis of VAE is a law (17 January 2002) which applies at the same time to the Education Code and the Labour Code, making the French validation system an integrated system where many stakeholders and bodies related to the worlds of education and employment are involved, at different levels : local, regional and national.
The presentation will explain how the law and the different regulatory texts have organized the implementation of the VAE by sharing the responsibilities between the different actors. It will also show how, over the years, the evolution of the policies and the laws which express them have somewhat changed the initial purposes of the VAE and its link with the professional training of the adults.
About Yolande FermonCountry
French ministry of higher education, research and innovation
Yolande Fermon works at the Directorate general for higher education and employability (French ministry of higher education, research and innovation). In the lifelong learning unit, for the ten past years, she has been responsible for several research and development projects and activities related to validation of prior learning. She is today involved in the development of the LLL dimension in the HE institutions, which means monitoring projects concerning continuing training of the adults as well as employability of the students.
She has been the representative of her country in several European committees and working groups among which the Socrates Committee (ex EU LLL programme), the network on teacher training and the working group on recognition of learning outcomes. Yolande is today the representative of validation of non- formal and informal learning at the EQF advisory group. She is also the national correspondent in the European network for the development of qualification framework in higher education (Bologna Process).