What are the level 2 diplomas?

In France, there are different mechanisms for accessing training to acquire and develop their skills.

State diplomas, professional qualifications, certifications, it is sometimes difficult to find out in the multitude of offers offered.

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So what are the differences between professional credentials and diplomas? Which routes are best suited to my profile, project or situation?

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What is a diploma?

A diploma certifies a level of knowledge or skills generally acquired at the end of studies and passing an exam, or through the validation of acquired experience (VAE).

All diplomas are approved by the national authorities competent.

There are diplomas: — national: baccalaureate, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate, issued by the Ministries of National Education and Higher Education; — State, issued on behalf of the State by other ministries, and often required for the exercise of regulated professions, particularly in the fields of health, animation and social work; — academics and institutions, issued by higher education institutions in their own name.

For more information: List (not exhaustive) of diplomas in France.

What is a professional title?

A professional title is a professional certification issued on behalf of the State by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and correspond to qualifications at levels V to I.

Professional credentials are registered in the National Register of Professional Certifications (RNCP), developed by the National Commission for Professional Certification (CNCP).

A professional qualification is obtained at the end of a vocational training course in an AFPA centre or in a private training centre, accredited by the Ministry responsible for Employment, or through the VAE.

Each professional title certifies the skills, skills and knowledge necessary for the exercise of a trade or activity corresponding to a professional field.

It is intended for any person leaving the school system, already engaged in or engaged in working life, whether he holds a contract of employment or seeking a job (art. L.6314-1 of the work).

For more information: List of professional titles of the Ministry of Employment

How to choose between diploma and professional title?

To choose between diploma and professional title, you must first ask yourself about the job sought and the qualifications requested.

Certain professions, for example, require obtaining a state diploma (doctor, lawyer, architect…).

It is also essential to adapt your choice to your professional situation and project.

Indeed, a State diploma, such as a BTS for example, is usually acquired during the initial training of the student while professional qualifications are mainly carried out in the context of adult continuing education, to acquire new skills or in the context of professional retraining, for example.

However, a professional title often offers a more operational and less generalist training path than a state diploma, in order to quickly acquire skills to enter the labour market.

What should be remembered is that a professional title allows you to access the same level of certification as a diploma, such as VAE and alternating courses. Indeed, a nomenclature of courses allows to measure the equivalence of certifications by ranking them by level.

The main levels of certification in relation to the nomenclature of courses are as follows:

— Level IV — Bachelor’s degree

— Level III — Bac 2

— Level II — Bin 3

— Level I — Bac 5

Learn more: Classification of Training Levels

To conclude, if you are still in an initial and academic training process, you can of course continue along this path to validate a state diploma.

If, on the other hand, you are already in the world of work, want to validate your achievements or carry out a more operational professional training in the field, we advise you to choose a professional title.

Consult our catalogue for more information on professional credentials and credentials. You can also contact us on 04 44 05 21 85 or on our contact form.

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