Executive Education

Continuing Education: Funding Solutions

Many funding options are available for your Continuing Education projects. They vary according to your profile and situation: wage earner, unemployed or self-employed.

Whatever the form and duration of their employment contract, employees may receive training in whole or in part during working time. The status of employees while training – i.e. their salary, social protection, obligations towards the employer or the way in which the costs of training are covered – depends on the legal framework they find themselves: the company’s training plan, the Congé Individuel de Formation (CIF), individual right to training, periods of professionalisation, etc.

National Schemes

You are a wage earner

CIF (Individual Training Leave)

This Congé Individuel de Formation (CIF) enables any wage earner with a one-year seniority minimum to leave his/her workstation to take a training programme of his/her choice.

The CIF thus gives you the initiative to take on an individual basis training programme.

You must apply for a leave of absence from your employer 2 months before the programme is due to begin for a part-time programme. Your employer has a 30-day deadline to give you an answer.

The application file may be obtained from the Fongécif in your Region.

For temporary workers, contact FAF.TT.

CPF (Individual Training Account)

In force since 1st January 2015, this scheme enables any wage earner, unemployed or young graduates who have left the educational system to open a training account that will follow them throughout their careers. This account is credited with 24 hours per year up to 120 hours, then 12 hours per year up to 150 hours for full-time wage earners and on a pro-rata basis for those on a part-time or short-term contract basis.

The main feature is the possibility to transfer your training hours on your account despite a switch of employer or job loss of.

Whether individually or with the agreement of his/her employer, a wage earner may manage his/her training account autonomously on https://www.moncompteactivite.gouv.fr .

The Individual Training Account is designed to fund training programmes which qualify and ‘meet the forecasted needs of the economy in the short or medium term’, and in particular those programmes listed in the National Directory of Professional Qualifications, industry certifications, or training programmes that will help acquire Core Knowledge and Competencies (proficiency in French, basic Maths, etc.).

The List of Training Programmes eligible are drawn up by:

  • The industry’s CPNE or by a Joint Commission at OPCA
  • COPAREF (Regional Agency) 
  • COPANEF (National Agency)

The Professionalisation Period

The professionalisation period aims to promote professional development and retention of employees through an individualised training programme, mixing theoretical training with professional activity.

The professionalisation period is open to all employees:

  • On open-ended contracts, including employees holding a single integration contract 
  • On fixed-term contracts in an integration structure through a single integration contract

You are self-employed

You are contributing to Professional Training with RSI or URSSAF depending on your activity. Your training programme may then be funded.

For further information:

  • AGEFICE (Association de Gestion du Financement de la Formation des Chefs d'Entreprises)
  • FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux) 
  • FAFPM (Fonds d'Assurance Formation de la Profession Médicale)

Important note: any application must be made 2 months prior to the date the session begins.

Regional Schemes

You are seeking employment

AIF (Individual Training Aid)

This is for Normandy job seekers who wish to take a qualifying or degree-awarding training programme. This regional aid only covers the pedagogical cost of the session. A contribution is left at the beneficiary’s expense depending on his/her level of income. Further information.

QUALIF Programme

The Normandy Region and the European Social Fund meet the Training Costs as well as the remuneration of trainees who do not benefit from AREF or Social Protection. Candidates must show evidence of 6 months of professional experience minimum, not have resigned from their employment to join the training programme and have left qualifying or degree-awarding programmes a year before.

Recruitment is done on a partnership basis by Pôle Emploi (Employment Bureau) and EM Normandie.

CPRDFP (Professional Training Regional Plan Contract)

The Normandy Region funds CPRDF training programme costs for job seekers selected by a recruitment commission. This funding concerns the Bachelor in International Management with an option in International Logistics. (link to be added)

Directed to job seekers, CPRDFP activities are also open to individuals on subsidised employment, to RSA beneficiaries (work welfare benefit) who have not registered with Pôle Emploi as well as non-salaried or disabled persons.

All training programmes are accredited by the Region and all trainees are entitled to a remuneration:

  • Persons who have left initial education less than 6 months before
  • Beneficiaries of the Job Search Aid (ARE)
  • Persons who are recognised as disabled unless they opt for a Regional Funding Scheme

Training: Income Tax Deductible

If you fund all or part of your Training Programme, you may deduct this from your Income Tax as deductible expenses. For further information, please click here.

Marion Roussel
Pedagogical Manager
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