Accreditation of prior and experiential learning (VAE)

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Accreditation of prior and experiential learning (validation des acquis de l'expérience - VAE) enables the formal recognition of competences acquired throughout life by granting a corresponding certificate, diploma or other degree.

Accreditation can namely provide access to:

Diplomas or course units awarded through accreditation of prior and experiential learning have the same value as those awarded through initial education. The diplomas or units do not mention how they were obtained.

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Who is concerned

Any person, whatever his age, nationality, level of education or status may apply for accreditation of prior and experiential learning.

Certificates and diplomas obtained through accreditation enable their holders to justify the qualifications required to:

Prerequisites

Any professional activity (salaried or not) or extra-professional activity (association, voluntary work, etc.) may be used to benefit from accreditation of prior and experiential learning.

The skills and knowledge acquired must be in relation to the certificate, diploma or degree aimed for. The competences may be acquired:

  • through formal learning in an educational or training establishment or in the workplace;
  • through non-formal learning as part of an activity which contains an important part of training;
  • through informal learning by carrying out activities related to work, family or leisure.
Applicants must in principle provide evidence of at least 3 years of professional experience.

How to proceed

Secondary technical diploma / Master Craftsman's certificate

Application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning

Whatever the level of initial education, applicants with at least 3 years of professional experience in the areas covered by the desired diploma may apply for accreditation of prior and experiential learning in order to obtain a secondary technical diploma or certificate or a Master Craftsman's certificate.

Applicants must:

  • gather information on the requirements for accreditation with the educational establishments issuing the secondary technical diplomas or the Master Craftsman's certificate under consideration;
  • submit an application for admissibility to the Department for accreditation of prior and experiential learning at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth.
    The application must indicate the certificate, diploma or degree aimed for and contain:
    • documents attesting the professional experience (work certificates, Social Security affiliation, etc.);
    • documents attesting extra-professional experience in the concerned field (certificate of volunteering activities, declaration of honour, etc.);
    • proof of payment of a EUR 25 fee to the bank account of the Indirect Tax Authority: IBAN LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000, BIC code: CCPLLULL and indicate the following reference: "droit de timbre, validation des acquis de l’expérience (rgd du 11 January 2010)" plus the applicants surname and first name;
  • if the request is accepted, complete a second detailed application for extended accreditation (validation sur le fond).
    This application must list in detail the skills, knowledge and competences in direct relation to the diploma aimed for.

Accreditation of prior and experiential learning

The accreditation committee analyses the application and, as applicable:

  • invites the candidate for an interview;
  • or observes the candidate at work or in a role-play exercise.

After deliberation, the accreditation committee will decide:

  • either to grant the diploma requested;
  • or to grant part of the diploma, indicating the additional elements that must be provided.

Advanced technician's certificate (BTS)

Application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning

Applicants with at least 3 years of professional experience in the areas covered by the desired diploma, may apply for accreditation of prior and experiential learning in order to obtain an advanced technician's certificate (brevet de technicien supérieur - BTS).

Applicants must:

  • gather information on the requirements for accreditation with the educational establishments issuing the advanced technician's certificate under consideration;
  • submit an application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning to the director of the teaching establishment concerned.
    The application must contain all the documents which prove that the knowledge and skills required to obtain the advanced technician's certificate have been acquired.

Accreditation of prior and experiential learning

The teaching establishment's ad hoc commission will analyse the application and decide on the level of accreditation to be granted.

After deliberation, the ad hoc commission decides:

  • either to grant the desired advanced technician's certificate in full;
  • or to only partially validate the certificate and to request the applicant to take additional examinations.

Higher education diploma

Application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning

Whatever the level of initial education, applicants with at least 3 years of professional experience in the areas covered by the desired diploma, may apply for accreditation of prior and experiential learning in order to obtain a higher education diploma or academic title or to attend academic undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate courses (Bachelor, Master or PhD) at the University of Luxembourg.

Applicants must:

  • consult the list of studies offered by the University of Luxembourg;
  • fill out an enrolment application on the University's website;
  • send the application to the Student's department (Service des études et de la vie étudiante - SEVE).
    The application must contain all the documents required by the enrolment procedure and a letter detailing the applicant's motivations and situation.

Accreditation of prior and experiential learning

The university's ad hoc commission reviews the application and:

  • interviews the candidate;
  • and where necessary, observes the candidate at work or in a role-play exercise.

After deliberation, the ad hoc commission decides:

  • either to grant the diploma requested;
  • or to only partially validate the diploma and to request the applicant to take additional examinations.

The candidate can also enrol for an academic course after successfully having passed the University's special entrance exam.

Continuous vocational training certificates

Application for accreditation of prior and experiential learning

Whatever the level of initial education, applicants with at least 3 years of professional experience (666 days) in the areas covered by the training, may apply for accreditation of prior and experiential learning in order to obtain the diploma for one of the vocational training courses held in the form of evening classes and issued by the Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Center (LLLC).

Applicants must:

  • consult the training courses offered by the LLLC;
  • submit an application for accreditation to the LLLC;
    The application must contain all the documents which prove that the knowledge and skills required to obtain the certificate have been acquired.
    If the application is accepted, it will be assessed by a jury.

Accreditation of prior and experiential learning

The committee of the LLC analyses the application and, as applicable:

  • interviews the candidate;
  • sets up an additional test (in writing, oral, role play, etc.).

After deliberation the jury decides to:

  • either grant the diploma requested;
  • or to only partially validate the diploma and to request the applicant to take additional examinations within 5 years in order to be awarded the diploma.

Who to contact

13, rue de Bragance
L-1255 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 2749 4600
Fax: (+352) 2749 4650
Email formation@lllc.lu

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 08.00 - 17.45
University of Luxembourg
2, avenue de l'Université
- Campus Belval
L-4365 - Esch-sur-Alzette
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 46 66 44 6610 / 6222
Email seve.infos@uni.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
32, avenue de la gare
L-9233 - Diekirch
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 26 807 210/211
Email secretariatab@lcd.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
2, rue Gaston Thorn
L-8268 - Mamer
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 263140-1
Fax: (+352) 263140-200
Email secretariat-eleves@ljbm.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
20, rue Nicolas Hein
L-1721 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 26 68 91 - 2007
Fax: (+352) 26 68 91 - 4006
Email administration@uell.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
19, rue Guillaume Schneider
L-2522 - Luxembourg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: +(352) 46 76 16 1
Fax: (+352) 47 29 91
Email secretariat@ltam.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
106, avenue Pasteur
L-2309 - Luxembourg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 47 38 11 - 1
Fax: (+352) 47 38 11 - 333
Email info@ltc.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
21, rue Marguerite de Brabant
L-1254 - Luxembourg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 26 04 51 00
Fax: (+352) 26 04 51 05
Email secretariat@ltecg.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
32, rue Henri Koch
L-4354 - Esch-sur-Alzette
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 55 95 45 - 204
Fax: (+352) 55 95 45 - 200
Email secretariat@lte.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
71, avenue Salentiny
L-9080 - Ettelbruck
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 81 92 01 1
Email bts@ltett.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
119, rue du cimetière
L-1338 - Luxembourg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 40 39 45 1
Email secretariat@ltb.lu

Schools offering an advanced technician's certificate (BTS)
27, rue Barblé
L-1210 - Luxembourg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 4411-3736/46
Fax: (+352) 4411-6736
Email secretariat.siege@ltps.lu