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Obtaining a certificate of equivalence for my foreign qualification in France
In France, the legal principle of equivalence does not exist. You can obtain a certificate of recognition of your study level. This certificate helps make your course more transparent and can be shown to employers, authorities organising competitive examinations and training institutions.
Obtaining a certificate of equivalence for my French qualification outside France
You should contact the NARIC or ENIC centre in the country in which you would like your qualification to be recognised. The procedure is different in each country. A list of ENIC-NARIC centres is available on the website of the ENIC-NARIC network: www.enic-naric.net
For countries that do not have an ENIC or NARIC centre, you should contact the French embassy in the country concerned, who will explain the procedure you need to follow.
Obtaining a document other than that provided by the rectorat [local education office]
The letter that you have received is the certificate of recognition of your study level that you can show to an employer or training institution. The ENIC-NARIC France centre does not provide other documents.
Approval cannot be obtained for a private individual. Approval - introduced by the Loi d'Orientation sur l'Enseignement Technologique (framework law on technological education) No. 71-577 of 16 July 1971, removed by the Loi de Modernisation Sociale (employment law) of 17 January 2002, and now replaced by registration with the RNCP (Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles, or national register of vocational qualifications) - involves classifying vocational qualifications awarded by private and public organisations who apply for registration according to level and field. Approval is a government guarantee of the level of the qualification in relation to the jobs to which it gives access. The aim is to establish the ability to perform a type of work according to a predefined scale with five levels.
In most cases the approved qualifications are accepted, in the same way as Diplômes Nationaux [national diplomas], when applying for competitive examinations for the French public service and for entrance examinations for certain schools that prepare students for Diplômes d'Etat [government-certified diplomas].
Approval does not have any legal value in terms of equivalence. Approval is granted for a maximum duration of 3 years for qualifications that are not approved automatically.
Equivalence can be obtained for a qualification in certain countries, but not in France. This is a decision that can be legally challenged before the administrative court of the country issuing the certificate of equivalence.
In France, authorities organising competitive examinations and training institutions offer certificates of comparability. A committee recognises your study level and authorises you to take part in a competitive examination or allows you to continue your studies at the level that it considers corresponds to the training you have completed outside France in relation to the courses on offer in the institution.
What is a certificate of recognition of a study level?
A certificate of recognition of a study level helps to make the course taken by an individual more transparent. It does not have any legal value.
It is only issued for periods of study of one semester or longer, and for courses recognised by the relevant body in the country of issue.
It identifies the level of the foreign qualification in the education system of the country of issue, without making reference to the French education system. It indicates the number of years of study it takes to complete the qualification and, where possible, the opportunities the qualification opens up in the country of issue. It may, for certain specific courses, include a paragraph providing information on the organisation of the course concerned.
For general information on the recognition of qualifications in the European Union.