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The Professionalization Contract: What Is It?

The professionalization contract is a work-study employment contract that associates practical training in a working situation, and theoretical training at the university. The contract must be written and can be entered within the framework of a fixed-term contract (CDD), a permanent contract (CDI), or possibly a part-time contract.

It aims to obtain a title or diploma registered in the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP) or recognized in the classifications of a national branch agreement.

This contract, which can include a trial period, has to name a tutor within the company and needs to indicate:

  • The nature of the contract (CDD or CDI);
  • The type of job held;
  • The working hours (including the training time at the university);
  • The salary.

Employers Concerned by the Professionalization Contract:

A professionalization contract can be signed with all types of employers from the private sector, except for private individuals. 

Groups of employers, temporary employment companies and seasonal employers are not excluded from this system. 

Employers from the public sector are not concerned.

What Are the Advantages for the Company?

Recruiting an employee in a professionalization contract can help:

  • Facing recruitment needs;
  • Training new employees by adapting the learning of skills to the needs of the company;
  • Encouraging the integration of young people while transmitting the company’s knowledge;
  • Controlling the salary cost;
  • Benefitting from financial aid and tax exemptions (depending on the size of the company).

Whom to Recruit?

  • Young people from 16 to 25 years old who wish to complete their formal education;
  • Jobseekers aged 26 or over;
  • Beneficiaries of the RSA, the ASS or the AAH;
  • People who benefitted from a single integration contract (CUI).

For What Training Course?

Many university training courses leading to a diploma (from Bac+1 to Bac+5) are available with a professionalization contract.

To consult the catalogue of training courses available for work-study programmes: type “alternance” in the keywords section.

For How Long?

  • CDD: The contract can be signed for a period from 6 to 12 months. Its duration can be extended up to 36 months under certain conditions. More information here.
  • CDI: The contract provides for a training period from 6 to 12 months taking place at the beginning of the contract. Its duration can be extended up to 24 months under certain conditions. More information here.

For What Salary? 

The Law requires a minimal salary based on the minimum wage (SMIC), which varies depending on the age and the qualification level of the employee.


Minimum monthly salary of an employee in a professionalization contract:

Age of the employee

Minimum gross base salary Minimum gross salary with bonus

Less than 21 years old


836.67 euros 988.80 euros

Between 21 and 25 years old


1,064.86 euros 1,216.98 euros
26 years old or over

Cannot be less than the minimum wage (€1,522) or than 85% of the minimum salary provided for in the contractual provisions.

What Is the Administrative Procedure? 

The SEFCO, the support service for professionalization contracts at the University of Orléans, brings you information on the educational costs, the work-study rhythm, and on the course’s programme.

It also writes the professional training agreement and follows the administrative and financial file throughout the duration of the contract.

1.    The professionalization contract is established with the CERFA 12434-02 form:

Download the CERFA 12434-02 form and its explanatory notice here

2.    The contract, with the quotation and the professional training agreement delivered by the SEFCO, must be submitted to the competent OPCO, at the latest within 5 days of its signature. However, it is advisable to submit the file before the start of the contract in order to ensure that the OPCO is in compliance and that the training expenses are covered.

Find your OPCO among the 11 certified operators since 1 April 2019: click here to find your OPCO.

3.    The OPCO organisation has 20 days to oppose the contract and cancel it in case of non-compliance.


Find your future work-study student in a professionalization contract during the Forums organised by the University of Orléans in partnership with companies:

For additional information, contact the SEFCO.

And for more information on the professionalization contract: consult the dedicated page on the public service website