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Discover the various types of financing solutions available for private sector employees.

The Skills Development Plan (Former Training Plan)

The employer must ensure the adaptation of its employees to their position and see to the maintaining of their ability to do their job, particularly in the light of technological developments. To do this, they must offer them training as part of the skills development plan. This training may be compulsory or at the initiative of the employer.

Are eligible: training courses, accreditations of learning and experience (VAE), skills assessments, support, information and advice courses for business creators. All these actions must allow you to develop or acquire skills.

For more information:

  • See the dedicated page on the civil service website
  • Contact the human resources department of your company

The Personal Training Account (CPF)

Since 1 January 2019, all training courses recognized by professional certifications registered to the National Directory of Professional Skills (RNCP) or to the specific directory, as well as training courses for obtaining a skills block, are eligible to a CPF financing. 

It is also the case for accreditations of learning and experience (VAE), skills assessments, driving licence preparation courses and training courses for the support and advice of business creators, as well as for training courses for volunteers and civic service volunteers.

If the training course takes places completely or partially during working hours, you must request an authorisation of absence to your employer, at least 60 days before the beginning of the training course if it lasts for less than 6 months, or 120 days if it lasts for 6 months or more. Your employer must give a reply within 30 days, after which the application is automatically accepted.

The CPF is credited with €500 per year, capped at €5,000 over 10 years. This amount is increased to €800 per year with a maximum of €8,000 over 10 years for beneficiaries of obligation to employ disabled workers (OETH) or people who neither have a level 4 diploma (CAP) nor a professional title, nor a certification recognized by a professional branch. 

For more information:

The Professional Transition CPF

This system has been replacing the Individual Training Leave since 1 January 2019.

For a career change project, you can request to use the rights registered on your CPF account as part of a professional transition project. 

The Professional Transition CPF allows you to finance a training course leading to a certification and to receive a salary during your training. You will benefit from a positioning test prior to the course to identify your professional experience and to adapt the duration of your training course.

You can be supported with the Professional Evolution Counselling system (CEP). Your CEP operator (Pôle Emploi, the APEC, Local Missions, Cap Emploi and TransitionPro) informs you and guides you towards the training course most adapted to your professional project. The CEP can also help you set up a financing plan. 


  • Employees in permanent contract (CDI): having 24 months of experience, discontinued or not, including 12 months in the same company
  • Employees in temporary contract (CDD): having 24 months of experience, consecutive or not, including 4 months in a CDD, consecutive or not, over the past 12 months


The remuneration is calculated on the basis of a percentage of the average reference salary:

  • Employees in permanent contract (CDI): average of the last 12 months preceding the training course
  • Employees in temporary contract (CDD): on the basis of the lasts CDD months

This remuneration varies from 60 to 100% depending on the amount of the initial salary.

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