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Federal Professional Certification (Attestation Fédérale Professionnelle ? AFP)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The federal professional certification is a two year program with a nationally recognized professional degree, targeted at people with more practical aptitudes who are not ready to achieve a federal certificate of competence. It replaces the pre-vocational training, which did not lead to a recognized diploma. The federal professional certification is a bit more restrictive than the pre-vocational training, due to more demanding theoretical training and a final exam. However, thanks to the nationwide recognized diploma, it facilitates the labour market integration and enables the subsequent transition to vocational training leading to a federal certificate of competence. This new certification is an innovation of the new federal law on vocational training (in force since the 1st of January 2004).
Target group
Policy Field
  • education
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
The federal professional certifications are introduced by profession. The first are in force since 2005.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Through the Federal Professional Certification individual needs and competencies have been taken into account, as the new law on vocational training requires. It is particularly suited for people/youth with essentially practical aptitudes, who are not ready for a federal certificate of competence, increasing their labour market integration through a recognized diploma which also enables them a subsequent transition to a federal certificate of competence.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate programmatic change.
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • training schemes
Intended target group
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state (as the main actor involved in policy making)
  • regional government
Intended output
  • training schemes
Intended and unintended outcomes
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
Through the recognized diploma, the concerned people/youth?s professional skills are better recognized, thus facilitating the access to the labour market
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