The Conseil National de l’Emploi, de la Formation et de l’Orientation Professionnelles (CNEFOP) is the national council for employment, training and professional orientation which regroups representatives from 12 ministries, regional authorities, social and professional organisations, chambers of commerce and operators in the relevant field.

According to the recent French Labour Code (article L. 6316-1), continuing education may only be financed for quality assured programmes. CNEFOP is in charge of certifying that the procedures of accreditation and label awarding organisations are compliant with the expected national and European standards for continuing education. This means that continuing education programmes accredited by these organisations may be financed.

Since many engineering HEIs offer a pathway of continuing education for their engineering degree programmes, CTI applied for its Standards and guidelines (R&O) to be registered on the CNEFOP list of certifications. CTI underwent an external evaluation review in 2017 that checked the consistency of its reference document with CNEFOP expectations. In December 2017, CNEFOP confirmed the certification of CTI’s Standards and guidelines (R&O) for a duration of 3 years. This means that engineering programmes accredited by CTI are automatically qualified for public funding.

The CNEFOP decision is available here.