Continuing education: how to benefit from it?

Are you already in active life and want to develop and/or improve your knowledge and skills? Did you know that continuing education can meet your needs? After initial training, deepen your knowledge and access qualifying training. Find here all the details you need to know about continuing education and how to benefit from it.

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  • Continuing education: what is it?
  • Which audiences for continuing education?
  • The various forms of continuing education
  • How to benefit from continuing education
    • Young people under 26 years of age
    • Employees
    • Job seekers

Continuing education: what is it?

Continuing training differs from vocational training. She addresses mainly to an adult audience no longer in a university or school path. Want to get back to school and find a job quickly? Continuing education may be the answer to your expectations, especially if you are in vocational reintegration or retraining.

On the road to employment, various means allow you to train yourself. In France, continuing training is one of the springboards to employment whose quality is now officially recognised.

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By opting for continuing education, you access either a qualifying training or a diploma training . In fact, continuing education may very well be vocational training leading to a qualification or trade (vocational training), or a diploma (in the case of a return to university studies).

What Audiences for continuing education?

Continuing training is now available to employed adults, young adultsand jobseekers . Continuing training is tailored to the country’s economic situation and recruitment needs.

It is a popular system that is strongly encouraging for a real return to employment of the beneficiaries. Continuing training takes account of developments in the economic and social situation of the country, a parameter that makes it its strength.

The various forms of continuing education

Continuing education can be:

  • Either alternating training;
  • Either a VAE (validation of the acquired experience);

Alternating training consists of two types of contracts, the apprenticeship contract and the professionalization contract.

The VAE validates your skills and takes into account all your professional experience in the targeted professional field.

Upon entering continuing education, you have the opportunity to take courses. If you are an employee, your training consists of employment training. You go to an accredited training centre during the period given to you to train, or take courses and online training (e-learning) . This training time is taken on your time as an employee, following an express request. We’ll talk to you later.

How to benefit from continuing education

First and foremost, continuing training requires one of the following categories:

  • Be an employee;
  • Be a young person under 26 years of age;
  • Be an applicant employment;

Young people under 26

Young adults under 26 years of age are few in continuing education. The main reason is that they are more generally oriented towards the qualification contract or apprenticeship. That said, the local mission informs you about all opportunities for continuing education if you are an applicant.


If you are an employee in a company, you have access to your CPF, the personal training account. Your seniority and years of work give you a certain number of hours to claim to go to continuing education.

Your eligibility is studied and you can pay your number of CPF hours on the desired training, in agreement with your employer. The employer then makes you go to CIF (individual training leave). If your application does not succeed, the decision must be duly justified by the employer.

Your training is carried out on or outside working time. If you wish to be trained outside of working time, your employer does not need to give you his consent.

Job seekers

Finally, job seekers turn to the Employment Centre to benefit from continuing training and to build a complete dossier . If the jobseeker has been employed, he can use his CPF hours for continuing training.

With regard to the financing of continuing education, it can be taken care of (all or part). This funding is based on your situation and eligibility. If you are eligible, you may receive a capped remuneration . For Applicants with employment terminating rights, solutions exist so as not to leave people without a source of income. Your Employment Centre informs you about all the possibilities available to you.