Validation of prior learning

It is based on two regulatory and complementary systems:

  • The VAPP - Validation of Professional and Personal Experience (Exemption system)
Instituted by the decree n°85-906 of 23/08/1985, it opens a way to access training without having the required level. This device is based on your professional experience and on your assets developed outside the educational system and related to the envisaged training.

Do not hesitate to contact the Validation of Acquired Skills Unit for any information and advice:

  • The VAE - Validation of Acquired Experience (Certification system)
Legitimized by the law of social modernization of 2002 and modified by article 78 of the law n°2016-1088 of August 8, 2016. Its objective is to allow the total or partial acquisition of a diploma registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (National Directory of Professional Certifications) through the recognition of the experience gained and the demonstration of the skills developed.

The prerequisites: To justify at least 1 year of continuous or discontinuous activity in the diploma in question.

How to start a VAE procedure at Avignon University?

  • I get information
The VAE Unit informs and advises you on the VAE system. You can make an appointment at

  • I choose my diploma to validate
This step is essential. You can consult the training offer by clicking on

  • I make my request for admissibility - the booklet I
The request is made from March to the beginning of May of the current year. It should be sent by e-mail to

  • I am registering for VAE
The registration is made after receiving the notification of admissibility from March to June of the current year. At the same time as registering for the VAE, you must register for the diploma in question.

  • I prepare my validation by writing my booklet II
The writing of the booklet II is carried out from September of the current year to April of the year N+1. It is possible to be accompanied in writing the booklet. This 12-hour accompaniment is optional.

  • I submit my booklet II
It is sent by email to in May N+1.

  • I go before the VAE jury
The VAE oral exam takes place in person, in June and July. At the end of this oral, the validation can be total, partial or not obtained.

  • I answer the satisfaction survey.
It will be sent to you by e-mail.

All the information concerning the stages of your VAE process can be consulted by clicking on the candidate's guide.

For any request concerning the PhD degree, please contact the VAE Unit at

Applications for VAE for the academic year 2021-2022 are closed.

Date of update June 17, 2021