The VAE or “Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience » is a procedure that allows any French educational institution to grant degrees based on a minimum of 3 years work experience. A portfolio of the applicant's achievements and work experience is presented to a committee at the educational institution. The committee then decides if the documents presented in the portfolio show work that merits partial credit towards a particular degree. Established by Decree n° 2002-590 of 26 April 2002.
All VAE students are required to take part in an interview before they can apply.