Anyone wishing to have their experience validated will find themselves confronted by a crucial question : how can they choose the certificate that best suits their professional plans from among the myriad of certificates available ? In answer to this question, and in order to help candidates with the procedures, a National Professional Certification Committee (CNCP) and a National Professional Certificate Register (RNCP) have been set up under the law on social modernisation. This Register enables more comprehensive information to be disseminated on all certificates. The current principle of homologation has therefore been replaced by registration of certificates in this national register set up by the Committee.
The CNCP is in fact a system for the exchange of information and for communication between those issuing certificates. This consultative body, under the aegis of the Prime Minister, will be responsible for entering the certificates in the register. But its mission goes beyond this : it must also act as a forward-looking watchdog, updating, renewing and creating certificates to keep abreast of qualifications and professions.
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Anne-Marie Charraud, general rapporteur of the Technical Homologation Committee at the DGEFP (General Delegation for Employment and Vocational Training), explains that the CNCP will be entrusted with developing a “typically French principle whereby anyone, regardless of background, is entitled to a sign of his or her qualification. The system, introduced by law, is original in that it states that in every case, the same qualification sign will be used as a reference. After initial or continuing training or experience, these references may be exactly the same”. The register must also act as a reference work and an information tool for the general public and future candidates for skill evaluation. It will contain all professional certificates issued by a public, joint, consular or private body. The registration will be carried out using two procedures : the de jure registration of certificates created by the State or the social partners, or else registration, following the examination of an application, of certificates drawn up without consulting the social partners. The register will take the form of a data base with all the certificates being set down in a standardised record based on a reference system provided by the “owners” (universities, CPNE, etc.). This reference system will define the jobs sought, the skills required for validation and the method of verification adopted. It is planned to link up the data base to an Internet site which is currently being designed.
Supplement to Inffo flash No 588-589 15 April to 15 May 2002