VAE AND DPE

Obtaining a diploma through VAE (Validation of the Acquisition of Experience) and DPE is one of the ways of obtaining diplomas in the same way as initial training, continuing training or apprenticeship.

The candidate must compile a file in which he or she provides proof that he or she has acquired the skills covered by the diploma, highlighting his or her professional experience, training and personal achievements. The validation panel makes its decision on the basis of the file and after an interview with the candidate.

The selection board may award the diploma in its entirety or not. It decides on the extent of the validation and, in the case of partial validation, on the nature of the knowledge and aptitudes to be tested and/or further training.

Activities as an employed or self-employed person or as a volunteer will be taken into account. The knowledge and skills acquired must be justified in whole or in part by the knowledge and aptitudes required to obtain the Diploma applied for. The validation panel comprises a majority of teacher-researchers and persons whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the knowledge and skills – particularly professional knowledge and skills – for which validation is requested.

L'ENSAIT has set up two VAE systems, drawn up in accordance with Decree No. 2002-590 of 24 April 2002 on VAE by higher education establishments:

Procedure with accompaniments

Step 1: Application
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Step 2: Filing and admissibility of the administrative file

After having filled in the application form highlighting all the skills acquired through his/her professional career corresponding to the skills reference frame of the ENSAIT engineering diploma, the candidate sends his/her application by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt or submits it to the studies secretariat against proof of submission.

The VAE Commission, made up of the person responsible for the VAE and the person responsible for the competition, decides on the administrative admissibility or otherwise of the application on the basis of an examination of the VAE file. This decision must be motivated and will be communicated by mail or e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Step 3: Maintenance

If the file is administratively admissible, the candidate will be invited to an interview with the person in charge of the VAE so that the latter can judge his motivation and determination. During this interview, the candidate may be asked to put himself in a situation. At the end of the interview, if the decision is unfavourable, a letter setting out the reasons for the refusal will be sent to the candidate.

In the case of a favourable decision, the candidate will be notified of the authorisation to continue the procedure with a view to an EAV. He will then have to :

  • return the stub attached to the notification specifying his choice for an EAV with accompaniment ;
  • register with the ENSAIT's schooling service and enclose the payment, within 15 days, of the registration fees amounting to 2001 euros for the year 2020-2021 and which is broken down as follows:
    • tuition fees: 601 euros for the year 2020-2021 (these fees are fixed each year by ministerial circular);
    • support: 1400 euros.

The administrative registration is only valid for 12 months. After this period, the candidate will have to renew his application for administrative registration by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. Tuition fees are due for the new academic year. Accompaniment fees may be charged in addition depending on the candidate's needs and/or the use of the previous year's accompaniment.

Reminder: The candidate may benefit from a leave of absence for the validation of acquired experience (VAE) instituted by decree n° 2002-795 of 3 May 2002.

Step 4: Accompaniment

Support is above all a voluntary step on the part of the candidate. It constitutes a methodological support to the analysis of the experience for the construction of the VAE file with reference to the targeted diploma. It consists of an individualized methodological support allowing him/her to analyze his/her activities in order to translate them in terms of skills, capacities, knowledge, with regard to the targeted reference frame. There is no obligation of results. The preparation of a complete file, including elements illustrating the candidate's career path, takes place over a period of 6 to 8 months during which the candidate will benefit from a maximum of 7 hours of face-to-face meetings and distance exchanges. The accompaniment also includes a reading of the file and preparation for the interview with the jury. The coaching starts the month following the registration. In order to carry out this support, a tutor is appointed by the VAE Commission, whose main tasks will be to:

  • The analysis of the candidate's professional experience in order to determine the skills acquired with regard to the skills reference frame for the ENSAIT engineering diploma;
  • The improvement of the drafting of his file;
  • The discussion with the candidate on the determination of the subject of the real or reconstituted professional situation of the candidate which will be the subject of a written report of about sixty pages at least and a presentation to the Jury;
  • The possible recommendation for additional training in order to reinforce or complete the candidate's knowledge according to the reference frame of competences;
  • Information on the conduct of the interview with the jury;
  • The accompaniment is carried out in the premises of the ENSAIT.

Step 5: Writing the presentation file
The candidate proposes one or more subjects to be put into a real or reconstructed professional situation, which he or she will present to the jury in the form of a written report of at least 60 pages. This subject is subject to prior validation by the person in charge of the VAE.

WARNING: The VAE file is not a mere formality. It is demanding, complex and requires a strong involvement of the candidate.

It includes a detailed personal presentation, a statement of the candidate's motivations and the elements necessary for the jury to understand his or her approach.

It also includes an analysis of experience (definition of duties, content of tasks performed, etc.) and an evaluation of experience by translating skills into knowledge, knowledge and aptitudes. It will enable us to assess your personal and professional background, the skills and know-how you have acquired, your previous education and training and your personal work.

You must endeavour to highlight all the above elements in a clear and comprehensible manner. The selection board's assessment will also depend on the quality of your presentation.

Stage 6: Examination of the file and interview by the jury

No later than 11 months after submitting the application, the candidate will be invited to sit on the selection board empowered to rule on the VAE.

The members of the selection board shall be appointed, at least fifteen days before the board meeting, by the Director of the ENSAIT in the light of their skills, aptitudes and qualifications and with a view to achieving a balanced representation of women and men.

The selection board must include a majority of teacher-researchers as well as persons whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the knowledge acquired, in particular professional knowledge, the validation of which is requested. If there are not enough teacher-researchers to be members of the jury, the jury may also include teachers.

Where persons belonging to the undertaking or body where the candidate has carried out his or her activity are members of the selection board, they may not take part in the deliberations concerning that candidate.

The jury shall examine the candidate's file. This file is composed of :

  • The presentation by reference to the ENSAIT engineering diploma of the knowledge, skills and abilities that he or she has acquired through experience. It shall include documents giving an account of that experience and the duration of the various activities in which the applicant acquired it and, where appropriate, evidence of the training followed and any diplomas obtained previously.
  • A report on the applicant's actual or reconstructed professional experience.
    Once the subject of the actual or reconstructed work experience has been presented, the selection board will interview the candidate on the basis of the file submitted.

The selection board will assess the nature of the candidate's acquired experience in the light of the VAE file submitted and the interview.

The purpose of the interview is to verify the skills, aptitudes and associated knowledge acquired and the coherence of the project. It is also an opportunity to provide additional elements or details concerning the candidate's professional background and activities. These achievements are evaluated in the light of the diploma's reference framework.

The jury is sovereign and may, after deliberation :

  • or fully validate the candidate's prior learning and decide to award the diploma, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning is in line with the expectations of the diploma and enables him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma.
  • or partially validate the candidate's prior learning, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning is partly in line with the expectations of the diploma and enables him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma in part. In this case, the selection board will specify, in its deliberations, what skills are missing and will determine what knowledge and aptitudes it declares you have acquired and, where appropriate, what kind of knowledge and aptitudes should be the subject of a further test. The selection board will set out in the form of a prescription the nature of the knowledge and skills still to be acquired and the way in which the candidate can fulfil this prescription in order to obtain full validation of the diploma. You are nevertheless free to choose the means you wish to use to acquire the skills you lack.

In the case of partial validation, the EAV selection board will make proposals to the candidate as to the nature and method of acquisition of the necessary knowledge and aptitudes (training, traineeship, development of professional activity, report, etc.), as well as the arrangements for the additional test. This provision should make it possible to devise a response that is as appropriate as possible to the applicant's professional situation.

The monitoring of the candidate during the complementary acquisition phase, whatever the method of acquisition chosen, is carried out by a member of the selection board who has been designated for this monitoring at the time of the selection board meeting. A deadline is set and communicated to the candidate. Partial validation of a diploma is acquired definitively.

or refuse to award, with justification, all or part of the diploma requested, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning does not enable him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma. The procedure is terminated. The partial validation of a diploma is definitively acquired.
In all cases, the chair of the selection board will send the Director of ENSAIT a report specifying the extent of the validation granted and, where appropriate, the nature of the knowledge and skills to be further checked.

The final decision will be notified by the Director of the ENSAIT.

Unaccompanied procedure

Step 1: Application
File to be printed and returned to us completed : click here

Step 2: Filing and admissibility of the administrative file

After having filled in his application form showing all the skills acquired through his professional career corresponding to the skills reference frame of the ENSAIT engineering diploma, the candidate sends his application form by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt or deposits it at the study secretariat against proof of deposit.

The VAE Commission, composed of the person in charge of the VAE and the person in charge of the competition, decides on the administrative admissibility or not of the application based on the examination of the VAE file. This decision must be motivated and will be communicated by mail or e-mail.

CAUTION: Any incomplete file will not be processed.

Step 3: Maintenance

If the file is administratively admissible, the candidate will be invited to an interview with the person in charge of the VAE so that the latter can judge his motivation and determination. During this interview, the candidate may be asked to put himself in a situation. At the end of the interview, if the decision is unfavourable, a letter setting out the reasons for the refusal will be sent to the candidate.

In the case of a favourable decision, the candidate will be notified of the authorisation to continue the procedure with a view to an EAV. He will then have to :

  • return the stub attached to the notification specifying his choice for an unaccompanied EAV ;
  • register with the ENSAIT schooling service and enclose payment, within 15 days, of the registration fees of 601 euros for the year 2020-2021 (this amount corresponds to the tuition fees for an engineering course and is set each year by ministerial circular).

The administrative registration is only valid for 12 months. After this period, the candidate will have to renew his administrative registration application by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt and pay the tuition fees.

Registration to the VAE is obligatory in September of the academic year.

Reminder: The candidate may benefit from a leave of absence for the validation of acquired experience (VAE) instituted by decree n° 2002-795 of 3 May 2002.

Step 4: Drafting of the presentation file

The candidate proposes one or more subjects to be put into a real or reconstructed professional situation, which he or she will present to the jury in the form of a written report of at least 60 pages. This subject is subject to prior validation by the person in charge of the VAE.

WARNING: The EAV file is not a simple formality. It is demanding, complex and requires a strong involvement of the candidate.

It includes a detailed personal presentation, a statement of the candidate's motivations and the elements necessary for the jury to understand his or her approach.

It also includes an analysis of experience (definition of duties, content of tasks performed, etc.) and an evaluation of experience by translating skills into knowledge, knowledge and aptitudes. It will enable us to assess your personal and professional background, the skills and know-how you have acquired, your previous education and training and your personal work.

You must endeavour to highlight all the above elements in a clear and comprehensible manner. The selection board's assessment will also depend on the quality of your presentation.

Step 5: Examination of the file and interview with the jury

No later than 11 months after submitting the application, the candidate will be invited to sit on the selection board empowered to rule on the VAE.

The members of the selection board shall be appointed, at least 15 days before the selection board meeting, by the Director of the ENSAIT in the light of their skills, aptitudes and qualifications and with a view to achieving a balanced representation of women and men.

The selection board must include a majority of teacher-researchers as well as persons whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the knowledge acquired, in particular professional knowledge, the validation of which is requested. If there are not enough teacher-researchers to be members of the jury, the jury may also include teachers.

Where persons belonging to the undertaking or body where the candidate has carried out his or her activity are members of the selection board, they may not take part in the deliberations concerning that candidate.

The jury shall examine the candidate's file. This file is composed of :

  • The presentation by reference to the ENSAIT engineering diploma of the knowledge, skills and abilities that he or she has acquired through experience. It shall include documents giving an account of that experience and the duration of the various activities in which the applicant acquired it and, where appropriate, evidence of the training followed and any diplomas obtained previously.

  • A report on the applicant's actual or reconstructed professional experience.
    Once the subject of the actual or reconstructed work experience has been presented, the selection board will interview the candidate on the basis of the file submitted.

    The selection board assesses the nature of the candidate's acquired experience in the light of the VAE file submitted and the interview.

The objective of the interview is to verify the skills, abilities and associated knowledge acquired and the coherence of the project. It is also an opportunity to provide additional elements or details concerning the candidate's professional background and activities. These achievements are evaluated in the light of the diploma's reference framework.

The jury is sovereign and may, after deliberation :

  • either fully validate the candidate's prior learning and decide to award the diploma, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning is in line with the expectations of the diploma and enables him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma.
  • or partially validate the candidate's prior learning, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning is partly in line with the expectations of the diploma and enables him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma in part. In this case, the selection board will specify, in its deliberations, what skills are missing and will determine what knowledge and aptitudes it declares you have acquired and, where appropriate, what kind of knowledge and aptitudes should be the subject of a further test. The selection board will set out in the form of a prescription the nature of the knowledge and skills still to be acquired and the way in which the candidate can fulfil this prescription in order to obtain full validation of the diploma. You are nevertheless free to choose the means you wish to use to acquire the skills you lack.

In the case of partial validation, the VAE selection board will make proposals to the candidate as to the nature and method of acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills (training, traineeship, development of professional activity, report, etc.) and as to the arrangements for the additional test. This provision should make it possible to devise a response that is as appropriate as possible to the applicant's professional situation.

The monitoring of the candidate during the complementary acquisition phase, whatever the method of acquisition chosen, is carried out by a member of the selection board who has been designated for this monitoring at the time of the selection board meeting. A deadline is set and communicated to the candidate. Partial validation of a diploma is acquired definitively.

  • or refuse to award, with justification, all or part of the diploma requested, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning does not enable him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma. The procedure is terminated. The partial validation of a diploma is definitively acquired.

In all cases, the chair of the selection board will send the Director of ENSAIT a report specifying the extent of the validation granted and, where appropriate, the nature of the knowledge and skills to be further checked.

The final decision will be notified by the Director of the ENSAIT.

The examination leading to the award of the title of state-qualified engineer (D.P.E.) enables functional engineers to obtain the title of graduate engineer by validating their professional experience and achievements.

Validation is based on an interview and, if successful, a dissertation. These tests allow us to verify that the candidate has the skills specific to the engineer, whether transversal or linked to the speciality applied for, and a high level scientific and technical culture.

It leads to the award of an engineering title, issued by the State in one of the 24 existing specialities, unlike the other engineering degrees which bear the mention of the school that has completed an engineering training. The list of specialities is set by the order of 19 August 2005.

The title of D.P.E. engineer is awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education. It confers the grade of master.

 Registration

Any candidate with at least five years of professional practice in functions commonly entrusted to engineers may apply for an ECD: 

  • on the website of the Ministry of National Education, section administrative forms,
  • on request at the ENSAIT for candidates who wish to take the examination tests in the Textile Materials speciality

Your contact

Elise Ternynck

Director of Training

03.20.25.64.99

 Your VAE request