PROFESSIONAL FRENCH DIPLOMA

In an increasingly competitive global market, companies are looking for the most agile, mobile employees, adapted to a globalized world. Among the qualities sought, mastery of several languages is an essential asset, including French.

It is not only the third most used language in the business world, but also the official language of the French-speaking world, or 83 countries on 5 continents representing 16% of global GDP.

Highlight your ability to work in French in your sector of activity, whatever your level (A1 – beginner to C1 – confirmed) and add a Professional French diploma to your CV.

Why aim for a Professional French Diploma?

A Professional French Diploma (DFP) values your ability to work also in French.

Valid for life, it is a real asset on your CV and facilitates your development within your company Or access to a new job.

In an increasingly competitive global market, French is a strength.

For example, it allows:

  • to approach a French-speaking company according to its cultural and professional codes
  • to expand a network of customers and/or suppliers
  • to meet a customer’s expectations in French
  • or to use resources available in French to enrich a market study.

Created in 1958, the professional French diploma tests have been revised and modernized in 2017 to be based on work documents authentic and real professional situations.

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The Professional French Diplomas promote mastery of French in the sectors ofBusinessInternational relationships, Tourism – Hospitality – Catering with levels ranging, on the European scale, from A1 (beginner) to C1 (confirmed).

BUSINESS

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

TOURISM-HOTELRY-RESTAURANTS

From January 2019, Professional French Diplomas in the fields of Health, Law, Science and Technology and Fashion will no longer be offered. New diplomas in digital format are in preparation for the end of 2019.

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Who are they recognized by?

Designed and delivered for over 60 years by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France, the Professional French Diplomas benefit from the influence of one of the most powerful chambers in Europe and in the world, which represents the interests of more than 670,000 companies.

These diplomas were also very quickly adopted by schools of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry and their partner schools around the world. Thus, professional French diplomas are recognized by HEC Paris and CEMS, The Global Alliance in Management Education, which brings together more than 30 Business Schools around the world.

In the United States, more than 30 universities have integrated Professional French Diplomas into their curriculum and nearly 1,000 students per year from these universities graduate with a Professional French Diploma.

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The Professional French diploma aim is also recognized by the French Ministry of the Interior to validate your level of French, with a view to obtaining a Resident Card or a application for naturalization to the French government.

Finally, all our Diplomas are registered with theInventory of the National Commission for Professional Certification (CNCP)To know more. In France, this registration in the Inventory allows learners, who follow training including passing this certification, to benefit from the financing of the Personal Training Account (CPF).

How to pass the tests?

Professional French Diplomas are aimed at all students and professionals who wish to attest to their level of French in a professional context.

The tests are accessible to candidates aged over 16.

You can either take the tests directly that correspond to the skills you wish to validate, or register for a preparation program.

The tests are taken online and followed by an oral interview.

They are in fact distributed into two parts :

1- Understand and process information (between 45 min and 2 hours depending on level)

  • Process written information
  • Process oral information
  • Interact in writing

2-Interact orally (between 5 and 15 min depending on the level with preparation time)

  • Two role-playing activities

If you think your situation requires a special arrangement, please inform the testing center before registering. He will tell you the steps to follow to assert your situation so that Business French can offer you adapted award conditions.

What are the tests and levels?

The tests are taken online and followed by an oral interview.

They are composed of two parts :

1- Understand and process information (between 45 min and 2 hours depending on level)

  • Process written information
  • Process oral information
  • Interact in writing

2-Interact orally (between 5 and 15 min depending on the level with preparation time)

  • Two role-playing activities

 

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By whom are the Diplomas recognized?

The Professional French Diplomas are designed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Île-de-France for businesses and young professionals.

Academic recognition

They are offered in 123 universities and management schools in the world such as Duke University, Georgetown University, MGIMO in Moscow, Bocconi University in MilanHEC Paris, etc.

The CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) recognizes them for validating the French level of students in its 32 schools.

National recognitions

Professional French Diplomas are recognized by several ministries in Europe (France, Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Austria, etc.).

International recognition

The French diploma in international relations was designed in partnership with the International Organization of the Francophonie, which recognizes and prescribes it in different international programs.

Business Diplomas also benefit from European ALTE label which grants them European and international scientific recognition.

How and where can I register to take the exam?

The Diplomas are aimed at all students and professionals who wish to attest to their level of French in a professional context.

The tests are accessible to candidates aged over 16.

To register, you can contact directly. You can either take the tests directly that correspond to the skills you wish to validate, or register for a preparation program if the center offers it.

If you think your situation requires a special arrangement, please inform the testing center before registering. He will tell you the steps to follow to assert your situation so that Le français desaffaires can offer you solutions. adapted award conditions.

How do I request special accommodation?

Business French offers different arrangements to make the DFP accessible to candidates with disabilities.

The candidate must provide a medical certificate at its examination center. This certificate is from a practitioner and explains the nature of the disability. If this allows the candidate to present the tests, the practitioner issues recommendations for organizing the session (provision of an assessor by the center, allocation of additional third-time work, adaptation of the sound volume, etc.).

Business French then sends the testing center the material necessary for organizing a tailored session: adapted version, instructions for the center manager, instructions for the supervisor, examiner, assessor.

How can I prepare?

We also provide you with un large choix d’outils pour vous aider à préparer au mieux votre examen :

  • training tutorials
  • examples of tests
  • activities and reports with our partners TV5 Monde and RFI Savoirs
  • online training with Prepmyfuture for the Business DFP

Find all the tools in our Get Prepared page.

How am I evaluated?

Scale and evaluation criteria

The Professional French Diplomas include two series of activities: Understanding and processing information and Interact orally.

Each series of activities gives rise to a score out of 100.

To obtain the Professional French Diploma, you must:
• get au moins 50% des points à chaque série d’activités,
• get an average greater than or equal to 60% points on all activities.

Pour obtenir le Diplôme de français professionnel " with mention ", you have to :
• get an average greater than or equal to 80% points on all activities.

Please note: the scale differs slightly for the French Health Diploma B2/C1. Consult the Guide for Health candidates  To know more.

Evaluation of written production activities (Understanding and processing information)

The four evaluation criteria have the same importance coefficient for calculating the final score.

Evaluation of activities Interact orally

The five evaluation criteria have the same importance coefficient for calculating the final score.

 

Find the details of the weighting activities from the series Understanding and processing information for the Professional French Diploma that interests you in the Candidate Guide which corresponds to it:

 Guide for Business candidates
 Guide for candidates International Relations
 Guide for Tourism-Hospitality-Restaurant candidates
 Guide for Health candidates

How do I get my results?

The time taken to obtain results is between 4 to 6 weeks.

You will receive your Professional French Diploma by email, with a link allowing you to access your digital safe where your diploma is saved.

See an example of a diploma