VAE AND DPE

VAE AND ECD

L’obtention d’un diplôme par VAE et DPE fait partie des voies d’obtention de diplômes au même titre que la formation initiale, la formation continue ou l’apprentissage.

100% success rate *

*Reference year: 2021

PrerequisitesSignificant experience in the field of textile technologies.
ObjectivesTotal or partial validation of the textile engineer’s skills based on the nature of the candidate’s knowledge and aptitudes.
AbilityTextile, product design, industrial design, clothing
Skills

1. Generic dimension specific to all engineering titles ::

  • Ability to mobilize the resources of a broad field of basic sciences
  • Knowledge and understanding of a specialized scientific and technical field
  • Mastery of engineering methods and tools: identification, modeling and resolution of problems, even unfamiliar and incompletely defined ones, collection and interpretation of data, use of computer tools, analysis and design of complex systems, experimentation
  • Ability to integrate into an organization, to lead it and to make it evolve: commitment and leadership, project management, mastery
  • Consideration of industrial, economic and professional issues: competitiveness and productivity, innovation, intellectual and industrial property, compliance with quality and safety procedures
  • Ability to work in an international context: mastery of one or more foreign languages, business intelligence, cultural openness, international experience
  • Respect for societal values: knowledge of social relations, environment and sustainable development, ethics

2. Specific dimension of ENSAIT training:

  • Knowledge and mastery of the textile industry: textile technologies, textile fibers and structures and their treatments, as well as innovations in this sector
  • Mastery of chemical, physical and mechanical characterization techniques of textile structure properties
  • Understanding of the relationship between the properties of textiles and their structure at different scales, from the atom to the macro scale
  • Ability to choose materials and processes for the elaboration of a textile product according to specifications and economic and environmental constraints
  • Knowledge of the clothing/fashion/retail and technical textiles sectors, the organization of companies in these sectors and their supply chain, from procurement to distribution
  • Implementation of quality tools and standards in the textile sector
  • Implementation of eco-design and sustainable development issues in the textile sector
Duration12  months
Access timeStart of training on September 1st or January 1st of the current academic year. The application must be submitted 3 months in advance.
Rates

The candidate must register with the ENSAIT schooling service and enclose payment, within 15 days, of the registration fee, which amounts to 2001 euros for the year 2020-2021 and is broken down as follows

  • tuition fees: 601 euros for the year 2020-2021 (these fees are set each year by ministerial circular);
  • in addition, if the VAE candidate wishes to be accompanied: 1400 euros
Methods usedThe accompaniment takes the form of an individualized tutoring, face to face with the teacher tutor. 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 8 hours of face-to-face meetings and remote exchanges that are transcribed in a report at each meeting. The support also includes a reading of the file and preparation for the interview with the jury. Coaching must begin within one month of registration.
Evaluation methods

No later than eleven months after the application is submitted, the candidate is invited to attend the jury authorized to rule on the VAE.

The members of the jury are appointed by the Director of ENSAIT at least fifteen days before the jury meeting, in consideration of their skills, aptitudes and qualifications and with a view to achieving a balanced representation of men and women.

The jury assesses the nature of the candidate’s acquired experience based on the VAE file submitted and the interview.

The objective of the interview is to verify the skills, aptitudes and associated knowledge acquired as well as the coherence of the project. It also allows for additional elements or details to be provided concerning the candidate’s professional career and activities. These achievements are evaluated in relation to the diploma reference framework.

The jury is sovereign and can, after deliberation :

 

  • either fully validate the candidate’s prior learning and decide to award the diploma to him/her, 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 this diploma.
  • or partially validate the candidate’s achievements, if it considers that the candidate’s achievements are partly in line with the expectations of the diploma and allow him/her to partially meet the objectives of the diploma. In this case, the jury specifies, in its deliberations, the missing abilities and determines the knowledge and skills that it declares to have been acquired and, if necessary, the nature of the knowledge and skills that must be subject to additional testing. The jury indicates in the form of a prescription the nature of the knowledge and skills still to be obtained and the way in which the candidate can achieve this prescription to obtain full validation of the diploma. The candidate is nevertheless free to choose the means he/she wishes to use to acquire the missing skills.

In the case of partial validation, the VAE jury makes proposals to the candidate as to the nature and method of acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills (training, internship, evolution of the professional activity, report, etc.), as well as the methods of complementary control. This provision should enable the best possible response to be made to the candidate’s professional situation.

AccessibilityEnsait is located 300m from the Roubaix train station which offers a direct link to Paris. The metro to Lille is 400m away. ENSAIT offers conditions for its students that comply with legal requirements for safety and accessibility, particularly with regard to fire safety, asbestos and accessibility for people with disabilities.

The law of social modernization of January 17, 2002, which created the VAE, authorizes universities and other institutions of higher education to deliver their diplomas or titles by a means other than training or apprenticeship.

The validation of acquired experience is a right that allows any person, regardless of age, level of study, or status, to have their acquired experience (corresponding to the continuous or not, for a cumulative period of at least three years, of salaried, non-salaried or voluntary activities) validated in order to obtain a diploma, a title or a certificate of professional qualification.

Thus, obtaining a diploma by VAE is one of the ways of obtaining diplomas in the same way as initial training, continuing education or apprenticeship.

The candidate must build a file in which he or she proves that he or she has acquired the skills targeted by the diploma, by highlighting his or her professional experience, the training he or she has taken and his or her personal achievements. The validation jury makes its decision based on the file and after an interview with the candidate.

The jury may or may not award the entire diploma. It decides on the extent of the validation and, in the case of partial validation, on the nature of the knowledge and skills to be tested and/or additional training.

Paid, unsalaried or voluntary activities are taken into account. The knowledge acquired must be justified in whole or in part by the knowledge and skills required to obtain the diploma applied for. The validation jury includes a majority of teacher-researchers as well as people whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the knowledge and skills – particularly professional – for which validation is requested.

Procedure with accompaniments

Step 1 : Application

File to be printed and returned to us completed : click here

Step 2: Submission and admissibility of the administrative file

After filling out the application file, which highlights all the skills acquired through the candidate's professional career that correspond to the ENSAIT engineering diploma's skills reference framework, the candidate sends the file by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or drops it off at the studies secretariat upon presentation of a proof of deposit.

The VAE Commission, composed of the VAE coordinator and the competition coordinator, decides whether or not the application is administratively admissible 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: Interview

If the file is administratively admissible, the candidate will be called for an interview with the VAE manager so that the latter can judge his/her motivation and determination. During this interview, the candidate may be asked to perform some simulations. At the end of the interview, if the decision is unfavorable, a letter explaining the reasons for the refusal will be sent to the candidate.

In the case of a favorable decision, the candidate will be notified of the authorization to continue the VAE procedure. He/she must then :

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

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

 

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

Step 4 : Accompaniment

Cf. accompaniment charter

Accompaniment is above all a voluntary step on the part of the candidate. It constitutes a methodological support for the analysis of the experience for the construction of the VAE file with reference to the diploma in question. It consists of individualized methodological assistance that allows the candidate to analyze his or her activities and translate them into terms of skills, abilities, and knowledge, with respect to the targeted reference framework. There is no obligation of results. The elaboration 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 8 hours of face-to-face meetings and remote exchanges. The support also includes a reading of the file and preparation for the interview with the jury. Support must begin in the month following registration. To carry out this support, a tutor is appointed by the VAE Commission whose main missions will be:

  • Analyze the candidate's professional experience in order to determine the competencies acquired with regard to the ENSAIT engineering diploma's competency framework;
  • Improving the writing of the candidate's file;
  • Discussion with the candidate on the determination of the subject of the candidate's real or reconstructed professional situation, which will be the subject of a written report of at least sixty pages and a presentation to the Jury;
  • The possible recommendation for additional training in order to reinforce or complete the candidate's skills according to the skills reference framework;
  • Information about the interview with the jury;
  • Support is provided on the ENSAIT premises.

Step 5: Writing the presentation file

The candidate proposes one (or more) subject(s) of real or reconstructed professional situations that he/she will present to the jury in the form of a written report of at least sixty pages. This subject is subject to prior validation by the VAE supervisor.

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

Indeed, 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 assessment of experience by translating skills into knowledge, know-how and aptitudes. It allows for an assessment of the candidate's personal and professional itinerary, skills and know-how acquired, previous education and training and personal work.

The candidate must endeavor to highlight all of the elements listed above in a clear and comprehensible manner. The jury's assessment will also depend on the quality of the presentation.

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

No later than eleven months after the application is submitted, the candidate is invited to attend the jury authorized to rule on the VAE.

The members of the jury are appointed by the Director of ENSAIT at least fifteen days before the jury meeting, in consideration of their skills, aptitudes and qualifications and with a view to achieving a balanced representation of men and women.

The jury must include a majority of teacher-researchers as well as people whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the experience, particularly professional experience, whose validation is requested. If there are not enough teacher-researchers to be members of the jury, the jury may also include teachers.

When persons belonging to the company or organization where the candidate has worked are members of the jury, they may not take part in the deliberations concerning this candidate.

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

  • A presentation, with reference to the ENSAIT engineering degree, of the knowledge, skills and aptitudes acquired through experience. It includes documents showing this experience and the duration of the various activities in which the candidate has acquired it, as well as, if applicable, certificates corresponding to training courses taken and diplomas obtained previously.
  • The report on the candidate's real or reconstructed work situation.

Following the presentation of the subject of the real or reconstructed work situation, the jury interviews the candidate on the basis of the file presented.

The jury assesses the nature of the candidate's acquired experience based on the VAE file submitted and the interview.

The objective of the interview is to verify the skills, aptitudes and associated knowledge acquired as well as the coherence of the project. It also allows for additional elements or details to be provided concerning the candidate's professional career and activities. These achievements are evaluated in relation to the diploma reference framework.

The jury is sovereign and can, after deliberation :

  • either fully validate the candidate's prior learning and decide to award the diploma to him/her, if it considers that the candidate's prior learning is in line with the diploma's expectations and enables him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma.
  • or partially validate the candidate's achievements, if it considers that the candidate's achievements are partly in line with the expectations of the diploma and allow him/her to partially meet the objectives of the diploma. In this case, the jury specifies, in its deliberations, the missing abilities and determines the knowledge and skills that it declares to have been acquired and, if necessary, the nature of the knowledge and skills that must be subject to additional testing. The jury indicates in the form of a prescription the nature of the knowledge and skills still to be obtained and the way in which the candidate can achieve this prescription to obtain full validation of the diploma. The candidate is nevertheless free to choose the means he/she wishes to use to acquire the missing skills.

In the case of partial validation, the VAE jury makes proposals to the candidate as to the nature and method of acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills (training, internship, evolution of the professional activity, report, etc.), as well as the methods of complementary control. This provision must enable the best possible response to be made to the candidate's professional situation.

The follow-up of the candidate during the complementary acquisition phase, whatever the mode of acquisition chosen, is done by a member of the jury who has been designated for this follow-up at the time of the jury meeting. A deadline is set and communicated to the candidate. Partial validation of a diploma is acquired definitively.

 

or refuse to grant all or part of the diploma requested, giving reasons, if it considers that the candidate's achievements do not enable him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma. The procedure stops. Partial validation of a diploma is definitive.

In all cases, the president of the jury sends a report to the director of ENSAIT specifying the extent of the validation granted and, if necessary, the nature of the knowledge and skills that must be subject to additional testing.

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

Unaccompanied procedure

Step 1 : Application

File to be printed and returned to us completed : click here

Step 2: Submission and admissibility of the administrative file

After filling out the application file, which highlights all the skills acquired through the candidate's professional career that correspond to the ENSAIT engineering diploma's skills reference framework, the candidate sends the file by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt or drops it off at the studies secretariat upon presentation of a proof of deposit.

The VAE Commission, composed of the VAE coordinator and the competition coordinator, decides whether or not the application is administratively admissible 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: Interview

If the file is administratively admissible, the candidate will be called for an interview with the VAE manager so that the latter can judge his/her motivation and determination. During this interview, the candidate may be asked to perform some simulations. At the end of the interview, if the decision is unfavorable, a letter explaining the reasons for the refusal will be sent to the candidate.

In the case of a favorable decision, the candidate will be notified of the authorization to continue the VAE procedure. He/she must then :

return the stub attached to the notification specifying his/her choice for an unaccompanied VAE;

register with the ENSAIT schooling service and enclose payment, within 15 days, of the registration fee of 601 euros for the year 2020-2021 (this amount corresponds to the tuition fees for an engineering program and is set each year by ministerial circular).

The administrative registration is only valid for 12 months. After this period, the candidate must renew his or her administrative registration request by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt and pay the tuition fees.

Registration for the VAE is mandatory in September of the academic year.

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

Step 4: Writing the presentation file

The candidate proposes one (or more) subject(s) of real or reconstructed professional situations that he/she will present to the jury in the form of a written report of at least sixty pages. This subject is subject to prior validation by the VAE supervisor.

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

Indeed, 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 assessment of experience by translating skills into knowledge, know-how and aptitudes. It allows for an assessment of the candidate's personal and professional itinerary, skills and know-how acquired, previous education and training and personal work.

The candidate must endeavor to highlight all of the elements listed above in a clear and comprehensible manner. The jury's assessment will also depend on the quality of the presentation.

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

No later than eleven months after the application is submitted, the candidate is invited to attend a jury meeting authorized to rule on the VAE.

The members of the jury are appointed by the director of ENSAIT at least fifteen days before the jury meeting, in consideration of their skills, aptitudes and qualifications and with a view to achieving a balanced representation of men and women.

The jury must include a majority of teacher-researchers as well as people whose main activity is not teaching and who are competent to assess the nature of the experience, particularly professional experience, for which validation is requested. If there are not enough teacher-researchers to be members of the jury, the jury may also include teachers.

When persons belonging to the company or organization where the candidate has worked are members of the jury, they may not take part in the deliberations concerning this candidate.

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

  • A presentation, with reference to the ENSAIT engineering degree, of the knowledge, skills and aptitudes acquired through experience. It includes documents showing this experience and the duration of the various activities in which the candidate has acquired it, as well as, if applicable, certificates corresponding to training courses taken and diplomas obtained previously.
  • The report on the candidate's real or reconstructed work situation.

Following the presentation of the subject of the real or reconstructed work situation, the jury interviews the candidate on the basis of the file presented.

The objective of the interview is to verify the competencies, skills and associated knowledge acquired as well as the coherence of the project. It also allows for additional elements or details to be provided concerning the candidate's professional career and activities. These achievements are assessed in relation to the diploma reference framework.

The jury is sovereign and may, after deliberation

  • either fully validate the candidate's prior learning and decide to award him/her 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 this diploma.
  • or partially validate the candidate's achievements, if it considers that the candidate's achievements are partly in line with the expectations of the diploma and allow him/her to partially meet the objectives of the diploma. In this case, the jury specifies, in its deliberations, the missing abilities and determines the knowledge and skills that it declares to have been acquired and, if necessary, the nature of the knowledge and skills that must be subject to additional testing. The jury indicates in the form of a prescription the nature of the knowledge and skills still to be obtained and the way in which the candidate can achieve this prescription to obtain full validation of the diploma. The candidate is nevertheless free to choose the means he/she wishes to use to acquire the missing skills.

In the case of partial validation, the VAE jury makes proposals to the candidate as to the nature and method of acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills (training, internship, evolution of the professional activity, report, etc.), as well as the methods of complementary control. This provision should enable the best possible response to be made to the candidate's professional situation.

The follow-up of the candidate during the complementary acquisition phase, whatever the chosen method of acquisition, is done by a member of the jury who has been designated for this follow-up during the jury meeting. A deadline is set and communicated to the candidate. Partial validation of a diploma is acquired definitively.

  • or refuse to grant all or part of the diploma requested, giving reasons, if it considers that the candidate's achievements do not enable him/her to meet the objectives of the diploma. The procedure stops. Partial validation of a diploma is definitive.

In all cases, the president of the jury sends a report to the director of ENSAIT specifying the extent of the validation granted and, if necessary, the nature of the knowledge and skills that must be subject to additional testing.

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

Inventory of all the skills required to obtain the title of ENSAIT textile engineer.

The examination leading to the award of the title of state-qualified engineer (D.P.E.) allows working engineers to obtain a title of state-qualified engineer by validation of their experience and professional achievements.

Validation is based on an interview and, if successful, a thesis defense. These tests verify that the candidate has the skills specific to the engineer, either transversal or related to the speciality applied for, and a high level of scientific and technical culture.

It leads to the delivery of an engineering title, delivered by the State in one of the 24 existing specialties, unlike the other engineering titles which bear the mention of the school which has sanctioned an engineering training. The list of specialties is set by the decree of August 19, 2005.

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

 Registration for the DPE

Any candidate with at least five years of professional experience in functions commonly entrusted to engineers may register for the DPE: 

  • on the website of the Ministry of National Education, under the heading of administrative forms,
  • on request at ENSAIT for candidates who wish to take the exam in the Textile Materials specialty

Contact

Laura Doutreligne,
VAE Referent

+33 3.20.25.75.86