What is CPF?
The Personal Training Account («Compte Personnel de Formation» – CPF) allows employees or jobseekers to pursue a professional training program autonomously. Candidates accumulate training hours from the beginning of their working life up until their retirement, regardless of career changes or periods of unemployment.
As of January 1st 2015, the Personal Training Account is credited with a certain number of hours at the end of every year. Employees working on a full-time basis are entitled to:
- 24 hours per year during the first 5 years of employment, making a total of 120 hours.
- Then 12 hours per year for 3 years, thus reaching the maximum threshold of 150 hours.
Since January 1st, 2019, the maximum CPF entitlement per year, for an employee working on a full-time basis, is 360€. (The calculation is based on 24 hours at a rate of 15€ per hour).
As of January 1st, 2020:
- All employees working at minimum on a part time basis will be able to accumulate 500 € per year, with a maximum limit of 5000 €.
- This amount increases to 800 € per year for an unqualified employee or for a disabled person working in ESAT (www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F1654), with a maximum limit of 8000 €.
A corporate collective agreement may provide more favourable terms for funding the account.
How to use your Personal Training Account (CPF)
To create your Personal Training Account, go to: www.moncompteactivite.gouv.fr and login in using your social security number. Employees can use their Personal Training Account either outside of working hours or during their working day:
Outside of working hours: employees don’t need to obtain permission from their employer to pursue a training program of their choice.
During working hours: employees must have their employer’s approval for both the dates and the choice of training program.
CPF Training Courses:
These professional training courses enable candidates to :
- obtain a qualification (a diploma, professional credentials etc).
- obtain a specific knowledge base or skill set (languages, etc.).
- be accompanied for the VAE (http://www.vae.gouv.fr/).
- carry out a personal skills assessment.
- set up or take over a business.
As of 2015, the CPF fund can be used for multiple training courses. For instance, an account containing 120 training hours can be divided between 80 hours of Chinese courses and 40 hours of English courses.
As of 2019, the monetary value of the CPF fund can also be divided amongst multiple training courses. For instance, an account containing 1200 € can be divided between 800 € of Chinese lessons and 400 € of English lessons.
Who is eligible for a Personal Training Account (CPF)?
- Private-sector employees
- Contract workers in the entertainment industry
- People who have a professional employability agreement (Following redundancy)
- Civil Servants or contractual public sector employees
- People who are self-employed
The Personal Training Account (CPF) application process
To finance a CPF training program, you must file an application with the specific OPCA (www.cpformation.com/liste-des-opca/) affiliated with your company or with Pôle Emploi (www.pole-emploi.fr/accueil/) if you are a job seeker. It is the OPCA or Pôle Emploi who are responsible for granting the funding for the training.
You can apply online at www.moncompteactivite.gouv.fr. The application must be accompanied by a cost estimate and a specific training plan.
Our Institute can help you to file your application, free of charge, and will accompany you throughout the process in order to ensure your application is approved as quickly as possible.
Who can use The Personal Training Account (CPF)?
Everybody: The Personal Training Account is available to all adults of a working age who are at least 16 years old, regardless of their employment status: private-sector employees, jobseekers, civil servants or self-employed people).
Additional support and services are provided for various groups of working age adults who fall under certain categories: young people under the age of 26 without any educational qualifications, low-skilled employees, employees working under difficult conditions, volunteers and businesses owners.
What is the DIF?
Created in May 2004, the individual right to training (DIF) allowed every employee with at least one year’s service to accumulate training hours.
Your employer (or your former employer) should have sent you a written confirmation, before the 31 January 2015, of the number of DIF hours that you have accrued which remained unused as of the 31 December 2014.
You can find this information either:
- on your pay slip dated December 2014 or January 2015
- a specific declaration sent by your employer
- on your work certificate issued by your former employer
- or by asking your current employer
If you are unable to find this information, contact your (last) employer or Pôle emploi
As of December 31, 2014, are unused DIF hours out of date?
You can use your DIF hours until December 31, 2020, with your personal training account. As with the CPF hours, the DIF hours can be used to access all of the training courses on offer.
Can CPF hours be used as part of individual training leave (CIF)?
The CIF was abolished on 1 January 2019 and was replaced by the Personal Training Account (CPF) – a professional transition managed by the Fongecif network. Contact the Fongecif nearest to your home or place of work, for more information.