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Analysis of context

Legal framework in France

NQF and Coherence to match the requirements of the labour market

In France, our global system relies on two pillars:

  • R.O.M.E. : le Répertoire Opérationnel des Métiers et des Emplois (Inventory of Jobs and Positions)

  • R.N.C.P. : le Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnels (National Register of Vocational Certifications) our National Qualification Framework

On one hand, jobs and positions are registered in a specific inventory set up by the National Job Center (Pôle Emploi). This inventory gathers more than 10 000 titles of jobs (and positions) and more than 500 files describing these jobs (ROME). Each document gives a description of jobs and makes it easier for employers and job seekers to compare job offers with applications, and to compare skills requirements.

On the other hand, the National Register of Vocational Certifications guarantees that any qualifications are registered following its level and the professional sector it belongs to (hierarchization of jobs). It is responsible for the registration of qualifications by positioning them within the NQF and controls the positioning of other certifications that are not under its responsibility. The registration is made following a unique format for each qualification. What is important to notice is that social partners and professional organizations have been closely involved to set up the National Register of Vocational Certifications (RNCP).

There is coherence between the two registers (professional standards and qualification standards) and the aim is to match the requirements of the labour market.