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Factsheet for measure LU-2010-3/2493 – measures in Luxembourg

Accreditation of prior and experiential learning

Validation des acquis de l'expérience (VAE)

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 11 January 2010
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 14 November 2022)

Background information

The validation of prior learning was established by the Grand-Ducal Regulation of 11 January 2010 on the organisation of the validation of prior learning for the award of diplomas, degrees and certificates provided for in Chapter V of the law of 19 December 2008 on the reform of vocational training.

By regulation of 15 December 2017, the texts subsequently specified that the request has to be valid and directly linked to the profession. All employees or volunteers who have worked for more than three years with a total of 5,000 hours.

Content of measure

In order to apply for a VAE in Luxembourg, employees must have worked in their profession for at least three years. Their work should relate to the qualification for which they applied. Each application is considered by a validation committee which is composed of two representatives of trade unions, two representatives of employer organisations and two representatives of the educational system. This committee analyses the candidate's description of past and present activities against the requirements of the qualification. After this, an interview is conducted with the applicant or, alternatively, a check is carried out while working. Higher education degrees can be recognised by the University of Luxembourg.

Three types can be requested, depending on the certificate, qualification or diploma sought:

  • Accreditation of prior experiential learning for the secondary technical education diplomas or the master craftsman's certificate which can requested from the Ministry of Education
  • Accreditation of prior experiential learning for a higher education diploma (Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, PhD) which can be requested from the University of Luxembourg
  • Accreditation of prior experiential learning for diplomas for evening classes which can be be requested from the Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Center

The VAE is funded by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, the Chambers of Employees, and of Commerce, the University of Luxembourg (for higher education degrees), the Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Center (for evening courses).

Use of measure

According to the activity report of Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth, 376 applications were submitted in 2021, of which 310 were declared admissible. The 66 applications were declared inadmissible for various reasons (error in the diploma requested, application incomplete applications, etc.). In total, 179 people whose applications were declared admissible (1st file), and who wished to who wished to benefit from support, received the contact details of a support person for the to prepare their application for substantive validation (2nd file).

Concerning the evaluation of applications for substantive validation, 172 files were presented to the various evaluation commissions, which issued 40 total validations, 50 files are at the stage of partial validation in 2021, 82 persons received a refusal, all diplomas, certificates and diplomas, certificates and diplomas combined.

This measure has a positive impact on career developments and enables employees to get accreditation for study modules they already know because of their work experience. It can be used as a springboard to a higher degree and some of the degrees can be flexibly conducted.

Weaknesses are difficult to be identified, as no scientific evaluation has yet been done. According to a press article published in May 2016 in the daily, there is a lack of voluntary accompanying people to support applicants (L'Essentiel,

The Ministry of Education identifies costs as a barrier to accompany applicants. The newspaper d'Lëtzeburger Land also points to the fact that the scheme and its formalities are too complex for low qualified people (änger-besser%E2%80%A9/). Another article published in the newspaper Lequotidien (in 2017 on the procedure at the level of the University underlines that it is a difficult task to continue studies in the context of the VAE when working full-time

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Employers' organisations
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No involvement

Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), Accreditation of prior and experiential learning, measure LU-2010-3/2493 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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