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Everything you need to know about the CPF

The Personal Training Account (« Compte Personnel de Formation » - CPF) replaces the DIF, which was in effect from 2004 to 2014. The CPF was created for everyone of working age above 16 (or 15 in the case of apprentices); it covers employees and job-seekers.

It builds up in the same way as the DIF, on the basis of 24 hours per year for 5 years then 12 h/year (for full time equivalence) to a maximum credit of 150 hours.

Unlike the DIF application, the applicant (employee or job-seeker) requests the implementation of their CPF not from their employer but via a dedicated website and a paper file. If the training takes place during working hours, the employer must be involved in the application and give their approval (in which case they may ask for a contribution to wage costs). On the other hand, if the training takes place outside working hours, the employee is not obliged to inform their employer.

However, to benefit from financial aid, the training must result in a certified qualification figuring on one of the lists of eligible training courses:

  • Either a national inter-professional list
  • Or a regional list
  • Or a branch list (one for each field of activity)

Anyone can consult the training courses available on this website: www.moncompteformation.gouv.fr by entering their status, their region and their company’s NAF code (for employees). And there are a lot to choose from...

A training project may not use up more than 150 hours for each application and former DIF hours are used up first because they will expire on December 31st 2020.

The CPF request must be submitted via the www.moncompteformation.gouv.fr website. Applicants connect using their social security number then fill in the various sections and enter a password to protect their account. They must also enter their remaining DIF hours, which are shown on the compulsory certificate provided by their employer before January 31st 2015 – this lists the DIF hours remaining at 31.12.2014. N.B. At the first use of the CPF, they will be required to present this certificate to validate the number of hours, so keep it in a safe place!

If the employee has clearly identified their training requirements, they may contact a training organisation directly, to obtain a quote. Otherwise, they may contact Espace Carif Compétences (an official, national service) on the following toll-free number: 0800 600 007.

When you apply to LINGUAPOLIS, what happens?

We shall examine – for you and with you – your project and whatever possibilities are available:

  • The language you wish to learn
  • Your current level
  • Your aims, your needs
  • Your field of activity / your job
  • Your preferred training plan (duration, frequency, type of lessons...)
  • The final certificate you wish to obtain (compulsory for financial aid)
  • Possible finance plans: depending on your field of activity, the scale of financial contributions can be very wide. We therefore check which organisation you come under and its criteria for financial contributions
  • Depending on whether the training takes place during/outside working hours, do you want / can you involve your employer in your project?

Once all these points have been clarified, we draw up a complete quote for you and propose a teaching schedule.

We send you and guide you through the administrative documents that need completing (or we can complete them for you) and we accompany you, step by step, to complete your application on the website.

All that remains is to send everything to the financial organisation that we have identified and then to wait for its approval (within one month, as a rule).

You will receive notification from this organisation, indicating the amount of its contribution (total or partial...). In the event of a partial contribution, you can still decide to finance the difference yourself or renounce this training plan because up to this point, you will not have committed to any costs.

To avoid any unfortunate surprises, we always advise you to wait for the notification from the financial organisation before committing to anything with us. If you obtain no financial contribution – or only a partial contribution – you alone will be responsible for the amounts to which you have committed.

We therefore always wait for the notification before sending you the training contract. This means you know exactly what conditions are applicable to your training!

To find out more :

If you are an employee or a job-seeker:



If you are an employer or self-employed :

Contact your OPCA, the name and details of which are shown on your professional training contributions certificate.