Validation of prior Professional Experience

Targets professionals with over three years of experience in the hospitality industry.

It’s much easier to get promoted or negotiate a raise when you have higher education degrees to prove your abilities.
And there are many people working today who, as years have gone by, have acquired a level of skills that far exceeds their initial training or diploma. This is particularly true in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

So that professionals can validate their experience with a degree, Vatel Group has put in place a Validation of prior Professional Experience (VAE in French), and proposes two State-recognized degrees, equaling a Bachelor and a MBA Degree.


► Why should I look into a VAE if I’m working in a hotel or a restaurant?

Professionals working in hotels or restaurants, managers or directors, do not always have a degree that equals their experience. For personal reasons or to climb the corporate ladder, some people may wish to have their skills acquired through work experience validated by a degree.

Ever since the first School was founded, Vatel Group has enjoyed close relationships with hospitality professionals. With many exchanges, the educational staff supports changes in this field, and is able to target its expectations. Vatel courses are thus designed to bring the right answers to the reality of stakes in today’s economic world. In 2008, this effort was recognized when Vatel degrees were certified by the Minister of Education, for levels I and II (Bachelor’s and Master’s) in the French National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP).


► What degrees are issued?

Two State-certified degrees:

  • Bachelor / Manager en Hôtellerie Internationale - a level II degree, corresponding to three years of studies
  • MBA / Directeur d’Hôtellerie Internationale - a level I degree, corresponding to five years of studies.


► What is the process

First stage : Admissibility study of the candidate - Book 1

 You must supply all elements required to study the admissibility of your application (Book 1):

  • A detailed resume in French
  • A letter explaining your professional project after the VAE
  • Other details required in Book 1
  • A 90 euro check*

 * that will be deducted from your VAE tuition fee if you are admitted (Book 1) or cashed if you are not admissible.

Once they have all these elements, the Vatel Lecture Committee will meet to study if your application is admissible. After this meeting you will receive a letter. This letter will confirm or infirm your admissibility; if admitted, you will then receive Book 2 (cf. stage 2 hereinafter).


2nd stage: drawing up your VAE file - Book 2 - and oral defense in front of an examination board

Once your application has been judged as admissible by the Vatel Lecture Committee you can start working on:

  • the Bachelor Degree in International Hotel Management / Manager en Hôtellerie Internationale - a French level II degree, corresponding to three years of post-secondary school studies
  • the MBA in International Hotel Management / Directeur d’Hôtellerie Internationale - a French level I degree, corresponding to five years of post-secondary school studies

by filling out the VAE file (Book 2) accompanied by all required information.

You have the choice between two formulas:

  • without coaching and support: €990.00
  • with coaching and support: €2,900.00

Coaching and support will

  • help you draw up and complete your file
  • give you helpful advice.

 It will also prepare you to defend your file in front of the examination board, which will take place after reception and study of your file.

For additional information, please contact Elodie Veilleux at:

Delphine Selinger
Ph. +33 (0)1 42 26 20 27
Lionel Demoment
Ph. +33 (0)4 78 38 42 93
Elisabeth CRES
Ph. +33 (0)4 66 62 57 03
Carine Sauvey
Ph. +33 (0)5 56 01 01 75
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