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Validation of Acquired Experience

École Supérieure Internationale de Savignac offers you access to its professional certifications thanks to the Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE). This recognition of your experience, knowledge and skills can be a new springboard for your professional career.

Doing a VAE in hotels, tourism and catering: conditions and advantages

The Validation of Acquired Experience is a system that allows professionals to convert field experience into a diploma, without going back to school. There are many advantages in our sector, where the diploma is reassuring, and where the name of a prestigious school such as Savignac can open many doors. For young people who started in the hotel business right out of school, this is an opportunity to validate several years of practical learning through a diploma. For professionals who have chosen a retraining in the hotel industry, it is a way to finalize and formalize the skills acquired professionally.

To benefit from a VAE, it is necessary to have at least 3 years of experience in the hotel, tourism and catering sector, at a position equivalent to the diploma in question (Bachelor or MBA).

VAE in hotels, tourism and catering, a real career springboard

Carrying out a VAE at Ecole de Savignac allows you to obtain the Bachelor (Bac +3 level equivalent to a License), with the title “Service Manager in hotels, tourism and catering”, or the MBA (Bac level +5 equivalent to a Master’s degree) with the title “Service manager in hotels, tourism and restaurants”.

Real springboards, these VAE allow you to validate your skills in front of a jury. The admitted candidates proudly obtain a diploma, the prestige of Ecole de Savignac and a strong confidence in the quality of their professional experience.

The Bachelor (bac + 3 level License) allows you to quickly access responsible positions such as: assistant manager, Food and Beverage manager, seminar and banquet coordinator, accommodation assistant, junior cost controller, assistant housekeeper, then quickly head receptionist, head of brigade, etc.

The MBA (Bac + 5 Master level) allows you to access management functions with high responsibilities such as revenue manager, executive assistant, operations manager, event manager, F&B manager, guest relations manager, banqueting director or even roles in transversal functions within large hotel groups.

The BA and MBA degrees at École de Savignac

École de Savignac offers you the possibility of validating, through your professional experience, two different professional qualifications, corresponding to our two training courses:

  • The RNCP title “Hotel, Tourism and Catering Service Manager”, level 6, equivalent to Bac +3 or 4 (International Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management).
    On validation you can be awarded 180 ECTS credits.
  • The RNCP title “Manager of Hospitality and Tourism Businesses”, level 7, equivalent to Bac +5 (International MBA in Hospitality Management).
    On validation you can be awarded 120 ECTS credits.

A simple 4-step process

01. APPLICATION TO SEE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE

  • Discussions on the applicant’s career plans and what the qualification applied for covers
  • Applicant is sent the application forms
  • Application is returned and assessed
  • If the application is successful for the VAE, an interview takes place to decide  whether to proceed

02. PREPARING THE APPLICATION

The purpose of this application is to demonstrate that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to qualify for the title for which you are applying.

  • Application is sent
  • The preparation of the application can be done with or without assistance.  However, the latter is highly recommended because it significantly increases your chances of success
  • Once your application has been submitted, it is sent to the selection panel for a preliminary assessment

03. PRESENTING THE APPLICATION TO THE SELECTION PANEL

  • After approval by the selection panel, École Internationale Supérieure de Savignac sends you an invitation to an interview with the selection panel (which is made up of tutors from École de Savignac as well as professionals)
  • The panel interviews you, deliberates and makes its decision

04. THE DECISION OF THE PANEL

  • The title “Hotel, Tourism and Catering Service Manager” or “Manager of Hospitality and Tourism Businesses” may be attributed to you in whole, in part or refused
  • In the case of partial validation, you have 5 years to validate the missing skills through continuing education or work experience

Conditions of application

To apply, you must have 1 year of professional experience in the hotel, restaurant or tourism sector in managerial positions aimed by the certification.

You can only submit one file for the same certification per year, and no more than 3 files per year, all certifications included.

VAE: Costs and financing

The costs are linked to the following:

  • Application (eligibility for the VAE): 100€
  • Optional assistance (preparing the application): 24h package, 2400 €
  • Administrative processing of the file, from the examination of the file to the convening of the jury: 1 000 €

The VAE is part of continuing vocational training. It can therefore be the subject of financial aid within the framework of legal training programmes. Please refer to the brochure for more information.

Ecole de Savignac is disabled-friendly. This means that its buildings, like its training courses, are accessible to people with disabilities. From the application phase, we encourage applicants to declare their disability to our referent:
Gladys Croisy – g.croisy@ecole-de-savignac.com

For general information on the VAE framework and funding, see:

Assistance for the VAE

You can benefit from methodological support in your approach to describing, analysing and promoting your experience. This is an optional and paid service, provided by École Internationale Supérieure de Savignac.
The assistance (methodological support) is of a fixed duration of 24 hours and takes the form of personalised interviews.

For more information, please contact École de Savignac.

Number of receivables carried out in 2019 and 2020

> For the title of “Service Manager in Hotels, Tourism and Catering”:
2019: 1
2020: 1

> For the title of: “Manager of Hotel, Tourism and Catering companies”:
2019: 2
2020: 3

Success rate 2019-2020

> For the title of “Service Manager in Hotels, Tourism and Catering”:
In 2019, 100% of candidates obtained partial validation, transformed into full validation in 2020.

> For the title of “Manager of Hotel, Tourism and Catering companies”:
In 2019, 100% of candidates obtained partial validation.
In 2020:
25% of these candidates obtained full validation,
25% of these candidates again obtained partial validation
50% have not yet resubmitted their case.

Support rate 2019-2020

> For the title of “Service Manager in Hotels, Tourism and Catering”:
In 2019 and 2020, 100% of these candidates chose support.

> For the title of “Manager of Hotel, Tourism and Catering companies”:
In 2019, 75% of candidates chose support.
In 2020, 75% of applicants chose support.

Satisfaction rate 2019-2020

100% of the candidates who obtained the title in 2019 and 2020 are very satisfied with the information obtained and the progress of the support.
In general, the VAE service is evaluated at 4/4.

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1 Place des Ecoles
24420 Savignac-les-Eglises

Tel. +33 (0)5 53 05 08 11

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École Supérieure Internationale de Savignac is a higher education establishment belonging to and managed by the Dordogne Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It trains managers in the hotel, catering, events, leisure and tourism sectors. This unique School, where everyone is part of a family, trains around 400 students every year over 2 training cycles ranging from Bac to Bac +5 (BA and MBA).

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