Where is it?
What is it?
Since nursing assistant diplomas from outside the European Union are not recognized in France, you must obtain a French diploma to become a nursing assistant.
The training lasts one year and allows you to obtain a state nursing assistant diploma. The training takes place in a Caregiver Training Institute ( IFAS ). The selection (excluding Parcoursup) takes place in two stages: examination of the file then interview.
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To be a caregiver in France, you must have at least a B2 level of French .
How to do it?
You must submit your training application directly to the training institute(s) of your choice (IFAS). You will find by clicking here the different IFAS in France and by clicking here the documents to be provided with your application (including in particular a B2 level certificate in French).
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The deadline for sending your file depends on each IFAS. For a return to school in September, this date is set between June 10 and June 30 of the same year.
The purpose of the interview is to assess:
- your human and relational qualities ,
- your motivation to follow the training
- and your professional project .
You will be notified in writing of your results.
If you have a positive response, you have 7 working days to validate your registration with IFAS. Be careful to respect this deadline! Otherwise, your place will be given to an other candidate.
There are 1,540 hours of theoretical and clinical teaching divided between the training institute and the interships in a professional settings.
There are several scholarships and grants to finance your studies:
- Scholarships can be requested from the local Mission if you are under 25 years old.
- If you have already worked, you can get help from Pôle Emploi.
- The Region can also fund a monthly grant for paramedical professions.
- If you live in Ile-de-France, you can find all the help available here .
What happens next?
After obtaining your caregiver diploma, several possibilities are available to you.
The majority of caregivers work as employees and more than 70% work in clinics or hospitals. The others are recruited from nursing homes, institutions for the elderly or army health services.
> To read also: the Réfugiés.info sheet "Becoming a nurse in France"
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