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What is the orientation training program for craft activities?

The orientation training program (stage de préparation à l'installation) used to be mandatory for entrepreneurs with a craft activity. They had to fulfill this prerequisite to be registered with the competent Répertoire des métiers.

The PACTE law which partially came into force on May 24, 2019 made the training program optional for future craftsmen. From now on, they can start their activity in France quicker than ever!

However, the orientation training program has not vanished and it is still possible to register on a voluntary basis.

The program is designed such that you can start your craft activity in the best conditions and avoid traps and mistakes. Young entrepreneurs are taught fundamentals of the following subjects: craft sectors; regulatory framework; accountancy; tax & social contributions; management. 

You can register on site at your department's Chambre des métiers. The training lasts 30 hours, over 4 or 5 days. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be issued a certificate, which used to be requested by the French administration to register your business.

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