Accreditations and certifications

There are so many business schools today, it is useful to have some insight in order to make the most well-informed decision. Hence, an explanation of the School’s accreditations, visas and hallmarks is set forth below.

Group ESC Clermont is a state-recognised School since its creation in 1919.

The Ministry of Education recognises some private institutions when it considers that they are assisting the public education service. Group ESC Clermont, consular establishment when it was founded in 1919, instantly obtained state recognition, for an indefinite period.
This recognition certifies the legitimacy and reliability of our business school as an establishment of higher education.
The recognition involves the entire School, all programmes confounded. It is an essential prerequisite for requesting visas.

The Bachelor programme and Programme Grande Ecole (Graduate Management Programme) at ESC Clermont are respectively certified Bac+3 and Bac+5 (+3 and +5 years post- Baccalaureate) and registered in the RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles [National Directory of Professional Certification]) as level II and I.

A visa is granted to a specific higher education programme and not to all the School’s programmes. An application must be submitted for each programme. It is issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, following consultation with the CEFDG (Commission d’évaluation des formations et des diplômes de gestion [National Commission for the Evaluation of Training and Qualifications in Management]). The visa certifies both the validity of the degree and its level. The Ministry of Higher Education is extremely vigilant when attributing visas.
The application requesting a visa gives a comprehensive overview of the organisation of the establishment, its social policy, its teaching faculty, its research activity, its international perspective, professional integration of its graduates

Important: only the visa issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research authorises an establishment to grant a degree.
If you are studying on a certified programme, you are entitled to a Crous (Centre régional des œuvres universitaires et scolaires [a regional organisation providing student grants, university halls of residence, reception services for foreign students, student’s cultural activities, and student restaurants]) grant and to a room in a Crous halls of residence.

A degree certified as bac+3 (or bac+4) allows you to pursue a university master course, or a master-level programme in a business school.
A certified higher education programme is, in its own right, registered in the RNCP. The reverse is not true.
The list of certified degrees can be consulted on the CEFDG website..

The RNCP title recognises the relevance between a higher education programme and the job market, from, among other things, skills acquired through the programme. It therefore links the programme to a profession or a family of professions.

ESC Clermont’s Grand Ecole Programme has the rank of master

The rank of master is issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, following consultation with the CEFDG (Commission d’évaluation des formations et des diplômes de gestion [National Commission for the Evaluation of Training and Qualifications in Management]).

The rank of master is a label of rigour, which only relates to bac+5 degree programmes.
The establishments are assessed on the same criteria as the visa, but the level of requirement is higher in terms of research, the courses offered by tenured professors, and exposure to international exchanges. It is synonymous with a high level of professional and academic expertise.
Finally, given the master level is internationally recognised, it is supposed to facilitate continuing education and international job applications. Be aware that the rank of master is not automatically attributed to a bac+5 course, even if it issues a degree certified by the Ministry of Education.
The rank of master ensures European and international-level exposure.
Only around forty business schools in France issue a master-level bac+5 degree. The list can be consulted on the CEFDG website..

Group ESC Clermont is AACSB accredited

The AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is an American accreditation that includes 761 accredited institutions in 52 countries. The AACSB accreditation assesses the quality of a business school. The accreditation is granted for 5 years, following several reports and audits carried out at the school by a peer review team and it relates to all the programmes offered by the school. The main criteria are the faculty’s academic standards (60% of professors must be teachers-researchers), the scale of resources deployed and the relevance of the pedagogical approach.
The AACSB accreditation is a symbol of excellence in France, as only 23 of France’s prestigious graduate management schools hold AACSB accreditation. It guarantees excellent teaching, proper student guidance and a distinguished faculty.
It is important to note that many schools are members of the AACSB association without actually being accredited.

Group ESC Clermont is a membre de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles(non-profit association of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities).

The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) is an association (by decree of 1901) of engineering schools, management schools and higher education institutions offering other specialities, all recognised by the State, issuing a post-baccalaureate master degree of at least five years in length as well as, in certain cases, a national diploma.

The CGE, accredits its members’ educational programmes (Specialised Masters ®, MSc, BADGE), and uses its quality label as a guarantee that these programmes meet the expectations of the labour market, and to promote the development and influence of all forms of higher education and research institutions both in France and abroad with a view towards excellence, in partnership with the public authorities, economic players and civil society.

Group ESC Clermont is a member of the AGERA

The Alliance des Grandes Écoles Rhône-Alpes Auvergne (Alliance of prestigious French graduate management schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) brings together 40 graduate management schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region or approximately 33,000 students (12% of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes student population).

The AGERA is one of the most important alliances of business schools in France. Its responsibilities are two-fold:

  • Represent all business schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region when liaising with the community, public authorities and regional, national and international bodies.
  • Propose to its members, topics for debate, knowledge sharing, partnerships and pooling of resources.

The diversity of represented courses: engineering, management, architecture, drama, political science…, is a great asset, as there are numerous requirements for knowledge sharing from one family of schools to another, and also for the establishment of partnerships.

Group ESC Clermont is a founding member of the EMBS consortium

The EMBS Net consortium (European Management & Business Sciences Network) today numbers 12 European higher education establishments (Universities and Business Schools). Group ESC Clermont presided this network from 1998 to 2014 and since September 2014 it is responsible for its legal counsel and treasury operations.

Group ESC Clermont is an active member of the NIBES network

The NIBES (Network of International Business and Economic Schools) numbers 20 institutions spanning 5 continents including Group ESC Clermont, which was responsible for its legal counsel until 2013.

Group ESC Clermont is member of EFMD

EFMD is one of the key business schools networks in the world and being part of the network brings many opportunities for faculty & student exchanges, knowledge sharing and collaboration.