The acquisition of PAS is just one of the conditions the candidate must meet (except under exceptional circumstances) in order to receive national and European assistance for farming establishments. PAS are acquired in the case that the candidate fulfils the diploma conditions and has written a Personal Professionalization Plan (PPP).
The required training level
Currently the diploma required to benefit from assistance from the State and the European Union for agricultural facilities is a level IV agricultural diploma or qualification, e.g. the professional baccalaureate with the “farm management and operation” option, or the agricultural technical certificate (BTA). The Decree of 6 April 2009 (amended on 25 January 2012) sets out the list of diplomas and qualifications required for the award of professional agricultural skills. Candidates must be in possession of a diploma as of the date their PPP is validated, not the date of installation.
Progressive acquisition of PAS
The candidate may be awarded an additional period of time in order to acquire the required diploma level. The following conditions must be met.
• When applying for aid, any of the following:
- You must hold a Professional agricultural studies certificate (Bepa), the Professional agricultural certificate (BPA) or an equivalent diploma, qualification or certificate.
- You must have achieved an average grade of at least 8/20 in BTA, BTSA, Series D or technical Baccalaureate in the "agricultural and environmental science and technology series" (STAE), a CGEA Professional baccalaureate, in horticultural or farm equipment work.
- Or you must hold a level IV non-agricultural diploma (equivalent to baccalaureate) or a recognised diploma under exceptional circumstances as a participant of the CPA.
• You must undertake to take training within a period of three years from the date of installation, with a view to acquiring the CGEA or BPREA professional baccalaureate or a diploma appearing on the list of the Decree of 6 April 2009;
• Your Personal Professionalization Plan (PPP) has been approved by the Prefect and must include the training and professionalization actions undertaken in order to acquire the diploma. The candidate must have completed the obligatory group internship for a minimum of 21 hours.
• Justify the need for installation, either for a reason of force majeure or for personal reasons (specify in a covering letter). Aid payment methods are slightly different when PAS are acquired on a progressive basis.