The Qualité français langue étrangère certification is the result of a quality assurance approach on the part of three French ministries, namely the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, the Ministry for Culture and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, all of which are members of the Interministerial Certification Committee that awards the certification.
The scope of the certification covers French language training courses, with the exception of teacher and trainer training courses.
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The certification scheme is based on a number of founding texts.
The decree that created the Qualité français langue étrangère certification was published in the Official Journal on 28 December 2007. The following are the main stages that led to its creation and the changes it has since undergone.