CNAM, the National Institute for Crafts & Trades is the French reference for providing professional training to adults, awarding 450 different degrees and certificates from high school diplomas to PhDs. As over half our teachers come from the worlds of business and industry, our students benefit from both academic and professional knowledge and know-how. The CNAM engineering school
(EICnam) is present in 29 regions throughout metropolitan and overseas France and in a number of countries abroad ranging from China to Lebanon. The school graduates 1,000 engineers a year in majors as varied as chemistry, mechanics, computer science, and nuclear power.



Training in the nuclear field has been available at CNAM since 1948; it includes two options: nuclear reactor technology and radiation protection. Four different diplomas are delivered: a CNAM certificate and three universally recognized degrees: a Bachelor’s degree, an advanced technician degree, and a Master’s of Engineering. The training courses were developed in close collaboration with professionals to ensure they provide the required skills.
Professional experience is totally integrated in the programs as credits are awarded for it.

Training for professionals
Each student can learn at his own pace and construct an individual tailor-made training program by validating complementary units in chemistry, materials technology, metrology, occupational health, etc. All nuclear theoretical units are available in e-learning mode to fit in with the busy schedule of professionals. CNAM has developed an internet platform—Plei@d—translated into a number of languages such as English, Arabic, Spanish, etc. The Plei@d platform offers many services such as chat, video-conference, mail, and an open forum. We have used this website for nuclear training to both teach theory and make exercises available to students. They can download videos of their classes, handouts, and every three or four lessons an MCQ is proposed to help students make sure they have understood the theory. A brief overview of all lessons is also given. Once a month, a meeting with all students is held. It can be attended either in person or online, in real time, or delayed. The final written test is always held in one of CNAM’s centers in France. The only training course which is not in e-learning is the practical one. It is held either on Saturdays, or on occasional days over a longer period, or concentrated into a single week.

Training engineers through apprenticeship
For over 20 years, CNAM has trained engineers through apprenticeship. Excellent courses combining theoretical knowledge and operational know-how are put together and taught by tenured professors and professionals from the nuclear sector enabling apprentices to acquire the necessary skills to exercise the main professions in the nuclear sector.

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foundation date



students a year in France






teaching centers in France and 41 outside France



people trained a year across 51 countries



patents active in 2013