Since January 1, 2015, the Personal Training Account (“Compte Personnel de Formation” or CPF) has replaced the Individual Training Right (“Droit Individuel à la Formation” or DIF). Contrary to the DIF, the CPF is available to any employee or unemployed person who is at least 16 years old. Moreover, employees may now access their CPF accounts directly from an Internet portal:www.moncompteformation.gouv.fr.
Employees' Personal Training Accounts will now be credited with 24 hours per year (compared to 20 hours for the DIF) until employees acquire 120 hours. Thereafter, 12 hours will be credited on the account each year, until the accrued rights reach a maximum of 150 hours. The account may also be credited in various other manners. All training hours credited on the Personal Training Account remain with the employee and are now maintained notwithstanding a change of employer or unemployment period.
The unused DIF hours may be used through the CPF until December 31, 2020. As a result, employers are required to inform each employee of his/her balance of DIF hours by January 31, 2015.
In addition, since January 1, employers must organize a meeting, every two years (and also occasionally after certain events, such as maternity leave or leave of absence), with each employee about his/her professional evolution. Failure to do so or failure to provide adequate training measures, the employer may be required to credit an employee's CPF with 100 additional hours.