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When I registered they accepted the nptc/city and guilds quals at the chamber du commerce and also axa said it was ok as proof of competence my insurances.

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Fresh back from Morocco just to answer your question.


France does NOT recognise NPTC qualifications as they do not line up with the very exacting French 'Certificate of Specialisation'


This does not put you out of the job market though.


If you want to get a job in France with your NPTC qualifications then they will either be accepted at face value by an eager employer OR refused as agencies are likely to do unless you get a translation.

A translation costs around 35euros per page from a 'translator'

These can be found in most cities.


I found work with an agency and independantly as a climber for a landscape company without any fuss over translations or questioning of the validity of qualifications.

Even without NPTC certs being officially recognised you can still be self employed in tree work, you can run your own company and employ people. What you cannot do is be master to an apprentice studying for French tree work qualifications.


In fact, many people in the arborist side of tree work here don't have any qualifications in the trade from either country as they are not required for 'self employed' tree surgeons but ARE required if you are an employed person.


Interestingly enough, to be a self employed 'bucheron' forestry worker DOES require you to be able to justify your qualifications.




So does this mean it's best to re qualify French style or just wing it and see??!

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