How Do I Finance My WiSP Training?

WISP is a French vocational training organisation approved by several institutions overseeing continuing education financing.

WiSP team will work with you to submit your application for funding for your WSET® in Wines or WSET® in Spirits qualifications or French Wine Scholar™ certification course from the Wine Scholar Guild.

Your training may be financed by your Personal Training Account (Compte personnel de formation or CPF in French) funded by your employer, by Pôle Emploi if you are a job seeker, or by a Training Insurance Fund (FAF in French) if you are self-employed. It all depends on your status at the time of your application.


Funding through Pôle Emploi.

Are you a job seeker? All of our training programs are registered with Pôle Emploi. You may be eligible for funding after your application has been approved by the referring agency. You have two options: funding through your CPF (when the training program is registered with CPF) or full funding through Pôle Emploi. In the latter case, we invite you to contact your Pôle Emploi counselor who will guide you through the necessary steps.

Funding through your employer.

The Skills Development Plan

Are you an employee? The skills development plan includes all the training activities defined as part of the company's personnel management policy. The employer is fully responsible for developing the skills development plan. An employee may request to attend a training course included in the company's skills development plan. In this case, the response is formulated according to the company's practices or contractual provisions. If the employer agrees, the employee's training leave is considered as normal execution of the employment contract. The cost of training is fully covered by the company. Learn more about the Skills Development Plan on the emploi.gouv website

Regional offer of inter-company training courses (OCAPIAT)

Are you a wine industry employee?
OCAPIAT is the operator of skills (OPCO) for agricultural cooperatives, agriculture, fisheries, and the agri-food industry in the territories. The WSET Level 2 and 3 Wine courses are included in the OCAPIAT training catalogs in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie. The funding is 100% covered, with no advance payment required, for companies with less than 50 employees, without impacting the skills development plan.
Other OPCOs:
There are a total of 11 OPCOs in France and your company may be part of a different OPCO than OCAPIAT. To learn about the support options for your training project or that of your employee, contact your OPCO who will provide you with information on the possible schemes. View the list of OPCOs here.

Financing by the Training Assurance Fund (FAF)

Are you a self-employed worker, non-salaried worker, business owner, or freelancer? The financing of your training depends on the Fund for Training Insurance (FAF) to which you contribute through a contribution collected by URSSAF. This contribution is administered by the state. Four establishments are authorized for any request for support depending on the status of the activity:
  • FIFPL (Interprofessional Training Fund for Liberal Professionals)
  • AGEFICE (Association for Management and Financing of the Training of Business Leaders)
  • FAFCEA (Training Insurance Fund for Business Leaders Exercising an Artisanal Activity)
  • VIVEA (Training Fund for Entrepreneurs in the Living)
Your accountant can tell you which is your collecting organization.

Self-financing with payment facilities.

You can choose to self-fund your training. In this case, WiSP offers payment plans. For any questions, please contact us by phone or email.


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