Before signing up to one of our accredited diplomas, most (if not all) of our students ask us:
A bachelor’s-level/master’s-level diploma in 12 months? How is it possible? How is it recognized?
That’s probably one of the most common questions we get asked and that’s completely normal! Our students are worried about their future and want to make sure that the education they are paying for is real, trustworthy and accredited. So we thought it was time for us to answer some of the most common questions we’ve been asked. Here goes:
How is it possible to earn an accredited bachelor-level diploma in 12 months (on average) when it normally takes 3-4 years at a normal university?
Think about it this way: our diploma is full-time which means that you would need to dedicate at least 15-35 hours a week to work on the courses, complete the projects and earn your bachelor-level diploma in 12 months (by the way, don’t you worry, there’s no time limit and the diploma is entirely self-paced so that you can finish it in more or less time depending on your schedule). In college, you’ll usually study 10-20 hours a week depending on the course and focus greatly on theory.
At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven and personalized through dedicated mentoring. As a result, you will only be focusing on the practical aspect of the diploma and get personal support as opposed to being part of a bigger classroom. All these reasons explain why it would take you less time to complete the diploma.
How are your diplomas recognized? By whom?
OpenClassrooms is a certified and accredited distance learning education institution in France. We offer our own diplomas as well as those of other prestigious academic partners. All our diplomas are state-recognized. Thanks to the Bologna Process, harmonizing higher education in Europe, our diplomas are officially recognized as official European diploma and by more than 50 states in total.
You can find more information here at the National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP).
Our Web Developer diploma is at level 6 on the EQF. Our Product Management diploma is at level 7 on the EQF
Once I get my diploma, will employers accept it?
Most job postings for developers list a diploma/degree as a preferred item, if not a requirement. A diploma shows employers that you have the skills they’re looking for: more than one-third of professional developers have at least a bachelor-level diploma according to a report from Stack Overflow.
The OpenClassrooms diploma combine this recognition with another proof of competency, particularly liked by recruiters, such as real-world work portfolios. This is why our approach is project-driven with hands-on cases to complete, which you can present in to future recruiters.
If you would like to talk to an advisor to ask further questions, please book a call here