Understanding the French education system

RNCP : Registre National des Certifications Professionnelles
or National Registry of Professional Certifications

RNCP Certifications validate practical skills. Students spend a major part of their week at work to apply the theoritical part learned in classroom.

A RNCP Level I Certifications equal a Master's degree - 5 years after high school - but also adds practical skills in addition to a pure theoritical learning. That's why it is delivered by the Departement of Labor.