Undergoing professional development training in the context of one's professional activities

This page was last modified on 16-10-2012

Continuing professional development training consists in providing individuals with opportunities to receive training throughout their professional life to supplement and upgrade their skills. In this sense, it may be considered as lifelong training.

The main goals of continuing professional development training are to help individuals adapt their professional qualifications to technological advances and to the needs of the economy, and to supplement practical skills acquired on the job.

As such, continuing professional development training includes all training activities with the following objectives:

  • adapting employees' qualifications to the techniques and technologies specific to their professional activity;
  • retraining employees for access to other professional activities;
  • promoting employees by preparing them for more demanding tasks or positions, or for greater responsibility. 

The law on income tax provides that employees may deduct professional development expenses from their taxable income. For such expenses to be considered deductible, the continuing professional development training must have a direct connection with the employee's professional activity.

Who is concerned

Continuing professional development training is accessible to a very wide audience, which includes:

  • private sector employees;
  • civil service workers;
  • non-salaried workers (self-employed workers, liberal professionals);
  • job seekers;
  • private individuals.

How to proceed

Main providers of continuing professional development training

Continuing professional development training courses are primarily provided by professional chambers, sector-specific bodies, research centres and certain approved private associations.

Professional chambers

The Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts Qualification Centre

Each year, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts Qualification Centre offers a programme of courses and seminars intended for business managers and their employees.

This offering includes management courses tailored to the specific needs of small- and medium-sized companies, courses for the preparation of the Master Craftsman’s Certificate (Brevet de maîtrise), and specific technical courses. These latter are exclusively reserved for skilled craft companies registered with the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts.

Detailed programmes on the seminars and workshops may be viewed on the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts website, and are also available in the form of brochures.

The courses offered are the following:

  • management and human resources;
  • marketing and sales;
  • financial accounting;
  • law;
  • languages;
  • information and communications technologies;
  • technologies specific to various sectors, including the food, fashion, health and hygiene, mechanics, and construction sectors.
Luxembourg School for Commerce (LSC);

To best serve the needs of companies and individuals where qualifications are concerned, the Chamber of Commerce groups together all training activities, including continuing professional development training, at the Luxembourg School for Commerce (LSC).

Continuing professional development training, with the issuing of a certificate, is the instrument chosen by the LSC to provide beneficiaries with the specific knowledge or skills required to access various legally regulated professions, or to advance their careers. These are essentially short courses taught by specialised trainers. The certificate issued by the LSC attests to the knowledge and skills acquired.

To register for one of the courses offered, interested parties must first create a personal account on the LSC website to identify themselves as customers.

Centre for training and seminars (CEFOS)

The Chamber of Employees—formerly the Chamber of Labour and Private Employees—offers employees a range of socio-economic courses through the Institute of Economic and Social Training (Institut de formation économique et sociale - IFES) at its courses and seminars centre (CEFOS) in Remich. The IFES's trade union course offering includes seminars, colloquia, conferences, information meetings as well as specific specialised events.

To pre-register, interested parties must complete an online form mentioning the name and the dates of the seminar or course they wish to take. A confirmation email will then be sent to the interested party explaining the registration and payment procedures.

Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Centre (LLLC)

The LLLC is the continuing training arm of the Chamber of Employees (formerly the Chamber of Private-Sector Employees). A large part of the activities of the Chamber is devoted to the continuing training of adults. This component is grouped under under the umbrella of the LLLC, which offers 140 course modules grouped into six skills divisions:

  • computing and office automation;
  • accounting and management control;
  • law;
  • commercial actions;
  • social skills;
  • economics and management.

The LLLC offering enables trainees to gain more in-depth knowledge in various disciplines, or simply broaden their general knowledge. Detailed programs on the seminars offered by the LLLC may be viewed on the LLLC website and are also available in the form of brochures.

The LLLC encourages and supports the registration of unemployed individuals in its courses. Job seekers can benefit from preferential registration upon presentation of a certificate attesting to their professional status.

Sector-specific bodies

The Luxembourg Institute of Banking Training

The Luxembourg Institute of Banking Training (Institut de formation bancaire Luxembourg - IFBL) is a training centre that was established in 1990 by the Luxembourg Bankers' Association (Association des banques et banquiers du Luxembourg - ABBL) to provide employees in the Luxembourg financial sector with training on the banking environment and the various careers that it offers. In partnership with local and international professional associations, the IFBL offers a number of different courses in preparation for examinations recognised in the banking sector and internationally.

The IFBL offers 3 methods of registration:

  • online registration, using the electronic course catalogue;
  • registration using a downloadable form (to return to the IFBL by fax);
  • Registration by email, specifying the name of the chosen course, the date, the price, the applicant's surname and first name, and the applicant's employer.  

Persons who register as employees must first obtain their employer's approval in compliance with the internal rules of each establishment. The invoice will be sent directly to the employer.

Institute for Training in the Construction Industry

The main goal of the Institute for Training in the Construction Industry (Institut de formation sectoriel du bâtiment - IFSB) is to implement sector-specific training for all categories of employees in the construction industry. The IFSB was created in 2002 by the Federation of Luxembourg Construction and Civil Engineering Companies (Fédération des entrepreneurs luxembourgeois de construction et génie civil) and the Construction Entrepreneurs and Public Works Group (Groupement des entrepreneurs du bâtiment et des travaux publics).

The schedule of courses as well as the registration procedures may be viewed directly on the IFSB website.

Luxembourg Institute for Continuing Medical Training

The Luxembourg Institute for Continuing Medical Training (Institut luxembourgeois de formation médicale continue - ILFMC) is an initiative of the Association of Doctors and Dentists of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (Association des médecins et médecins-dentistes du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg - AMMD), whose purpose is to provide training for the medical profession.

It is an independent, non-governmental umbrella organisation for several continuing medical training providers, i.e.:

  • the Luxembourg Association for Continuing Medical Training (Association luxembourgeoise pour la formation médicale continue - Alformec);
  • the Dentists Association (Association des médecins-dentistes);
  • the Federation of Specialist Doctors (Fédération des médecins spécialistes);
  • the Luxembourg Scientific Society for General Medicine (Société scientifique luxembourgeoise de médecine générale).

The institute's mission is mainly one of quality management through the accreditation of continuing medical training events in accordance with national and international quality criteria, and the coordination of medical training events and programs through the publication and distribution of a synoptic plan, mentioning all accredited events.

The Robert Widong Centre for Continuing Vocational Training

The mission of the Robert Widong Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (Centre de formation professionnelle continue Dr Robert Widong - CFPC Dr Robert Widong) is to promote and inform professionals in the hospital sector about continuing and certification training course offerings. 

As such, it offers sector-specific training for all categories of employees belonging to Agreement of Luxembourg Hospitals (Entente des hôpitaux luxembourgeois) member establishments.

Course registrations should preferably be submitted through the training centre's website, or by post using the registration form attached to the course catalogue, no later than 2 months before the beginning of the course. Detailled information on registration procedures are available online on the centre's website.

Status and continuing training of public employees

National Institute for Public Administration

The mission of the National Institute for Public Administration (Institut national d’administration publique - INAP) is to promote the professional training of employees of the State, state-level public establishments, communes, associations of communes and commune-level public establishments.

The institute is attached to the Ministry of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform (Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative) and the courses are exclusively reserved for public employees.

Research centres

Two research organisations provide continuing professional development training in Luxembourg, namely the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology—the result of the merger of the CRP Henri Tudor and CRP Gabriel Lippmann—and the Public Health Research Centre (Centre de recherche public de la santé - CRP-Santé).

Other training providers

Labour College

The Labour College (Ecole supérieure du travail - EST) provides courses for employees and self-employed workers who wish to gain knowledge in the areas of economics, taxation, constitutional law, labour law, social security legislation, and culture, or to broaden and/or update their knowledge in these fields. The EST may also be tasked with providing training for staff representatives of companies established in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Interested persons may contact the school by telephone (+352 247 86133) for information on the training programme and registration procedures. 

Institute for Economic and Social Training

The Institute for Economic and Social Training (Institut de formation économique et sociale - IFES) is a training institute created by the former Chamber of Labour and the LCGB and OGB-L trade unions. Its course offering is aimed primarily at affiliates of the 2 trade unions and includes:

  • seminars for specific target audiences such as young people, cross-border workers, women, staff representatives, etc.;
  • seminars on labour law, employment law, corporate security.

Registrations may be submitted by post—using the registration form at the end of the catalogue—online, or by email.

The Institute for Social Training

The Institute for Social Training (Institut de formation sociale asbl - IFS) is a training centre whose purpose is to develop critical analysis skills among men and women today's society. The IFS offering focuses on economic, social, political and cultural training for citizens. More particularly, the topics addressed concern labour, values, interculturality and migration, the economy and social ethics.

For this purpose, the IFS offers:

  • study days and in-depth courses in anti-discrimination, diversity, etc.;
  • conferences related to current news (Europe, citizenship, etc.).

All courses offered by the IFS may be viewed on the IFS website. For details on registration procedures, interested parties should contact the training manager by email.

Private providers

Private companies play a leading role in providing continuing professional development training. These are essentially training companies specialising in fields as widely diverse as languages, quality, human resources, security, health, environment, commercial and financial management, law, banking/insurance, industrial management, etc.

The directory of training providers is available from the National Institute for the Development of Continuing Vocational Training (Institut national pour le développement de la formation professionnelle continue - INFPC). It may be ordered by telephone (+352 46 96 12-1) or by post, or downloaded directly from the Continuing training portal.

Professional development training and employment contracts

Under certain conditions, an employment contract may specify that an employee must reimburse to their company the amount invested by the latter (and not by the state) in any continuing professional development training the employee may have received. However, the conditions governing such reimbursements are strictly regulated by law.

An employee is only required to reimburse:

  • when it is they (the employee) who terminate the employment contract, unless the the latter is terminated following serious misconduct on the part of the employer;
  • if the employee is dismissed for serious misconduct.

Only the costs incurred in the current year and in the three previous years must be reimbursed:

  • for the current year and the preceding year, the reimbursement amount is set at a maximum of 100 %;
  • for the second and third years, the reimbursement amounts are set at 60 % and 30 % maximum respectively.

A tax allowance of EUR 1,240 per year and per employee is deducted from the reimbursement amount.

Who to contact

12-14, avenue Emile Reuter
L-2420 - Luxembourg
Phone: (+ 352) 46 96 12-1
Fax: (+ 352) 46 96 20
Email infpc@infpc.lu