Diplôme d’État d'assistant de service social

Certification authority: 
Ministry of Social Affairs
EQF Level of the qualification: 
FR France
Evaluate the core competences
needed for this job
Core competences 
Establish a helping relationship respecting the individuality of the person.
Analyse the person's demand and needs.
Co-construct a global project with the person.
Advising people.
Identify a problem common to a group in a territory.
Co-construct a collective social support project.
Observe and analyse the social, family and territorial environment of the person or group in a global and multidisciplinary approach.
Develop a shared diagnosis with the people, groups and stakeholders of the territory.
Establish a professional relationship respecting an ethical and deontological framework.
Develop partnership and network actions.
Conduct mediation.
How can the certification be obtained? 
Initial training scheme (pupil or student)
Continuous training scheme
Validation of prior learning
Description of the procedure for the validation of prior learning 
  1. Contact a consulting centre for validation of prior experience (like Pôle emploi):
    • to assess your professional project and make sure that validation of prior learning is adapted to your situation (you need to have at least 1 year of experience in the sector).
    • to inquire if some support is available.
  2. Request for information from the ASP call centre (practical details, timetables for submitting applications and jury sessions, procedure ) and to receive the eligibility file ("booklet 1").
  3. Sending the completed eligibility file (booklet 1 completed and attachments) to the ASP
  4. The DRJSCS (The regional directorates for youth, sports and social cohesion) decides on the admissibility of your application and its decision is notified to you by the ASP within 2 months of the date of completion of the file, accompanied by the booklet to evaluate the acquired competences (or "booklet 2").
  5. A support (optional but recommended) can be provided by service providers such as health or social work training institutions (Depending on your situation, this support can be financed, cf. 1.)
  6. Sending the completed Booklet 2 to the ASP (within a maximum of three years after notification of admissibility)
  7. Convocation before the jury, according to the sessions scheduled by the DRJSCS.
  8. Interview with the jury, which can either validate all areas of competences, in this case the diploma will be issued, either to validate part of the diploma, or not validate anything.
  9. Sending by DRJSCS of the diploma in case of total success or a notification of the validated skills in case of partial success.
  10. Possibility to validate missing areas of competences for five years from the date of the first decision by the jury, either by opting for additional training to be able to take the corresponding exams, or by developing additional professional experience before making a new validation request.
Documents needed 

Form to request admissibility to the validation of prior experience (Booklet 1)

Documents showing the duration of the experience as well as periods of initial or continuing training.

Depending on your previous status:

  • Employed: payslips, employer certificates, experience certificate.
  • Independant worker: depending on your status, fiscal declaration, certificate of existence.
  • Volunteer: certificate signed by the organisation, volunteer contract.

A declaration of honour certifying that you apply for only one certification for the current calendar year.

Validation file (Booklet 2) that includes:

  • A description of professional and personal experience (activities carried out in the social sector as well as the periods of initial and continuous training you may have followed to work in that sector).
  • Evidence of the reality of your professional practice.
Contact point 

ASP, service délégation VAE
15 rue Léon Walras, CS 70902
87017 Limoges cedex 1
tel : 0810 017 710

Average: 1/2 day of work per week during 4 to 6 months
Is it possible to obtain a partial validation?: 
Yes ✅
What is the result of the partial validation? 
Certificate listing the competences already acquired
Then, is it possible to participate to a shorter training course to prepare the full qualification?: 
Yes ✅
Description of the procedure to participate to a training course 

In case of partial validation you may also benefit from specific support to set up additional training or experience programmes. Your adviser will inform you about the modalities and financing possibilities of this additional step.

Contact point 

Consulting centres for validation of prior experience (supported by Pôle emploi, Missions locales, Centres d’information sur les droits des femmes et des familles...): Choose your region.