After completing lower secondary education students may transfer to vocational education (enseignement professionnel). Vocational education is a separate education sector in Algeria. It consists of 2 phases that students can complete at an Institut d’Enseignement Professionnel (IEP). Students can obtain a diploma after each phase. Since 2017, these diplomas are:

Brevet d’Enseignement Professionnel (BEP)

  • Duration: 3 years.
  • Content: a combination of theory and practice, students do an internship. Students choose a cluster which is usually technical. See ‘BEP clusters’ below.
  • Admission requirements: the Brevet d’Enseignement Moyen (BEM).
  • Diploma: Brevet d’Enseignement Professionnel (BEP)/شهادة التعليم المهني. Please note: before 2017 this diploma was called Diplôme d’Enseignement Professionnel du 2ème degré (DEP2).

We compare the Brevet dEnseignement Professionnel (BEP) to an MBO diploma level 3 or 4. This depends on the content of the study programme.

BEP clusters

For the BEP, students can choose 1 of the following clusters:

  • agriculture and food industry (agriculture et agri-food industry);
  • construction and public works (bâtiment et travaux publics);
  • mechanical and metal construction (construction mécanique et métallique);
  • electricity-electronic-energy (électricité-électronique-energétique);
  • hospitality, tourism and catering (hôtellerie, tourisme et restauration);
  • computer and digital media (informatique et médias-numériques);
  • mechanical vehicles and agricultural machines (mécanique matériel roulant et équipement agricole).

All these clusters have different specialisations. Students must choose 1 specialisation.

Brevet d’Enseignement Professionnel Supérieur (BEPS)

After the Brevet d’Enseignement Professionnel (BEP) students can continue studying for the Brevet dEnseignement Professionnel Supérieur (BEPS). This is the 2nd phase of vocational education (enseignement professionnel).

  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Content: a combination of theory, practical training and an internship. Students continue with their BEP cluster. They choose a specialisation again. They can choose from more than 50 specialisations.
  • Admission requirements: the Brevet dEnseignement Professionnel (BEP). Please note: before 2017 this diploma was called Diplôme d’Enseignement Professionnel du 2ème degré (DEP2).
  • Diploma: Brevet d’Enseignement Professionnel Supérieur (BEPS)/شهادة التعليم المهني العالي

We compare the Brevet dEnseignement Professionnel Supérieur (BEPS) to an associate degree or to 2 years of higher professional education (HBO).