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Overview of Cameroonian diplomas

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GCE, O-level (at least 6 subjects with a final result of Grade A, B or C)

  • Comparable to: at least a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

GCE, O-level (at least 4 subjects with a final result of Grade A, B or C) + GCE, A-level (at least 2 subjects)

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Brevet d’Études du premier Cycle du Second Degré

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma or a few years of general secondary education (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

General Certificate of Education (Technical/Commercial) Ordinary Level

  • Comparable to: at least a VMBO-T diploma for the general education component (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary vocational education.

General Certificate of Education (Technical/Commercial) Advanced Level

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle (CAP)

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 1 or 2 (NLQF 1-2/EQF 1-2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary vocational education.

Probatoire

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 2 or 3 (NLQF 2-3/EQF 2-3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: doesn’t grant admission to higher education.

Brevet de Technicien/Brevet Professionnel/Baccalauréat Technique

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diplôme de Technicien

  • Comparable to: an MBO diploma level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education.

Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Génerales (DEUG)/Associate Degree

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur de la Santé (DTS)/Diplôme en Soins Infirmiers (2 years)

  • Comparable to: 1 year HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur de la Santé (DTS)/Diplôme en Soins Infirmiers (3 years)

  • Comparable to: at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS)/Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT)/Higher National Diploma

  • Comparable to: 1 or at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the 3rd year of further study of the 1st cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur des Travaux

  • Comparable to: at most 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur de Conception

  • Comparable to: 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 1st cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Licence/Bachelor of Arts/of Science (after 2007)

  • Comparable to: approximately an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Master or Postgraduate Diploma).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur Agronome

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree or an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 6 or 7/EQF 6 or 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Postgraduate Diploma/Maîtrise professionnelle

  • Comparable to: at least an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Maîtrise/Master

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree or an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (without thesis)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree or an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.

Master (with thesis)

  • Comparable to: 4 years WO (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Diplôme de Docteur en Médecine

  • Comparable to: 4 years WO in medicine (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.