Foire aux Questions - Frequently Asked Questions

To find useful and up-to-date information on our training programmes in English, please visit our "get trained in English" webpage.

For the "Humanitarian Programme Manager" training at Bioforce, you can download the price quote here.

For the longer Master of Science with Grenoble Ecole de Management or for short open training courses, we are sorry but we cannot issue individual price quotes until your application has been received and accepted. Therefore, in order to get a training contract, the first step is for you to apply. Should you need an official document mentioning the cost of the training before you even apply, please feel free to download the course brochure on our website (training programme, dates, cost...).

Once your application is accepted, you will receive some documents: to secure your place, you must send us the full training fees along with these signed documents.

Once your application has been received and accepted and upon receipt of the signed quote and the payment proof, a visa support letter will be sent to you along with the convocation letter and practical details (accommodation, itinerary…). Upon request, the visa support letter can be sent to the French Embassy of your country. Feel free to communicate the French Embassy’s email to your contact person at the Bioforce Institute.

Please check you allow enough time to process the visa application. It is also advised you book your flight ticket and your accommodation place and take out insurance policy before applying for a visa.

The cost of our trainings covers training facilitation. It does not include accommodation, meals, transportation or sundry expenses.

Here are the funding opportunities that you can explore for our trainings in English:

For EU residents :

  • for the "Humanitarian programme manager" diploma course: region, department, county, city, employment agency, employer. You can also request from Bioforce an instalment payment agreement (we must receive payment in full of the course fees before the training ends).
  • for the "Master of science in humanitarian programme management" diploma course at Bioforce and Grenoble Ecole de Management: employment agency, employer. You can also request from Bioforce an instalment payment agreement (we must receive payment in full of the course fees before the training ends).
  • for open training courses: region, department, county, city, employment agency, employer.

For non-EU residents : 

  • for the "Humanitarian programme manager" diploma course:  employer, French embassy in your country, Campus France agency in your country, private sponsor. The Bioforce Institute is supported by the French Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, that enables us to pay the training fees for 10 candidates a year. (These scholarships are awarded based upon the training applications. The scholarship commission is held every year in February. No specific form to fill in, we simply need to receive your application to your chosen training before the end of December.)
  • for open training courses and the "Master of science in humanitarian programme management" diploma course at Bioforce and Grenoble Ecole de Management: employer, French embassy in your country, Campus France agency in your country, private sponsor.

Please note that this is an indication of the opportunities we are aware of. It is up to you to contact the organizations you want to request funding from. If you find out about a new opportunity, please let us know so that we can spread the word to future candidates!

To help you find accommodation and once your application is accepted, we will give you a list of places where you can book a room either in Lyon city center, or near the Bioforce Institute in Venissieux. You can also visit websites such as Booking. We advise you start house hunting as soon as possible as Lyon is a very busy city!

By PUBLIC TRANSPORT (Lyon public transport website)

  • From Part-Dieu train station (40 minutes) > Take the Tram T4 towards « Hôpital FEYZIN VENISSIEUX » > Stop at « Darnaise »
  • From PERRACHE train station (50 minutes) > Take the METRO LINE A towards « LAURENT BONNEVAY » > Stop at « BELLECOUR » > Take METRO LINE D towards « Gare de Vénissieux » > Stop at « Gare de Vénissieux » Terminal 
    Exit the METRO Station and take the Tram T4 towards Hôpital FEYZIN VENISSIEUX 
    Get off at « Darnaise » stop
  • From the airport > Take the airport tramway “Rhône Express » to Lyon’s main train station : Gare de la Part-Dieu > Take Tram T4 towards Hôpital FEYZIN VENISSIEUX > Stop at « Darnaise »

By CAR 

  • From Lyon 
    Take Highway A7 direction ST ETIENNE / MARSEILLE. 
    Exit and Follow VENISSIEUX URBAN BOULEVARD SOUTH (B.U.S.) 
    Exit VENISSIEUX MINGUETTES. 
    At 1st roundabout, Follow direction Vénissieux Minguettes / Saint Fons. 
    At 2nd roundabout, Follow direction Vénissieux Minguettes / Saint Fons. 
    Just after the roundabout take the 1st street on your right “Avenue du 11 Novembre 1918” 
    Continue straight until the traffic lights, then straight on “Avenue du 8 Mai 1945.

You need to bring your own material (sheets of paper, pencil…) for Bioforce training courses. Please note that laptops are usually not accepted in training sessions except for some modules and practical cases. The Bioforce Institute will inform you, when laptops are necessary.

Groups may vary according to the type of session and training (case studies, group work, etc). Maximum number of participants for each training session usually is 20. If there is an insufficient number of participants, the Bioforce Institute reserves the right to cancel the training session (in which case, registered participants will be fully reimbursed).

1. The online application form is available here

2. Once you've completed and sent it, we will contact you by email to inform you about the next steps. 

Pre-registration applications are carried on a permanent basis. As the number of participants is limited, you are advised to apply as soon as possible. However please note that registration process closes one week prior to the start of the training and please also note that if you need to apply for a visa, it is more than advised to apply for the training at least 3 weeks prior to the training.

Once you've applied online for an open training course (duration: from 3 days to 3 months), being it in Europe, in Africa or through e-learning: please check your mailbox for the automatic email that sums up your application number and the next application steps. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. 

Got the automatic email? Great. You are done for now: within 15 days, we will contact you by email to inform you about the next steps.

 

For core-competency modules (Managing People and Organisations, Managing Programmes and Projects, Managing Finance and Funding, Managing the Supply Chain, Project and design management and logistics management), a recognized module grade certificate will be delivered to participants who pass the final exam assessing trainee achievement of learning outcomes (10 out 20 minimum at each core-competency module).

For the Framework of Humanitarian Aid, Safety and Security management and Training of Trainers modules, an attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the training.

At the end of the training, you will receive a flash drive including the training contents that have been used and other participants’ contact details (e-mail) .

Should you need to cancel your registration, please notify us by registered mail.

Period of withdrawal

Upon receipt of the signed quote with the mentioned date of signature, you have 10 days to cancel your participation. You have to inform Institut Bioforce by registered mail.

After this withdrawal period, the following charges will be payable depending on when you will inform us:

• 10% of the course fees if you inform us at least 60 working days prior to the training start

• 50% of the course fees if you inform us between 59 working days to 22 working days prior to the training start

• 100% of the course fees if you inform us 21 working days or less prior to the training start

Cancellation and refund policy will not apply in case of “force majeure” (death of a close relative, participant hospitalization, hurricane, and earthquake). Please note that if you have to cancel for failed visa request, our normal cancellation and refund policy will apply.

Some of our training courses are available as distant training courses. For further information, please see here.

 

 

Yes! The “Humanitarian Programme Manager” diploma course consists of 6 open training courses, followed by a 6-month workbased learning in the field with an NGO. You can hone your skills further and get this diploma at your own pace by attending all the open training courses that it is made up of,  and the 6-month workbased learning, spread out over up to 4,5 years. Further information here.

We offer 2 diploma courses in English:

At your own pace. You can also choose one or several specific modules among these diploma courses.

To apply to these diploma courses, an English language proficiency level of B2 is required (according to European language levels - Self Assessment Grid).

Discover the prerequisites for each training on the training's webpage:

Please note that these prerequisites provide a base for any validation of the application form. The final decision lies with the Coordinators of the training programme.

 

 

1. The online application form is available here

2. We will contact you by email to inform you about the next steps. 

Further information on the application process for each training on the training's webpage:

 

Pre-registration applications are carried on a permanent basis. As the number of participants is limited, you are advised to apply as soon as possible. However please note that registration process closes one month prior to the start of the training and please also note that if you need to apply for a visa, it is more than advised to apply for the training at least 6 weeks prior to the training.

Once you've applied online for a diploma course (duration: 3 months or longer) in Europe: please check your mailbox for the automatic email that sums up your application number and the next application steps. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. 

Got the automatic email? As mentioned in the training brochure, your application will be examined by the Bioforce staff upon receipt of the 60€ administration fees.

Payment is possible by:

  • bank transfer to the following bank account: in order for us to be able to identify your payment, please indicate your first name and name in the bank transfer details : Bank code 30002 – Sort code 01958 – Account number 0000060118E – clé RIB 25. Domiciliation: LCL DRIF LYON IBAN FR46 3000 2019 5800 0006 0118 E25 BIC/SWIFT CRLYFRPP Account owner: Institut Bioforce Développement 41 avenue du 8 mai 1945 69200 Vénissieux Bank address: LCL 69 boulevard Laurent Gerin 69200 Vénissieux 
  • cheque payable to Institut Bioforce, to be sent to Institut Bioforce, 41 avenue du 8 mai 1945, F-69694 Vénissieux cedex, France.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Western Union payments, because of the attached fees. 

Your payment must be received within 1 month: otherwise, your online application would have to be cancelled.  We will acknowledge receipt of your payment via email within 15 days and we will contact you by email to inform you whether your application has been selected within 2 months.

Please note that our team can suggest to you another diploma course instead: no need for you to worry or to apply for several diploma courses.

 

Once you've applied online for a diploma course (duration: 3 months or longer) in Africa: please check your mailbox for the automatic email that sums up your application number and the next application steps. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. 

Got the automatic email? As mentioned in the training brochure, your application will be examined by the Bioforce staff upon receipt of the FCFA 20.000 administration fees.

Payment is possible by:

  • bank transfer to the following bank account:  in order for us to be able to identify your payment, please indicate your first name, name and application number in the bank transfer details then send a copy of your transfer order at inscription.afrique@institutbioforce.fr : RIB AFRICA ECOBANK SENEGAL: Account owner: Institut Bioforce. Swift code: ECOCSNDA. Bank code: SN094. Sort code: 01001. Account number: 141060793601. Clé RIB : 40. IBAN: SN094 01001 141060793601 40.
  • cheque: in order for your cheque to be handed over in person, please ask for an appointment at inscription.afrique@institutbioforce.fr  
  • cash  : in order for your cash to be handed over in person, please ask for an appointment at  inscription.afrique@institutbioforce.fr  
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Western Union payments, because of the attached fees. 

Your payment must be received within 1 month: otherwise, your online application would have to be cancelled.  We will acknowledge receipt of your payment via email within 15 days and we will contact you by email to inform you whether your application has been selected within 2 months. Please note that our team can suggest to you another diploma course instead: no need for you to worry or to apply for several diploma courses.

If your application is selected, find out about the payment of the training fees and the opportunities of spacing out this payment:  here for a training starting before September 2018 and here for a training starting in September 2018 or later. 

 

 

 

 

 

Should you need to cancel your registration, we ask you to notify us by registered mail.

Period of withdrawal

Upon receipt of the signed quote with the mentioned date of signature, you have 10 days to cancel your participation. You have to inform Institut Bioforce by registered mail.

After this withdrawal period, the following charges will be payable depending on when you will inform us :

• 10% of the course fees if you inform us at least 60 working days prior to the training start

• 50% of the course fees if you inform us between 59 working days to 22 working days prior to the training start

• 100% of the course fees if you inform us 21 working days or less prior to the training start

Cancellation and refund policy will not apply in case of “force majeure” (death of a close relative, participant hospitalization, hurricane, and earthquake). Please note that if you have to cancel for failed visa request, our normal cancellation and refund policy will apply.

For the Humanitarian Programme Manager training: "Coordinateur de projet de la solidarité internationale" diploma awarded by the Bioforce Institute, a level I qualification (equivalent to a five-year higher education diploma) registered by the French National Record of Professional Qualifications

For the 12-month MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management: a "Master of Science in Humanitarian Programme Management" awarded by the Bioforce Institute and Grenoble Ecole de Management, accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles.

For core-competency modules (Managing People and Organisations, Managing Programmes and Projects, Managing Finance and Funding, Managing the Supply Chain), a recognized module grade certificate will be delivered to participants who pass the final exam assessing trainee achievement of learning outcomes (10 out 20 minimum at each core-competency module).

For the Framework of Humanitarian Aid, Safety and Security management and Training of Trainers modules, an attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the training.

At the end of each week, training contents will be uploaded on Institut Bioforce learning platform. At the end of the training, you will receive a Flash drive including the training contents used and all participants’ e-mail contact details.

Not yet. Training courses take place for the moment in Institut Bioforce’s premises. We deliver other distant learning trainings.

Yes! The “Humanitarian Programme Manager” diploma course consists of 6 open training courses, followed by a 6-month workbased learning in the field with an NGO.  You can now get this diploma at your own pace by attending all the open training courses that it is made up of, and the 6-month workbased learning, spread out over up to 4,5 years. Further information here.

Once you've applied online for Recognition of Prior Learning (which is not a training programme but an assessment of the skills and knowledge you've already gained through work and life): please check your mailbox for the automatic email that sums up your application number and the next application steps. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. 

Got the automatic email? Great. You are done for now: within 10 days, we will send you a complete application file by email, for you to fill in and send back, and will inform you about payment terms.

 

 

 

 

 

Once you've applied online for an individual career guidance interview: please check your mailbox for the automatic email that sums up your application number and the next application steps. Check your spam folder if you have not received it. 

Got the automatic email? Great. You are done for now: within 10 days, we will contact you by email to schedule an appointment with one of our career guidance counsellors, and will inform you about payment terms.

 

 

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