Diploma of the Paris Chamber of CommerceThe Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris (CCIP) organizes examination sessions in Business French in their participating examination centers across the world every year.
Western is an official examination center for the CCIP. Sessions are held during the third week of April on campus every year for the following examinations:
- Diplôme de Français Professionnel (B1) (intermediate)
- Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires (B2) (upper intermediate)
- Diplôme de Français Professionnel Affaires (C1) (advanced)
- Diplôme de français juridique (B2) (upper intermediate)
The administration fee is non refundable and covers the administrative expenses incurred by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Please note that the professors and staff at Western participating in the CCIP examinations (as coordinators or examiners) do so on a volunteer basis.
You need to provide me ASAP with complete information about your UWO examination timetable in April. In case of a timetable conflict, your examinations from Western will NOT be changed. If necessary, I will change your CCIP exam schedule so as to avoid a conflict. However, I do not have a lot of latitude given that the CCIP examinations have to be sent back to Paris the next day. I have, at most, around 48 hrs to accommodate your timetable. If you have one (1) UWO on the day of your CCIP exam, you might have to take the CCIP before or after your UWO exam on that same day. Therefore, it is extremely important for me to have accurate information about your UWO examinations: please let me know on which days you have exams, as well as the time and the duration of the exams, and on which days you do not have exams.
Typically, students who take FR 2205A, 2206B, 2207B, 2208A, 2209A at Western are prepared to take the B1; students who take FR 3200 or FR 3201E are prepared to take the B2. The C1 exams require near-native French skills as well as an in-depth understanding of economics and business. I usually recommend it to students with a business and/or economics background, given that FR 3200 & FR 3301E do not cover the material required for the C1. Please contact me directly if you need advice about which exam to take.
The B1 is NOT a prerequisite for the B2, and the B2 is NOT a prerequisite for the C1. In other words, you can choose to take any one of these three exams independently of the other two.
You can only take ONE exam per session. If you are interested in taking two exams, take the easier one the first year, and the more advanced one the next year.
Please note that these examination sessions are open to the public and are not restricted to students from Western: if you know someone with good French skills who might be interested in taking these exams, please have him/she contact me.
These examinations in Business French are NOT open to French citizens. If you have a dual nationality (e.g. French and Canadian), do not mention your French nationality on the application form.
Please consult http://www.francais.cci-paris-idf.fr/metiers-de-l-entreprise/. Scroll down the page and select one of the Diplôme de français professionnel Affaires B1, B2 or C1. Please note that Western is NOT an examination center for Affaires A1 and A2 levels, nor for Diplôme de français professionnel Secrétariat. You will find an example of each exam (Affaires B1, B2, C1) at the bottom of each page under "Jeu témoin". Each exam contains a written part and an oral part. The duration of the written exam depends on which exam you select: it is 2 hrs and 15 min. long for the B1; 3 hrs long for the B2, and 3 hrs and 30 min. long for the C1. The oral exam consists of two 15 minute examinations with two professors from the Department of French Studies at Western.
Once you have decided which examination you want to take, proceed as follows:
- Go to the Department of French Studies, Arts and Humanities Building room 2R 34, with a sealed envelope containing the exact fee amount in cash. The secretary will issue a receipt to you for the amount of your deposit.
- Download and fill the application form here.
- Bring all of the above to the Department of French Studies, Arts and Humanities Building room 2R 34.
For further information for the current examination session, click here.
Please note that Western receives the examination results as well as the diplomas in early September. We will forward your diploma to the address you have indicated on the application form.
Certificate Program in Business French,
Department of French Studies
The University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario N6A 3K7, CANADA
Tel: (519) 661-2111 ext. 80540
Fax: (519) 661-3470