CPF French – DCL Professional French First Level

Preparation for the DCL

The DCL (Diplôme de Compétences en Langues) Professional French 1st level is a national diploma from the French Ministry of National Education, valid for life. Particularly, the DCL Professional French exam evaluates all dimensions of French language skills at A1-A2 level in a professional context. Needless to say, the validation is aligned with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels.

Also, the DCL PF is a professional certification recognized by France Compétence and eligible for CPF (Compte Personnel de Formation). By preparing for DCL Professional French First level to certify your French communication skills for professional use, you will;

  • ✔️ Develop skills in oral and written comprehension and production (A1-A2).
  • ✔️ Improve communication in professional situations.
  • ✔️ Improve skills in mastering the syntax of the French language.
  • ✔️ Gain self-confidence and ease of communication in French.

Furthermore, the DCL PF certification facilitates the validation of language skills as part of a process of personal development, integration, retraining, evolution or professional mobility.

Who is concerned?

The DCL PF is intended for any adult whose mother tongue is not French and who wishes to have his or her French language skills recognized. They are intended for: employees, students, job seekers, individuals.

Minimum entry level: A1-A2

* The DCL French as a Foreign Language (FLE) allows you to validate levels A2-C1.

DCL Professional French Exam

The DCL PF validates the first level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1-A2.

The DCL Professional French exam consists of evaluating 5 areas of competence in the language of everyday and professional communication. The exam lasts 1:30h.

  • ✔️ Reading comprehension.
  • ✔️ Listening comprehension.
  • ✔️ Oral expression.
  • ✔️ Written expression.
  • ✔️ Oral interaction.
DCL PF 2022 exam dates (1st Level Professional French):
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Preparation for the DCL PF exam

Before the exam, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the particularities of each test and to improve your overall French level. In order to help you better prepare for the exam, LUTECE LANGUE offers DCL PF preparation course combining Workshops and General French courses (formula and duration of your choice). This course aims not only to prepare for DCL PF exam but also to develop oral and writing skills in general French.

Our DCL PF preparation courses are eligible for CPF (Compte Personnel de Formation).

All courses take place in small group setting (3-8 students). This allows our teachers, experienced and specialists in the DCL PF exam, to provide personalized teaching. In addition, individual work on a platform is included in the course, which facilitates the revision of basic grammar and vocabulary essential to pass the DCL PF exam.


◾ Certify your competence in a language of communication for professional use by the DCL, a diploma from the French Ministry of National Education.
◾ Develop overall French language skills
◾ Increase French grammar understanding and vocabulary
◾ Improve French communication in daily, social, professional situations.
◾ Gain confidence and fluency in communicating in French


◾ Presentation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
◾ Presentation of the principles and general organization of the exam.
◾ Targeted training of the DCL PF exam.
◾ Passing a mock exam in real conditions.
◾ Individual correction and feedback.
◾ Trainings to improve 5 general French skills: oral and written producation and oral, written comprehension, oral interaction.

Teaching methods

◾ In groups, 3-8 participants, on-site or online course.
◾ Alternating theoretical teaching and practical application.
◾ Learner-centered pedagogy.
◾ Participative and active approach, based on role playing, exchanges and speaking out.
◾ Individual learning with E-learning platform to reinforce grammar and writing


◾ 7 Workshops preparation DCL PF, 1,5h/lesson (10,5h).
◾ Face-to-face French course in mini-groups (15h-30h):program – Extensive Evening & Saturday 3h.
◾ Individual work on the e-learning platform, min. 10h.
◾ Mock exam 1,5h.
◾ Duration : total 37h-52h-67h


◾ Workshop 5:30-7pm (over 3 weeks, dates to be confirmed).
◾ Face-to-face French course in mini-groups (Extensive 3h): 19h15-20h45, Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu (depending on level)


◾ On-going evaluation in class, weekly written test at the end of week.
◾ Individualized formative evaluation with a mock DCL exam.
◾ Passing of the DCL PF exam at the end of the course (according to national calendar).


◾ 985€ – 1725€ : including the DCL FP exam, e-learning platform (unlimited access for 3 months)