Can an employer oppose an employee's request for training?

Verified 15 May 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Yes, in most cases, the employer can refuse or postpone training. This is not the case in the framework of the CPF excluding working time.


The employee must always comply with certain formalities and deadlines to make his request.

Tableau - Conditions for acceptance of training


Employer's agreement or not

Skills Development Plan

The employer is free to accept or reject the request for training provided for in the plan, but in practice it is rarely refused.

Conversion or promotion by alternation (Pro-A)

The employer may refuse the benefit of a Pro-A. Indeed, a agreeable the contract of employment must be signed.

Personal Training Account (PTA)

During working time, the employee must obtain the agreement of his employer.

Outside working timeHowever, the employee does not have to ask the employer for his agreement.

Career Transition Project (TPP) -

The employer accept the request for training if the following 3 conditions are met:

  • The employee shall be of sufficient seniority
  • The request is made on time
  • The application shall contain the mandatory particulars.
  • However, he may postpone training. This is the case if he considers that the absence of the employee may have detrimental consequences for the production and operation of the company. Such a postponement shall be decided for a period of time maximum nine months.

    In addition, the employer may refuse the request if the employee does not comply with the seniority or absence requirements.

    Training leave for labor counselors

    The employer must agree to the request for training.

    In addition, the employer may postpone the employee's request for reasons of necessity of service or staffing (e.g. absence of the employee would be detrimental to the company) made for:


    L'access to training for public officials (official and contractual) is governed by specific rules.

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