Return to Employment Assistance Training (Aref)

Verified 01 July 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Are you taking training validated by Pôle emploi? During this training, you can benefit from the return to work training (Aref) assistance if you meet certain conditions. We present you with the information you need to know.

You can receive the Return to Employment Assistance Training (Aref) if you meet the following 3 conditions:


if you do not touch (or no longer) the ARE on the day of registration in training, you can benefit under certain conditions from pôle emploi Training Compensation (RFPE).

The gross amount of the Aref is equal to the gross amount of the ARE you receive.

However, the contributions levied on the gross amounts of the Aref and the ARE are not the same. The Aref is exempt from generalized social contribution (CSG) and Social Debt Repayment Contribution (CRDS). Only participation for the financing of the supplementary pension shall be deducted from the amount of the Aref.

The net amount of Aref may not be less than €22.61 per day.

Like the ARE, the Aref is taxable.

The Aref is paid every month, in due course. For example: early November for the October allocation.

The duration of payment of the Aref may not exceed the duration of the rights remaining to the ARE.

If the duration of your training exceeds the duration of your ARE rights, you can benefit under certain conditions from the end of training (R2F).

If you do not qualify for R2F, you can continue the training until the end of the training by maintaining the status of trainee of the unpaid vocational training.

Who can help me?

Find who can answer your questions in your region