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Best French Language Qualification?

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What's the best french language certificate for high-level professionals in France? I'm a project manager in financial IT and need something on my CV ahead of a move to Paris next year.

Having had a brief look I can see there are a few on offer. Can anyone with experience shed light on these?:

Ministry of Education Certificates

Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF)
Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF)
Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)

Alliance Franaise Certificates

Diplôme Supérieur d'Études Françaises Modernes (DS)
Diplme d'Aptitude l'Enseignement du Franais Langue trangre (DAEFLE)
Diplôme Supérieur d'Études Commerciales (DSEC)
Diplôme de Langue (DL)
Diplôme Supérieur de Langue et Culture Française (DSLCF)
Diplôme de Hautes Études Françaises (DHEF)
Certificat d'Études de Français Pratique2 (CEFP2)
Certificat d'Études de Français Pratique1 (CEFP1)

Paris Chamber of Commerce (CCIP) Certificates

Certificat de Franais Juridique (CFJ)
Certificat de Français du Secrétariat (CFS)
Certificat de Français Scientifique et Technique (CFST)
Certificat de Français du Tourisme et de l'Hôtellerie (CFTH)
Diplôme de Français des Affaires 1er degré (DFA 1)
Diplôme de Français des Affaires 2ème degré (DFA 2)
Diplme Approfondi de Franais des Affaires (DAFA)
Test d'Évaluation de Français (TEF)

University Certificates

Diplôme de Langue et Littérature Françaises – 2e degré
Diplôme Supérieur d'Études Fançaises - 3ème degré
Certificat Pratique de Langue Française – 1e degré

More Certificates

UNIcert French
BULATS - French (Business Language Testing Service)
Test de Franais International (TFI)
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If you are truly fluent in French, this is easily demonstrated during your interview (which will presumably be in French), the quality of your French CV and your telephone conversations/emails whilst firming up your job application. If you French is adequate but not perfect, then qualifications will help your potential employer to give you the benefit of the doubt. The French government standard qualification levels are the DELF (at levels A1,A2,B1,B2) followed by the DALF (C1 C2). It was only at B2 that I could describe myself as reasonably fluent and C1 is the level needed for University entrance or for a job. If you are planning to work as a project manager, then I imagine that you will need to be able to prepare reports, presentations and papers quickly and accurately in French. As the diplomas focus on fluency in written and spoken French, they are very practical and will serve you well. Good luck.
Then DELF B2 or DALF C1 would be helpful. Any of the University certificates would of course also fit the bill.
I'm afraid that I don't know how the language exams work in the school system.

In the language schools for adult learners, the classes are grouped by ability - and they typically use the A1, A2 etc levels as a guide for grouping. However, there is a jump up to B2 and particularly C1 in terms of analytical thinking and essay writing skills. I observed that some of my language class struggled to come up with opinions and ideas to express on the discussion topics (written or spoken). I believe that in Switzerland they say that B2 is suitable for 15 years upwards and C1/C2 for 17 years upwards or something like this - which in my view is about the ability to quickly express a point of view on a topic in an orderly manner.
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