About the Cnam

The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers is where the worlds of academics and professional activity come together.
It is the only higher education establishment dedicated to life-long professional training.


Missions, means and organization

This public institution is headed by the General Administrator Olivier Faron.The board of directors is chaired by Stéphane Israël, executive chairperson of Arianespace. The Cnam has three main missions:
  • higher lifelong vocational training,
  • technological research and innovation,
  • dissemination of scientific and technical culture.

The Cnam proposes training courses developed in close collaboration with companies and professional organizations in order to provide the optimum answer to their needs and to those of their employees. The Conservatoire steers 20 regional Centers and some 158 training Centers having their Head Office in Paris. Cnam's staff in Paris, Ile de France and other regions includes permanent teaching and non-teaching members as well as visiting lecturers from business world:

  • 554 permanent and contracted professors
  • 1 948 part-time professors
  • 1 141 administrative staff

Life-long training

In the university year 2017/18, the Cnam enrolled over 54 700 students and awarded over 14 600 diplomas or certificates.

  • Average age: 33.2 yearsFormation
  • 65% are employed
    20% are seeking employment
    16% of those enrolled have an apprenticeship or professionalization contract
  • 825 Engineering diplomas were awarded
  • 207diplomas or certificates awarded through VAE (recognition of prior learning)
  • 200 courses proposed by Cnam Entreprises
  • 176 000 enrolments in our MOOCs
  • 800 000 working adults have been trained by the Cnam


  • 21 research laboratories
  • 4 patents issued
  • 400 professor-researchers
  • 60 theses presented


Scientific and Technical culture

  • 2 500 objects exhibited
  • 80 000 objects stored dating from Antiquity to the modern age
  • 182 490 visitors to the Museum
  • 15 000 documents lent out by the library
  • 265 events and conferences