The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers is a major higher education establishment dedicated to lifelong learning. Created by the Convention in 1794 at the suggestion of Abbé Henri Grégoire "to improve national industry", CNAM is now a public scientific, cultural and professional institution with the status of a grand établissement.

Every year, the public institution, its 28 regional centres and its 150 teaching centres welcome almost 100,000 students (employees, jobseekers, self-employed workers), who come to Cnam to update their knowledge, improve their skills or acquire a diploma, from baccalaureate level to post-graduate and engineering diplomas.

In order to meet the expectations of its customers, Cnam has set itself the target of offering 70% of its training courses in digital format, enabling a variety of learning methods to be used (face-to-face, hybrid, distance learning) and ensuring that its courses are accessible to everyone, anywhere and at any time.

In addition to this objective, the Cnam has included in its master plan the development of massive, open and online courses (MOOC) for the French-speaking public, which will complement its range of degree courses in different ways. The first courses in the fields of management, health, IT and mathematics are already in production.