Where can I find training in banknote authentication?

The Banque de France trains over 25,000 professionals per year, free of charge, in banknote authentication. You can also use the free e-learning tool available on this website.

On-site Banque de France training

The Banque de France trains over 25,000 professionals each year to authenticate banknotes: retailers, tradesmen, bank staff or any professional responsible for handling cash.

This training service is provided free of charge by the Banque de France, to:

  • enable companies to ensure their staff are fully informed and trained in banknote authentication;
  • strengthen the fight against counterfeiting at all levels and as far upstream as possible in the cash chain.

Objective of the training session:

To find out about and become familiar with the “feel, look, tilt” method, which is a simple, fast and efficient method for authenticating banknotes.


The training is based on the professionals' active participation through the manipulation of genuine banknotes throughout the training session. Practical exercises with counterfeit banknotes are also organised at the end of the session. Additional subjects (rules on how to use banknotes, statistics, etc.) may also be discussed according to the needs expressed by the professionals.


Between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the subjects included in the session and the additional requests.


This training is offered by 200 Banque de France trainers across France, specialised in the authentication of banknotes.


Training requests should be sent to euro-formation@banque-france.fr.

Since the Banque de France is not a certified training organisation, it cannot award a diploma validating the acquired skills. It can, however, provide a certificate of attendance of the training session

Updated on: 07/06/2018 10:59