Certifications Terms and Conditions
The C.E.A Circular Economy Alliance LTD (hereinafter referred to as ‘CEA’, Circular Economy Alliance’, the ‘Company’), in collaboration with the Circular Economy Research Center (hereinafter referred to as ‘CERC’) and École des Ponts Business School, offers various levels and bundles of certification relative to Circular Economy. The purpose is to unite core circular economy principles, skills, frameworks, tools, practices, and strategies under a single, universally recognized certification.
Applicant/ Candidate/ Participant/ Recipient: shall mean the person, firm, company, partnership, association, or government agency or any other authority that will agree to CEA’s terms, so as for the latter to provide the services as described below and identified as such in the applicable Order Form, the General Terms and Conditions, the Terms and Conditions for Certification in Circular Economy and/or any other agreed written instructions, to the former.
Body of Knowledge: The Circular Economy Body of Knowledge is a unique research-driven effort jointly led by the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) of the École des Ponts Business School and the Circular Economy Alliance (CEA). The Pact for Skills, a flagship initiative of the European Commission launched on 10 November 2020, under the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness, and resilience stresses the importance of joining forces and taking concrete action aimed at upskilling and reskilling the workforce. Responding to the call, CERC and CEA joined forces to provide the global workforce with credible, research- and practice-based skills training in the domain of Circular Economy. The existing gap between Circular Economy skill requirements and skills availability needs to be closed. In this respect, this novel and niche Body of Knowledge serves a purpose-driven agenda.
Bundle / Course: shall refer to the chapters included and/or required to validate to obtain a Certification.
Certificate or Certification or Certification Scheme: shall mean the certification related to the subject of Circular Economy and based on the Body of Knowledge.
Chapter / Module: shall refer to a specific chapter in the Body of Knowledge (numbering 18 chapters as of 1 March 2022) composed of several sections, learning “challenges” (brief multiple-choice quizzes to help the learner assimilate the content) following each section, and a final 10-question randomized quiz to validate the chapter. This can be referred to as a chapter or a module without distinction.
Order / Registration Form: shall mean CEA’s standard online registration form for Certification to be completed by an Applicant setting out the Services to be provided by CEA, together with any other information concerning the performance of the Services under these terms and conditions and the General Terms and Conditions.
In these Terms and Conditions:
- Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to one gender shall include a reference to the other genders.
- Unless the context otherwise requires, words in the singular shall include the plural and, in the plural, shall include the singular.
These terms and conditions define conditions, rights, and duties, as well as the operating processes for obtaining a Certification in Circular Economy. It also contains information on Certificate maintenance or cancellation. The terms and conditions presented in this document govern the relationship between CEA and its Applicants and are applicable to all Applicants unless exceptions are specifically agreed upon between the parties. In any case, exceptions cannot in any way concern the conformity assessment procedures according to which CEA is required to operate. If CEA, or the Applicant, is unable to fulfil the obligations because of force majeure (forces beyond CEA’s control, including, without limitation, war declared or undeclared, natural disasters, fire, flood, strikes, pandemic, labour troubles, or other industrial disturbances, governmental restrictions or regulations, riots, insurrections, or other cause beyond the control of the CEA), an extension period for the fulfilment can be agreed upon between the Applicant and CEA (the ‘parties’).
CEA has established policies, procedures, and fees that govern Certification decisions, the uses of Certification, and interactions with Applicants. These policies, procedures, and fees may be revised by CEA at any time without prior notification. These policies, procedures, and fees are freely available on CEA’s website. Any person who registers with CEA accepts and agrees to abide by these policies and procedures in all dealings with CEA.
Certification Application Process & Course Registration
Certificates are issued as follows:
- Certificate of Completion (CoC), for individual chapters of the Body of Knowledge.
- Certified Circular Economy Professional (CCEP), with recipients thereof, referred to as Certified Circular Economy
- Certified Circular Economy Expert (CCEE), with recipients thereof, referred to as Certified Circular Economy Experts.
- Certified Circular Economy Specialist (CCES), with recipients thereof, referred to as Certified Circular Economy Specialists.
How to Apply for Certification:
The following steps describe the application process:
- Participants /Applicants can register for all CEA courses online by completing the online registration form.
- An account will automatically be created including the Participant’s personal details, academic qualifications, and working experience.
- You can then choose the desired Chapter or Certification bundle and make the appropriate payment. You will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received your payment details.
- Upon validation of payment, a link from our Talent Learning Management platform (Talent LMS) will be sent to the email account used for registration. This gives the Applicant access to the learning dashboard with the content registered for.
- Upon first connection to the Talent LMS, Applicants are kindly requested to complete their learning profile so that we can provide the best learning experience possible. The Talent LMS is accessible on both mobile and desktop to provide a convenient learning experience.
- The Chapter, Chapters or Bundle the Applicant has registered for will be immediately visible once the Applicant logs in and confirms their identity (technical note: we use an OTP validation process via email). In the event that there are prerequisites for certain Chapters, only the initial chapters will be fully accessible. Completing the prerequisite chapters unlocks the following chapters.
- Enjoy the Circular Economy upskilling journey!
Certification, Eligibility, Effort and Price
The following is a table summarizing Certification by number of Chapters, expected learning effort, target audience / recommended background and experience, and the price of each certification.
|Certification||Chapters||Expected effort||Desired academic background||Desired work
|Open access||None required||€80
(+VAT where applicable)
0-2 years minimum
(+VAT where applicable)
(+VAT where applicable)
MA, MBA, or equivalent
(+VAT where applicable)
All Certificates are delivered by École des Ponts Business School of Paris, France, and issued through a digital certificate platform. All certified members receive a unique private link to their digital certificate that they can choose to share (or not). This ensures that third parties (recruiters, HR directors, academic institutions) can verify the veracity of all CEA Certificates easily and efficiently.
Validation & Assessment
Each Chapter requires successfully achieving a score of at least 70% on a randomized 10-multiple choice, 15-minutes timed exam (also referred to as the test) relative only to the content of the Chapter. All courses of a Certificate must be successfully validated through the successful exam outcome, and they have to be taken in the predefined order implemented in the dedicated learning platform (TalentLMS). To further ensure the robustness and integrity of the program, including the individual assessment performed at the examination center we shuffle the order of the courses within the bundle, or we enable a time delay between the release of the next courses. This ensures that the credibility of our certified laurates is based on knowledge independently acquired and verified by an objective examination.
To further enhance the user experience, following the completion of each course, including the respective examination, a quality assurance process runs in the background to identify any possible issues that may have affected the learning journey or the assessment of the candidate. Once the assessment has been completed, the candidate can proceed with the next course in the path of becoming a certified circular economy alumnus. The quality assurance process may result in a time delay from initiating the course next in line in order to ensure that no technical glitches or other reported issues have prevented the course from running as expected for all the candidates.
Integrity and Robustness of the process
Having regard to the fact that the entire learning journey, as well as the assessment, is administered electronically and in a fully accommodative manner to the personal and professional schedule of the candidates specific measures are being deployed at the discretion of the CEA in view of ensuring the integrity of the processes, the robustness of the learning and the examination process as well as the obligations of the individual to take the examinations individually, with no aids from any material or with the support of any individual whether he is a certificate candidate or not. Such measures include but are not limited to shuffling the courses within a bundle, shuffling or adding new exam questions, enabling a time delay between the implementation of two courses within a bundle, enabling a delay between the implementation of bundles.
Learning is online and self-paced. Each exam is available upon completion of the Chapter content. The test results are automatically displayed on the screen and are available in the Talent LMS. The Chapter exam can be taken three times. In the event the Participant does not pass after the first three attempts, there is an option to pay an additional €45 to take the test again. This is a safety precaution to eliminate possible abuse of the multiple-choice exam format. The test retake option can be renewed at the Participant’s discretion, as often as desired or necessary, up to one year from initial registration.
All Chapters must be validated within one year of the initial registration. Thereafter the content will no longer be accessible, and no Chapter test takes, or retakes will be possible.
If you wish to retake the exam, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment & Refunds
Payment must be completed before starting any course(s) and it is concluded at the registration phase. The amount to be paid is always displayed clearly at each product and the calculation of possible taxes such as VAT takes place visibly at the checkout. If you decide not to complete a course or certification that you have paid for, CEA may be able to refund your payment depending on your situation. This refund is subject to verification that you have not made any use or interacted with the digital material which consists of the course included but not limited to the Chapter book, the e-learning course, and the exam questions.
In accordance with EU guidelines relative to “buyer’s remorse”, if you pay for a Chapter or a Certification bundle, you can request a refund within 2 weeks (14 days) after your payment. Once you have already initiated the delivery of the digital content of the course, included but not limited to downloading the respective Chapter or initiating the digital delivery of the e-learning course, and/or earned your Certificate, you are no longer eligible for a refund, even if you earn your Certificate within the two-week refund period.
We do not offer partial refunds for Chapters not completed. If you are not sure you will want to complete the entire bundle of a Certification, we recommend you pay by Chapter.
Following successful completion of a Certification, Certified Members are automatically registered as verified members of the CEA professional community. Membership is non-transferable. As a certified member, you can opt-in to receive regular updates, news, invitations to events, and access to new research and resources on the Circular Economy. You will receive exclusive invitations to community events, conferences, presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.
As the field of CE evolves, so will the best practices, strategies, and skills necessary for adopting it successfully. CEA and CERC are committed to regularly updating the CE certificate curriculum and Body of Knowledge to integrate the latest developments. Certified members will be notified of new additions, so they can continue to maintain their CE expertise. In addition, Certified Members will receive ‘early bird’ and ‘loyalty’ discounts on all future educational and training products developed by CEA and CERC.
Maintaining Active Certification
Large scale transition to a circular economy depends on a highly-skilled community actively collaborating towards a shared goal. By remaining an active member of the Circular Economy Alliance Community, you will stay updated on the current developments within CE. You will have access to a network of certified professionals sharing experiences and best practices in applying circular solutions to real-world problems.
The initial membership period is valid for the one calendar year following the Certification. It will be automatically renewed unless the renewal is cancelled. Notification of the renewal will be sent well in advance to the contact details registered in your CEA account.
Maintaining your membership and renewing the validity of your Certificate requires:
(a) an annual fee of €50 and
(b) to report on your Continuous Professional Education (CPE) courses completed during the year related to Circular Economy.
The maintenance of the Certification applies to the CCEP, CCEE, and CCES. This does not apply to certificates of completion for individual chapters.
Join the Circular Economy Alliance Community
All Certificate recipients are automatically registered in the Circular Economy Alliance Community. The Community is a network of scholars, private and public sector organizations and professionals sharing knowledge and experiences of the transition to CE. The interactive community platform makes it easy to find talent, partners or CE expertise based on geography or specialization. Discovering circular businesses near you to collaborate with or learn from opens valuable new opportunities. Members of the community receive insider updates on the latest research on CE, future mega-trends, and other exclusive privileges. An active member of our global community of certified circular economy professionals promotes trust in the sustainability of the principles and enhances the signalling power of your certification.
Be part of a vibrant international community of CE stakeholders, researchers and organizations.
The Circular Economy Alliance works to unite businesses, NGOs, and government institutions around the transition from a linear to a circular economy. A certification on circular economy enables a common understanding of the prevailing CE topics and facilitates collaboration across industries, sectors, and borders to achieve sustainable, long-term change.
Last Updated: on March 1st, 2022