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Certified Circular Economy Professional

290.00 + VAT (if applicable)

"One of the biggest obstacles to fully implementing the Circular Economy is the overwhelming intricacy of the concept. The only way to make sense of this complexity is to bring more eyes to it. Join a group of people who share your vision of a more ecological future and help educate you with the knowledge and experience to make the shift to a Circular Economy. Register now and begin making a difference!"


What is the certification about?

  1. This certification is unique for professionals looking to adapt to the high demand for Circular Economy skills and practices.
  2. It is the result of the 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), which came as a response to the EU’s Pact for Skills and Circular Economy Action Plan to fight climate change and achieve climate neutrality.
  3. It aims at upskilling and reskilling the global workforce by providing them with credible and actionable knowledge and skills in order to facilitate the transition to a sustainable future.
  4. It offers original content in an easy-to-follow multimedia format, that allows you to learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.

What you will learn?

How you will learn?

What are the learning outcomes?

  1. The certificate allows you to quickly and efficiently, grasp the key ideas behind the concept of Circular Economy.
  2. It is designed and curated to give you an insider’s view into what we consider “the pillars” of the Circular Economy.
  3. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of circularity: the terminology, principles, frameworks, theories, models, mindsets, and thinking that will drive the transition to a more Circular Economy.
  4. You will notably discover the tools, policies, business models, design principles, best practices, and innovative strategies that are being used today to create a better tomorrow.
  5. You will understand what is necessary at the personal, corporate, institutional, and societal levels to evolve to a Circular Economic Business Model.
  6. When you reach the end of each course, a timed/15-minute examination consisting of 10 randomized multiple-choice questions will be used to validate the learning journey. Validate all 4 courses by passing the respective exams, and you have successfully completed the certification scheme.
  7. Access to the 4 Circular Economy courses of the scheme, with free access to the content for one year.

Get Certified Now!

Start any time and complete the courses at your own pace.
The learning journey is available through our e-learning platform or on the go through the dedicated e-learning app available on App Store and Google Play.

Meet the Leaders

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Enrollment Information

  • Once you have enrolled, you will be given access to our Learning Management System.
  • The certificate scheme is entirely online and self-paced. We estimate that someone working or studying full-time can complete the entire program within 16 hours.
  • Each course is stand-alone; however, a structure has been designed for the courses to be taken in a predefined sequential order to facilitate the learning journey better. Furthermore, considerable attention is given to the integrity of the program and the individual assessment performed at the examination center. Therefore, on some occasions, we shuffle the order of the courses, or we enable a time delay between the release of the courses to ensure that the credibility of our certified laurates is based on knowledge independently acquired and verified by an individual and objective assessment measured by the successful outcome of the respective 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.
  • You will be guided through the original content of each section with dynamic, rich, enjoyable, narrated, and easy-to-understand content. Courses are divided into easily navigated sections focusing at each stage on the learning objectives to be achieved. Each section is followed by non-graded “knowledge check questions”, to help you ensure that you have successfully assimilated the content. You can go back and view the content as often as you like.
  • When you reach the end of each course, a 15-minute examination consisting of 10 randomized multiple-choice questions will be used to validate your learning experience. Validate all 4 courses by passing the respective exams, and you have successfully completed the certification scheme..


What you will gain

  • Access to the 4 Circular Economy courses of the scheme, with free access to the content for one year.
  • A digital companion book, for your personal use and interest – The Performance Economy, by renowned Circular Economy proponent Walter Stahel
  • A digitally enabled, verifiable and sharable certificate acknowledging your achievements.
  • One-year free membership in the Circular Economy Alliance Community, including access to Circular Economy Alliance members, resources and events.
  • Special access to Circular Economy related events, research, resources, and news.
  • An invitation to be part of our upcoming Circular Economy Ambassador Program which will enable unique benefits for the pioneering Circular Economy laureates.
  • Receive early bird and loyalty discounts on all future educational and training products developed by CEA and CERC @ École des Ponts Business School
  • Join the Global Circular Economy Directory of professionals currently developed by CEA with a unique digital display. (Estimated release Q4 2022)
  • Exposed to business and professional opportunities through the Circular Economy Marketplace developed by CEA. (Estimated release Q1 2023)

Please note:

  • In many EU countries, the cost of certification can be covered by personal or corporate “training accounts”. Please inquire within your organisation or with the appropriate institution within your country for more information.
  • The Certified Circular Economy Professional Certificate is valid for one year only. Maintaining active certification status requires maintaining active Circular Economy Alliance (CEA) membership which is renewed annually with a predefined fee for 2022 to be at €50.  The fee is subject to annual revisions which will be communicated to the users with the renewal communication launched prior to the expiration date of their certification.
  • All Circular Economy Alliance Certified Members will need to report on annual basis their contribution to the development of the domain and the profession in the format of CPEs.


Circular Economy Alliance Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics

The Circular Economy Alliance platform, services, and products are designed to appeal to and be used by people from a wide variety of different backgrounds, countries, religions, and cultural norms. This diversity and inclusiveness are core values of the CEA, and we encourage our Community to embrace it and share it. However, the geographic and cultural diversity can make effective communications and general policy definition a bit challenging.

That said, CEA is committed to advancing the transition to a just and inclusive Circular Economy which aims to decouple economic growth from resource use, eliminate waste by design, and tackle climate change. To achieve its mission and vision of a socially fair Circular Economy, CEA has adopted the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and endeavours to promote the common good while creating value for all stakeholders. With this in mind, the Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure all activity on the platform and within the CEA community is mutually respectful. The Code of Ethics sets out the guiding ethical principles relative to all professional activities of the certified members of the Circular Economy Alliance, informs the actions of our partner network, and defines the conduct of CEA staff and persons acting on behalf of the Company.

The purpose of our Code of Conduct & Code of Ethics is to ensure that the Circular Economy Alliance platform (the Platform), products and services are inclusive and that we, our members, and our community uphold the principles and values linked to Circular Economy, social responsibility, sustainable development and all relevant domains, to ensure that people and the planet are not harmed in the name of profit, and that we all conduct ourselves with mutual respect.

Code of Conduct

The CEA Code of Conduct reflects the ethics and values of the Platform, product, services, and community. It has been prepared with members of the CEA community (the Community), content contributors, instructional designers, and administrators based on established best practices. With the involvement of our stakeholders, we will continue to update the Code of Conduct as we add new products, services, and activities and as we receive feedback from our learners and community members.

We cannot foresee all eventualities and align with all local regulations, so the Code of Conduct should indicate the nature of interactions and the social dynamic we would like to see on this Platform and within the Community. In the event of an issue not covered by this Code of Conduct, the CEA team will decide whether a behavior is acceptable or not, in a manner that is as fair and transparent as possible, while respecting the confidentiality of all involved.

This Code of Conduct applies to all activities on the Talent Learning Management Platform, the Circular Economy Alliance website, its social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Discord, etc.), including comments, forum posts, and private messages.

Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are encouraged to adopt the following guidelines for conduct:

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe, supportive, and orderly online learning environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect and dignity to other persons and to property.
  • Contact or communicate with CEA administrators and other personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
  • Behave and communicate on and off the Platform in accordance with the principles of Circular Economy, social responsibility, and inclusiveness.
  • Help ensure all CEA members and personnel have a positive experience in all interactions with you.
  • Appropriate behavior we encourage is as follows: communicating and interacting with respect; demonstrating empathy and sensitivity; giving constructive feedback; acting in accordance with the principles of inclusiveness, that is, showing respect for other norms, cultures, life preferences; promoting the values and principles of Circular Economy, social responsibility, and sustainable development.
  • Maintain behavior free from all forms of bullying, harassment, and discrimination.
  • Other forms of inappropriate behavior that will not be tolerated include dangerous, inciteful, or hateful speech; harassment or intimidation; threats of violence; intentional disruption of online discussion, webinars, conference, or other events; retaliation; influencing or encouraging any of the above.
  • We are a learning community, united around the principles of Circular Economy. As such, we encourage experimentation, a growth mindset, and tolerance for failures, mistakes, or lack of understanding.
  • Despite our shared values, disagreements and misunderstandings are bound to occur in a community as diverse as ours. In that event, have a calm discussion, ask for clarification, and don’t assume that someone is intentionally being offensive.
  • Please get in touch with the site administrators to report any conduct, posts, activity or content that you do not believe is in accordance with this Code of Conduct. We encourage the Community members to report any incidents that violate the Code of Conduct. The CEA team will respond in a timely manner, and the member who violated the Code of Conduct will be contacted directly. Please use the Contact Us link to report any breaches.
  • Please protect your own and other people’s privacy. Please be mindful not to post or otherwise share your own or other people’s personal information publicly online.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all content posted on the Talent Learning Management System is private and is not searchable online.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all content posted on the Community platform is publicly visible and searchable online.
  • If you delete your CEA Community account, you can request that your Community posts and private messages be removed or anonymized.
  • The website administrators may delete activity, comments, posts, and equivalent that do not adhere to the CEA Code of Conduct.
  • In the event of a breach of the Code of Conduct, we either issue a warning, announce an account suspension or, in the event of a grievous violation, we may announce account expulsion and removal from the platform and the Community.
  • If you are part of the Community, we share the same principles. Let’s share the responsibility for creating a positive dynamic on the Platform.

Code of Ethics 

Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are strongly encouraged to uphold the highest standards of ethical norms in line with Circular Economy principles and values:

  • Act with transparency, honesty, integrity, and make the interests of society and the environment a priority, avoid any known conflicts of interest, and aim to create value for all stakeholders.
  • Promote the circularity and sustainability of the systems regulating economic life according to the principles of “people, planet and prosperity”.
  • Act with respect for others and the environment and practice their professional activities in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner that upholds the values of equity, equality and tolerance.
  • Exercise their leadership and decision-making skills in the pursuit of establishing a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in society.
  • Act in a way that furthers the integrity of the discipline of Circular Economy and its representatives.

The code of conduct is regularly reviewed to reflect necessary adaptations that emerge from input received through our CEA members’ reporting or by changes to the prevailing regulatory framework.

Effective as of: 1 March 2022

Last revised: 28 February 2022

More detailed information can me found in the General Terms and Conditions and the Certifications Terms and Conditions.


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