Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ page gives you an overview of the most common questions we get from people who are curious about learning more about the Circular Economy Alliance.
Why choose a certification from CEA?
To make Circular Economy ideals possible, we must empower workforces, leaders and institutions with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. That’s why the Circular Economy Research Centre (CERC) is embarking on an educational journey with one primary mission: enhancing educational efforts to close the gap.
The certification program also responds to the European Commission’s ‘Pact of Skills’ initiative. Launched in November 2020 under the European Skills Agenda, the plan aims to upskill and reskill workforces across Europe for the future.
The CEA’s offering is driven by research and dedicated to shifting towards a Circular Economy, committed to providing knowledge, education, and awareness through a systematic approach. Greenwashing can take away from the mission at hand – that’s why credible data, advanced research, and valuable accreditations fuel what we do. We see people like you – the next generation – as a crucial part of the shift toward a Circular Economy.
Our certification program is the all-inclusive solution to closing the skills gap, increasing employability, and spreading sustainable ideals.
What are the certifications for?
Circular Economy Alliance and the Circular Economy Research Centre have created a unique selection of certifications with one primary goal: to educate global workforces for the future. The curriculum is research-driven and incredibly diverse, developed by both organizations for maximum impact.
Becoming a Circular Economy requires knowledge, awareness, and skills that most of Europe’s current workforces do not have access to. Our diverse curriculum and extensive body of expertise close that gap with targeted, short, and flexible training opportunities. You can expand your understanding, broaden your skillset and gain valuable certifications for the future from the comfort of your own home and on your schedule.
Our certifications are designed to level up competency and employability while providing foundational knowledge for a more sustainably-minded workforce.
What are the benefits of getting certified?
Getting certified with us is an incredible opportunity to harness new knowledge, skills and awareness – all contributing to a greener, brighter future. It’s ideal for individuals to progress in their careers, employees to significantly upskill and leaders to implement a circular approach.
After passing your certification, you’ll possess an advanced understanding of Circular Economy concepts related to business, governance, and industry. You’ll be able to promote new business models and lead the transformation process. You’ll apply the techniques and tools you’ve learnt to identify circular approaches, advancing circularity and sustainability.
The certification aims to enhance your knowledge of Circular Economy – whatever that looks like for you. After accessing our exclusive body of knowledge, you’ll be able to promote the common language of circular ideals and join a global community of changemakers driving the transition. If you want a unique competitive edge as we enter a greener future, our certifications are the key to achieving it.
Which certification should I get?
There are four certificates on offer for you to choose from:
Certificate of Completion (CoC)
Our Certificate of Completion is ideal for people interested in learning about a specific area of Circular Economy principles or who have little knowledge of the subject.
You’ll get the chance to enrich your awareness of a particular domain while achieving a fundamental overview, enhancing your capabilities as an individual. Each chapter looks into one specific domain or discipline, sparking interest in the links between each topic and the broader Circular Economy framework.
The Certificate of Completion is perfect if you want to upskill, reskill, or further your knowledge to navigate the sustainability landscape better.
Circular Economy Professional (Foundational)
Our Circular Economy Professional certification is designed to suit young people emerging from traditional educational settings and early-career professionals.
As part of this certification, you’ll get access to the first four courses of our body of knowledge. After completing them independently, you’ll feel empowered with a wide selection of knowledge and skills for your future career. It’s a great starting point for anyone interested in lifelong learning and sustainable approaches to work. You’ll learn to decouple economic growth from resource use, eliminate waste, and reach net zero by 2050.
If you want to develop a sound understanding of Circular Economy business principles and understand how to implement them for maximum impact, this is the ideal course for you.
Circular Economy Manager (Advanced)
Our Circular Economy Manager certificate is intended to advance the knowledge and skills of young and mid-level professionals across a broad spectrum of Circular Economy principles. As part of this certification, you will get access to the eight courses of our Body of Knowledge.
This certification is ideal if you’re looking to make a long-term impact. You’ll get to grips with how to identify outdated systems and address challenges, all while coming up with productive and practical circular solutions. Overall, it will enhance your ability to define change requirements and spot business transformation opportunities.
Circular Economy Specialist (High-Mastery)
Our Circular Economy Specialist certificate is our most in-depth option, which involves an in-depth analysis of all the major Circular Economy domains. It’s ideal for learners who are already informed with some experience in the field and ready to do what it takes to accelerate the transition. As part of this certification, you will get access to the eight courses of our Body of Knowledge.
As part of the program, you’ll get a comprehensive view of our body of knowledge, understanding the full implications of the systemic changes we advocate. While strengthening your ability to manage the magnitude and pace of transition, you’ll discover how to make a meaningful and long-lasting impact on your work.
If you want to unlock the mindset, tools, and skills required to lead integration and put Circular Economy concepts into practice, this certification is for you.
Who is the Circular Economy Professional certification best suited for?
The Circular Economy Professional certification is for students and recent graduates with limited work experience.
Who is the Circular Economy Manager certification best suited for?
The Circular Economy manager certification is for mid-level employees, managers, consultants and executives.
Who is the Circular Economy Specialist certification best suited for?
How will certification help me?
With your new learnings in tow, you’ll be able to take advantage of limitless opportunities and explore personal interests while implementing circular solutions. As a result, you’ll be a leader of change – someone capable of identifying and solving challenges faced by your organization and wider society.
While certifications are carried out independently, you’ll get to join a community of like-minded Circular Economy professionals striving for one ultimate goal. By sharing experiences, proactively networking and collaborating with other forward-thinking changemakers, you will be part of something bigger. After passing, you’ll be able to make impactful contributions to your organization and community, raising awareness for Circular Economy and adopting circular practices.
You have the potential to be the competitive edge your industry needs while driving real innovation and change – our certification will give you the tools you need to get started.
Can I register for multiple certifications at one time?
No, you can only register for one certification course at one time.
Can I register for multiple individual courses at one time?
Yes, you can register for one or more courses simultaneously.
Do you offer a free trial session?
You can learn more about the certifications learning journey in this video.
I’m unsure which course or certificate I want to choose. Do you offer support?
Do you offer one-on-one sessions with course authors?
What is the eligibility criteria for a certification or individual courses?
There are no eligibility criteria requirements.
Are there any prerequisites for each course or certification?
There are no prerequisites required for our courses or certifications.
How will I be evaluated?
There is no exam requirement when purchasing individual courses to achieve a Certificate of Completion.
How will I be assessed for the certification?
Our certifications are validated by completing a timed multiple-choice exam that tests how much of the learnings you have retained and assimilated. A minimum score of 70% is required to validate each module. As soon as you have completed the exam, your results will be available immediately and shown on the screen. Whether or not you are particularly good at exams, the format has been created in a way that is very accessible, is very straightforward (no sneaky tricks or ambiguous language), and only covers the module content you have just reviewed. There is no exam requirement when purchasing individual courses to achieve a Certificate of Completion (CoC).
How much time do I have to complete my certification?
Our certifications have been designed for anyone and everyone to complete at their own pace. We understand that you will not always know how your schedule might look ahead of time or how much time you will be able to dedicate to your certification. That is why our certification schedules are incredibly flexible, allowing you to decide how much time you need to complete. We suggest you take the exam immediately after completing the content of each module. However, you have 365 days from the enrolment date. That said, the sooner you finish, the sooner you can get certified, and the sooner you can start changing the world for the better.
Do the Certifications have an expiry date?
How will getting certified impact my career?
It will scale up your knowledge and best practices on the Circular Economy Business model and all the specific skills that will enable you to master, lead and execute circular solutions. It will also ensure job stability in the rapidly changing landscape due to the upcoming green transformation.
Who is this certification program for?
CEA certification programs are open to anyone looking to be part of the transition to a more sustainable reality. CEA certification will give you the knowledge to act effectively at the desired level of impact, whether for you, your company, your community, or the planet. The Circular Economy is the future of work and business, so the CEA certification program offers certifications for leaders, managers, consultants, working professionals, graduates, and students.
Is the learning journey flexible?
Study on your terms, anytime, anywhere. It is fully flexible, and you can manage it as you like in a way that fits your schedule. You can start, pause, or continue anytime and whenever you want.
CEA certifications offer targeted, short, and flexible training to upskill and reskill for a greener future. Each course is structured in short sections focusing on a key aspect of the Circular Economy, including illustrative case studies and examples. After each section, brief quizzes help ensure that you have assimilated the content and learnings.
The course includes dynamic multimedia content designed to make learning enjoyable and effortless. The online and on-demand learning model makes it easy for even full-time professionals to complete and validate the material. Access the courses and materials from your desktop or smartphone at your own pace, whenever and wherever.
Where can I find articles or blogs where you share content related to Circular Economy and the courses?
How can I access my Certificate?
In serving the reliability and credibility of our credentials, CEA has partnered with Accredible to issue our credentials in the most secure and verifiable manner. All our credentials are digital and verifiable through blockchain technology. You will be awarded a digital Certificate upon successfully completing any Certification program. You will receive a dedicated email with your unique link to access your certificate, share it on any social media pages, download it and/or print it for your records. Within your certification page, you will be able to see the course information and the verification button, which will confirm the validity of your certificate.
WIll I get a hard copy of the certificate?
We do not offer hard copies of certificates. All the certificates are digital with the option to be printed.
At CEA, we encourage you to avoid printing documents as it is resource intensive.
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As an individual, how can I become a member of CEA?
As a certified member, you can expect to:
- Receive regular updates and access to new resources and research.
- Get exclusive invites to community events, conferences, presentations, and workshops.
- Access relevant and productive networking opportunities.
- Receive early bird and loyalty discounts on all future educational and training products developed by CEA and CERC.
CEA and CERC are committed to updating the Circular Economy curriculum and our body of knowledge in line with the latest developments. As a certified member, you will be notified of these changes to keep your Circular Economy expertise up to date.
How much does a CEA membership cost?
Only those with a valid and active certification can be members of the registered Circular Economy Alliance certified members directory. Annual membership is included with the initial certification fee for one year and the annual renewal fee of 50€, required to maintain certification and active member status after that.
Unfortunately, despite many requests, we do not intend to accept external, that is, non-certified professionals, as part of the Circular Economy Alliance certified members directory.
Maintenance of certification only applies to the Circular Economy Professional (Foundational), Circular Economy Manager (Advanced), and Circular Economy Specialist (High-Mastery) and not to the Certificate of Completion that is issued for individual courses. Members should also note that there is no requirement to retake any assessment or exam, except if you allow your membership and certification to expire for more than one calendar year without renewal.
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JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
How can I submit a job application at CEA?
Where can I find the status of my application?
Suppose your application is for another organization’s vacancy from our job board. In that case, you will have to contact that specific organization’s HR Department or any other responsible person stated on their job posting.
Do you offer internship opportunities?
Yes, we do offer internship opportunities in the education field.
Often, our internships are unpaid. Interns are compensated with knowledge and education for the duties and responsibilities that they take on with their role.
Please note that CEA is under no obligation to provide interns with a position as an employee or on any other basis.
Do you offer traineeship opportunities?
- Full-time trainees train an average of 38 hours per week and have ongoing employment.
- Part-time trainees train regularly; the training should be no less than 15 hours per week.
What is the difference between an internship and a traineeship?
The main difference between internships and traineeships is that most of the time, an internship is unpaid.
A traineeship is always a paid and usually full-time position.
Can students apply for internships?
Yes. Internship opportunities are available to students over the age of 18.
If you are a student and wish to strengthen your resume and gain new skills and experience, we encourage you to apply!
Do you offer scholarships?
PAYMENT AND REFUNDS
What payment methods do you accept?
What do I do if my credit card is not accepted?
How do I pay for the courses?
Can I get a refund?
If you decide not to complete a course or certification that you have paid for, C.E.A. CIRCULAR ECONOMY ALLIANCE LTD may be able to refund your payment depending on the 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 including but not limited to the course book, the e-learning course, and the exam questions. In accordance with EU guidelines relative to “buyer’s remorse”, if you pay for a Course 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, including but not limited to downloading the respective Course 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. No refund will be issued, if you breach the provisions of any of the Terms and Conditions Agreement or applicable laws.
What if I withdraw from the certification?
The withdrawal period is fourteen days from the day of the conclusion of the contract. In order to exercise your right to cancel, you must, by means of a clear declaration notify us of your decision to revoke the provisions as these are stated in all Terms and Conditions Agreements of C.E.A. CIRCULAR ECONOMY ALLIANCE LTD. To comply with the withdrawal period, it is sufficient for you to send the notification of the exercise of the right of withdrawal before the expiry of the withdrawal period. If you decide to withdraw, we will refund all payments we have received from you, without delay and at the latest within fourteen days of the day on which we received notification of your withdrawal from this contract.
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Will I be notified if the cost of the services you provide increases?
What is meant by “Terms and Conditions?”
Terms and Conditions govern the contractual relationship between a service provider and its user. In our case, we have two. The general document and the specific ones which apply to the CEA certification program.
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