Sustainability Manager



  • ECQA Certified Sustainability Manager

Lenght (online):

  • 6 weeks access to online clasroom.

Material and exam language:

  • English.

Your time investment:

  • 8-16 hours per week.

Learning content:

  • 13(F)/11(A) lessons,
  • 11(F)/9(A) practical assignments evaluate by an expert,
  • 11(F)/9(A) handbooks (presentation + notes, 20-40 pages per study unit), which can be also dowloaded as PDF,
  • 13(F)/9(A) introductory texts,
  • 5(F) videos,
  • 12(F)/9(A) short practice test (4-6 questions each).


  • Certificate of the online clasroom attendance (a prerequisite for the final ECQA exam).
  • ECQA certificate (after successfully passing the exam).

Certification levels:

  • There are 3 levels of the certifications for ECSM: Foundation, Advanced and Trainer.

Learning outcomes:

  • You will be able to empower organizations to become leaders in sustainability,
  • develop and improve ecologic, economic, and social responsibility aspects in organizational and system levels,
  • contribute to capacity building in sustainability.


  • Access to online classroom is possible via PC (browser), smartphone (Android and IOS app), tablet or smartTV.

For whom?

Especially for:

  • Responsible Managers and Directors of industrial, academic, and governmental organisations.
  • Designers and Managers of products, services and/or processes.
  • Master and PhD Students.

Recommended prerequisites:

Foundation level:

  • Strong motivation and interest in sustainability, leadership and management topics,
  • at least some experiences from the field,
  • basic sustainability knowledge gained by self-study or other courses in your country (example: local CSR and Sustainability management course by IRDO).

Advanced level:

  • finished Foundation level (all learning elements)


  • With your participation on course you will gain knowledge in the field of sustainable management. You can do more in the field of sustainability in your company.

You can win the ECQA (European Certification and Qualification) certificate.

"Become a real leader, the one with holistic view of the company, its stakeholders and environment."


1. On-line clasroom.

2. In your company. Live courses for closed groups are available on demand all over EU. If you're interested please contact us.

3. Live training. BICERO Ltd. is local training provider for Slovenia. For other training providers, please visit ECQA page.

Live trainings are regularly performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, CPU-GZS (National chamber of commerce). For other locations, please contact us.

See more info here (in Slovenian language).


On-line training is a 6-week course, available from anywhere. Depending on the previous knowledge, you will have to invest 6-8 hours per learning element. There are 11 learning elements for foundation level and 9 for advanced level.

Not sure if on-line learning is right for you?

If you're not sure if on-line learning is right for you, please check the details about e-learning platform and process.

Still not sure? Check out the e-learning platform preview.

Technical requirements


Any modern computer, tablet or smartphone is appropriate (for studying). The participant needs a web browser and internet connection. For assignments preparation, Office software package (text editor and spreadsheet editor) is required. In the case of tutor support, the headset is required.

The online study starts the next day after the application and settling the invoice.

Online exam

Any PC (Windows, Mac) with a webcam, microphone and latest Flash and webcam drivers. Please check compatibility of your PC well before exam using SoftwareSecure System check (select BICERO as exam organization).

Course outline


  • Dimensions of Sustainability – Ecology, Economy, and Society (Foundation level)
  • Relevant Standards and Norms (Foundation level)


  • Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Methodology (RECP) (Foundation level)
  • RECP Water Efficiency Management (Advanced level)
  • RECP Energy Efficiency Management (Advanced level)
  • RECP Materials & Waste Management(Advanced level)


  • Introduction to Social Responsibility (Foundation level)
  • Stakeholder Involvement (Advanced level)
  • Social Impact Assessment (Foundation level)


  • Life Cycle Concepts (Foundation level)
  • Eco-Design and Sustainability (Advanced level)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (Foundation level)
  • Life Cycle Costing(Advanced level)


  • Innovation for Sustainability (Foundation level)
  • Business Model Innovation for Sustainability (Foundation level)
  • Design for a sustainable Value Chain (Advanced level)
  • Strategic Sustainability Management (Foundation level)
  • Deployment of Sustainability in the Organisation (Advanced level)
  • Leadership in Sustainability (Foundation level)
  • Communication Challenges for Sustainability(Advanced level)


1. Registration

Choose tha package and apply for the on-line training here.

If you have a discount/promo code, please enter it in the application form.

After the registration, wait for the invoice.

2. Payment

Self-study on-line learning:

  • without exam and certificate: 99€
  • with exam and certificate: 298€

On-line learning with tutor support:

  • without exam and certificate: 260€
  • with exam and certificate: 443€


  • On-line: 190€+VAT

Access prolongation (after the access expires):

  • 40€/month (after 6 weeks)

We accept payments:

  • Bank account
  • Paypal

3. Access to on-line clasroom

After the payment, your e-learning account will be activated. You will also receive the information on how to access learning materials and assignments.

4. Exam and certification


The examination is limited to 3 hours.

After exam you receive ECQA certificate.

What do you get with a certificate?

With the certificate obtained after the successful completion of the exam, you will be able to make better decisions about the sustainable development in your company.

Last but not least - the certificate raises the value on the labor market. Getting a certificate is optional - for those who want more.

Examination and certification FAQ>>

More about ECQA >>

On-line expert


1. Q: How much time do I have to dedicate to the course?

A: It depends on your background. On average, 6-8 hrs are needed to finish one learning element (of 11/9). Slightly more, if you decide to finish practical assignments.

2. Q: What kind of questions can I expect on the ECQA exam?

A: Examples of multiple-choice questions in each lesson gives you a good insight into exam questions.

3. Q: Can I download and print the materials for later usage?

A: Of course, the materials are available in PDF form, too.

4. Q: How long do I have the access to the e-learning platform?

A: 6 weeks after registration.

5. Q: Is it possible to extend the access after the expiration?

A: Yes, extension of the access is possible. Extension fee is 40€/month.

6. Q: How online mentoring works?

A: On-demand. The participant prepares questions and issues and informs the mentor. Afterwards, online session (e.g. using Skype) is held.

7. Q: What if I fail the ECQA exam?

A: Please check the Examination and certification FAQ>>.

Statistics and participant testemonials


Since 2013 we have educated:

- EU+Sl: over 200 participants

Participant locations:

Our participants of our online course come from: Romania, Slovenia, Austria, France, Belgium.


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