What does the course involve?
ECQA Certified Sustainability Manager
6 weeks' access to the online classroom.
Material and exam language
Your time investment
8–16 hours per week.
13 (Foundation)/11 (Advanced) lessons
11 (Foundation)/9 (Advanced) practical assignments evaluated by an expert
11 (Foundation)/9 (Advanced) handbooks (presentation and notes, 20–40 pages per study unit), which can also be downloaded as PDF
13 (Foundation)/9 (Advanced) introductory texts
5 (Foundation) videos
12 (Foundation)/9 (Advanced) short practice tests (4–6 questions each).
Certificate of online classroom attendance (a prerequisite for the final ECQA exam).
ECQA certificate (after successfully passing the exam).
There are three levels of certification for ECSM: Foundation, Advanced and Trainer.
You will be able to empower organisations to become leaders in sustainability.
Develop and improve ecological, economic and social responsibility aspects at organisational and system levels.
Contribute to capacity building in sustainability.
You can access the online classroom via PC/Mac (browser), smartphone (Android and IOS app), tablet or smart TV.
Who is the course for?
Responsible managers and directors of industrial, academic and governmental organisations.
Designers and managers of products, services and/or processes.
Master and PhD students.
Strong motivation and interest in sustainability, leadership and management topics.
At least some experience in the field.
Basic sustainability knowledge gained by self-study or other courses in your country (example: local CSR and Sustainability management course by IRDO).
Completion of Foundation level (all learning elements).
Why should I take this course?
By participating in this course, you will gain knowledge in the field of sustainable management.
You will be able to achieve more in the field of sustainability for your company.
How is training delivered?
Any modern computer, tablet or smartphone is appropriate (for studying). The participant needs a web browser and internet connection. For assignment preparation, the Office software package (text editor and spreadsheet editor) is required. For tutor support, a headset is required.
The online study starts the day after the application and payment of the invoice.
Any computer (Windows, Mac) with a webcam, microphone and latest Flash and webcam drivers. Please check the compatibility of your computer well before the exam using Software Secure system check (select BICERO from the organisation drop-down list).
Dimensions of sustainability – ecology, economy, and society (Foundation level)
Relevant standards and norms (Foundation level)
Technical resource efficiency management
Resource efficiency and cleaner production methodology (RECP) (Foundation level)
RECP water efficiency management (Advanced level)
RECP energy efficiency management (Advanced level)
RECP materials and waste management (Advanced level)
Introduction to social responsibility (Foundation level)
Stakeholder involvement (Advanced level)
Social impact assessment (Foundation level)
Sustainability and eco-design
Life cycle concepts (Foundation level)
Eco-design and sustainability (Advanced level)
Life cycle assessment (Foundation level)
Life cycle costing (Advanced level)
Management for sustainability
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)
Overview of the course structure
Details of the course structure
2. Prices and payment
Self-study online learning
without exam or certificate: 99€
with exam and certificate: 298€
Online learning with tutor support
without exam or certificate: 260€
with exam and certificate: 443€
Access extension (after access expires)
If you don't complete the course in six weeks, you can always extend your access:
40€/month (Credit card/PayPal fee +2€)
Accepted payment methods
Credit card = Visa, Mastercard, American Express
+ transfer fees: Bank transfer: 0€, credit card and Paypal +18€
3. Access to the online classroom
4. Exam and certification
The examination is limited to three hours.
After the exam, you will receive your ECQA certificate.
What do you get with a certificate?
Once you have obtained your certificate after successfully completing the exam, you will be able to make easier, better decisions about sustainable development in your company.
The certificate also raises your value in the labour market. Getting a certificate is optional, for those who want more.
Frequently asked questions
How much time do I need to dedicate to the course?
It depends on your background. On average, 6–8 hours are needed to finish one learning element, slightly more if you decide to finish the practical assignments. There are 11 modules at the foundation level and 9 at the advanced level.
What kind of questions can I expect in the ECQA exam?
Examples of multiple-choice questions in each lesson give you a good insight into the exam questions.
Can I download and print the materials for later use?
Of course, the materials are available in PDF format too.
How long do I have access to the e-learning platform?
Six weeks after registration.
Is it possible to extend access after the expiry date?
Yes, an extension of access is possible. The extension fee is 40€/month.
How does online mentoring work?
On-demand. The participant prepares questions and issues and informs the mentor. Afterwards, an online session (e.g. using Skype) is held.
What if I fail the ECQA exam?
Please check the Examination and certification FAQ >>.
Statistics and participant testimonials
Since 2013 over 200 participants in the EU and further afield have attended this course.
Participants of our online course have come from Romania, Slovenia, Austria, France, Belgium.
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