Sustainability Manager

"Learn how to manage your company in a way that leaves a minimal impact on the planet!"

What does the course involve?


  • ECQA Certified Sustainability Manager

Length (online)

  • 6 weeks' access to the online classroom.

Material and exam language

  • English.

Your time investment

  • 8–16 hours per week.

Learning content

  • 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).

Certification levels

  • There are three levels of certification for ECSM: Foundation, Advanced and Trainer.

Learning outcomes

  • 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?

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 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).

Advanced level

  • 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.

ECQA logo

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

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

How is training delivered?

  • Online classroom.

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


Online training is a six-week course, available from anywhere. Depending on your previous knowledge, you will have to invest 6–8 hours per learning element. There are 11 learning elements for the Foundation level and 9 for the Advanced level.

Not sure if online learning is right for you?

If you're not sure if online learning is right for you, please check the details about the 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 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.

Online exam

Any computer (Windows, Mac) with a webcam, microphone and latest webcam drivers. Please check the minimum system requirements.

Course outline

Understanding sustainability

  • 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)

Social responsibility

  • 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

Sustainability manager course structure overview of teh modules

Details of the course structure

Sustainability manager course structure, all submodules


1. Registration

Choose the package and apply for online training.

After registration, please wait for the invoice.

2. Prices and payment

Online learning with tutor support

  • without exam or certificate: 533€

  • with exam and certificate: 689€


  • Online (first attempt): 232€

  • Online (subsequent attempts): 196€ each

Access extension (after access expires)

If you don't complete the course in six weeks, you can always extend your access:

  • 50€/month (Credit card/PayPal fee +2€)

Accepted payment methods

  • Bank transfer

  • PayPal

  • Credit card = Visa, Mastercard, American Express

+ transfer fees: Bank transfer: 0€, credit card and Paypal +18€

3. Access to the online classroom

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

4. Exam and certification

After you complete the course, you can apply for the external ECQA exam and certificate:

Apply for the exam and receive a certificate >>


The examination is limited to 2 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.

Examination and certification FAQ >>

More about ECQA >>

Online expert

Dr Tomislav Rozman, Certified ECQA Sustainability Management Trainer

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 50€/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.

Participant locations

Participants of our online course have come from Romania, Slovenia, Austria, France, Belgium.


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