Circular Economy Institute Certificate


The #1 Certificate towards becoming a circular built environment expert.

This program is a professional credential offered internationally by the CE Institute to people aiming to implement circular economy strategies to the built environment sector. By earning this CE Institute Certificate, you will learn how circular construction is being deployed in the real world and will increase your competence to develop skills useful in today’s business world. Through this program you will:
  • Learn what are the circular economy principles and real-world built environment applications
  • Develop competence in the circular economy diagram and its implementation
  • Gain a deep understanding of how circular solutions are implemented through real-life buildings and spaces
  • Evaluate projects based on the upcoming ISO International Standards on Circularity


The program covers a broad range of circular economy topics relating to its principles, design of circular strategies, new business models, and provides an in-depth knowledge of other areas of the circular economy. The program includes different units with graded activities and quizzes.
In order to earn the certificate, the candidate will have to:
  1. Have over 3 years of work experience;
  2. Commit to the CEI Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct;
  3. Pass two 20-question multiple choice exams (theory and professional standards) with a grade of over 70%; 
  4. Submit a 2-page assessment of a company based on the upcoming ISO International Standards on Circular Economy; and
  5. Submit a 10-min video of yourself simulating giving recommendations to an organization based on your circular assessment with a score of over 70%.


Hands-on circular design, architecture and construction theory and implementation tools about the upcoming ISO International Standards on Circular Economy.


  • Designers, construction managers, engineers, architects willing to embed the circular economy principles
  • Directors of Quality and Environmental Management
  • Circular economy consultants in the built environment field
  • Professionals who work for an organization or city embedding the circular economy
  • Professional students with work experience in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and construction methods
  • Public sector officials who need to know how to embed circularity in their cities and countries
  • If you would like to request a reimbursement by your employer, please feel free to use the Employer Benefits
  • For academic institutions, consider the Affiliate Universities program


PROVIDER: Circular Economy Institute

PRICE: £460 (discount upon request for CEI Alumni)


DURATION: Self-paced, estimated 60 hours. Must be completed within 12 months of purchase.

PREREQUISITES: 3 years working experience 

LANGUAGES: English or Spanish

CERTIFICATE: Provided upon passing final exam


Module 1 – Theoretical Basis of the Circular Economy

  • Unit 1.1. Definition
  • Unit 1.2. Technical Material Loops
  • Unit 1.3. Biological Material Loops
  • Unit 1.4. Appearance and History
  • BONUS: How is it different from Sustainability?

Module 2 – Circular Built Environment Business Models 

  • Unit 2.1. Circular Design + Case study
  • Unit 2.2. Keep in Use for Longer + Case study
  • Unit 2.3. Reuse/Redistribute + Case study
  • Unit 2.4. Refurbish/Remanufacture + Case study
  • Unit 2.5. Recycle + Case study
  • Unit 2.6. Rent + Case study

Module 3 – Barriers and Benefits

  • Unit 3.1. Benefits and Barriers of Implementation

Module 4 – Code of Ethics & Professional Standards

  • Unit 4.1. Code of Ethics 
  • Unit 4.2. Professionalism
  • Unit 4.3. Duties to the Institute and clients
  • Unit 4.4. Conflicts of Interest in circularity

Module 5 – Built Environment Company Evaluation based on Upcoming International Standards

  • Unit 5.1. Introduction
  • Unit 5.2. International Standards Pillars I-III
  • Unit 5.3. International Standards Pillars IV-VI
  • Unit 5.4. International Standards Pillars VII and VIII
  • Unit 5.5. Tool for Company Evaluation based on International Standards
  • Unit 5.6. A client-centered approach
  • Unit 5.7. Providing Useful Recommendations


This certificate includes:

  • CE Institute online Certificate upon completion
  • CE Institute Certificate badge to display in LinkedIn profile upon completion
  • CE Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • 10 hours video content
  • Between-units activities and quizzes
  • 34 real examples of how to embed the circular economy
  • 6 case studies from real-world organizations implementing circularity
  • 65 related articles and resources
  • Support contact:



  • Checklist template to evaluate a company based on upcoming International Standards on circularity
  • Spider web tool to graphically show circular economy performance
  • 2 Slide pack templates to pitch circularity to an organization
  • All slides have speaking notes
  • BONUS: eBook summarizing the certificate