Free circular economy course by EOI and the University of Salamanca - Green Ecologist

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Circular economy course

One of the great changes in the economy of the 21st century is the trend towards a more sustainable and green future. This new economic paradigm has given rise to the concept of circular economy, based on the principle of “closing the life cycle”.

In short, transform manufacturing processes towards lower energy consumption and waste production, less garbage! And more to take care of raw materials in the face of natural resources that are increasingly scarce.

This transition requires knowledge and training to be carried out consistently. This is where the free circular economy course coordinated by EOI (School of Industrial Organization) and the University of Salamanca.

Course features

The circular economy course is framed in the Circular Labs Project. A European project that promotes entrepreneurship for the Circular Economy in the Iberian Area, which includes Spain and Portugal.

The Online training is in both Spanish and Portuguese and anyone can register. In addition, it offers a certificate at no additional cost (Later we will see how to obtain it).

The period during which this edition of the online course in Circular Economy. The training consists of 9 modules, each one made up of:

  • A syllabus: document that collects the most important points of the module, including the structure, objectives and biography of the experts who have participated, both in the preparation of the technical notes and in the videos.
  • An introductory animated video
  • Several thematic units. composed of: A video by an expert or experts (average duration of 5-7 minutes). Technical notes. Complementary materials (their reading is not compulsory) and evaluation questionnaires.

The nine modules of the course are:

  • Module 1. Introduction to the circular economy.
  • Module 2. LCA and Ecodesign.
  • Module 3. Waste management and Circular Economy.
  • Module 4. The circular economy in the company & new business models.
  • Module 5. Communication, leadership and marketing for a Circular Economy.
  • Module 6. Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy.
  • Module 7. Circular economy in industry. Productive sectors.
  • Module 8. Territorial strategies / Tools for diagnosis, analysis and monitoring of CD.
  • Module 9. Real cases of CE application in the Iberian space.

In addition, the course offers 2 complementary compulsory viewing and reading modules, which only have technical notes. These modules do not include syllabus, quizzes, or videos:

  • Complementary module 1. Circular economy in cities and circular economy in rural areas
  • Complementary module 2. Policies, networks and society

Y there is an internal forum where you can ask questions that arise, both technical and academic.

The online course has a minimum level of studies of a Bachelor's degree or intermediate level FP, and that you will obtain a "Certificate of Achievement", upon exceeding the indicated academic requirements. If you do not have this minimum level of studies, you will obtain a "Certificate of Attendance", after exceeding the academic requirements indicated.

We can access the circular economy course to register from HERE on the platform (This course has ended in August 2022) but other options that are currently active:

  • MOOC of the Universidad de los Andes on a Circular Economy tools course. Free through the Coursera platform.
  • From the project «Young school. Extremadura social and circular economy ». They have two formations: a course on green and circular economy, and other course on social economy and cooperativism, in MOOC format and can be consulted from EJESEC.


The conditions to obtain the certificate of the EOI course. Although you have them within the platform, first of all, there are two types:

  • Certificate of achievement of 75 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS): what will be obtained by students with a minimum degree of bachelor's degree or FP.
  • 75 hour attendance certificate: will be obtained by the rest of the students who do not meet the requirement described in the previous point.

To obtain the Certificate of training, you must have carried out the following actions:

  • Viewing of all the videos, including the introductory animated video of each module. You can view the videos as many times as you need. Download and read all the technical notes.
  • Completion of the evaluation questionnaire for all modules (final test), and obtaining a minimum grade of 5 out of 10. You can make the attempts you want in case of not reaching that minimum grade.
  • You will not be able to go to the next module until you have completed the actions mentioned above for the module you are taking (viewing the videos, downloading and reading the documentation and finally having taken the test with a minimum result of 5 out of 10). The platform will check that all these steps have been completed and if everything has been done correctly, you can move on to the next module.
  • Once you have completed all the modules, including the two complementary modules (which are also mandatory), the platform will automatically generate the Certificate of Academic Achievement or a Certificate of Attendance.
  • The request for this Certificate by the student is optional.

For our part, we believe that it is a good opportunity to train ourselves in a subject that is on the rise as well as sustainable development, that there is little training and where the courses that we find on the network are paid. And, in addition, supported by the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and the University of Salamanca.

By the way, also of interest is a MOOC on environmental impact assessment by the UPV that we can consult HERE and another from the same University, on construction procedures: land in civil works and buildings that we can see HERE, of very good quality!

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