Press Release
10 September 2020

CIWM and Circular Economy Club partner up to offer Circular Economy Certificate

CIWM and the Circular Economy Club (CEC) have announced that they will be working together to promote the CEC Certificate ‘Principles and Business Models in a Circular Economy’.  As part of the agreement, CIWM will promote the CEC Certificate among its network of members, Affiliated Organisations and clients, and CIWM Members can benefit from a 10% discount.

“CIWM is delighted to be partnering with CEC to promote and make this certificate available to CIWM Members,” says CIWM Group chief executive Sarah Poulter. “It is an excellent and accessible way to start building a deeper understanding of circular economy principles and practices.”

Dr David Greenfield, the CEC European External Affairs lead said: “The transition from a linear, take, make, waste system to a circular, resource focused model aligns perfectly with the ambition of the CEC and CIWM for the coming decades, and we are delighted to offer the discounted certificate and free CEC membership to CIWM resource professionals.”

The CEC Certificate ‘Principles and Business Models in a Circular Economy’ is a professional credential offered internationally by the CEC to people aiming to become circular economy professionals. The self-study programme covers a broad range of circular economy topics relating to its principles, design of circular strategies, new business models, and provides a generalist knowledge of other areas of the circular economy including benefits and barriers.

Suitable for a range of audiences, including students and public and private sector professionals and consultants looking to master and embed circular economy principles, the course takes 15 hours to complete online. Optional taught course may become available in the future, depending on demand. Candidates will learn how to clearly and succinctly explain circular economy principles and real-world applications and develop understanding and competence in the application of circular economy principles and how circular solutions are implemented through real-life projects and organisations. To be awarded the certificate, students will have to pass a final multiple choice exam with a grade of over 70% and commit to the CEC Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

Study resources provided include:

  • Full lifetime access to online materials (on desktop, mobile and TV) including 8.5 hours video content and between-units activities and quizzes
  • 22 real examples of how to embed the circular economy
  • 6 case studies from real-world organizations implementing circularity and 50 related articles and resources
  • Summary eBook and 24h support contact:
  • CEC Official Certificate and Certificate badge to display in LinkedIn profile upon completion.

There has already been very positive feedback from candidates who have already completed the certificate:

I found the CE course really useful leaving us with lots of tangible projects to get on with. It went at a good pace and was very practicalCity Council Officer

The level of detail is appropriate for someone with basic understanding of the fundamentals of the circular economy and the content, activities and quizzes do an excellent job of making you learn key concepts in each section and explaining them in a way that one can remember and pitch to companies afterFreelance consultant

Details of the course are available here and CIWM Members looking to take advantage of the 10% discount can find out more here.


Notes to Editors:

1.    CIWM: CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,700 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at

2.    CEC: The Circular Economy Club (CEC) is the largest international network of circular economy professionals and organizations with over 260 CEC local chapters in over 110 countries. It is a not-for-profit, global club and is free to anyone to join. CEC’ vision is: “We envision a new era where all cities worldwide function through a circular model, setting the end of an age of waste” and its mission is “to bring the circular economy to cities worldwide by building strong local networks and provide them to the expertise to design and implement circular local strategies”.

Press contact:

Pat Jennings
CIWM Head of Policy, Knowledge & External Affairs
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260