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CEMforSMEs: Circular Economy Manager Curriculum


Circular Economy Manager Curriculum

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Gain a solid understanding of circular economy principles, including its benefits and challenges.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and execute circular business models contributing to resource efficiency and sustainability.
  • Learn to incorporate circular design and innovation principles into product and process development, creating sustainable solutions that reduce waste and conserve resources.
  • Develop a deep understanding of circular supply chain principles in the agrifood sector, enabling the transformation of traditional operations into sustainable, resource-efficient systems.
  • Learn to assess, plan, and implement waste reduction and resource optimization strategies within organizations, fostering sustainability, cost savings, and environmental management.
  • Gain insights from real-world case studies on the application of circular economy principles, enabling them to draw upon lessons and best practices to improve circular economy initiatives in professional settings.
Target Groups

This training course has been designed and developed for the following targets:

  • SMEs Managers seeking strategic insights and innovation strategies.
  • SMEs in the Food and Agricultural Sector aim to enhance competitiveness.
  • Individuals, aspiring to excel in food and agriculture careers.
  • VET Institutions enhancing curriculum offerings.
  • Labor Market demand for skilled professionals.


This course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly sustainable and circular economic landscape within the agrifood industry. To achieve this, the following 6 modules are available:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Circular Economy
  • Module 2: Circular Economy Business Models
  • Module 3: Circular Design and Innovation in the agrifood sector
  • Module 4: Circular Supply Chain Management in the agrifood sector
  • Module 5: Waste Reduction and Resource Optimization
  • Module 6: Circular Economy Case Studies in the agrifood sector


The training course on Circular Economy in the Agrifood Sector aims to equip learners with a deep understanding of the core principles and practical applications of circular economy concepts. Through a series of modules, participants will gain insights into circular business models, design and innovation principles, supply chain management strategies, waste reduction techniques, and real-world case studies. By the end of the course, learners will be empowered to drive sustainable change within their organizations, implementing circular economy practices to minimize waste generation, maximize resource efficiency, and foster resilience in the agrifood sector. Through a combination of knowledge, skills, and inspiration, participants will be prepared to lead the transition towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future in the agrifood industry.


The Circular Economy Manager curriculum offers a comprehensive blend of online and physical learning activities, ensuring accessibility for SMEs while accommodating diverse regional needs. This structured program provides a detailed training plan and tailored materials, all with clearly defined learning outcomes and assessment criteria to facilitate certification. Utilizing techniques such as brainstorming, case studies etc., participants gain practical insights and theoretical knowledge essential for leading circular economy initiatives within agrifood organizations. By integrating these educational strategies, the curriculum equips Circular Economy Managers with the skills, understanding, and hands-on experience necessary to drive sustainable change and contribute effectively to the transition towards a circular economy in the agrifood sector.

Evaluation methods

At the conclusion of each module, participants are required to complete a corresponding assessment test designed to evaluate their understanding and proficiency in the covered topics. These assessment tests encompass various formats, including multiple-choice questions, true/false statements, and possibly other interactive elements. This self-assessment tool serves as a means for participants to evaluate their level of achievement in learning, aligning with predefined learning outcomes and objectives.


Upon successful completion of all assessment tests throughout the course, participants will be eligible for certification. Certificates will be awarded to participants who demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency and understanding in the circular economy principles and practices covered in the course. This certification will serve as an additional qualification in their CV and the job market.

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