Circular Value Networks

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

While modern industry is still adapting to the emergence of Industry 4.0, a new opportunity space is starting to surface. The ability to balance sustainability, people and resilient value chains is quickly becoming the defining differentiator for Operations professionals the world over. We call this Industry 5.0And we want you to shape it.

Circularity is a term that has been thrown around organizations for nearly 4 decades. And yet, it remains a largely untapped potential and term often misunderstood as a state, rather than a mindset that must continuously adjust to changing industry practice and innovation. Get the knowledge and tools you need to accelerate the transition to NET-Zero with people at the center.

Unlocking the opportunity to set growth, innovation and sustainability goals rather than simply managing operations is the great competitive advantage of professionals versed in Industry 5.0.

Our Executive Certificate is for those who want to drive change responsibly within the value chain. It focuses on rethinking the global supply chain model, from systems thinking and impact reduction to circular economy principles.

Participant profile

This program is for professionals with minimum 5 years who want to understand and transform the value chain and bring sustainable solutions to the decision-making table by leveraging Industry 5.0 opportunities.


The modules consist each of 3 full class days (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), in person at the EPFL Campus, along with remote and blended learning. Total required time investment is approximatively 350 hours. It is designed to enable you to continue your work and study at the same time.

A Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is granted by EPFL upon successful completion of all modules.

January 2024

Sustainability & Systems Thinking

  • Navigating the Grand Transition to systems thinking
  • Applying systems thinking within a sustainability framework

Environmental & Social Impact Assessment 1

  • Exploring Environmental Life Cycle Assessment – ELA 1
  • Guiding Environmental Life Cycle Assessment – ELA 2
February 2024

Environmental & Social Impact Assessment 2

  • Exploring Social Life Cycle Assessment – SLA
  • Executing Life Cycle Costing

Impact Reduction

  • Managing product eco-design
  • Corporate solutions management
February 2024

Circular Economy

  • Exploring the circular economy paradigm
  • Multi-stakeholder best practice for applied circularity

Responsible & Traceable Value Chains 1

  • Removing barriers to social impact through connectivity
  • Human safety and compliance along the value chain
March 2024

Responsible & Traceable Value Chains 2

  • Procurement management for shared value
  • Managing product traceability from cradle to grave

 Rethinking the Global Supply Chain Model

  • Calculating Industry 5.0 opportunities within operations strategy
  • World Economic Forum lighthouse projects
Blue Connection Simulation Game

Becoming catalysts of the transition towards circularity

Tuition fee

The fee for the CAS (7 modules) is 9’800 CHF*.
*Introductory price

The fee for a single module is 3’200 CHF.
Please note: Priority is given to the applicants to the full CAS. Applications to single modules are subject to availability.


A Bachelor’s degree, fluency in English and a minimum of 5 years work experience.

Application and Registration

All applications for the CAS are done online. See the FAQs for required documents and how to apply.

Would you like to learn more about the CAS and how to secure your seat?

Request a brochure with a full overview of the program. We are happy to answer any questions you would have.

Our most common questions are listed below, however feel free to get in touch at [email protected] if you have further questions.


  • All modules: 9’800 CHF *
  • 1 module: 3’200 CHF

* Introductory price

Priority is given to the applicants to the full CAS. Applications to single modules are subject to availability.

All modules must be successfully completed in order to obtain the CAS

  • Each module consists of 3 days of live classes (4 weekends and 6 webinars), over a period of 3 months
  • These are consecutive Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
  • Class days start at 9:15 and finish at 17:15

Each module includes remote and blended learning.

A Bachelor’s degree, fluency in English and a minimum of 5 years work experience.

Follow the online application link below. You will need:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy & transcript for each degree
  • A scan of your passport
  • One passport photo (minimum 300 dpi – jpg file)

Online application:

Applications are taken on a rolling basis; it is advisable to apply at least 30 days prior to the start of the module.

The next CAS starts in January 2024.

Pre-work will be expected to be done in the weeks preceding the start of the CAS. Readings will be available on our online platform before the start of the CAS.