Sustainable Industry

Check out SENAI courses related to the environment and sustainability

Paid and free classroom-based and distance learning programs are available, and there are podcast options, ranging from vocational initiation to advanced training

The National Service for Industrial Learning (SENAI) is among the largest vocational education complexes in the world. SENAI currently delivers in excess of three thousand courses that bring together industry theory and practice through multiple platforms – both classroom-based and distance learning (DL) programs are available. They are open to workers in all conditions: those in vocational initiation or those seeking advanced qualification. Several programs on the environment and sustainability are available, in addition to many other programs related to the industrial sector.

Vocational initiation – For those starting their careers, for example, two programs are particularly relevant: the Environmental Literacy Course and the Responsible Energy Consumption Course. Enrollment for both is available until December 31, 2022.

The Environmental Literacy Course (DL, free of charge, 14 hours on-line) is offered to all graduates or non-graduates, and is intended to address key issues, concepts and definitions about the environment, while looking at current issues and future outlooks. On the agenda, the Silent Spring; Brazil’s legislation; the environmental agenda in the public sector; 5Rs; separate waste collection; thermal insulation design; and water consumption.

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The Responsible Energy Consumption Course (DL, free of charge, 14 hours on-line) is offered to all graduates or non-graduates, and is intended to address key issues on Brazil’s energy map; environmental impacts; the Brazilian Labeling Program (PBE); best domestic practices; efficient lighting; and lighting performance.

Both programs are immediately available upon registration, and access is free for 30 days. The training materials are produced by SENAI (on-line content, videos and simulators, etc.) and made available through a Web-based platform. To complete the course, students must take a final test, and the passing grade is 60%. Successful students then receive a certificate via e-mail.

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Classroom-based and distance learning programs – For those looking for vocational training, SENAI offers training courses such as the Sustainable Production and Consumption Agent Course (in-person, free of charge, 160 hours), available to anyone with a secondary school certificate. Students in this course will focus on sustainable production and consumption practices for various domains in the supply chain; learn about environmental issues; and review opportunities for the adoption of sustainable production and consumption practices (SPC) with a view to disseminating SPC practices, in accordance with current environmental legislation and standards.

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The course Discovering the Circular Economy course (DL, paid, 6-hour on-line) is for students and professionals seeking additional qualifications. Students will learn about the concepts, principles, history, evolution, and challenges in the circular economy. These include sustainability concepts; VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) world; profile and impacts of the linear economy; concepts and characteristics of planned obsolescence; consumption theory; model and principles for the transition from a linear to a circular economy; socio-emotional skills required in management; TBL (Triple Bottom Line) concept; business models and benefits reaped through the circular economy; corporate governance as a sustainability tool; systemic thinking; recycling chain structure; in addition to the circular economy in practice, with a successful case study (Tokyo Olympics).

In order to receive a certificate upon completion of the courses, students must complete all activities and score at least 70% in the final test. Enrollment is available until December 31, 2022.

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Open courses – SENAI also offers the SENAI Play project, which delivers technological innovation in the learning process, through mini-courses and micro-courses aimed at various industrial sectors, in short knowledge podcasts (just a few minutes). An example is the Circular Economy (, with content that is identical to the course Discovering the Circular Economy above.

Podcast-based courses also include Recycling and Reuse of Inorganic Waste, (; Circular Fashion, (; Prospects and challenges for Biofuels in Brazil, (;Climate Change – Learning from Planet Venus, (; Organic Composting (; The Hemp Revolution (

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