RWTH Certificate Course – Chief Technology Manager

Your success initiative: Strategic Technology and Innovation Management

Discover effective and successful approaches to technology and innovation management to optimize your own competencies. Apply your new skills to efficiently identify, evaluate and develop new technologies in practice in your own working environment. The best approach for a long-term improvement is to create a consistent strategy to move your company forward and identify your future fields of action. This can be achieved by using your knowledge through practical exercises to develop innovative business models for your individual market success.

Study format:
Certificate Course
5 Days
Choose place & time which suits you best
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (60 Hrs. Workload)
Course fees:
4,230 € "Further Education" Promotion until 31/03/2024 (regular price: 4,700€) incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival & departure
RWTH Executive Certificate


  • April 15 - 19, 2024


  • June 10 - 14, 2024
  • November 25 - 29, 2024


  • October 21 - 25, 2024

Contents of the Training

You will be able to implement technology and innovation management approaches successfully in your own company.
Our lecturers from science and consulting explain the theoretical basics and present successful approaches from science as well as from industrial practice: Continuing training serves as a foundation for the development of competence assurance in the creation of a consistent technology strategy and the identification of new technologies. These skills are then applied for the targeted development of business model innovations, ensuring successful product implementation in the market.

Day 1 | Technology & Innovation Management

Day 2 | Competence Analysis & Diversification

Day 3 | Development of New Business Models

Day 4 | Technology Scouting & Monitoring

Day 5 | Outlook Technology & Innovation Management and Exam

Develop new skills and gain industry-specific knowledge

  • Apply proven methods for systematically designing strategic technology and innovation management
  • Discover the intersection of business model innovation and agile technology development
  • Reinforce your recently gained knowledge through hands-on exercises, on the basis of a continuous case study
  • Learn from industry best practices

The professionally organized and compactly structured course combines the theoretical background knowledge with the practical application very clearly. The applied case study as well as the numerous practical examples deepen the understanding of models, tools and methods enormously. Already during the course, some aspects became apparent that I would like to implement immediately in my company. The course can therefore be clearly recommended as a preparatory or further training measure for anyone working in the innovation environment.

Raoul Bierwirth, Zentis Holding GmbH

Scientific Lead & Lecturers of the Chief Technology Manager

Vita of the Scientific Lead

Vitae of the Lecturers

Teaching Institutes & Partner

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops and optimizes solutions for modern production on behalf of customers. It conducts application-oriented research and development for companies in various industries, including automotive engineering, tool and die making, aerospace, precision mechanics and optics, as well as machine tool manufacturing. The achieved results are directly integrated into the customers’ operational practice.

The Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen Campus offers further education in the field of technology and innovation management to find optimized solutions for their challenges. A "world of experience" is being created in collaboration with partners from the TIME Research Area, Fraunhofer IPT, WZL of RWTH Aachen, and KEX Knowledge Exchange AG, allowing industry's future planners and decision-makers to experience the process from the initial development idea to the manufacture of products ready for series production. The fundamental concept is precisely tailored to the projects, potentials, and interests of companies.

Participation Requirements & Target Group

The Chief Technology Manager is aimed at specialists & managers from technology-oriented companies. Following areas are of particular interest:

  • research & development
  • technology & innovation management
  • new business development & strategy, production
  • technical purchasing & management

The number of participants is limited to 20 persons in order to ensure an efficient knowledge transfer in the dialog between the participants and lecturers is guaranteed.

Course Overview

5 Days | 4,700 € (exempted from sales tax)
incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival and departure

  • Target audience: Specialists & Managers from tech.-oriented industries
  • Course size: 20 participants max.
  • RWTH Executive Certificate
  • 5% Alumni Discount

Why take the Course Chief Technology Manager at the RWTH International Academy?

  • Imparting practice-relevant and applicable knowledge in technology management as well as for the systematic development of business model innovations
  • In-depth knowledge of methods and tools for the sustainable implementation of processes in your company
  • Reference to current problems of companies from practice
  • Projection of what you have learned to your own professional field or your own company
  • Learning from best practice examples from industry as well as through the interdisciplinary exchange of experience
    in the network

RWTH Aachen Executive Certificate & Digital Badge

You will receive an officially recognized Executive Certificate "Chief Technology Manager" from RWTH Aachen University. The achievements can be credited to other certified courses or further studies, as they are marked with the "European Credit Transfer System" (ECTS) and contribute fundamentally to your professional development. In addition, you will receive the certificate as a verified digital badge protected and authenticated by the blockchain, which will specifically strengthen your professional portfolio through its unlimited visibility, security and flexibility.

In-house Opportunities

Our in-house training offers a wide range of academic and professional skills tailored to your company's specific challenges and goals. We work closely with you to develop a customized training, compiled from proven teaching methods and the expertise of our qualified lecturers to ensure optimal learning outcomes for your professional development.

Would one of our courses also be of interest to your entire team/company? Contact us: Our team for your team! We will be happy to advise you on the possibility of an in-house course. Give us a call or send us an email – we will tailor your further training to your needs!

Funding Options

If you live/work in Germany, there are a number of government funding opportunities for your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example the

  • individual federal states
    (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • education premium
  • educational leave
Grant application

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