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Industry 4.0 - Fundamentals E-learning Course

Understand what Industry 4.0 is and its basic concepts


In 2011, the German Government coined the term Industrie 4.0, addressing the fourth industrial revolution as the next stage in the organisation and control of the entire value stream along the life cycle of a product. Since then, many manufacturers perceived it as a complex topic, something far beyond their reach and, consequently, out of scope from their strategies. Over time, Industry 4.0 became something that manufacturing stakeholders cannot avoid embracing, as it addresses new opportunities, overcomes internal challenges, and generates new business models through the integration, collection and analysis of data from all related business processes.

Many refers to Industry 4.0 as a revolution, others as an evolution, but what is it really? How can Industry 4.0 help to improve the manufacturing business processes, and how can it strengthen the value chain? What are the most common smart technologies that fall under the Industry 4.0 umbrella?

Many individuals, as well as companies, still lack familiarity with its basic concepts, are unclear how to get started, and do not have a systematic approach to quantify its impact.

Through this e-learning course, learners will get the opportunity to gain the basic skill sets of Industry 4.0. It covers the approach to implement Smart Factory Concepts supporting digital transformation, and one of the most adopted frameworks to structure a company’s digital growth in this area, the Smart Industry Readiness Index. 


Upon successful completion of this e-learning module, you will have a clear understanding of the following: 

  • What is Industry 4.0?
  • The concept of Agility, of the Development Path and of the Target Functions in Industry 4.0
  • The 3 main key processes in Industry 4.0:
    • Vertical Integration
    • Horizontal Integration, and
    • Integrated Product Life Cycle
  • Design Principles of Industry 4.0
  • Key technologies for a Smart Factory
  • Introduction to Smart Industry Readiness Index


The course employs a variety of training tools such as content-embedded assessment, and other interactive exercises to enhance the learning experience. Easily accessible via your preferred choice of device, the course allows you to log in and learn whenever, wherever.

The cumulative duration of the programme is 50 minutes, after which you will be required to pass a quiz to receive your e-certificate with a unique ID.


This course is specially designed for manufacturers who are interested in understanding more about Industry 4.0, consultants who want to validate their knowledge and new learners.

Prerequisite: English Language Proficiency, minimal knowledge of the basic manufacturing processes is welcome but not essential


The course has been designed by domain experts from TÜV SÜD.

With immense experience and knowledge in the relevant industry frameworks, our team of technical experts at TÜV SÜD, developed the course content based on current business landscape and market requirements.

    • World-Class Training
      Learn from TÜV SÜD’s industry experts and training specialists
    • Flexible Learning Style
      Study in your own time, at your own pace
    • Continuous Feedback
      Get prompt feedback from content-embedded assessment
    • Competency-Based Learning
      Show your course progress based on demonstrated learning
    • Professional Certification
      Get a globally recognised certificate and enhance your career development
  • FAQs
    1. How do I enroll for the course?
      To enroll, simply select the course which you would like to register for, fill out the form on the webpage accordingly.
    2. How can I do a group registration for the e-learning course?
      For group registrations for your organisation, you may email us at [email protected] or call +1800-212-2000.
    3. What is included with the course?
      You get access to our e-learning content along with the assessments that will help you understand the topics in depth. In the event of any technical difficulties, you can contact us for support.
    4. Can I pause the course and log in to it anytime?
      Yes. The course allows you to take a break and return to it within the defined access period.
    5. Are there any tests in the middle of the course?
      Yes, there are interactive quizzes throughout the course to gauge your understanding of the lectures.
    6. Can I get a refund if I cancel my enrolment?
      No, refund is not possible once the account is activated.
    7. What happens if I don't finish the course within the access period?
      Access period may be adjusted for B2B customers depending on what was agreed in the contract. For B2C customers, access runs only for 30 days.
    8. I have difficulty accessing the course. Whom should I contact?
      To contact someone from TÜV SÜD, you may email us at [email protected] or call +1800-212-2000.
    9. Who developed the course and what are their qualifications?
      The course is developed by TÜV SÜD’s Digital Academy Approval Board. The experts undergo relevant upskilling programmes, benefitting from TÜV SÜD’s 150 years of expertise and global heritage.
    10. Whom do I contact if I want more in-depth course materials?
      To contact someone from TÜV SÜD, you may email us at [email protected] or call +1800-212-2000.

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