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This course is designed for developers and managers seeking to acquire business skills in blockchain technology. The course is suitable for business developers who need an in-depth understanding of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

The course delivers an insight into the Ethereum and Hyperledger platforms among others; you will develop your understanding of the full range of potential blockchain use cases and business models. As more and more blockchainbased applications evolve, an in-depth knowledge of the underlying technologies is becoming indispensable. Equipped with this knowledge, you can leverage blockchain opportunities to build your company’s digital future.


This programme has been set up in cooperation with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center which is a think tank and research center which investigates implications of the blockchain technology for companies and their business models.

Programme content

The course consists of two 4-day weeks. You may also choose not to take part in the full certification course and attend the first week only (modules 1–4). In this case, you will not be required to write a paper; instead, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

All learning material will be provided on our online campus as a PDF, Word document or PowerPoint. The online campus is accessible throughout the certification course, so that participants can always access the course presentations as well as any additional material. Documents can be printed or used directly on notebooks/mobile devices.

The examination takes the form of a written paper based on a selected topic. A number of topics will be proposed, and participants are asked to choose a single topic as the subject of their paper. Certain topics cover business-related issues, others are primarily IT-related. After finishing the second week of the course, candidates will be expected to complete their written paper in: 8 weeks.

Blockchain fundamentals and ecosystem (Module 1)

The participants will learn about blockchain fundamentals and the breadth of use cases that allow for potential application of the blockchain technology. Further, ecosystems and consortiums will be presented. Basic technological building blocks will be presented in an overview over the technology. Here, further modules will provide more depth.

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Public blockchains and enterprise blockchains (Module 2)

In this module, the participants will learn the key frameworks in both the domain of enterprise blockchains and public blockchain. The former concerns the enterprise context, and the latter the environment of crypto currencies. Specific features such as consortiums and Initial Coin Offerings are also explained.

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Consensus and security mechanisms of DLT systems (Module 3)

The goal is to discuss security and integrity issues with the participants. Data protection is an important facet of IT systems, and therefore has to be aligned with blockchain technology. Participants will learn about pseudonymity in public blockchain systems. Furthermore, this module will provide deeper knowledge in cryptography, mining and consensus algorithms. These topics are primarily relevant in public blockchain architectures; however, cryptography is also a key element in the enterprise context. Additionally, students will learn about the scalability of blockchain solutions and game theoretical approaches.

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Ethereum and hyperledger (Module 4)

The goal of the first part of the course is to explain Ethereum, one of the largest development frameworks. Ethereum works in the public domain and can also be utilised in private settings. The participants will learn how to interact with the Ethereum Virtual Machine through many hands-on examples. For this purpose, a virtual machine has been configured so that the participants can practice with smart contracts and coding. In the second part of the course the Hyperledger framework will be presented. Hyperledger is one of the largest blockchain development frameworks used with both companies and in a B2B context. It is mostly applied in consortia with a broad range of use cases. With the help of many practical hands-on examples, the participants will learn how to interact with Hyperledger. For this purpose, a virtual machine has been configured so that the participants can practice with smart contracts and writing Chaincode.

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Use cases and projects in finance, banking and insurance (Module 5)

Participants learn about the application of blockchain technology in business. To this end, use cases from finance, banking and insurance will be presented and explained. The technology stack used for these examples will be explained in detail.

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Use cases and applications in logistics, IoT and industrie 4.0 (Module 6)

Participants will learn about the application of technology in non-financial fields such as logistics, the Internet of Things (IoT), or Industrie 4.0. Of course, these use cases also involve financial transactions and smart contracts. However, in ecosystems related to logistics, IoT and manufacturing, finance will only be one aspect to consider. The participants will also learn to the technology stack and learn how to evaluate use cases.

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ICOs and Token Economy (Module 7)

Through this seminar, participants will learn about the “tokenization of everything”. Blockchain technology allows the taking of assets and distributing them efficiently across a large number of owners. This process is being done for startups through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Albeit limited, tokenization will be applicable to a large breadth of assets in the future (e.g. real estate, machinery). Therefore it is important for the participants to understand this upcoming trend.

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Legal Issues of Regulation, Tokens and Smart Contracts (Module 8)

This module covers how blockchain-applications can be qualified from a legal perspective. Participants will learn how blockchain technology fits in the current scope of the German and European legal framework and what approaches for new legislation are currently discussed. The fields of law discussed during the module will have a focus on financial regulatory law, such as banking regulation, anti-money laundering law as well as capital markets law. In addition to that, the participants will also discuss how blockchain-tokens can be qualified under German private law.

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Key Facts


Certified Blockchain Expert (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management)

Target Group

Innovation managers, CIOs and CDOs, IT strategists, executive managers and experts in business administration, as well as individuals who would like to learn more about blockchain technology.


A basic knowledge of IT is required. While a knowledge of programming and IT development is not required, it would be helpful. All participants should bring laptops with them to work on practical exercises during the course.


5-6 month

  • First compact course: 4 modules (1 day each)
  • Second compact course: 4 modules (1 day each)
  • Final written paper


Total fee: EUR 6,950 (8 days). The fee covers the first and second compact course, course registration (EUR 100), the examination (EUR 450) and final certification.
First compact course only: EUR 3,650 (4 days)
Course fees are exempt from VAT.

All our specialist courses are also available as customised programmes.
Please ask us for a quotation.

Product Information & Registration

Start of programme


Lutz Auffenberg

Lutz is a German attorney with a focus of expertise in cryptocurrency laws and blockchain-technology as well as digitalisation and the internet of things. He is a specialist in the field of banking regulation and capital markets law and frequently speaks on international conferences and expert seminars about the legal implications of blockchain-related solutions on business processes, i.a. in Hong Kong, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels and Paris. Lutz has been a salary partner in a Frankfurt-based law firm until 2018, where he has been in charge of the banking law department.

Stefan Hiecker

IoT Expert, KI decentralized

Stefan has a degree in electronics and information technologies as well as 15+ years of experience in electronics. He worked the last 5 years in scientific projects and in the automotive industry. As a specialist for distributed embedded systems, his focus is on the integration of IoT devices to blockchain-ecosystems. Stefan is enthusiastic about pushing sensor based decentralized autonomous systems.

Eric Alexander Holst

Blockchain Expert & Product Owner, KI decentralized

Eric has a Master’s degree in Corporate Management and Economics and worked prior as a researcher on social innovation and a Design Thinker for startups in Berlin, Frankfurt, and India, where he was a product owner for a crowdfunding platform.

Since 2014, Eric has been in the blockchain space where he quickly became involved in the scene as a Community Manager in Germany for the blockchain Education Network. He also built three prototypes at hackathons in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany around Peer-To-Peer Grids & Delivery and Process Auditing.

Additionally, he was a consultant for business model innovation and conducted research on use-cases for blockchain on energy grids and the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Wilfried Kopp

Senior Expert Blockchain, KI decentralized

Wilfried Kopp is Senior Blockchain Expert at KI decentralized GmbH, a software house and consultancy with a strong focus on blockchain technology and solutions.

Will is a Dipl.- Ing. in Image & Signal Processing with 17+ years of experience in software development and 11+ years of international experience. He worked as a vision solutions expert in the USA and France and developed solutions ranging from infrared analysis to OCR and direct part marking.

In 2009, he relocated to Germany where he took various positions in the field of document management before focusing on business process management (BPM) and financial services. His strong background in software development (c, c++, asm, c#, javascript, micro-controller) and project management help bridge business requirements and implementation of solid architectures.

Working with blockchain since 2012, he has contributed several open source projects related to blockchain such as Ethereum and NXT. Will is passionate about helping partners discover and embrace blockchain and decentralized technologies while not compromising on security and quality.

Tobias Latzke

Blockchain Evangelist, KI decentralized

Tobias Latzke is senior developer and blockchain evangelist at KI decentralized GmbH, a software house and a consultancy with a strong focus on blockchain technology and solutions. He has more than 10 years of professional software development experience over a variety of programming languages (C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, etc.) and frameworks. His deep understanding of blockchain technology combined with the enthusiasm to pass on this knowledge makes him a much sought after trainer for blockchain platforms like Ethereum, Hyperledger, Stellar and more.

Prior to joining the KI decentralized team, Tobias was Senior Developer at Bewotec GmbH, where he coordinated small developer teams within an agile software development framework (first Scrum, later Kanban). Tobias studied computer science at RWTH Aachen, EPF Lausanne, and the University of Freiburg.

He became involved with Bitcoin in early 2013 and has been a cryptocurrency enthusiast ever since. As co-organizer of several meetups, he facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience within local blockchain communities. In his spare time, Tobias created Centaurus - an award-winning open source android wallet for the stellar payment network.

Mirco Recksiek

Cryptocurrency Expert, KI decentralized

Mirco is blockchain consultant and cryptocurrency expert at KI decentralized GmbH, a software house and consultancy with a strong focus on blockchain technology and solutions.

After beginning his career in a bank, he chose to study Business Administration at the University of Cologne and just finished his Master degree with his major in Digitalization & Entrepreneurship. His thesis investigated digital assets at the core of blockchain-based business models with the goal of deriving concepts and economic implications for several industries.

His first contact with Bitcoin and blockchain technology was in 2016 during a lecture for his studies. Since then, he has been enthusiastic for the new technology, started investing in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other Cryptocurrencies, and is stays up to date on new projects in the crypto-scene.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

The expertise of Prof. Sandner in particular includes blockchain technology and its application in various industries but also concerns digital transformation, entrepreneurship (e.g. corporate entrepreneurship, fintech startups) and innovation management.

Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Moritz Strube

Moritz has already led countless blockchain development projects at ChainLabs. ChainLabs offers the implementation of blockchain projects and consults companies on blockchain technologies and smart contracts, especially in the fields of the Internet of Things, Industrie 4.0, and mobility.

Before working for ChainLabs, Moritz had various leadership roles in the field of business development, technology management, and IT project management. He has over 20 years of work experience and degrees in mathematics, business administration, and economics.

Exactly this interdisciplinary orientation creates the ideal foundation for blockchain technologies, crypto economics, and distributed ledgers. Additional fields of interest include deep learning, machine learning, data science, and the Internet of Things.

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