Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments

Design for better

Use the power of data and connected technologies to lead change in your industry and build a better world.

Thrive in a digitally connected world

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments combines data, ethics and digital technologies to give you the edge to design better outcomes for people, place and planet.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is driving our world of connectivity and automation. IoT is the way everyday ‘things’ share data via the internet, thanks to sensors, processing technology and software. We can now see, hear and sense in nearly any environment – built or natural.

Now that we can track, measure and analyse data in real time, we must also consider how this impacts our communities and environment. This programme is your opportunity to design sustainable tech-enabled solutions that create better outcomes for today and the future.

This innovative 34-week programme was created in close consultation with leading experts and technologists. At the end, you’ll have an actionable strategic solution to drive better outcomes in your industry or organisation, using connected technologies.

Is this programme for me?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments is for professionals who want to design connected technology solutions that deliver positive outcomes.

Even if you’re not a data expert or technical whizz, you will develop skills to create strategic and sustainable smart-tech solutions for your workplace, your community or a wider industry that you’re passionate about.

This programme is for people who:

  • Want to create value by using data insights better.
  • Can see opportunities to improve workplaces, community spaces and environments using connected technologies.
  • Want to unlock people’s creativity by handing over time-consuming processes to machines.

After the programme, you’ll be able to

Apply data insights and connected technologies strategically to drive better experiences and maximise positive impact.
Identify the processes, ethical frameworks and governance models that support you to create sustainable IoT systems for your industry or practice.
Connect with innovators, technologists and entrepreneurs who are immersed in the tech ecosystem.
Apply hands-on experience of IoT devices, automation, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to your industry.
"In the Connected Environments programme there is huge focus on [ethics]. And it made so much more sense because if we’re going to share data, we need to understand privacy."

Kelly Rummins, graduate of the Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments.

Meet your educators

Kriv Naicker
Innovation Advisor
Fiona Pond
Programmes Lead

Learn and collaborate with industry experts

We’ve gathered some of the best practitioners, educators and technologists in Aotearoa New Zealand to create a hands-on learning environment. You’ll connect with industry experts who can provide mentorship as you develop sustainable, world-changing solutions.

Meet the Tech Futures Lab programme advisors.

How you'll learn

Live online sessions:

  • Weekly live online sessions (except for weeks with a full-day workshop), Wednesdays 4:00pm–6:00pm

Self-directed study:

  • Self-directed applied learning, plus preparation and collaboration work (approx 14 hours per week)

In-person workshops:

6 full-day workshops held at Tech Futures Lab, 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland. The workshops run from 9:30am–4:00pm.

As this programme features online and self-directed learning, students will need a device connected to the internet.

Download our Student Handbook for a complete course outline.



The full tuition fee for the Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments programme in is:

  • $6,150* Domestic (NZ student fees)
  • $16,599* International students

*Prices stated are in NZD and inclusive of 15% GST (goods and services tax).

We offer a 10% earlybird discount on tuition fees for applications received by midnight the month prior to the intake start date (offer not available to international students). See Key Dates section above for specific intake dates.

Support available to domestic students:

  • StudyLink loans are available.
  • Depending on your study history, you may be eligible for the NZ Government’s Fees Free scheme.


2023 scholarships will be announced soon.

We recommend you first explore the Fees Free scheme to check your eligibility before you apply for a scholarship. Talk with us if you want to discuss your options.

International students

You will need to check the conditions on your visa to see if you are eligible to study with us. To find out more about studying with Tech Futures Lab as an international student, visit our International Students page.

Entry requirements

You do not need higher qualifications to enrol. We recognise both informal and formal learning pathways into our programme.

School of life: Our equivalence pathway is for learners who have work experience that is equivalent to the higher qualifications detailed below. You will need to demonstrate at least four years’ experience in a relevant industry or community. Watch this video to learn more.

Or formal learning: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification AND at least two years’ work experience in a field impacted by the digital economy.

Places are offered in order of enrolment. The programme is available to candidates who qualify as domestic students (NZ and Australian citizens and permanent residents) and international students who are currently residing in New Zealand. Please see the International Students page for specific information.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of English language competence. This might be a formal test, academic qualification from an English speaking  country or professional achievements in English. More details of the requirements these options need to meet are covered on the International Students page.

Not sure of your eligibility?

Check the 2023 Student Handbook for more detail or contact us at

Register your interest

If you’d like to talk with us about joining a 2023 cohort for the Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments, or want to book a time to find out more about the programme, use the form below. One of the Tech Futures Lab team will be in touch shortly.