Level 8 - NZQA accredited

Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments

Better outcomes begin with smarter design

Programme Overview

Create smarter solutions in a connected world

Data is the currency of the digital economy. To create better outcomes for business, society and the environment, knowing how to use the science of data insight with IoT will give you an edge in a world of connectivity and automation.

This is a practical hands-on 34-week programme created in close consultation with leading industry experts and practitioners to help you level up your expertise to surface untapped insight and create new value, more efficiency and better outcomes.

You will:

Learn about IoT devices and how to layer up with machine learning, automation and artificial intelligence to deliver faster, more streamlined products or business processes

Know how to apply a strategic lens on data strategy and insight to identify potential gains and opportunities for better experiences and outcomes

Develop an ability to create the right processes, ethical frameworks and governance models to support sustainable IoT systems

Gain connection into an industry of innovators, practitioners and entrepreneurs who are moving us into the fourth industrial revolution

Whether you’re already a data expert, a technical wizz or a strategically-led manager, this programme will help you develop the skills and capabilities to create intelligent solutions that deliver value in efficiency, productivity, sustainability and financial performance.

For more detail on the learning modules, please see the 2022 Education Handbook

"The best part? It’s real world achievable tech. When you do an assignment it doesn’t feel useless, because you’re creating an actual business. "

Sarah Glenn, founder of Enquiray Software, student of the Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments

What you’ll gain

An ability to evaluate the multiple dimensions of connected environments and how to integrate existing or develop new products for connected systems.
Practical know-how of IoT devices, automation, machine learning applications and Artificial Intelligence opportunities.
Capabilities to leverage data insight that adds actionable value across a wide range of business environments and industries.
A project roadmap and business case that’s ready for development and delivery in your chosen business context.

Get yourself and your organisation one step ahead

Who is this programme for?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments is for professionals who want to create connected technology solutions to deliver positive outcomes – for business, society and our environment. Ideally suited but not limited to professions in:

This programme is for you if you:

  • Understand that your business, organisation or agency needs to unearth and maximise the value of the data insight held.
  • Want to do things smarter and more efficiently to continuously deliver better experiences and outcomes for all your stakeholders.
  • Can see opportunities to improve workplaces, community spaces and environments using smart technologies.
  • Recognise the potential for people to engage in creativity and true improvement by allowing technology to handle information exchange and production processes.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments will develop your skills to create strategic and sustainable smart solutions for your workplace, your community or a wider industry that you’re passionate about enhancing for better outcomes.

Pathways to The Master of Technological Futures 

This postgraduate certificate is a pathway to the Master of Technological Futures – 45 of the credits you earn on this programme can be cross-credited to the Master’s programme. Watch below to find out how.

Programme Details

This programme is available to study part-time only and is delivered as a Blended Learning model with weekly live-online class sessions and six full-day workshops spaced over the course of the programme. See the Key Dates section below for more detail.

A total time commitment of 16 hours per week comprising:

  •  2 hour weekly live-online sessions (except for weeks with full-day workshop) 
  • 14 hours of applied hands-on self-directed learning plus preparation and collaboration work

The six full-day face-to-face workshops will be held on-site at Tech Futures Lab, 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland. 

Key dates


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

  • $6,045* 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% Early Bird 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.


We’re offering different scholarship options in 2022. Find out more about them and how to apply.

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

With the current Covid-19 travel restrictions in place at the New Zealand border, this postgraduate certificate programme is only available to study as an international student if you are already in New Zealand. As the New Zealand government reviews and revises travel restrictions, it may be possible to apply for a Student Visa and travel to New Zealand to study this programme with us in the future.

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

We value industry and real-world experience as much as an academic record. You don’t need specific technical ability but you must demonstrate a willingness to learn.

You’ll need one of the following:

  • Have at least four years of professional experience in a relevant industry or community demonstrating equivalence or higher to the qualification stated below.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification (or higher) AND a minimum of two years’ work experience in a field impacted by the digital economy.

To make sure you’ll gain what you want out of this programme, you’ll need to provide a Statement of Intent as part of the enrolment process. You can do this by letter or video. 

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?

Contact us at info@techfutureslab.com.


Taipakeke Scholarship
We have $50,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to learners who are aged 60 years and over.

Impact scholarship
We have $50,000 available for learners positively impacting people, society or the planet. This scholarship covers 50% of postgraduate programme fees.

Learn and collaborate with industry experts

We’ve gathered together some of the best practitioners, educators and futurists in Aotearoa New Zealand to facilitate and create a practical hands-on learning environment. You’ll connect with industry experts who can provide mentorship and guidance on developing game-changing solutions that have long-term strategic consideration.

View our programme advisors.

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Register your interest

If you’d like to talk with us about joining a 2022 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.