Understanding Software Development Processes & Tools Micro-credential

Learn the fundamentals of software development

Know how to get the best out of software technologies, and teams, to deliver successful, sustainable technology solutions.

Lead and participate in ICT projects with confidence

Gain a deeper understanding of software development for the confidence to engage with developers and the skills to be part of delivering great technology initiatives.

Through weekly live online sessions, you will gain practical skills and know-how from facilitators, software developers and project managers as they share their expertise and experience. This practical course encourages cross collaboration and teamwork to help you develop the skills needed to co-ordinate, engage and communicate with software development teams and business stakeholders.

Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools Micro-credential was developed by Dr David Parsons, an innovative educator and published academic. Dave brings 20+ years in software development to his role as lead facilitator and is joined by industry practitioners to round out this practical micro-credential.

Whether you’re leading software development projects, engaged as a key stakeholder or seeking to carve out a career in software project management, this micro-credential will equip you with the skills needed to be part of delivering successful ICT projects.

Find out what makes Tech Futures Lab an award-winning education provider.

After the course, you'll have

Collaboration and communication strategies for effective project and stakeholder management
Experience with tools and language to translate user needs into software development requirements
A sound understanding of the software development pipeline that delivers successful projects
The know-how to create inclusive & accessible digital experiences

How you'll learn

Live online sessions:

  • Weekly live online sessions, Tuesdays 4:30pm–5:30pm

Self-directed study:

  • Self-directed applied learning (approx 10 hours per week)

View the 15-week student roadmap or view the one-page course overview

Or for full course information, download our Student Handbook.



The full tuition fee for the Understanding Software Development micro-credential programme is

  • $450*^Domestic (NZ student fees)
  • $1,500* International students

*Prices stated are in NZD and inclusive of 15% GST (goods and services tax).
^Student Loans and allowances do not apply to this programme.


Scholarships in 2023

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 to discuss your options.

International students

This micro-credential programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning if you don’t live in New Zealand or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study. 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.

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.

You’ll need one of the following:

  • Equivalent 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)

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of English IELTS 6.5 or higher, or an equivalent. More details of the requirements these options need to meet are covered on the International Students page.

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