Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy

Find your potential in a rapidly changing world

Programme Overview

Fast track your potential in the digital economy

In this era of rapid change, navigating the shifts and remaining current can be challenging. To influence the direction of our careers now requires a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the digital economy. Tilt your perspective and get the new knowledge needed to be a part of the future of work.

An immersive 32-week programme designed by professionals, for professionals. It will help you identify how digital technologies and societal shifts are transforming business models and changing what ‘value’ means. You will:

Develop in-depth knowledge of technologies and learn how to leverage high-impact scalable solutions in your life and career

Gain a perspective on where your values connect in relationship to emerging technologies and new business models

Learn new approaches to respond to emerging business challenges and broader societal changes

Have confidence to shape your world and connect with like-minded professionals who are equally committed to shaping the future

Your experience combined with foresight will result in long term sustainable outcomes, for you and in what you do.

What you’ll gain

In-depth knowledge of the forces shaping our work and lives, in a global and NZ context.
Practical skills using insight and foresight to plan amid constant change.
Capabilities to create, lead and implement innovative digital strategies for the workplace.
Tools and techniques that can be applied to solve complex problems.

Who is this programme for?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy is for professionals and big thinkers who want to stimulate and energise their outlook for the future. It’s both personal and professional development designed to give you the tools, knowledge and confidence to take full advantage of what the digital economy offers in a way that is meaningful and purpose-driven.

This programme is for you if you:

  • See potential for reinvention in your workplace or industry and want to play a strategic role in that change
  • Recognise new leadership skills are required to support people through transformational shifts
  • See the need for greater collaboration and partnerships in business
  • Want to leverage technologies to realise human potential

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy will develop transferable skills critical to a changing business landscape.

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 in a Blended Learning model with weekly live-online class sessions and four full-day workshops over the course of the programme. See the Key Dates section below for more detail.

A total time commitment of 16-20 hours per week comprising:

  •  2 hour weekly live-online sessions (except for weeks with full-day workshop) 
  • 14-18 hours of self-directed independent study

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

For more detail on the learning modules, please see the 2022 Student Handbook or 2023 Student Handbook.

Key dates


The full tuition fee for the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy programme in 2023 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.


We’re offering a range of different scholarship options in 2023. 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

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?

Check the 2022 Student Handbook or 2023 Student Handbook for more detail or contact us at

Learn and collaborate with industry experts

We’ve gathered together some of the best technologists, educators, researchers, and thinkers in Aotearoa New Zealand to facilitate and amplify a learning environment with strategies and applications for disruptive change. Together, they bring their enthusiasm, energy, and experience in creating a prosperous future that benefits and sustains us both socially and environmentally.

View our programme advisors.

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