Level 8 - NZQA Accredited

IoT for Sustainability Micro-credential

Learn how the Internet of Things and big data can be used to support sustainable outcomes in business, community and organisations.

Programme Overview

Understand the intersection between technology and sustainability challenges.

To future proof our businesses, communities and societies for resilience and adaptation, sustainability must be placed at the core of all decision making. Our world is becoming more connected through smart devices and networks, and we have the incredible opportunity to use these disruptive technologies to develop solutions that benefit humanity, the planet and future generations.

This 10-week industry supported micro-credential will engage you in the sustainability challenges our world faces and support you to discover and create strategies that use the Internet of Things (IoT) as solutions to a sustainable future.

What you’ll learn:

  • The fundamentals of IoT and their integration with other disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and 5G, and their current and future potential capabilities to deliver economies of scale.
  • How to critically evaluate the business, technology and data dimensions of IoT systems and their potential to create authentic and sustainable value by solving complex or unpredictable problems, in relation to your context .
  • How to apply systems thinking and user-centered design to evaluate IoT technologies and their usefulness in addressing sustainability challenges in a global, local, urban and rural context.
  • How to develop and apply IoT solutions to address core sustainability challenges in a real world context, through critical review of real use cases and strategic application to your own area of expertise.

What you’ll gain

Sound understanding of IoT fundamentals and their potential to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are relevant to your context.
A sustainability framework for strategic decision-making that considers impact across environmental, societal, cultural and economic factors.
Awareness of indigenous values in relation to data sovereignty and the ability to apply these practically to your context.
Valuable transferable skills in critical and systems thinking and user centered design methodologies.

Who is this programme for?

This micro-credential is ideal for anyone involved in business, community initiatives or organisations where there is a need to confront sustainability challenges with innovation.

  • Professionals across industries where sustainability is central to the continuation and success of the business or organisation, in both an economic and cultural sense.
  • Community or iwi organisation leaders and managers that are seeking contemporary approaches to developing and supporting sustainable environments for people and planet

Through real use cases across sectors and industries already using IoT for sustainability, you’ll engage in critical and strategic thinking and be encouraged to use creativity and curiosity to explore the potential in your area of expertise.

Pathway to other Postgraduate programmes

Our micro-credentials are perfect packages of just-in-time learning, equipping learners with bite-sized knowledge they can start to apply immediately. They’re also stackable with other micro-credentials and the knowledge you acquire will be valuable if you decide to step up your learning to one of our postgraduate programmes – get in touch to talk about your options.

Programme Details

This micro-credential is available to study part-time only and is delivered through facilitated online class sessions and self-directed learning.

A total time commitment of 15 hours per week comprising:

  • 1.5hrs weekly live-online sessions 
  • 13.5hrs self-directed learning per week

For more details on the learning modules, please see the Programme Handbook.

Key dates


The full tuition fee for the Internet of Things for Sustainability micro-credential programme is

  • $900*^ for domestic students
  • $3,705* for international students

*2021/2022 fees. Prices stated are in NZD and inclusive of 15% GST (goods and services tax).
^Student Loans and allowances do not apply to this programme.

Productivity Scholarship for November 2021

A full fees scholarship is available on the November 2021 intake to domestic students who meet the entry requirements for this micro-credential. Places are limited and scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis in order of completed applications.

At Tech Futures Lab, we recognise there are barriers to learning in this current market environment. But we also clearly see there’s a pressing need for NZ professionals to gain the skills and knowledge essential to leverage technology solutions in their communities and practices to be sustainable in a digital-first globally connected economy.

This Productivity Scholarship is a recognition of the financial hurdles to professional development study. 

International students

This micro-credential programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning 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 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 iots@techfutureslab.com.


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