Leading Beyond Sustainability

Go beyond the basics of sustainability and kick start your journey with practical steps and innovative approaches to help drive a resilient and thriving future.

Level 8 – NZQA accredited

Programme overview

A compact online course about sustainability to enable you to start actioning real, authentic and ongoing change.

Throughout this online course you’ll cover a range of innovative and diverse approaches to sustainability underpinned by indigenous values – helping you to create a long term vision while balancing the impact on current and future generations.

You’ll be guided by our knowledge experts on key themes such as the current state of sustainability, current global challenges, beyond linear thinking, social and environmental justice, economic inclusiveness, community and collaboration, culturally sustainable approaches to sustainability, indigenous values and perspectives, climate change, and leadership for change.

After the 8 weeks you’ll have knowledge, tools and capability to begin to make practical changes in your context that will ultimately lead to a thriving and sustainable future for all.

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What you'll walk away with

A toolkit with a range of proven approaches to sustainability in practice
The ability to identify current gaps in skills and knowledge and how to approach them
Experience applying strategies to address sustainability challenges

Programme details

Time requirement 

8 weeks of part-time study, online.

As part of this micro-credential you will be required to dedicate the following time:

  • 3 x 90 minute live facilitated sessions across the 8 weeks (Wednesdays 12pm – 1:30pm)
  • Self-directed learning each week, much of which will be in your own work or context (including blogs, articles, videos, discussion forums, quizzes and assessments delivered through our Learning Management System, Ako Mai)

Next intakes

  • June 2022 intake: 20th June 2022 – 14th August 2022
  • August 2022 intake: 1st August 2022 – 25th September 2022
  • October 2022 intake: 3rd October 2022 – 27th November 2022

Fees, discounts & scholarships

Domestic (NZ student fees): $900 inc GST
International students: $1,500 inc GST

Get a 10% earlybird discount if you apply 4 weeks before the programme start date, making the domestic fees just $810 inc GST. 

We have a range of full fees scholarships available for eligible people and our Impact Scholarship (50% off fees) for those positively impacting people, society or our planet. Domestic students only.

Entry requirements

To be enrolled in this NZQA-accredited micro-credential you must either:

  • Have at least three years professional working experience in a relevant industry or community or;
  • Have a recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification or higher

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances, we value life experience and acknowledge that not everyone has an academic background, but that should not be a barrier to your learning. 

International students

This 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 The Mind Lab as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

Learn. Stack. Build. Master

This micro-credential is stackable! Credits earned can be stacked towards a Master’s Degree. Find out how it works.


Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for educators who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for those who identify as Pacific learners
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for learners who are aged 60 years and over
Impact Scholarship
This scholarship covers 50% off fees for those positively impacting people, society or our planet. Domestic students only.

You can apply for your scholarship as part of your programme enrolment.
Click here to learn more about our scholarships, and how to apply.

Key benefits

Understand emerging and indigenous approaches to sustainability
Challenge common perceptions of sustainability
Develop a systems thinking approach for transformative change
Get a taster for learning with The Mind Lab

Meet the team

Saskia Verraes
Sustainable Futures Adviser
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi, nō Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Whakaue me Ngāti Porou
Hayley Sparks
National Academic Manager
Madeleine Moore
Programme Coordinator

Where to from here?

This programme is the perfect taster to lead into our Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good. This is a 34 week, part-time programme that goes in-depth into research, discussions and case studies showcasing contemporary leadership approaches to drive change for positive impact on communities, organisations and businesses.

Learners on the programme complete a detailed change strategy that harnesses leadership to create sustainable, authentic value in NZ’s changing social, economic, political, and cultural environments.

Time to make sustainability more than just a buzzword

Whether you’ve been passionate about sustainability for a long time, or just starting out on your journey, this micro-credential is the perfect way to turn passion into action with real tools, resources and knowledge. 


Enquire about our Leading Beyond Sustainability Micro-credential and one of our outreach team will get in touch to answer any questions you may have.