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)
  • 12-15 hours of self-directed learning each week, much of which will be in your own work or context (including written and video based content, discussion forums, quizzes and assessments delivered through our Learning Management System, Ako Mai)

Next intakes

  • January 2022 intake: 24th January 2022 – 20th March 2022
  • March 2022 intake: 28th March 2022 – 22nd May 2022
  • May 2022 intake: 30th May 2022 – 24th July 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 domestic students.

Entry requirements

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

  • Have a recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification or higher or;
  • Have equivalent professional experience in a relevant industry or community.

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

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.


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

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

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.

Meet Saskia Verraes, Programme Lead

Saskia is a devoted fighter for a better world. One that is socially just, economically inclusive & environmentally restorative.

She has years of experience working on collaborative social efforts with vision and engagement and a real focus on action.

“I am incredibly excited to support anyone in any way that I can; the time for change is now, and we don’t have much time…”

“That’s why it’s important to have the tools not only to identify change solutions, but to scale them up, accelerate them, and allow them to have maximum impact.”

Click here to learn more about Saskia.


Time to make sustainability more than just a buzz word

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.