Advancer: Leading Beyond Sustainability

Expand your knowledge and skills to lead sustainable, impactful change through this short course.

NZ$400inc GST
100% online learning
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Outcomes & Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

Moving toward a sustainable future requires changes in mindset, behaviour and action. Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option. We all need to think differently about our decisions and how we respond to the impacts negatively shaping our future.

Learn from subject experts on this short course to strengthen your knowledge and understanding and gain a fresh perspective on how you can develop new initiatives to benefit your household, organisation, or community.

Take the plunge and play your part in shaping a better future based upon informed decision making and insights. This sustainability course is designed for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills to be able to lead change through purposeful, values driven leadership for a more sustainable future.

By the end of this short course, you’ll have explored many tools and resources to start to implement positive change in your organisation and community. You’ll join a community of like-minded, passionate people who want to have an impact and see a better future.

Identify and evaluate contemporary leadership models and sustainability frameworks that can generate impact

Apply knowledge and skills to identify solutions to sustainability challenges you face

Critically reflect on the value of a systems thinking approach to improving sustainability


What you will learn on this short course

Incorporate sustainability into your home, work or community

What is sustainability?

Think critically about the concept of sustainability and the world's current social, economic and environmental challenges.

Leadership for Sustainability

Explore approaches such as purpose driven leadership and the value of an indigenous lens for leading more sustainable change.

Systems Thinking

Move beyond linear thinking to understand how a systems thinking mindset can enable us to think differently about challenges we face.

Innovation and Impact

Extend your awareness of innovative approaches to sustainability and social impact measurement to enable positive authentic change.


What you need to know

Our Advancer courses are perfect if you’ve got a need to know, now. Develop knowledge and practical skills that you can use straight away. You will join an online community of like minded learners and access monthly industry-led workshops and events. 

Advancer courses are delivered entirely online through articles, videos and case studies, you learn at your own pace. You can start at any time, but you need to complete the course within 8 weeks from the time you begin. There is approximately 6-8 hours of content to explore per week.

Once you have completed an Advancer course, you will be able to download a Digital Badge that you can share to demonstrate your achievement, as well as a Key Resources overview where we have captured some of the key links and details from the course. You won’t be able to access the content of the Advancer course after 8 weeks from the date you started.

Advancer short courses are NZ$400 (incl. GST. Payment will be made during the application process.

No, credits are not awarded for completion of the academyEX Sampler and Advancer courses as these are not accredited by NZQA. The Sampler and Advancer courses provide introductions, and you can build on your knowledge and skills through further study in our accredited programmes.

Yes, the content in the Advancer courses is a subset of the content delivered in our micro-credentials. Joining an intake for the micro-credential gives you an opportunity to further build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in the Advancer course, and apply your learning through the assessments and receive feedback from peers and facilitators. 

Certification Fee: To upgrade an Advancer course to earn micro-credential certification, a fee of NZD$150 must be paid.