Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy

Find your potential in the digital economy. Discover how your career can be enhanced through deeper understanding of digital technologies and how emerging digital tools and processes are changing the future of how we work, live and connect.

NZ$6,045inc GST
Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy (60 Credits)
Blended; online learning & face-to-face sessions


What this course offers and how you will benefit

Develop a deeper understanding of the key levers and impacts of the digital economy and gain new perspectives and knowledge needed to thrive in the future of work. 

This Level 8 NZQA accredited (60 credits) postgraduate certificate will help you identify how digital technologies and societal shifts are transforming industries and changing what ‘value’ means for individuals, organisations and communities. 

Understand the difference between hindsight, insight and foresight to enable you to learn from the past, while planning for the future. Learn how new economic models and changing demographics are shaping the future of work and society. Explore how to respond and build knowledge and expertise that supports personal growth and the development of new insights.

The four courses of this programme are taught and assessed in an integrated way to reflect the complexity of change, the digital economy and enable learners to develop skills and capability to lead and navigate the future.

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This study is so applicable to everyday life. It's current, forward-thinking, innovative and relevant, all at the same time. You really feel how the mix of new conversations supports better understanding and clarity for where we're headed. - Niqui Taylor, Graduate

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Gain knowledge of the technological and social forces shaping our work and lives, in both a global and local context

Develop capabilities to create, lead and implement change strategies for the workplace that respond to changing needs and expectations

Apply practical skills using insight and foresight to plan amid constant change

Learn how different tools and techniques can be applied to solve complex problems

My Journey

Impacting change through technology

AcademyEX graduate, Jason approaches his work in a very human centric way. Through his work at Auckland Council, Jason seeks to make sure that technology is fit for the customer.

With a strong belief that technology is for everyone combined with his passion for helping people, Jason discovered the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy, the perfect melding between the world of people and tech.

Develop capabilities to create, lead and implement change strategies for the workplace that respond to changing needs and expectations.


Where this could take you

Apply your technology knowledge in a practical way to create innovative change

Follow your passion

Take your learning and apply to lead a future-focused project for your community or workplace that will enable effective navigation of the rise of the digital economy.

Boost your career

Refresh or redesign your role in your organisation to address change or step into a new career to reflect your aspirations and enable application of your learning.

Continued learning


How this programme works

Incorporate technology into your world

Apply and Enrol

If you are ready to enrol, complete the online application form. We will be in touch to and provide all you need to know to get started on your journey to understanding the role of connected environments for positive impact.

Phase 1: Impact

Examine and evaluate the impact of the digital economy on your practice. Explore the role of digitalisation and adaptation, the complexity of societal shifts, and the importance of human potential to thrive in the future. Explore case studies in collaborative groups to learn lessons from organisations navigating change and disruption from the rise of the digital economy.

Phase 2: Strategies for Change

Building on your understanding of the impact of the digital economy, move forward to explore strategies used to address these impacts. Consider the role of emerging disruptive technologies and new skillsets to respond to change. You will develop a 'Theoretical but Actionable Plan' to advance an area of your practice or address a challenge faced in your organisation.

Follow up

Put your project into practice or further your knowledge with our Master of Technological Futures or Master of Change and Organisational Resilience

What you need to know


Across the 34 weeks of the programme, a total time commitment of 16-20 hours per week comprising:

  • 2 hour weekly live-online sessions (except for weeks with full-day workshop) 

  • Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your practice + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 14-16 hours per week)

  • Four full-day face-to-face workshops across the 34 weeks that can be attended face-to-face or online. 

Note: The learning outcomes are the same whether you attend online or face-to-face, however those who choose to join us face-to-face will have the chance to connect in person with others on the programme, and academyEX team.

For further information, download our 2023 student prospectus.

There is one intake of this postgraduate certificate per year, starting in May in 2023. For more details about key dates, download our 2023 student prospectus

The domestic tuition fee for this postgraduate certificate is $6,045 (incl GST). 

The international tuition fee for international students studying in New Zealand is $16,599 (incl. GST).

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. The following scholarships can be applied for, and cover 75% of the programme fees.

  • Tangata Whenua - for learners who identify as Māori 

  • Pacific Ako - for learners who identify as Pacific 

  • Taipakeke - for learners who are aged 60 years and over. 

  • Impact Scholarship - for learners who are positively impacting people, society and/or the planet.

Early Bird Discount: 

There is an Early Bird discount of 10% off the course fees for domestic students who apply 4 weeks before the start date of an intake, and 8 weeks before the start of an intake for international students. The discount will be applied to your invoice automatically through the enrolment process. 

Please note: Early Bird Discount and Scholarships cannot both be applied. If you receive a scholarship, the remaining amount payable will not be discounted with the early bird rate.

Find out more, including scholarship terms and conditions, by visiting our Scholarships page.

Yes, domestic students studying in New Zealand can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan for this programme. 

Check this StudyLink page for more details on how to apply. 

Domestics students may also be eligible for Fees Free.

To be eligible to study on the Programme, applicants must meet the admission criteria. The high-level entry criteria as approved by NZQA are as follows:

  • Have a recognised 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; OR

  • Have at least four years of professional experience in a relevant industry or community demonstrating equivalence or higher to the qualification stated above.

To make sure the postgraduate certificate is relevant to you and the right fit, you’ll be asked to supply a brief Statement of Intent. Interviews may also be required.

Evidence of English Language proficiency is also required for International Students.

For further information, including how to demonstrate equivalent professional experience, download our 2023 Student Prospectus.

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.

Yes, if you graduate with the Postgraduate Certificate, you have earnt 60 Level 8 credits, which is equivalent to a third of a Masters (180 credits). The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy can pathway into the Master of Technological Futures and Master of Change and Organisational Resilience.

Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!

We are very happy to help you to communicate the benefits of studying with academyEX to your employer. If you would like us to provide you with a letter of support or further information, please just ask.

Yes, almost all academyEX learners work full time while studying part time. If you want to study the Masters full-time, a full-time job is not possible. Learning and assessment are designed to be practical and linked to personal aspirations and projects. You will also be implementing your practice-based project in your workplace during Part 3.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or in-person in New Zealand with an appopriate visa. To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

In the lead up to the start of each intake, fully enrolled students will receive onboarding emails from the team, as well as access to platforms that will be used during your study. During the first session, whether online or in-person, the team will talk through what you can expect during the programme and answer any questions. 

International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a course requires some consideration. If you have any questions, we’re here to help answer them.

Book a chat

We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human! Book a call at a time that suits you and Megan will be able to answer your questions, give you more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

Apply Now

Create your academyEX account, or sign in if you are returning for more to apply online. We will guide you through the application process and make sure you have all you need to launch yourself into this journey.