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Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good

Learn how to create impactful change in your organisation and community and explore new ways to create positive change in your community, iwi, business, organisation or industry.

NZQA accredited, level 8 (60 Credits)
No current intakes
Blended: online learning and in-person sessions
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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

New and emerging business models

Gain the ability to identify new and emerging business models that prioritise purpose over profit, and adapt them for your community, organisation or workplace.

Indigenous social change

Develop a deep understanding of global and indigenous social change practices and how you can utilise them.

Technology and change

Explore and evaluate how emerging technologies can be integrated into strategies that support leading change for good.

Contemporary leadership models

Adopt a suite of contemporary leadership models to drive change for positive impact on communities, organisations and businesses.

A toolkit of frameworks and models

Build a toolkit of frameworks, models and approaches that support leadership of authentic change in your practice.

Develop a change strategy

Develop a detailed change strategy that harnesses leadership to create sustainable, authentic value in New Zealand’s changing social, economic, political, and cultural environments.

Become part of a community of people driving change for good on this innovative postgraduate certificate. The focus is on contemporary leadership and transformation for real, lasting impact where it matters the most.

This Level 8 NZQA accredited (60 credits) postgraduate certificate aims to provide people from diverse industries and communities with the knowledge and skills to effectively instigate and lead change by applying environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable practices for positive impact.

As more organisations commit to prioritising purpose and doing good, whether they are charities, public institutions, social enterprises or commercial organisations, we need to develop the capability and skills required to lead this change for good.

This capability includes understanding contemporary and indigenous leadership approaches - learning from the past to look to the future.You will develop an understanding of authentic value, and determine how you can deliver this in your specific environment; whether this is in your community, your workplace, your business, your industry, nationwide or worldwide.

The Mind Lab was attractive to me because of its commitment to exploring and implmenting indigenous paradigms throughout each of the learning modules.

Ashley Walker, Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good


Where this could take you

Apply your leadership knowledge in a meaningful way to create positive change

Follow your passion

Embrace change and continue your leadership journey with your newfound knowledge, skills, confidence and toolkit of frameworks and models to lead impact initiatives and change for good in your community or workplace.

Boost your career

Upgrade your career potential, drive positive impact and strengthen your role as a leader. Lead impact focused initiatives and create new ways of responding to changing expectations with authentic and impactful outcomes.

Continue your impact

Stack your credits toward our Master of Change and Organisational Resilience or build on your learning by jumping into other courses such as Leading Beyond Sustainability, Entrepreneurship or Impact Investing

Don’t take OUR WORD FOR IT

Here’s what our students say

Janet Student Story

Feeling stuck in a cycle, I knew I needed a change to re-energize myself. Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Ashley Student Story

The Mind Lab played a significant role in my journey, as it allowed me to expand my skill set in the change space and incorporate mataranga Māori into my work. Their commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous paradigms truly appealed to me.


I was drawn to MBA programs but felt they didn't align with my goals. Then, I discovered Tech Futures Lab, and it felt like the perfect fit. The Master of Technological Futures course provided real-world experiences, and to my surprise, I possessed the academic skills needed to succeed, thanks to my training in the New Zealand Defense Force.

Natalie Allumni

The hands-on experience and practical approach of the courses were refreshing, making learning directly applicable to everyday life. Now, as a food tech teacher at Kelston Intermediate, I use these lessons to empower my students and enhance their learning experience. academyEX's Mind Lab has transformed my life, and I'm excited to inspire and guide the next generation to unlock their full potential.

Never doubt yourself because with the village around you and the right support, you can achieve anything. Working with the team and The Mind Lab was a collaborative and enriching experience that further amplified the impact of the project. academyEX provides the perfect environment to unleash your potential and make a real difference!

academyEX changed everything for me. I was a boy who failed in the New Zealand education system in thge 70's. The powerful tools I gained from the classroom have been invaluable. My favorite part of the learning experience was collaborating with a team of six people, learning together, and supporting each other along the way. It was truly empowering to help others on their journey.

academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

As the first in my generation to graduate, academyEX helped me overcome systemic challenges and become a testimony of what's possible. Embracing our differences, this community welcomed us with open arms. It's a place where crazy ideas are encouraged and experimentation is celebrated.

If you're looking for something hands-on, this is the place to be! The Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good goes beyond mere theory; it's about practical application and making a genuine impact.

The support from the team is unparalleled! Don't hesitate to take that first step with academyEX because you'll never be left to flounder on your own.

I've learned so much from academyEX! It has given me the fuel to share my learnings with the young women I work with. My project focused on digital learning and building online communities, and it was incredible to apply the insights from working with thousands of young women at GirlBoss New Zealand. Education is a powerful tool that boosts your capabilities to contribute to the community. academyEX has built my confidence in the work I do, and I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

academyEX provided the platform and support to pursue my mission with passion and purpose. My project at academyEX was particularly challenging, but it was also deeply meaningful to me.


Course outline

How this programme works

Incorporate sustainability into your leadership


Part 1: Change and Authentic Value.

Learn to critically evaluate a range of contemporary leadership models, the importance of culturally sustainable approaches to leading change, and evaluate your personal and professional capability to lead positive, sustainable change.


Part 2: Strategising for Change.

Understand how to further contextualise your learning about leadership and community through examination of the drivers for, and consequences of initiatives to sustainably lead organisations and communities through change.


Put your change strategy into practice or further your knowledge with our Master of Change and Organisational Resilience.

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