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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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good (60 Credits)
34 Weeks
Blended; online learning and in-person sessions
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What this course offers and how you will benefit

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.

If we truly want change then we have to be challenged and be comfortable being uncomfortable. We need leaders who are prepared to listen, prepared to be inclusive, prepared to take risks as well as being open to new ways of thinking and doing.

Hancine Samvelyan | Programme Lead
Hancine Samvelyan Programme Lead

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

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

Explore the role of technology in leading change for good

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

Build your toolkit of frameworks, tools and models to apply in your practice

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

My Story

Ashley Walker’s journey is one of self-discovery and leadership

Ashley has navigated choppy waters in her life and journey to leadership. Through her work at Auckland Council, Ashley strived to make impactful and meaningful change for Māori, but she knew she needed to expand her skillset in change first. academyEX’s commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous values within its Leading Change for Good programme resonated with Ashley, helping her to achieve her goals to lead positive change, informed by mātauranga Māori.


Driving Sustainable Change for Good

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A key part of the teaching and learning philosophy at academyEX is engagement with the profession and delivering the most-up to date material. Specific sessions are subject to change, but the following topics are taught across the two parts of this Postgraduate Certificate. 

  • Authentic Value (What is good?)

  • Doing good is no longer enough, what is your why?

  • Indigenous Leadership and Wayfinding

  • Leadership Theory

  • Introduction to Business Models 

  • Systems Thinking

  • In service learning

  • Stakeholder engagement 

  • Disruptive Technologies

  • Theory of Change

  • Impact hypothesis and measurement

  • Sustainable practices

  • Leadership wellbeing 


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.

Continued learning

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


How this programme works

Incorporate sustainability into your leadership

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 lead change for good.

Phase 1: LEAD8001

A Community of Leaders: Driving Change for Good 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

Phase 2: LEAD8002

Values, Aspirations and Actions: Enabling Sustainable Impact and 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

Follow up

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


What you need to know

This programme is delivered part time, over 34 weeks, with two courses running for 17 weeks each.

As part of this certificate, you will be required to dedicate the following time:

  • 2 hours of live, facilitated online sessions each week: 4.30-6.30pm (see intakes above for dates). 

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

  • 7 x full day sessions delivered in-person and online, learner’s choice, over the course of the programme (9:00am-5:00pm, 2 days for orientation at the beginning of the intake, and then approx every 6 weeks)

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.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good is designed for:

  • Those who are driven by a desire to do good in their community, business, industry, or wider.

  • Those who have an idea for change they want to lead, big or small, for the benefit of others and/or the planet – or can see where change is needed.

You don’t necessarily need to hold leadership positions, but you may be looking for the skills to help you step up and make sustainable, lasting change in your environment, and bring others along on this journey.

Students come from a range of industries, varying from those who are self-employed, to those working in SME’s, large corporates, government, and not for profit. In today’s world anyone in any business can lead with purpose no matter what your product or service is.

There are three intakes of this postgraduate certificate per year, starting in February, May and August in 2023. 

For more details about key dates, download our 2023 student prospectus.

To be enrolled in this NZQA-accredited postgraduate certificate you must either:

  • Have a recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification or higher AND a minimum of two years relevant industry experience, or;

  • Have at least four years’ professional experience in a relevant industry or community, which will demonstrate equivalent or higher experience to the qualification noted 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.

Applications close one week before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Please see Key Dates in our 2023 student prospectus for specific application close dates. 

Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX. Please contact if applications are closed and you would like to apply.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is $3,365 (including GST). 

  • The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$16,599 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZD$10,825

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

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!

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. An online orientation session is held at the beginning of each intake, and all students are expected to attend in person at academyEX HQ in Auckland. International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

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.

Studying full time is a significant commitment (35 - 40 hours per week) and we do not recommend working full time whilst studying full time. Please contact us if you have specific circumstances that you would like to discuss.

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, 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 Leading Change for Good can pathway into the Master of Change and Organisational Resilience.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a programme 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 Lisa, our Outreach Manager will be able to answer your questions, give you more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

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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.