Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice - Pending Approval.xml Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice - Pending Approval

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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

Postgraduate CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 18 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,500 - $7,000


February, July


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Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year from 2020


Christchurch, Online


Gain foundational knowledge and specialist skills in sustainable practice.

This is an ideal first step towards postgraduate study if you have an interest in sustainable practice and you wish to develop higher-level understanding and specialist skills from your undergraduate degree. The programme will equip you with core foundational knowledge about the theories, driving forces and worldviews (including Te Ao Māori) related to sustainable practice. As part of your studies you'll apply your knowledge to specific contexts that will show how interdisciplinary frameworks and research can help address complex sustainability problems.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Postgraduate Certificate you are required to complete 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree

Alternative requirements
  • Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry.

    Note: Course requirements may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • English Requirements Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident should contact Ara for advice.

    • IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on the Ara website. Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

Application documents

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are continually evolving to respond to new, emerging and existing sustainability problems and solutions. Many current jobs require capability in sustainable practice. These include jobs in product design and production systems, hospitality and tourism, engineering and architecture, education, non-government organisations, primary industries and business.

Study pathways

Upon completion of this programme, you can further your studies with the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice (Level 8) or the Master of Sustainable Practice (Level 9).