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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

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. Part-time up to 18 months.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,599 - $4,028 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

A Bachelor's degree or Graduate Certificate or Diploma in relevant subject areas.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • 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.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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).

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)

Gain foundational knowledge and specialist skills in sustainable practice.

Type Postgraduate
Code CH4069
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date NULL
Credits 60
Level 8
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4069-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,599 - $4,028 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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