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The Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments will help you to develop a strategic plan that brings together sensor technology, data analytics, automation, machine learning and robotics to create real added value for the business and better outcomes for your customers, everyday.


Data is the currency in the digital economy. Using IoT sensor technology to provide feedback from built environments will give you contextual insights that enable you to continuously modify and improve the outcomes - for your business and your customers. With nearly any thing able to be continuously digitally connected, we have the opportunity to revolutionise our homes, our workplaces and our cities.

Know the tech

Get to grips with IoT technologies, machine learning and automation that enable information gathering and sharing.

Identify opportunities

Use data science and insight to spot potential gains in productivity, improvements in efficiencies and better customer experiences.

Create value

Meld technology, insight and your business needs to develop stronger resilience in the way you plan.

Tech Futures Lab is proudly partnering with Spark New Zealand to deliver the Postgraduate Certificate in Connected Environments. This partnership will enable students to work with connectivity hardware and have access to IoT industry knowledge and expertise.

Strategic Intelligence

Programme structure

A 34-week programme delivered in a blended learning model that includes live-online facilitated sessions and six full day onsite workshops at our Lab in Grafton, Auckland.


You’ll connect with leading industry experts who are at the forefront of this digital transformation evolution and get insights from them on real world application considerations. The full day workshops, spaced out over the course of the programme, are hands-on practical, technical learning sessions. It’s also a great chance to come together with your peers to collaborate and share ideas.

The Postgraduate Certificate is split into two phases. Phase one helps to lay the knowledge foundation that you’ll then apply in phase two.
Phase one: Discover
17 weeks

Learn all components of Connected Environments and the added value when integrated with machine learning, robotics and AI. Critically evaluate the value opportunity when applied in your field.

Phase two: Apply
17 weeks

Design, deliver and apply your own strategic Connected Environments project. Apply business modelling and develop business management structures.

Course details

Next intake
Cohort 2 commences
6 May 2021 
Cohort 3 commences
3 August 2021
Information session
Cohort 2
Cohort 3
Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 4pm

Application close dates

Cohort 2

Cohort 3

27 July 2021

Scholarship application deadline
Cohort 2
Cohort 3
6 July 2021

​Early Bird application deadline

Cohort 2
Cohort 3
6 July 2021

34 weeks, part-time

Programme type

Postgraduate, Level 8, 60 credits

Blended learning model:

Weekly live-online facilitated sessions

6 x full day workshops run onsite at the Lab, 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland

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Calling the curious

The applications of Connected Environments are far-reaching and have potential to deliver positive enhancements for nearly every sector and industry. Ideally suited, but not limited to, professions across:

- Engineering    

- IT and information systems    

- Operations and Logistics    

- Strategic planning    

- Building and construction    

- Infrastructure planning and design    

- Local and central government bodies    

- Environmental management    

- Agricultural planning and management    

- Health practitioners and management

The most important factors you have is a curious mindset and a desire to continually improve how things are done. You’ll love data and asking questions, the detail but also the big picture. You’ll likely already be an expert in your own field.

This programme will draw on your experience and detailed understanding of your business needs, systems and frameworks you operate in and overlay strategies that capitalise on the opportunities Connected Environments can offer.


It's not important to know what solution you’re after - in fact, it's better to come with an open mind, a set of challenges you’re wanting to overcome and a vision of what success looks like for you.

An investment in your future

An investment in this programme will help put you at the forefront of your industry and open up opportunities to develop and implement digital innovations in your field of expertise.

$5,980 (incl GST)

Studylink Student Loans are available. Depending on your study history, you may also be eligible for the Government's ’Fees Free’ scheme.

Māori & Pacific Ako Scholarships available

We have a total of four scholarships available on this programme for 50% off the full tuition fees:
Two Tangata Whenua Scholarships – For learners who identify as Māori.

Two Pacific Ako Scholarships – Pacifc Ako Scholarship for those who identify as Pacific learners.

Early Bird Discount

25% off the full fees.


To receive the Early Bird Discount, applications to the programme must be received by:


Cohort 2


Cohort 3

6 July 2021

Entry requirements

​Designed for professionals, but suitable for anyone with an analytical mind and a desire to do things smarter.

  • We value industry and real-world experience as highly as an academic record. You'll need to  provide a personal statement of intent - you can do this via letter or video.


  • A recognised bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years' work experience OR equivalent professional experience.​​


  • Qualify as domestic student (NZ and Australian citizens and permanent residents).

Read the education handbook.


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Join an Information Session to meet the team and find out more detail about the programme.

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