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New Zealand recognition for USP’s Accounting Qualifications

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Ms Anu Mani, Quality and Accreditations Unit Manager, Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director, Pacific TAFE and Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality.

Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has reached new heights of success when its Certificate IV in Accounting and Diploma of Accounting (Level 5) received international recognition by Skills International, New Zealand.

Skills International is a solely owned subsidiary of the Skills Organisation, New Zealand’s largest industry training organisation, providing training management and support to over 20 industry sectors. It is highly experienced in aligning qualifications to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

It works closely with organisations to ensure the outcomes of their training and assessment material meet the NZQF requirements and industry standards.

Certificate IV in Accounting addresses accounting processes and standards for administrative support roles within an organisational setting.

Diploma of Accounting (Level 5) exposes students to the latest accounting concepts, techniques, trends and issues in the areas of financial accounting and reporting, costing management, finance law, taxation and accounting information system.

The two (2) accounting qualifications equip students with economic, mathematical and statistics, language and communication as well as information technology skills.

The programmes incorporate value added courses that range from multimedia to electronic commerce, which are aimed at enhancing the quality of graduates.

As part of their studies, students undertaking these programmes have opportunities to enhance their entrepreneurial and business management skills.

These skills are imperative in producing well balanced graduates, who will be successful in interacting and responding to the rapid changes of the competitive business environment.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific TAFE said that the recognitions further validate the quality of Certificate IV in Accounting and Diploma of Accounting (level 5) offered by Pacific TAFE.

“This helps ensure the highest possible academic standards as the qualifications have been through an intensive and careful alignment process by competent subject matter specialists,” Mr Lal said.

External validation, Mr Lal highlighted, is an assurance to the student that the University has qualified staff, offers approved programmes of study, has adequate equipment and technology, operates on a sound financial basis, and utilises approved recruitment and admission policies.

Mr Lal acknowledged the work of Mr Hamish McCracken, Head of College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality for his swift leadership in this achievement.

“I would also like to thank Ms Sheemal Prasad, Facilitator Accounting Programme, for her industrious efforts on the preparation and compilation of the documentation for the alignment work which involved putting together huge amount of course information,” Mr Lal said.

Students graduating with this qualification will be provided a letter by Skills International confirming that Pacific TAFE’s Diploma of Accounting (Level 5) aligns to the New Zealand Diploma in Business with strands in Accounting (Level 5) and Certificate IV in Accounting is equivalent to New Zealand in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4).

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