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USP’s Pacific TAFE gets another international accreditation

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The Diploma of Counselling (Level 5) has been accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

The Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) of The University of the South Pacific has received its 11th international accreditation, which is for the Diploma of Counselling (Level 5) programme.

Accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), this programme reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities.

As part of the programme, students use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients.

ACWA aims to advance the profession of community work and set, strengthen and provide the educational, professional and ethical standards essential for exemplary community work practice.

In a statement to Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific TAFE, Ms Sha Cordingley,  Chief Executive Officer of ACWA noted that Pacific TAFE has met the ACWA requirements in that:

• The qualifications and experience of teaching staff is appropriate for Diploma of Counselling;
• Fieldwork placements are assessed as part of the programme and span a minimum of 400 hours in two (2) separate placement settings;
• Study resources are adequate for student needs; and
• Pacific TAFE agrees to participate in a review of the accredited course should one be deemed necessary.

Mr Lal said that getting the accreditation in its first year of delivery demonstrates that USP has highly credible internal quality process for qualification development. The graduating students of this programme, he further noted, will have skills comparable to international standards.

Mr Lal highlighted that international accreditations reveal that quality human resource is growing in developing economies which in turn can attract offshore investments with given excellent human capital.

To students intending to pursue Diploma of Counselling (Level 5), Mr Lal’s message is that, “our investment in this uptake will provide you huge return in terms of having internationally competitive skills in counselling.”

This programme is currently being delivered in Laucala and Lautoka and will extend to regional campuses from next year.

Mr Lal expressed his gratitude to the members of Industry Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC) for their input and advise in the programme development.

He also expressed his appreciation to Empower Pacific as Pacific TAFE’s delivery partner and working with them to meet the standards of accreditation.

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