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Pacific TAFE’s first batch students receive AQF accredited award

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Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, hands the certificate to a student.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) held its inaugural function to award thirteen (13) of its students who have completed the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) accredited programme.

Pacific TAFE became the first offshore Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) in 2016 and held a graduation ceremony for its first batch of students graduating with the qualification on the scope of registration which is Certificate IV in Project Management Practice (BSB41515).

Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, congratulated the students and said that they are graduating with a qualification which is fully registered on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

“You have proven that the sea of knowledge has no boundaries. All of you already have a higher qualification but have undertaken this specialised qualification to upgrade your skills and knowledge,” Professor Coll told the graduates.

As a RTO, Pacific TAFE began formal operations from Semester 1, 2017 and is able to issue nationally recognised qualifications which are registered on AQF.

Professor Coll said that being a RTO provides credibility to Pacific TAFE and assures prospective students that they are dealing with a reputable organisation which delivers quality training.

He further highlighted that it took two (2) years to get RTO status and extremely high levels of compliance is required at all times in terms of the RTO operations.

“Pacific TAFE is awaiting first site compliance audit which is expected to be in mid-2018 after which more qualifications are planned to be added to the RTO scope of registration,” Professor Coll stated.

Talking about quality, Professor Coll mentioned that Pacific TAFE has received a total of fifteen (15) international accreditations/recognitions and sixteen (16) national accreditations.

He further added that four (4) new programmes have been added to the list, including Diploma of Library and Information Services (Level 5); Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5); Certificate III in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction); and Certificate IV in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction).

In his address, Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director, Pacific TAFE said that success is not a destination but a journey believing in the philosophy that victory belongs to the most persevering.

Mr Lal congratulated the students and said that, “this group of students have made us all proud through their hard work and success”.

He thanked Professor Robyn Mcguigan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University for her assistance in requiring the Australian Business Number in order to succeed with registration.

Pacific TAFE met all eight (8) broad standards and affiliated forty-four (44) standards in its audit to obtain initial RTO status.

“Pacific TAFE is first Australian off shore provider with status in the Pacific and perhaps currently world-wide. Mostly, Australian providers formulate auspice and franchise arrangements with local providers,” Mr Lal said.

He also highlighted that international accreditations permeates a lot of value to the developing island nations as it demonstrates internationally benchmarked workforce which can attract offshore investors and increase development partner confidence for cooperation.

The Certificates received by students contain three logos: USP logo, Australian Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) and AQF logos.

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