Pacific Technical And Further Education (Pacific TAFE)

Pacific TAFE



College of Science, Technology and Environment

The College of Science, Technology and Environment (CSTE) is one of the colleges at Pacific TAFE. Currently CSTE offers programmes in Preliminary Science programme, Foundation Science programme and specialised skills qualifications in Information Technology and Fisheries.

Preliminary Programme

Preliminary Science Programme

The Preliminary Science programme(PSN) is designed for students who wish to take up studies in Foundation Science or certificate and diploma programs offered by Pacific TAFE. Students will learn basic fundamental science concepts and principles develop necessary laboratory skills and experimental procedures, problem solving and communication skills. This programme provides opportunities for students to be creative, work collaboratively and use technology as a learning tool.

The Preliminary of Science programme (PSN) under the new College of Science, Technology and Environment will offer the following disciplines:

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Computing Science

• Information Systems

• Mathematics

• Physics

• Geography Download Full Details

Foundation Programme

Foundation Science Programme

The Foundation Science programme (FNSN) is designed to prepare students for degree studies in Science or other related undergraduate programmes. Students will learn fundamental scientific concepts and principles continue to develop laboratory and experimental procedures, oral and written communication skills, and problem solving. Students will also broaden their knowledge and views on global and Pacific environments. This programme provides opportunities for students to be creative, work collaboratively and use technology as a learning tool.

The Foundation Science programme under the new College of Science, Technology and Environment will offer the following disciplines:

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Computing Science

• Information Systems

• Mathematics

• Physics

• Geography Download Full Details

Skills Based Qualifications

1. Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support)

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in supporting clients in a range of technical areas. The programme has a strong information technology base of courses with the potential for inclusion of a range of broader industry-specific topics in the areas of service desk and database design. Download Full Details

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to administer and manage information and communications technology (ICT) support in small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) using a wide range of general ICT technologies.  Persons working at this level provide a broader rather than specialised ICT support function, applying a wide range of higher level technical skills in ICT areas such as networking, graphic design and digital media technologies, IT support, database development, programming, web designing and project management. Download Full Details

This qualification provides the technical and practical skills and knowledge expected of competent MCS Officers. The programme covers curricula that comply with standards of competency related to demonstrating knowledge of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) Fishery, MCS concepts and legal frameworks. This programme also helps students to apply MCS tools to effective fisheries management and contribute to effective MCS activities as well as operational planning and coordination. In addition, students will be able to contribute to regional cooperation’s in MCS activities and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements. Download Full Details

This qualification in Resilience provides learners to use the formal vocational education sector to facilitate building national and regional capacity to: raise the level of awareness of Resilience (CCA&DRR), and develop technical skills and knowledge to accurately monitor and assess impacts of climate change and natural hazards; identify solutions to reduce these risks; and plan, manage and implement resilience building projects to reduce damage and losses caused by climate change and natural hazards. Students will select a field of study in which to focus their studies from either Agriculture, Coastal Management, Energy and Infrastructure, Fisheries, Forestry, Health, Water Resources or Tourism. The qualification also contributes to developing a Pacific Community whose people are educated, healthy and manage their resources in a sustainable way. Download Full Details

This qualification provides learners with opportunities to continue to engage in the workforce and/or to assist, coordinate and lead teams in communities and government agencies to undertake roles such as: gathering relevant information and data for monitoring and reporting of projects in Resilience, providing general and specific information, communications and services to communities, government and development partners on a particular field of Resilience (agriculture, energy and infrastructure, coastal management, fisheries, forestry, health, tourism, water resources), and developing community awareness on matters related to vulnerability, climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction, support implementation and monitoring of Resilience building (CCA and DRR) projects. Download Full Details

This Cyber Security programme will deepen students’ understanding of cyber security topics, by strengthening their IT skills and preparing them to protect organisations from data breaches using a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats and to minimise network vulnerabilities and risks. This programme covers fundamental building blocks of the required skill set. Students will understand the threat and vulnerability landscape through threat modeling and risk assessments. Furthermore, the qualification will provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to monitor the risk of cyber security attacks and implement appropriate software defenses. The programme will also encapsulate measures relating to the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information that is processed, stored and communicated by electronic or similar means. With the increasing connectivity, and the proliferation of devices connected to the internet (the Internet of Things), this programme will highlight the importance of security as a fundamental driver in the design and delivery of information communication and technology (ICT) products, systems and services. Download Full Details

The Certificate IV in Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Compliance qualification provides the technical skills and knowledge expected of competent Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) officers. The programme covers curricula that complies with standards of competency related to working effectively as a coastal fisheries and aquaculture compliance officer, verifying and monitoring aquaculture and coastal fisheries operations, undertaking community engagement activities and contributing to effective MCS activities. Download Full Details


The programmes are accredited by Fiji Higher Education 

The programmes also provide relevant Pathways for Higher Studies. We also give Cross Credit and Recognition of Prior Language.


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Pacific Technical And Further Education (Pacific TAFE)
The University of the South Pacific
Statham ICT Park
Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 323 1223