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Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section which offers high quality Skills Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation and Preliminary studies. The programmes provide employment opportunities at entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies at USP where approved, and career advancement for working people. The four learning and teaching units are;

  • College of Business and Commerce
  • College of Tourism & Hospitality
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Science, Technology & Environment
  • Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU)

Twenty-three (23) of its qualifications have been externally accredited on the Fiji Qualifications Framework (FQF) by Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) and these also appear on Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards (PRQS).

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations and Certificate III in Patisserie programmes are internationally accredited by International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care qualifications have been internationally accredited by Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Certificate III in Community Development and Diploma of Counselling (Level 5) programmes are internationally accredited by Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Diploma of Library and Information Services has been accredited by Australian Library and Information Association

The Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support), Diploma of Information Technology ( Level 5), Certificate IV in Accounting , Diploma of Accounting (Level 5), Certificate IV in Office Management, Diploma of Office Management (Level 5) qualifications have received recognition from Skills International New Zealand.

The Certificate III in Small Business Development and Management programme has been endorsed by Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA)

The Foundation Arts, Foundation Business, Foundation Science Programmes  have been given recognition by Universities New Zealand .

The WDTU of Pacific TAFE is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) United Kingdom certified centre and offers accredited short courses; currently 100 short courses are fully accredited.

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Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) is a strategically amalgamated and integrated learning and teaching section, which offers high quality Skills Based Qualifications (SBQ’s), Foundation, and Preliminary studies.

The programmes provide employment opportunities at entry and para professional levels, pathways for higher studies at USP where approved, and career advancement for working people. The five learning and teaching units are;

  • College of Business & Commerce
  • College of Tourism & Hospitality
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Science, Technology and Environment
  • Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU)

The regional composition of staff and students, augmented by colleagues and students from outside the Pacific region gives Pacific TAFE a healthy diversity of nationalities, religions, cultures, ethnic groups and languages.

Pacific TAFE strives to bring internationally certified programmes in partnerships with international agencies to meet specific skills demand, which may not at times necessarily be met by university-credited programmes. Despite economies of scale being lower in the Pacific compared to developed economies, Pacific workforce should not be denied of certified programmes to bring out best practices in critically important areas. We are committed to fulfilling the challenge of providing the highest possible quality of education while addressing the changing circumstances and needs of the Pacific region. While we are pleased to be regarded as a good example of successful self-funding unit, we recognize that we must continue to be a dynamic institution responsive to regional and global developments.

Dr. Hasmukh Lal
Chief Executive Officer,
Pacific Technical and Further Education