AHC20416 CERTIFICATE II IN HORTICULTURE

Description:

This qualification provides an occupational outcome in parks and gardens.  The  horticulture  industry  expects  this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

A Horticultural trades assistant is likely to be involved in a wide range of gardening tasks under limited supervision. Work undertaken as a horticultural assistant could include:

  • planting, transplanting and pruning small trees and shrubs operating equipment and machinery
  • maintaining properties and structures processes under taking irrigation and drainage
  • maintenance activities
  • treating weeds, pests and disease
  • establishing and renovating grassed areas
  • supporting re-vegetation works

There are several ways to get work as a horticultural trades assistant. In a parks and training as a horticultural assistant before moving to work as a horticultural trades assistant. Individuals with general horticultural experience are often able to obtain work as horticultural trades assistants on a casual basis in domestic and large private gardens.

Campus: Melbourne / Werribee South / Cairns
Duration: 24 Months VCAL / VETis or 6 months full-time
Intakes: Fortnightly
Mode (Domestic Students): Face-to-Face

Distance (must have workplace to practice)

Online Moodle (must have workplace to practice)

Course Costs: $2500
Mode (International Students): Not Available

 

Training & Employment Outcomes

This qualification provide an occupational outcome in horticulture.  The horticulture expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Units

Completion of fifteen (15) units.

AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to observe and contribute to positive environmental work practices.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Short answer questions ( Workplace safety )

Activity 2 Exercise (Recognising hazard in the workplace)

Activity 3 Short answer questions ( Risk control)

Activity 4 Short answer questions ( Risk assessment and report risk)

Activity 5 & Activity 6  Exercises ( Safety working procedures)

Practical task

End of unit test

AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply chemicals using workplace specific application equipment under supervision.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written task (Preparing spray equipment)

Activity 2 Written task ( Calibration of boom spray)

Activity 3 Written task ( Identify hazards and assess risks associated with hazardous substances)

Activity 4 Written task (Personal and public safety in using hazardous substances)

Activity 5 Written task ( Disposing of treatment waste)

Activity 6 Written task (Accidental poisoning )

Activity 7 Written task ( Correctly apply treatment)

Activity 8 Written task ( Storage of chemicals)

Activity 9 Written task ( Reporting and recording injury or poisoning)

AHCIRG221  Assist with pressurised irrigation operations This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with installing, operating and maintaining pressurised irrigation systems. These systems use sprinklers and
generally use glued PVC pipe.The unit applies to individuals who assist with pressurised irrigation operations under general supervision with limited autonomy and accountability.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1: Types of irrigation systems

Activity 2: Safety checklist

Activity 3: Tools needed for irrigation activity

Activity 4: Irrigation plan practical activities

Activity 5: Short answer questions

Activity 6: Maintenance

Activity 7: Inspection

Activity 8 : Equipment storage

Activity 9: Assigning work routines

Activity 10 : Safety (WHS)

AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake prestart checks, operate, maintain and shut down basic machinery and equipment used in the agriculture, horticulture and land management sectors. This unit does not apply to chainsaws, tractors, vehicles, and earth moving equipment.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1 : Verbal Questions about Machinery and equipment
Activity 2 : Workplace Risk Assessment
Activity 3 : Observation checklist
Activity 4: Written questions on Operation of machinery and equipment
Activity 5: Label the parts of the ride-on mower, the correct parts
Activity 6: Cleaning and Storage
Activity 7: Safe Work Procedure checklist
Activity 8: Personal Protective Equipment needed when operating machinery or equipment
Activity 9: Fuel/oil ratio
Activity 10 : Lawn edger
Activity 11 : Rotary hoe and tiller

AHCPGD207 Plant trees and shrubs This unit covers the process of manual planting of trees and shrubs and defines the standard required to: carry out ground preparation; excavate planting holes; apply suitable tree planting techniques for the tree
species; inspect root ball quality; apply a range of treatments; apply post planting applications; monitor and record plantings.
The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1 Workplace risk assessment
Activity 2 Tools and equipment
Activity 3 Weed control methods
Activity 4 Prepare trees and shrubs for planting
Activity 5 Inspect and report problems
Activity 6 Install trees and shrubs
AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities This unit covers the process of routine visual inspection of park and recreational facilities to identify visible hazards and existing and/or potential risks and defines the standard required to:  access site plans and checklists on multiple locations; inspect site facilities for risks to health and safety;  evaluate condition of facilities of amenity spaces;  identify and rate environmental risks and impacts from site facilities;  record inspection details.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Workplace Risk Assessment

Activity 2 Written Questions about Visual inspection of park facilities

Activity 3 Demonstration/observation park inspection

Activity 4 Written Task (inventory lists)

Activity 5  Written Task (hazards and recommendations)

Activity 6  Written Task (report writing)

AHCPMG201 Treat weeds  This unit covers the process of treating weeds and defines the standard required to:  identify significant weed species for the enterprise; apply a range of weed treatment control options;  recognize and control risks to environment (including spray drift and chemical spillage);  clean and store equipment correctly;  monitor treatment site;  record weed treatment.
The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1 : Assessing weed infestation
Activity 2: Determine threshold for action
Activity 3 : Weed control methods
Activity 4: Using personal protective equipment when transporting, handling and applying chemicals
Activity 5: Calibration of spray equipment
Activity 6: Measuring and decanting chemical
Activity 7: Dealing with empty containers
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants This unit covers the process of recognising plants that are commonly encountered in horticulture or land management situations and defines the standard required to inspect and research enterprise plants; observe and record the habits; characteristics and significant features of plants; use available processes to recognise plants; update a plant reference collection.
The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written task (Prepare plant for recognition )
Activity 2 Written task ( Inflorescence)
Activity 3 Sketching task (leaves)
Activity 4 Written task ( Information on plants )

AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with the sampling and testing of soil or growing media sampling and testing.
The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written task ( Locating services)

Activity 2 Written task (Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare)

Activity 3 Written task (Personal Protective Equipment)

Activity 4 Written task (Soil texture)

Activity 5 Written task (Soil structure)

Activity 6 Written task (Soil colour)

Activity 7 Written task (Soil chemical properties)

Activity 8 Written task (Properties of growing media)

Activity 9 Calculating task ( Air Filled Porosity)

AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prune shrubs and small trees that are less than three meters in height while standing on the ground.
It applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written task ( Workplace Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment)Activity 2 Written task (PPE Selection & Maintenance)

Activity 3 Written task (Identifying tools for pruning situation)

Activity 4 Written task ( Pruning techniques)

Activity 5 Written task ( Compartmentalisation of decay in trees)

AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry This unit of competency covers the process of working effectively on an individual basis and with others and defines the standard required to: meet the standards required in the industry for dress and work practices; implement the quality standards for workplace products or services; interpret instructions and establish work tasks and priorities; demonstrate communication skills with supervisors and co workers.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 & Activity 2 Understanding Your Workplace Structure

Activity 3 – Understanding the horticulture industry

Activity 4. Occupational health and safety (OH&S)

Activity 5. The Code of Practice in your workplace

Activity 6. Knowing when tasks are done correctly

Activity 7. A daily work schedule

Activity 8. Priorities

Activity 9. Positive actions on problems

MEM18001 Use hand tools Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPMG202 – Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders  This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise plant pests, diseases and disorders, determine the treatment options and apply treatments under supervision. The unit applies to individuals working in a broad range of job contexts who undertake defined routine activities under supervision. They exercise limited autonomy within established and well-known parameters, providing solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written questions  ( Identifying insects and mites)

Activity 2 Written questions (Identifying plant diseases)

Activity 3 Written questions ( Monitoring pests and diseases)

Activity 4 Written questions ( Treatment methods)

Activity 5 Written questions ( Treatment application)

Activity 6 Written questions ( Post treatment operations)

AHCNSY207  Undertake propagation activities This unit covers the process of undertaking propagation activities and defines the standard required to: collect and maintain suitable plant material; apply a range of propagation techniques; maintain and monitor propagated plants; maintain plant hygiene.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Practical task (Separating cells for seedlings)Activity 2 Multiple choice questions (Separating cells for seedlings)

Activity 3 Short answer questions (Separating cells for seedlings)

Activity 4 Practical task (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 5 Matching exercise (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 6 Short answer questions (Types of softwood cuttings)

Activity 7 Practical task (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 8 Short answer questions (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 9 Matching exercise (Lining out cuttings)

Activity 10 Practical task (Separation and division )

Activity 11 Multiple choice questions (Separation and division )

Activity 12 Matching exercise (Separation and division )

Activity 13 Practical task (Stenting)

Activity 14 Short answer questions (Stenting)

Activity 15 Multiple choice questions (Stenting)

Activity 16 Practical task (Budding)

Activity 17 Multiple choice questions (Stenting)

Activity 18  Practical task (Layering)

Activity 19 Multiple choice questions (Layering)

AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively measure current resource use and to carry out improvements including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices. This unit requires the ability to access industry information, and applicable legislative and Work Health and Safety (WHS) guidelines.

The following activities will be  covered in this unit :

Activity 1 Written task (Identifying resources used in own work role )

Activity 2 Written task (Documenting and measure current usage of resources using appropriate
techniques)

Activity 3 Written task ( Recording and filing documentation measuring current usage, using
technology (such as software systems) )

Activity 4 Written task (Identifying and reporting workplace environmental hazards to
appropriate personnel)

Activity 5 Written task (Reporting breaches or potential breaches to appropriate personnel )

Activity 6 Group task

Note: Units selected have been chosen with industry consultation, should clients wish to look at other units please contact ACAH or visit www.training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC20616

Entry requirements

Age – 16 years plus.

English Proficiency Requirements: all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.

Academic Requirement: Completion of Equivalent to Certificate I, or Primary school equivalent, or currently employed in the parks and gardens industry or interested in career in horticulture