AHC21020 CERTIFICATE II IN CONSERVATION AND ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Overview

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for work in a defined context and/or for further study in conservation and ecosystem management. Work would be carried out under general guidance and supervision.

The qualification enables individuals to select and develop basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge in conservation and ecosystem management for Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife services and the restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems.

Training & Employment Outcomes

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Pest Management, Weed Management, Environmental Protection, Horticulture include: 

  • Lands Conservationists
  • Parks and Wildlife Officer,
  • Pest Management Assistant (Feral Animals)
  • Conservation Earthworks Trainee
  • Landcare Assistant
  • Conservation Project Assistant
  • Conservation Earthworks Assistant
  • Indigenous Land Management Assistant

Note: This course is for delivery to National Students only.

Campus:Melbourne / Werribee South / Cairns
Duration:52 weeks
Intakes:Monthly
Mode (Domestic Students):Full-time
Face-to-Face
Distance (must have workplace to practice)
Online Moodle (must have workplace to practice)
Course Costs:$6000
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.

UnitsAssessments
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
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 : Identify resources used in own work role
Activity 2 : Documenting and measure current usage of resources using appropriate
techniques
Activity 3: Recording and filing documentation measuring current usage, using
technology (such as software systems) where applicable
Activity 4 : Identifying and reporting workplace environmental hazards to appropriate
personnel
Activity 5 : Following workplace procedures to ensure compliance
Activity 6 and 7 : Seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency noise hazards are identified and notified, and risk assessed according to enterprise procedures and OHS requirements
AHCWRK204  Work effectively in the industryThis 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
AHCNSY207 Undertake propagation activitiesThis 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)
AHCPCM204 Recognise plantsThis 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 )
AHCPMG201 Treat weedsThis 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
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disordersThis 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. State or territory licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply in some jurisdictions
The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1  Identifying insects and mites
Activity 2  Identifying plant diseases
Activity 3 Monitoring pests and diseases
Activity 4  Treatment methods
Activity 5  Treatment application
Activity 6  Post treatment operations
AHCWRK205 Participate workplace communicationsActivity Booklet / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCBIO203  Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve worksActivity Booklet / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervisionThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply chemicals using
workplace specific application equipment under supervision. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety and
pesticide legislation and codes.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1 Preparing spray equipment
Activity 2 Calibration of boom spray
Activity 3 Identify hazards and assess risks associated with hazardous substances
Activity 4 Personal and public safety in using hazardous substances
Activity 5 Disposing of treatment waste
Activity 6 Accidental poisoning
Activity 7 Correctly apply treatment
Activity 8 Storage of chemicals
Activity 9 Reporting and recording injury or poisoning
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipmentThis 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
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehiclesThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a side-by-side utility vehicle including undertaking pre-start checks and shut down procedures.
The following activities will be covered in this unit:
Activity 1 Written Questions about side by side
Activity 2
Workplace risk assessment
Activity 3
Complete the Hazard identification and control checklist
Activity 4
Operating procedure for side-by-side vehicle
Activity 5
Written questions refer to the CF moto on Moodle
Activity 6
Calculation refer to the CF moto on Moodle
Activity 7 Onsite practical assessment (Practical demonstration of side-by-side operation)
AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testingThis 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)
AHCPGD207 Plant trees and shrubsThis 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
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimensThis 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 )

Entry requirements

Age: 16 plus
English Proficiency RequirementsAll applicants are required to complete an in-house Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment at enrolment.
Online LLN Test.
Academic Requirement:Candidates must enter the qualification through one of the following entry points which demonstrate their potential to undertake study at a Certificate 2 level:
·        Year 10 or equivalent
·        Or other study at a Certificate 2 level.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National Student page or email info@acah.edu.au. 

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