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

Cricos Code116152J
CampusMelbourne / Werribee South / Cairns
Duration53 weeks
Intakes:Monthly
Study Mode (Domestic Students):Full-time
Face-to-Face
Distance (must have workplace to practice)
Online Moodle (must have workplace to practice)
Study Mode (International Students):Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week)

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
AHCWHS202 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
AHCBIO203  Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve works
Activity Booklet / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCWRK212 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

AHCWRK213 Participate in workplace communicationActivity Booklet / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
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)
AHCWRK211 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
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
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
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)
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)
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
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants / 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.

Applications, enquiries & tuition fees

More information about applications for this course and intake dates should be directed to info@acah.edu.au or by phone on 03 9654 8822.

Overview

This qualification provides a vocational outcome in parks and gardens. The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.
A parks and gardens tradesperson – also known as a horticulturist – is a multi-skilled worker in the parks and gardens industry.
Work undertaken as a horticulturist could include:
• installing and maintaining plant displays
• cultivating turf
• installing irrigation and drainage
• controlling weeds, pests and diseases
• performing operational maintenance of machinery
• providing information on plants, products and
treatments
• maintaining natural and re-vegetated areas
There is a number of ways to get work as a horticulturist. Most of them have either progressed from working as parks and gardens trades assistants or have completed a Level 3 Traineeship in Parks and Gardens which involves formal learning while working on-the-job. The national qualification for a horticulturist is the Certificate III in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens).
Priority skills areas for working as a horticulturist include worksite supervision, installing plant displays, cultivating turf, irrigation and drainage installation, machinery maintenance and controlling pests and diseases

CRICOS Code: 116151K

Campus : Melbourne/Cairns

Mode : Full-time

Course Duration: 53 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students – Classroom (Face-to-Face), Apprenticeship, VET in Schools, Online – moodle  and Distance (for employed persons in the industry).

International Students – Classroom face to face Only ( 20 hours per week).

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of sixteen (16) selected units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCWRK320 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Assessment 1- Identify resources and sustainable practices on at ACAH Demonstration

 

Assessment 2 – Case  study

Assessment 3 – Checklist/Survey. Workplace environmental survey

Online quiz – 45 questions

AHCPMG301 Control weeds / AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCPMG301 Control weeds

Assessment 1 – Practical Activity Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

  • Weed Identification & Infestation assessment

Assessment 2 – Weed control measures (Plan, Implement and Control)

Assessment 3 – Online Quiz

 

Assessment 1 – Written Question. Identify pests, diseases and disorders.

Assessment 2 – Work site-based activity

Assessment 3 – Practical Activity – Collect and name 4 insects/pest and 4 diseases and disorders 2 Plants Deficiencies and 2 beneficial organisms

Assessment 4 – Practical examination – Weed Identification.

   
AHCTRF309 Implement a grassed area maintenance program Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCPGD310 Implement a landscape maintenance program Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment  Assessment 1 – Short answer questionsThe following key areas will be covered during this assessment.

 

  • Prepare machinery and equipment for use
  • Complete machinery and equipment operation

Assessment 2 – Practical activity – demonstrate the on-site item of one of the following equipment/machineries under
supervision

AHCSOL305 Prepare growing media

Assessment 1 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, growing
media components, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationship

Assessment 2 Written Extended Questions – Prepare and store media

Assessment 3 : Practical activities

  • Physical and chemical properties of potting mixes test
  • Toxicity tests
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Assessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, growing media components, Water Theory, Extended Answer Questions on Soil and water relationship

 

Assignment 2   :  Practical exercise (Soil testing Ph, EC, Texture and Structure)

Assignment 3 :  Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definition, pH adjustment, Soil
ameliorant and improvement techniques, Important of organic matter, Calculation of fertilizers

Online Examination

AHCPGD309 Perform specialist amenity pruning

Activity 1: Workplace Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment

Activity 2: PPE Selection & Maintenance

Activity 3: Identifying tools for pruning situation

Activity 4: Pruning techniques

Activity 5 : Short answer questions

AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program

Assessment  1- Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and machinery for plant establishment, safety checks on equipment & machinery, site hazard
management, PPE selection maintenance & storage and keeping work site safe.

Assessment  2 – locating services on site, earthwork, selection and requirement of soil additives, positioning plants on site, disposal of debris and pollutant, plant inspection for health
and vigour, identifying minor and major defects, post-planting care and pruning

Assessment  3 –Inspecting planting site, plants selection criteria, preparing planting site, inspecting plant material, planting plants, reviewing establishment work and recording
establishment program

AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems

Assessment 1: Short answer questions

Assessment 2: Written questions & Practical exercise – Operation of irrigation system

AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program

Assessment 1 – Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and a plant nutrition program, safety checks on equipment & machinery, site hazard management, PPE selection maintenance & storage and keeping work site safe

Assessment 2 – Short answers questions & calculations covering follow key areas

  • Identify and assess soil or growing media characteristics
  • Prepare to use fertilisers
  • Prepare application equipment
  • Apply specific products at appropriate rates
  • Complete plant nutrition program activities

Assessment 3 – Practical activity (Visual inspection checklist ) : Determine nutritional problems in plants

AHCWHS302 Contribute to work health and safety processes

Assessment 1 : Written questions – WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies and procedures

Assessment 2 : Written questions & Practical assessment – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, hierarchy of control & safety training

Assessment 3 : Written questions – PPE, Incident, Accident reporting

Assessment 4 : Online quiz

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals /AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and disease Assessment 1 – 40 Questions

 

Assessment 2 – Calibration activity (100% required)

  • calibrate handheld and/or powered application equipment relevant to the industry sector
  • interpret and apply chemical label requirements in the preparation of an application/spray plan
  • record activities and maintain records
  • measure weather (monitor weather)
  • Complete a spray record sheet
  • Identify nozzle size, type, spray system pressure and check pH where applicable.

Assessment 3 – Exam (label & SDS reading) (100% required)

  • Record keeping & Calculations

Assessment 4 – Demonstration Practical activity (100% required)

  • Linkage sprayer, knapsack and ATV/SXS, calibration.
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture Assessment 1 – Identifying Horticulture Issues, questioning techniques, information gathering,
relevant issues & providing expert advice

 

Assessment 2 – Plant Identification techniques, Plant selection, Plant Physiology, Plant habit
and growth characteristics

Assessment 3 –Developing Plant Profile

Assessment 4 – Examination

   

Classifications

ANZSCO 362211 Gardener (General)

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirements:  all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:
  Completion of Certificate II in Horticulture or related field or equivalent to Australian Year 10 general schooling or 2 years’ work experience in horticultural related field or interested in commencing a career in horticulture.

Applications, enquiries & tuition fees

More information about applications for this course and intake dates should be directed to info@acah.edu.au or by phone on 03 9654 8822.

This qualification reflects the roles of individuals working in management roles in conservation and land management.

CRICOS Course Code:
112640C
Course Duration:
74 weeks
Classification :
  ANZSCO 234313 – Park Ranger
 Study Mode:
National Students:
Classroom face to faceOnline – Moodle

Distance

International Students:
Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week)

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of eight (8) selected units as below.

Unit
Assessment
AHCWRK520 Develop workplace policy and procedures for environment and sustainability

Assignment 1 : Develop a sustainability policy
Assignment 2 : Oral / Recorded Presentation on implementing a training program for the policy developed.
Assignment 3 : Peer review

AHCBER602 Plan and oversee a biosecurity emergency incident

Assessment 1 : Completion of EDM Training Programs – Industry Based Biosecurity
Credentials

Assessment 2: Recorded PowerPoint presentation – Communication of your biosecurity
emergency incident.

Assessment 3: Project report on a biosecurity on conservation management plan, in dealing
with an emergency disease or plant pest control program.

AHCBUS610 Manage agribusiness risk

Assessment 1 : Legislation, Codes of Practices and Standards

Assessment 2 : Oral Presentation (Recorded ppt) on Policy and Procedures related to Risk
Management in Agribusiness.

Assessment 3 :  Report on Supply chain risk management in the agribusiness

Assessment 4 : Report on ISO31000, and its application in an agribusiness

AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies Assessment 1 : Short Answer Questions:  Review Climate and Enterprise data

Assessment  2 : Research Assignment : Develop a climate risk management strategies

Assessment  3 :Tutorial tasks : Interpreting climate data to forecast climate scenarios and mitigate risks.

Assessment  4 : Practical Experiment: Measuring the outside temperature using the iButton/ Temperature loggers

Assessment  5 : Climate Risk Management Quiz

AHCLPW602 – Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management plan

Assessment 1: Review a land management plan, prior to starting your own plan

Assessment 2: Create a consultation committee for a resource management plan

Assessment 3: Create a milestone presentation (Recorded)

Assessment 4: Submit a plan for approval and publication for a workplace

AHCBUS613 Manage human resources

Assessment 1 : Short Answer Situational Questions – HR management case study

Assignment 2: Key Performance Indicator Document and Recorded Power Point

Assessment 3: Closed Book Examination

AHCNRM604 Review ecological management plans and strategies

Assessment 1: Small farmland management grant application

Assessment 2:

Part 1: : Analyse existing land management plan and make suggestions for
modifications to land management plan.

Part 2: Recorded PowerPoint presentation based on Part 1 analysis

Assessment 3: : Create a land management plan for compliance with to make a claim for
deduction under Division 40- 670

BSBOPS601 Develop and implement a business plans Assessment 1:Business Plan Proposal ABLIS Report

Assessment 2: Pick any 3 of the topics from given 15 topics and write 800 words in essay format for the topics, in discussing your point of view.

Assessment 3: Write an Agroforestry business plan

 Entry requirements:
Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement: Completion of equivalent to Diploma or higher, Year 12 equivalent completed, or currently employed in the Agriculture Industry, with at least 36 months equivalent employment.
Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page.

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)

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.

Units Assessments
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)
AHCBIO204 Follow site biosecurity procedures This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to follow the workplace biosecurity procedures for accessing and leaving a quarantine site to reduce and contain the transfer of diseases or pests.The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1:  Site quarantine procedures and biosecurity protocols

Activity 2: Handled and stored production materials and products according to procedures and biosecurity protocols

Activity 3: Biosecurity online training course

Activity 4: Farm biosecurity checklist

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

AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communication This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in workplace communications. 

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1: Types of communication involved in the workplace

Activity 2: Effective communication

Activity 3:  Communication hierarchy

Activity 4:  Follow routine spoken messages and verbal communication

Activity 5 : Follow routine written notices and written communication

Activity 6 : How to establish communications with clients to obtain and provide appropriate information

Activity 7 : Participate in workplace meeting and discussions

Activity 8: Complete relevant work related documents and process communicated information

Activity 9 : Effective work instructions

Activity 10 : Identify, access and  operate workplace communication systems

AHCPHT215 Plant horticultural crops This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plant horticultural crops in the annual, vegetable and flower growing industries, including preparing for crop planting, preparing site and plant material for planting and completing planting operations.The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1:  Prepare for a crop planting operations

Activity 2:  Principle and practices for planting horticultural crop

Activity 3:   Mathematics for horticultural production

Activity 4:  WHS in horticultural production

Activity 5:  Complete hazard report

Activity 6 :  Equipment settings for planting

Activity 7:  Complete planting operations

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)

AHCWRK211 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

AHCIRG221 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 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

   
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)

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)

AHCPMG201 Treet 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
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)

AHCPGD209 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)

AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles This 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 on the supplied side-by- side manual
Activity 2 : Label the parts of the side by side
Activity 3 : Complete the hazard identification and control checklist
Activity 4 & Activity 5 : Operating procedure for side-by-side vehicle
Activity 6 : Calculation on required resources , labour and other expenses when operating side by side utility vehicles
Activity 7 : Onsite practical assessment (Practical demonstration of side-by-side operation)

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)
AHCPCM204 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 )

Note: Units selected have been chosen with industry consultation, should clients wish to look at other units please contact ACAH or visit https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC20422

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

Applications, enquiries & tuition fees:

More information about applications for this course and intake dates should be directed to info@acah.edu.au  or by phone on 03 9654 8822.

 

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

Duration:

52 weeks

 

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face

Online – Moodle

Distance.

 

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of twelve (12) selected units as below.

 

Unit Assessment
AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements

Assessment item 1 Task 1 –5  Extended Answer Questions

Assessment item 2Examination – Closed Book

AHCBUS515  Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders

Assessment item 1-Written Task- Project preliminary planning activities

Assessment Item 2 Report 1 – Determining resources requirement

Assessment item 3 Report 2- Preparing schedule and estimation documents

AHCPGD503 Manage parks and reserves

Assessment item 1: Written Questions

Assessment item 2: Develop and monitor management plan : written task

Assessment Item 3: Identify and analyse stock control system : practical task

Assessment Item 4 Report 1: Establishing purchasing plan & analyse stock control system

Assessment Item 5: Report 2: Establish operations schedule, manage office and monitoring and reviewing report on changing conditions

AHCPGD504 Develop and implement a streetscape management plan

Assessment Item 1 Assignment 1: Street space management plan and Planning activities

Assessment Item 2 Assignment 2 Prepare and analyse site description

Assessment Item 3 Report- Identify management strategies & prepare and implement management plan

AHCTRF505 Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces

Assessment item 1 Assignment 1 – Written questions

Assessment Item 2 Assignment 2 –turf establishment requirements

Assessment Item 3 Assignment 3- turf establishing plan and specification

AHCPGD502 Plan the restoration of parks and gardens

Assessment Item 1 Assignment 1- Heritage legislation and regulations

Assessment Item 2 Assignment 2- Garden History

Assessment Item 3 Report- Restoration strategy for selected garden

AHCPCM501 Diagnose plant health problems

Assessment Item 1 Activities 1-8  specific tree work, organising tree inspection, preparing audit checklist, providing feedback to contractors and other stockholders, corrective action request.

Assessment Item 2 Report – tree protection strategies for selected site

AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes

Assessment Item 1 Task-Short Answer Questions and Scenario Analysis

Assessment Item 2 Role play – OH&S negotiation role playWorkplace.

Assessment Item 3 Audit report and checklist
Assessment Item 4Close Book Examination

AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants

Assessment Item 1 Assignment 1. Plant collection and ethics

Assessment Item 2 Assignment 2- specimen collection and preservation technique

Assessment Item 3 Assignment 3 – Plant identification using key

AHCPCM503 Specify plants for landscapes

Assessment Item 1 Assignment 1 – Urban landscape Plants

Assessment Item 2Assignment 2- Plant Selected for given situation

Assessment Item 3Assignment 3- Conifer selection

Assessment Item 4 Report – Plant selection for specific purposeTutorial review paper

AHCCHM501 Develop   and   manage   a   chemical   use strategy

Assignment 1– Short Answer Research Questions

Assignment 2– Short Answer Questions & Risk Assessment (Practical Exercise)

Assignment 3 – Spraying equipment  Calibration, spill kit Written Examination

AHCWRK511 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Assignment 1– Short Answer Research Questions

Assignment 2– Short Answer Questions & Risk Assessment (Practical Exercise)

Assignment 3 – Spraying equipment  Calibration, spill kit Written Examination

 

Classifications

ANZSCO 362211 Gardener (General)

 

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:  Completion of Equivalent to Diploma or higher, Year 12 equivalent completed, or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 36 months equivalent employment.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National Student page.

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

Course Duration:

20 Weeks

VET in Schools – 1 School Calendar Year

Study Mode:

Classroom (face to face)

Online – Moodle

Distance

Traineeship

VET in Schools

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of fifteen (15) units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision

Activity 1: Prepare spray equipment

Activity 2: Prepare spray equipment ( cont)

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 : Chemical labels and material safety data sheet (MSD)

Activity 7 : Following directions and legislative requirements for mixing/applying chemicals; correctly apply treatments

Activity 8 : Transport and handle of chemicals

Activity 9 : Recording and reporting chemical application and storage details

AHCIRG221 Assist with pressurised irrigation operation Activity / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 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

AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment Activity / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs Activity 1 Written questions about Workplace risk assessment

Activity 2 Checklist on Preparation for planting operations

Activity 3 Written questions about Site preparation

Activity 4 Written questions about Prepare trees and shrubs for planting

Activity 5 Written questions about Inspect plants and report problem

Activity 6 Written questions about Install trees and shrubs

AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities Activity 1 Work placer risk assessment

Activity 2 Written question ( Park facilities)

Activity 3 Demonstration/ Observation checklist park inspection

Activity 4 Written task (Inventory list)

Activity 5 Written task ( Hazard and recommendation )

AHCPMG201 Treat weeds Activity / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 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 )

AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 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)

AHCTRF208 Support turf establishment Activity / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)
AHCPGD203 Prune shrubs and small trees 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)

AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals Assessment 1 : Written tasks – 40 questions

Assessment 2 : Calibration activity

Assessment 3 : Practical activity / record keeping

Assessment 4 : Examination – Label and SDS reading

AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals Assessment item 1: Practical assessment (calibration exercise) – (must achieve a result of 100%)Assessment item 2:  Work / short answer questions

Assessment item 3: Label and SDS Reading exercise (Must achieve a results of 100%)

AHCPMG203 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 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)

AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities 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)

Classifications

ANZSCO 841411 Garden Labourer

Entry requirements

Age:  16 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


Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National Student page.