Overview

The Diploma of Production Nursery Management reflects the role of those who manage commercial production nursery enterprises. The nursery manager is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing a nursery operation.

These responsibilities could include:

• administering the business

• developing a production plan

• developing plant sales programs

• monitoring budgets and financial reports

• preparing estimates, quotes and tenders

• providing specialist advice on plants, products and treatments

• designing irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

CRICOS Course Code:

104843C (VIC/QLD)

Course Duration:

52 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face

Online – Moodle

Distance.

International Students:

Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week)

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of ten (10) selected units as below.

Unit Assessment
AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes

Assessment 1 – Short Answer Questions on on legislation, codes of practices, guidelines and writing policies

Assessment 2 – Role play (Demonstration exercise) or alternate assessment.

Assessment 3 – Audit report and checklist

Assessment 4 – Examination(Closed Book)

Overall Assessment of Legislation and application of WHS Processes in Industry

AHCBUS511 – Manage enterprise staff requirements 

Assignment 1 – Prerequisite Requirement/ Online Certificates: Fairwork online training

Assignment  2 – Written questions, case studies and recorded PowerPoint on Understanding Work Roles and Functions

Assignment  3 –Written questions, case studies on Understanding business functions

Assignment  4 – Written questions on Training and the workplace

Assignment  5 –Written questions on Fair Work

Assignment  6 – Written questions WHS and staff management

Assessment 7 – Written questions on Staff performance, procedures for administration of records and industrial relations
management

Assessment 8 – Written examination covering all aspect of training
conducted during the previous weeks

AHCPCM508 – Develop an integrated pest management program

Assessment 1: Plant health report

Assessment 2: Field Activity

Examination: Closed book

BSBESB406 Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

BSBPMG430 Undertake project work 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production

 Assignment 1 – Understand soils

Assignment 2 – Practical – Test soils (pH, EC, moisture content, etc).

Assignment 3 – Soil Ameliorants – Short Answer Questions

Assignment 4 – Interpret and calculate soil test results, soil management plan and soil health management

Assessment 5 –Written Exam (Closed Book) 3 hours

AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy

Assessment 1 – Multiple written and research based tasks

Assessment 2 – Presentation

Assessment 3 – Label and SDS Reading

Assessment 4 – Written Examination

AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems 

Assessment 1: Factors influencing plant health and diagnosing plant health problems (Report)

Assessment 2: Recorded PowerPoint presentation based on the major plant pest and disease, disorder and weed for your selected crop

Assessment 3: Practical activity on implementation of an IPM program

Assessment 4: Online quiz on plant health problem.

Assessment 5 : Observation examination at ACAH demonstration farm

AHCWAT503 Manage water systems 

Assessment 1 – Short answer questions on assessing soil and resources for crop and plant type

Assessment 2: 

Part A: Written question on irrigation system selection and design

Part B : Practical Installation of an irrigation system or measurement of an irrigation install

Assessment 3: 

Part A- Extended written questions covering follow key criteria

  • Assess the need for water inputs
  • Monitor irrigation system and plant response

Part B – Moisture analysis ( practical activity)

Assessment 4 –Write a practical report on the evaluation of an irrigation system

Assessment 5 – Written examination

AHCWRK513 Write and present reports 

Activity / Learning Guide – (this includes practical assessments) or Moodle based Assessment Guide.

Classifications

ANZSCO 362411 Nurseryperson

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 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 or International Student page

AHC20320 Certificate II in Production Horticulture (CRICOS Course Code: 108144J)

Overview

A production horticulture outcome enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture in the case of mixed enterprise. This program is ideal for Traineeships and, pre – apprenticeship programs conducted through an approved Group-training provider.
Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
• Farm, vineyard or orchard hand
• Farm, vineyard or orchard worker
• Farm, vineyard or orchard labourer
There are several ways to get work as a production horticulturist. Most of them have either progressed from working as farmhands or have completed Level 2 Traineeship in Production Horticulture, which involves formal learning while working on-the-job

Client base:

International and Australian Permanent Resident Student, or other visa holders with study rights. 

Duration:

53 Weeks Full-time

SBAT – 104 Weeks 

Intakes:

Fortnightly

Mode:

Domestic students – Classroom Face-to-Face, Traineeship, Distance, Online- Moodle

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

Training & Employment Outcomes

The qualification enables individuals to select a tree cropping, vegetable or berry production, grape growing or mushroom production context as a job focus, or a mixture
in the case of mixed enterprises. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of fifteen (15) units as below.

Unit Assessment
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

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

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.

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)

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.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Activity 1 Written task ( Type of resources required in horticultural plant production)

Activity 2 Short answer questions ( Identify and confirm maintenance requirements  for Horticulture/ Agriculture)

Activity 3 Written task ( Tools for job)

Activity 4 Calculation exercise

Activity 5 Calculation exercise

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)

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)

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 : Identify numbers of common weeds

Activity 2: Weed infestation assessment 

Activity 3 : Short answer questions about biological control

Activity 4: Work Health and Safety (WHS)

Activity 5: Choosing the appropriate equipment

Activity 6: Applicatio of granules 

Activity 7: Dealing with empty containers

AHCPMG202 Treat 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)

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 unit applies to individuals who operate side by side utility vehicles to undertake routine work under
general supervision with limited autonomy and accountability. Vehicle must be operated according to relevant state/territory licensing authority vehicle licence requirements and regulations.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

Assessment 1:

Part A: Short answer questions

Part B : Different part of side-by-side utility vehicle

Assessment 2: 

Part A: Hazard identification and control checklist

Part B: Practical Exercise/demonstration and Report

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)

AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications Activity / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments),
Quiz Assessment.

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: Preparing for Plant Recognition

Activity 2 : Observing a specimen of a flowering plant. 

Activity 3:  Collecting and Sketching different leave samples

Activity 4 : Collecting your own plant reference

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)

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

AHCBIO204 Follow site biosecurity procedures  Activity Booklet / Learning Guide  (this includes practical assessments)

Classifications

ANZSCO 841412 Horticultural Nursery Assistant

 

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 or email info@acah.edu.au. 

For Horticulture courses in Melbourne and Cairns

Overview

The Diploma of Production Horticulture reflects the role of personnel working on production horticulture farms. The qualification can be contextualised for a tree cropping, vegetable, berry or flower production or mushroom production context as a job focus or, in the case of mixed enterprises, both. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

CRICOS Course Code:

104841E

Duration:

52 weeks

Mode:

National Students:

Classroom Face to Face,

Online – Moodle,

Distance

International Students: 

Classroom Face to Face  (20 hours per week)

Units & Assessment Information

Completion of ten (10) units as below:

Unit Assessment
AHCPCM507 Diagnose plant health problems Assessment 1 –  Written report on factors influencing plant health and diagnosing plant health problemsAssessment 2 – a Recorded PowerPoint presentation based on the major plant pest and disease, disorder and weed for your selected crop

Assessment 3 — Practical activity on implementation of an IPM program

Examination – Short Quiz on Plant Health Problem

AHCSOL505 Monitor and manage soils for production Assessment 1 – Understanding soils

Assignment 2 – Practical – Test soils (pH, EC, moisture content, etc).

Assignment 3 – Soil Ameliorants – Short Answer Questions

Assignment 4 – Interpret and calculate soil test results, soil management plan and soil health management

Assessment 5 –Written Exam (Closed Book) 3 hours

AHCPHT511 Develop a Horticultural Production Plan  Assessment 1 – Project Report : Develop a production plan for a nominated crop

Assessment 2– Recorded PowerPoint presentation based on the report in  Assessment 1

Assessment 3 – Examination – Electronic Examination – 70% competency mark

AHCWRK512 Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program  Assessment 1 : Task 1: Definition questions

Task 2: : Standard compliances and produce specification scenario

Assessment 2 – Written questions and Case study covering key criteria – Plan the quality assurance program and develop implementation strategies

Assessment 3

Task 1 :  Implement a fresh care produce standard or alternative in your workplace.

Task 2 : Practical/Simulated or Demonstration Activities for testing microbial for irrigation water and plant produce

Assessment 4 – Review a quality assurance program – Conduct an internal “mock” audit report based on Freshcare standards.

AHCCHM501 Develop and manage a chemical use strategy Assessment 1 –  Multiple written and research based tasks covering follow key criteria

Identify and evaluate need for chemical use.

Develop a chemical use risk management strategy.
Develop and implement procedures for chemical management and use.
Identify training and supervision needs and solutions for chemical use in the workplace.
Monitor and evaluate the implementation of a chemical use strategy.

Assessment 2 – Oral Presentation (Recorded PPT) and Flyer

Assessment 3 – Label and SDS Reading Examination ( Competency grade : 100 %)

Written examination – 3 hour closed book examination ( Compentency grade: 70 %)

AHCBUS516 Develop and review a business plan Assessment 1- Business plan proposal ABLIS report

Assessment 2 – Develop a business plan

Assessment 3- Examination : Review of business plan prepared in Assessment item 2

 AHCHYD501 Develop a plan for a hydroponic system Assessment 1 – Online based assignment : Write a plan for a hydroponic system

Assessment 2 – Calculation Exercise

Assessment 3 – Project report : Develop a plan for a hydroponic system

Assessment 4 – Examination ( Competency grade: 70%)

AHCBUS511 Manage enterprise staff requirements Assignment 1 – Prerequisite Requirement/ Online Certificates: Fairwork online training

Assignment  2 – Written questions, case studies and recorded PowerPoint on Understanding Work Roles and Functions

Assignment  3 –Written questions, case studies on Understanding business functions

Assignment  4 – Written questions on Training and the workplace

Assignment  5 –Written questions on Fair Work

Assignment  6 – Written questions WHS and staff management

Assessment 7 – Written questions on Staff performance, procedures for administration of records and industrial relations
management

Assessment 8 – Written examination covering all aspect of training
conducted during the previous weeks

AHCWHS502  Manage work health and safety processes  Assessment 1 – Short Answer Questions on on legislation, codes of practices, guidelines and writing policies

Assessment 2 – Role play (Demonstration exercise) or alternate assessment.

Assessment 3 – Audit report and checklist

Assessment 4 – Examination(Closed Book)

Overall Assessment of Legislation and application of WHS Processes in Industry

AHCWRK511 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability Assignment 1– Write a Policy Statement for Horticulture / Agriculture or Agribusiness

Assignment 2- Oral / Recorded Presentation of your policy to stakeholders

Assignment 3- Peer review of other persons presentations

Classifications

ANZSCO 121200 Crop Farmers

Entry requirements

Age: 16 plus
English Proficiency Requirements: all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirements: Completion of Certificate IV in Horticulture or related field or equivalent to Australian Year 12 general schooling or 2 years work experience in horticultural related field.

Tuition Costs

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

Overview

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the production nursery industry. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

The nursery supervisor is responsible for a number of workers and nursery activities. Responsibilities include:

• supervising and training staff

• overseeing nursery sales

• coordinating nursery production

• implementing propagation plans

• recommending plants, products and treatments

• setting up promotional programs • managing a budget

CRICOS Course Code:

105049K (VIC/QLD)

Victoria only

Course Duration:

52 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face,

Online (Moodle)

Distance

International Students:

Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week)

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of fourteen (14) selected units as below.

Classifications

ANZSCO 362411 Nursery person

Unit Assessment
AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program/AHCSOL405 – Provide information on fertilisers and soil ameliorants

Assignment 1 Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, Preparing for soil surveying & sampling activities, soil physical and chemical characteristics & parameters for specific plants, RAW, soil ameliorant and improvement techniques

Assignment 2 Short Answer Questions & Risk Assessment (Practical Exercise)- Soil depth and colour ( Munsell chart), Soil texture test ( Ribbon test), Soil pH, Soil structure stability in water, Soil microbes test, Moisture analysis test

Assignment 3 Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definition, PH adjustment, Soil
ameliorant and improvement techniques, Important of organic matter.

AHCNSY403 Plan a growing-on program/ AHCNSY404 Plan a propagation program

Assessment 1 : Written questions covering follow key areas

  • Identify issues affecting the growing-on program
  • Develop the growing-on plan

Assessment 2 : Project report on plan a grow-on program in a nursery or field production

Assessment 3 :  

  • Oral presentation on the project report
  • Online quiz
BSBHRM415 Coordinate recruitment and onboarding / BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness

Assignment 1 – Written questions: Legislation, preparation of employment contract and the selection process.

Assignment  2 – Prepare candidate outcomes and induct employees during on-boarding.

Assessment 3 – Prepare candidate outcomes and induct employees during on-boarding. (Candidate number 2 for the second job)

AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes

Assignment 1 – Written questions on WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies
and procedures.

Assignment 2  – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, hierarchy of control, procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks & safety training.

Assignment 3 –  PPE, basic safety checks, hazardous substances, noise hazards, manual handling risks, monitoring and report workplace safety issues, raising WHS issues.

Assessment 4 – Participation in consultation, procedures for emergency event, WH&S training and maintaining occupational health & safety records and response to emergencies.

Assessment 5 – Online Examination

AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations

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

Assessment 2 – Written Extended Questions: Irrigation Scheduling, Health and Safety, Water Pressure, Calculations Exercises: Uniformity / Irrigation Scheduling Calculations, as detailed in the exercises

Assessment 3 – Practical exercise: Irrigation System Uniformity Test

Assessment 4 – Online examination

AHCMOM402 Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

Assessment item 1: Written report on Developing, Implementing and Monitoring Maintenance Plan

Assessment item 2 : Practical Report based on the practical activities performed at demonstration farm.

AHCWRK401 – Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

Assessment  1 

Task 1: Definition Questions
Task 2: Quality specification scenario

Assessment 2 – Case study : Risk Assessment in a Quality Assurance Process

Assessment 3 – Short answer questions and case study covering follow key areas

  • Identify hazards and critical control points in the production of quality product
  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 4– Written questions/scenario covering follow key area

  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 5 – Case study about Responsibility Allocation Matrix and trained staff

Assessment 6 – Practical activities to determine product quality include colour, pH, firmness, and sugar content

Assessment 7 – Freshcare online quiz ( Competency grade : 80%)

Assignment 8 – Online examination

AHCPCM404 Recommend plants and cultural practices

Assessment 1 Online Wiki web-based information about group of plants

Assessment 2 

  • Part A: : Written short and extended answer questions, definitions, terminologies,
    classifications of plants.
  • Part B: plant observation sheets & class/laboratory activities- Flower Structures & morphological features, Describing Leaves

Assessment 3 Recorded Power point (12-15 slides) – Provide a specialist advice

Assessment 4 Report -Plant Resources Package (180 PLANTS)

Assessment 5 Weekly plant ID test

Assessment 6 Final Online Examination and plants observation test

AHCWRK403 Supervise work routines and staff performance

Assessment 1 Written questions and case study covering follow key areas

  • Communicate work roles
  • Coordinate activities

Assessment 2 Extended written questions and case studies covering follow key areas

  • Maintain effective working relations
  • Provide feedback

Assessment 3 Online examination

AHCBIO401 Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Assignment 1 

Part A : Biosecurity online training course

Part B : Animal health disease online course

Assignment 2

Part A : Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Part B : farm biosecurity risk checklist

Assessment  3 – Recorded PowerPoint : Present a biosecurity plan training plan

AHCPCM405 Implement an integrated pest management program

Activity / Learning Guide (this includes practical assessments).

Classifications

ANZSCO 362411 Nurseryperson

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: Completion of Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, assessed by Language Studies Department
Academic Requirement: Completion of equivalent to Certificate III or higher, Year 10 equivalent completed, or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 12 months equivalent employment.

Tuition Costs

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

Overview

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for trade level roles carried out under broad supervision in the nursery production and retail nursery industry. It is assumed that participants undertaking this qualification as a direct entry qualification would have nursery or horticulture industry experience prior to undertaking this qualification.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks autonomously involving a broad range of skills that are applied in a wide variety of contexts, which will involve discretion and judgement in planning tasks, selecting and operating equipment, coordinating resources and applying contingency measures during work.

Work must comply with work health and safety and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

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

CRICOS Course Code:

104911G (VIC/QLD)

Course Duration:

52 Weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face

Online – Moodle – for persons employed in the industry

Distance – for persons employed in the industry

Apprenticeship

VET in Schools

International Students:

Classroom face to face only (20 hours per week).

Unit & Assessment Information:

Completion of sixteen (16) selected units below.

Unit Assessment
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

Assessment 1: Written questions – Assess pest, disease and disorders

Assessment 2: Worksite base report – Plan the implementation of plant pests, diseases and disorder control measures

Assessment 3: Practical activity / Simulated workplace exercise

Assessment item 4: Quiz / Examination

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

AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Assessment 1- Identify resources and sustainable practices on at ACAH Demonstration
Assessment 2 – Case  studyAssessment 3 – Checklist/Survey. Workplace environmental survey

Online quiz – 45 questions

AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan Assessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions- growing media components, Propagation techniques, OH&S hazards, propagation material selection and Australian Standards for potting mixes

Assessment 2 : Practical/ Stimulated or demonstrated activities – propagation techniques

AHCPCM305 Implement a plant nutrition program Assessment 1 – Interpreting site plans and specifications, Material, equipment, tools and ma
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

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
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities Assessment 1 – Written questions covering below key criteria

  • Prepare for work site activities
  • Organise resources
  • Coordinate and report on activities

Assessment 2 – Practical Activity (daily workplace activities) Task reporting, rostering, document control and pre start checks.

Assessment 3 – Online Quiz (competency grade 70%)

AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies

Assignment 1 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions and Terminology

Assignment 2 –  First Aid Case Scenarios – Emergency situation exercises.

Practical Activities – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, risk rating, hierarchy of control,

procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks

AHCNSY314 Operate fertigation equipment Assessment 1 – Short answer questions covering the following key areas

  • Understanding process of fertigation
  •  Determine physical characteristics of sample
  • Determine chemical characteristics of sample
  • Prepare soils for planting or replanting

Assessment 2 – Practical activities

  • Testing chemical properties of water for irrigation
  • Operation of fertigation system at ACAH demonstration farm
AHCIRG338 Troubleshoot irrigation systems Assessment 1-  written questions covering the following key areas

  • Locate and identify faulty components and blockages
  • apply shutdown sequence and isolation procedures
  • Replace faulty components and clear blockages
  • Return system to normal operating status

Assessment 2 – Practical activities – Irrigation system description questionnaire for all the different types of irrigation systems

Assessment 3 – Examination – knowledge skills and terminology, assessing Trouble irrigation systems

AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants Assessment 1Part A: Short answers questions

Part B: Extended answers questions

Assessment 2: Practical activities/Practical Demonstration covering the following key areas

  • Monitor and maintain the nursery environment
  • Determine and apply daily water requirements
  • Promote plant growth by intervention
  • Complete work
AHCWHS301 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 and practical assessment – WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies
and procedures

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

 Assessment 4: Online quiz

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 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.
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 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 : Written Questions & Case Studies – Identifying Horticulture Issues, questioning techniques, information gathering,
relevant issues & providing expert advice

Assessment 2 : Extended Answers Questions – Plant Identification techniques, Plant selection, Plant Physiology, Plant habit
and growth characteristics.

Assessment 3 : Developing plants profile

Assessment 4 : Weekly Quiz

Assessment 5 : Examination

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

Classifications

ANZSCO 362411 Nurseryperson

Entry requirements

Age:  16 plus
English Proficiency Requirement: all students must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirement:  Completion of equivalent to certificate II or higher or Year 10 equivalent completed or an interest in horticultural studies or currently employed in the Horticulture Industry, with at least 12 months equivalent employment or a genuine interest in commencing a career in horticulture.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page

Overview

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade and knowledge to become specialists within the production nursery industry. The nursery industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

The production horticulture supervisor is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing planting, growing and harvesting activities.

These responsibilities include:

• developing a plant nutrition program

managing irrigation

• developing canopy management and crop regulation programs

• supervising crop harvesting

• supervising machinery maintenance, supplies and services

• operating a budget

• promoting plant health

CRICOS Course Code:

104839K (VIC/QLD)

Course Duration:

52 weeks

Study Mode:

National Students:

Classroom face to face

Online – Moodle

Distance

International Students:

Classroom face to face only ( 20 hours per week)

Unit and Assessment Information:

Completion of twelve (12) selected units as below.

UnitAssessment

AHCPHT409 Develop a crop regulation program

Assessment 1 – Create a crop regulation poster

Assessment 2 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions on preparing and documenting the crop regulation program and specifications

Assessment 3 – Prepare a detailed nutrients crop regulation program.

BSBLDR412 Communicate effectively as a workplace leader

Assessment  1 – Prepare, engage and review communication on at least four occasions with different individuals or
groups, based on the case studies provided, for simulated workplaces in horticulture / agriculture.

Assessment 2 – Identify and record actions required as a result of communication and follow-up
in a timely manner in horticulture / agricultural enterprise.

AHCWRK401 Implement and monitor quality assurance procedures

Assessment  1 

Task 1: Definition Questions
Task 2: Quality specification scenario

Assessment 2 – Case study : Risk Assessment in a Quality Assurance Process

Assessment 3 – Short answer questions and case study covering follow key areas

  • Identify hazards and critical control points in the production of quality product
  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 4– Written questions/scenario covering follow key area

  • Assist in planning of quality assurance procedures

Assessment 5 – Case study about Responsibility Allocation Matrix and trained staff

Assessment 6 – Practical activities to determine product quality include colour, pH, firmness, and sugar content

Assessment 7 – Freshcare online quiz ( Competency grade : 80%)

Assignment 8 – Online examination

AHCBUS408 Operate within a budget framework

Assignment 1 – Create a budget for a production horticulture operation

Assignment  2 – Complete the excel worksheet provided for a selected crop production for
horticultural food production and addressing financial transactions in creating journal entries for
debits and credits.

AHCBIO401 Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Assignment 1 

Part A : Biosecurity online training course

Part B : Animal health disease online course

Assignment 2

Part A : Plan and implement a biosecurity program

Part B : farm biosecurity risk checklist

Assessment  3 – Recorded PowerPoint : Present a biosecurity plan training plan

AHCPCM406 Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program

Assessment 1 – Written questions on determining relevant regional data and site characteristic

Assessment 2 – Practical / Stimulated or Demonstrated Activities – Soil tests

Assessment 3 – Written questions on documenting the soil health and plant nutrition program and specifications

Assessment 4 – Calculation of fertiliser

Assessment 5 – Recorded power point presentation for plant nutrition program

Assessment 6 – Examination

AHCNSY403 Plan a growing-on program / AHCNSY404 Plan a propagation program

Assessment 1 : Written questions covering follow key areas

  • Identify issues affecting the growing-on program
  • Develop the growing-on plan

Assessment 2 : Project report on plan a grow-on program in a nursery or field production

Assessment 3 :  

  • Oral presentation on the project report
  • Online quiz
AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations

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

Assessment 2 – Written Extended Questions: Irrigation Scheduling, Health and Safety, Water Pressure, Calculations Exercises: Uniformity / Irrigation Scheduling Calculations, as detailed in the exercises

Assessment 3 – Practical exercise: Irrigation System Uniformity Test

Assessment 4 – Online examination

AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes

Assignment 1 – Written questions on WHS legislations, code of practices, national standards, enterprise WHS policies
and procedures.

Assignment 2  – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, hierarchy of control, procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks & safety training.

Assignment 3 –  PPE, basic safety checks, hazardous substances, noise hazards, manual handling risks, monitoring and report workplace safety issues, raising WHS issues.

Assessment 4 – Participation in consultation, procedures for emergency event, WH&S training and maintaining occupational health & safety records and response to emergencies.

Assessment 5 – Online Examination

AHCPCM404 Recommend plants and cultural practices

Assessment 1 : Wiki task on Identify a range of web-based information sources about the genus and species of plants.

Assessment 2   

  • Short answer questions on Identify client preferences and requirements, Select and advise on plants for specific situation
  • Plant observation activities and class/laboratory activities

Assessment 3 : Recorded Power Point – Provide a specialist advise

Assessment 4 :  Plant resource package on Identify a range of plants suitable for specific situations

Assessment 5 : Weekly plant ID test

Assessment 6 : Online Examination and Plants observation test

AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results

Assessment 1- Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions, Terminology, Preparing for
soil surveying & sampling activities, soil physical and chemical characteristics & parameters for
specific plants, RAW, soil ameliorant and improvement techniques

Assessment 2- Practical / Simulated or Demonstrated Activities

  • Soil depth and colour (Munsell Chart)
  • Soil texture test (Ribbon test)
  • Soil structural stability in water
  • Soil pH, soil EC
  • Soil Microbes Test
  • Moisture Analysis

Assessment 3 – Written questions covering follow key areas

  • Determine relevant regional data and site characteristics
  • Define the requirements for plant nutrition
  • Document the soil health and plant nutrition program and specifications
  • Monitor plant growth and evaluate the program properties are identify for testing

Assessment 4 – Calculation of fertilisers

Assessment 5 

Part A-Writing report : Research botanical specifications, site assessment, growing conditions and
environmental context for a selected crop.

Part B – Oral/ Recorded PowerPoint

Classifications

ANZSCO 121200 Crop Farmers

Entry requirements

Age: 16 plus
English Proficiency Requirements:all candidates must complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy Assessment, assessed by the Language Studies Department.
Academic Requirements:Completion of Certificate III in Horticulture or related field or equivalent to Australian Year 11 general schooling or 2 years work experience in horticultural related field.

Tuition Costs

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

Overview

A production horticulture outcome has responsibility for a number of workers and planting, growing and harvesting activities. Work undertaken by a production horticulture tradesperson could include:

• operating advanced and specialised machinery

• coordinating crop planting and maintenance

• harvesting crops

• processing produce

• installing irrigation and drainage

• controlling weeds and pests

• constructing glasshouses and shade houses

There are several ways to get work as a production horticulturist. Most of them have either progressed from working as farmhands or have completed a Level 3

Traineeship in Production Horticulture which involves formal learning while working on-the-job.

CRICOS Course Code:

104910H (VIC / QLD)
Course Duration:

52 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 fifteen (15) selected units as below.

Classifications

UnitAssessment
AHCPMG301 Control weeds/ AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disordersAssessment 1: Written questions – Assess pest, disease and disorders

 

Assessment 2: Worksite base report – Plan the implementation of plant pests, diseases and disorder control measures

Assessment 3: Practical activity / Simulated workplace exercise

Assessment item 4: Quiz / Examination

AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practicesAssessment 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

AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipmentAssessment 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

AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation planAssessment 1 : Written Short and Extended Answer Questions- growing media components, Propagation techniques, OH&S hazards, propagation material selection and Australian Standards for potting mixes

 

Assessment 2 : Practical/ Stimulated or demonstrated activities – propagation techniques

AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures Assessment 1 – Online based assignment on identifying biosecurity threats and determine control measures for site

 

Assessment 2 Short answer questions: Definitions and application of biosecurity measure for on-farm or for an enterprise. Locate information, animal / plant diseases and pest. Apply control measures in work routines, records maintenance, effectiveness of control measures, participation in training and
reporting bio security concerns and issues.

Assessment 3 –  Practical tasks: Accurate complete workplace and regulatory biosecurity records using an industry
template below

AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activitiesAssessment 1 – Written questions covering below key criteria

 

  • Prepare for work site activities
  • Organise resources
  • Coordinate and report on activities

Assessment 2 – Practical Activity (daily workplace activities) Task reporting, rostering, document control and pre start checks.

Assessment 3 – Online Quiz (competency grade 70%)

AHCWRK303 Respond to emergenciesAssignment 1 – Written Short and Extended Answer Questions, Definitions and Terminology

 

Assignment 2 –  First Aid Case Scenarios – Emergency situation exercises.

Practical Activities – Workplace hazard identification, assessment of risk, risk rating, hierarchy of control,

procedures for hazards identification, assessing and controlling risks

AHCNSY314 Operate fertigation equipmentAssessment 1 – Short answer questions covering the following key areas

 

  • Understanding process of fertigation
  •  Determine physical characteristics of sample
  • Determine chemical characteristics of sample
  • Prepare soils for planting or replanting

Assessment 2 – Practical activities

  • Testing chemical properties of water for irrigation
  • Operation of fertigation system at ACAH demonstration farm
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systemsAssessment 1 – Short answer questions on carry out pre-start checks; inspect and operate the system; monitor irrigation system performance.

 

Assessment 2 – Written questions and practical activities on operating of irrigation system at ACAH demonstrated farm.

AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements Assessment 1 – Written questions and Quality specification scenario

 

Assessment 2 – Practical activities/ exercise – Record the procedure for production at demonstrate farm in accordance with workplace requirements ; write a flow diagram from point of seed to dispatch for any “one” horticultural crop grown

Examination

AHCWHS301 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, handle and store chemicalsAssessment 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.
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseasesAssessment 1 – 40 QuestionsAssessment 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.
AHCPHT315 Establish horticultural crops Assignment 1 – Interpreting site plans and specifications, materials, equipment, tools and
machinery for crop establishment, safety checks on equipment and machinery, site hazards and
risks, PPE selection maintenance and storage and keeping work site safe, completed for a range of
two crops (different).
Assignment 2 – Written questions addressing the following key areas

 

  • Prepare machinery and equipment for use
  • Prepare for horticultural crop establishment
  • Sow or plant the crop
  • Complete sowing or planting operations

Assignment 3 – Practical activities addressing the following key areas

  • Prepare machinery and equipment for use
  • Sow or plant the crop
  • Complete sowing or planting operations

Assignment 4  – Complete the given record pertaining to soil cultivation, planting site preparation, and land preparation operations 

 

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: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.

Tuition Costs

Please see fee schedule from relevant National or International Student page