AHC20320 | CERTIFICATE II IN PRODUCTION HORTICULTURE

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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: 

Domestic students – 20 weeks

International students – 53 weeks

Intakes:

Fortnightly

Mode:

Domestic students – Online, traineeship 

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.

UnitAssessment
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

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 

 

 

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: Met site security entry and exit requirements for vehicles, personal fomites and personal hygiene
  • Activity 2 : Handled and stored production materials and products according to procedures and biosecurity protocols 
  • Activity 3: Complete the BOLT Training 
  • Activity 4: Complete a Farm Biosecurity Checklist 
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications

 

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in workplace communications. The skills and knowledge described in this unit underpin a broad range of activities applicable to a variety of job roles throughout industries at various levels.

The following activities will be covered in this unit:

  • Activity 1:  The communication processes 
  • Activity 2:  How to communicate
  • Activity 3: Communication hierarchy
  • Activity 4: Follow routine spoken messages and verbal communication instructions 
  • Activity 5: Follow routine written notices and written communication instructions 
  • Activity 6: How to establish communications with clients to obtain and provide appropriate information
  • Activity 7: Participating in workplace meeting and discussions
  • Activity 8: Complete relevant work-related documents and process communicated information
  • Activity 9: Effectively work instruction
  • Activity 10: Identify, access and operate workplace communications system
  • Activity 11: Growing space efficiency 
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)en task ( Type of resources required in horticultural: plant production)
  • Activity 3: Written task ( Tools for job)
  • Activity 4:Calculation exercise
  • Activity 5 :Calculation exercise
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)
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 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)

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: ApplicatioN 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)

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 

The following activities will be covered in this unit : 

  • Activity 1: Written questions about side by side
  • Activity 2: Label the parts of the side by side
  • Activity 3: Complete the Hazard identification and control checklist 
  • Activity 4: Operating procedure for side-by-side vehicle
  • Activity 5: Short answer question on a given side by side manual 
  • Activity 6. List required resources, labour and expenses to calculate total estimate cost
  • Activity 7: On-site 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: 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

 

Classifications

ANZSCO 841412 Horticultural Nursery Assistant

Entry requirements

Age: 16 plus
English Proficiency RequirementsAll 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. 

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