Design, construct and maintain aquascapes

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMCAS403A, 'Design, construct and maintain aquascapes'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify client needs

1.1. Types of aquaria and proposed species to be housed are established.

1.2. Proposed location and climatic conditions affecting design are identified.

1.3. Special installation and/or maintenance requirements are confirmed with client.

1.4. Advice on suitability of species and location is provided to client.

2. Prepare aquascape design

2.1. Appropriate heating, lighting and filtration requirements are identified and selected according to the design parameters.

2.2. Plants, features and substrate materials are selected according to the design parameters.

2.3. Aquascape design is prepared in accordance with industry best practice and client needs.

3. Establish aquascape

3.1. Tools, equipment and materials appropriate to the job and occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements are selected and used, including personal protective equipment.

3.2. Substrate is established, using appropriate materials in accordance with the design.

3.3. Aquascape features and plants are installed and secured in accordance with the design and industry standards.

3.4. Installation, testing and commissioning of lighting, heating and filtration systems are conducted in accordance with manufacturers' requirements.

3.5. Ongoing maintenance requirements are discussed with client in preparation for handover.

3.6. Waste from construction and installation is collected, treated and disposed of or recycled in accordance with organisational and environmental requirements.

3.7. Worksite, tools and equipment are cleaned, returned to operating order and stored according to OHS and organisational requirements.

4. Maintain aquascapes

4.1. Water sampling and testing are conducted in accordance with species type and environmental requirements.

4.2. Isolation of electrical equipment prior to maintenance is proven using appropriate techniques, procedures and equipment.

4.3. Service and repairs are carried out according to manufacturers' specifications and organisational requirements.

4.4. Health of aquaria and plants is monitored and reported.

4.5. Complex faults are identified and referred for specialist advice and/or remedial action in accordance with organisational requirements.

4.6. Accurate records are maintained in accordance with industry requirements and organisational policies and procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMCAS403A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40310 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • SFI40111 - Certificate IV in Aquaculture