Perform above ground pruning

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCARB203A, 'Perform above ground pruning'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for pruning operations

1.1. Pruning instructions are obtained and confirmed from supervisor.

1.2. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards are identified, risks assessed and reported to the supervisor.

1.3. Tools and equipment are selected that are appropriate to the task being undertaken.

1.4. Pre-operational and safety checks are carried out on pruning tools and equipment, according to manufacturer's specifications and work procedures.

1.5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for above ground pruning is selected and used.

2. Perform remedial and corrective pruning of trees

2.1. Safety harness is fitted and adjusted according to manufacturer's guidelines and workplace safety requirements.

2.2. Ascent to a given position for the pruning operation is achieved using communication and signage techniques according to enterprise requirements.

2.3. Tools are used to perform remedial and corrective pruning operations according to supervisor's instructions.

2.4. Pruning operations are carried out according to strict OHS requirements, and industry codes of practice and AS4373 - 2007 Pruning of amenity trees.

2.5. Pruning material is dropped in a safe manner into designated drop zone and may include the use of ropes.

2.6. Descent at the conclusion of the pruning operation is completed in accordance with industry safe work standards.

3. Complete pruning operations

3.1. Tools and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored according to manufacturer's specifications and enterprise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

3.2. Pruned material is collected and disposed of and/or recycled in a manner that causes minimal damage to the environment.

3.3. Workplace records are maintained according to enterprise guidelines.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCARB203A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC20410 - Certificate II in Horticulture
  • AHC20510 - Certificate II in Arboriculture