Verify pruning specifications

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
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 AHCARB401, 'Verify pruning specifications'.
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


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Locate and verify the tree and site characteristics

1.1 Confirm trees to be pruned and the desired outcomes for pruning works in accordance with client brief

1.2 Determine location of above-and-below-ground services

1.3 Undertake a site-specific risk assessment by identifying work health and safety hazards and assessing risk

1.4 Confirm identified tree species using botanical nomenclature and common names

1.5 Verify location of tree using specific address, road sections, kilometre or measurement markers and fixed reference points of boundary lines, residential housing and fences

1.6 Determine and document dimensions of tree recording the characteristics of the approximate height, canopy, spread and diameter-at-breast-height (DBH)

1.7 Record and implement work health, safety, site, environmental and traffic control measures

2. Inspect tree and determine specification standard

2.1 Inspect trees and areas identified for pruning

2.2 Consider tree’s health, growth habit, structure, stability and growing environment

2.3 Determine age class, code, species application and clause of pruning required in accordance with current Australian Standard ‘Pruning of amenity trees’

2.4 Determine compensatory tree care required to offset losses arising from pruning of live tissue

2.5 Determine requirement to meet biosecurity regulations for transmission of diseases by pruning equipment and materials

3. Verify crown maintenance pruning

3.1 Verify smallest diameter of dead branches to be removed

3.2 Determine maximum and average diameter of live branches to be pruned

3.3 Verify for selective pruning operations: identity and locations of specific branches to be cut

3.4 Verify for formative pruning operations: identity and locations of specific branch

4. Verify crown modification pruning

4.1 Verify for reduction pruning operations: extent of pruning best described as a percentage, and the approximate dimensions and precise nodes

4.2 Verify for crown lifting operations: maximum diameter and location + maximum height (or minimum height)

4.3 Verify for pollarding: dimensions of permanent structure

4.4 Verify for remedial and restorative pruning: any key reference points in the tree and any key measurement and any objectives

4.5 Verify for Line clearance including minimum clearance distances

5. Verify the branch location

5.1 Verify branch location and identity by identification process starting with closest branch to ground labelled as branch number one

5.2 Read branch pattern from the ground up, verify branch selected and verify branch label with number in sequential order

5.3 Determine and document direction of branch growth by selecting North, South, East, or West and verify branch label

5.4 Verify and document height of branch attachment from ground

5.5 Describe structural order of branches

5.6 Verify approximation of branch collar diameter at location of pruning point

5.7 Use photographs to verify and confirm location of pruning cuts

6. Provide information to client and work crew

6.1 Record information on pro-forma documents

6.2 Confirm written pruning specifications

6.3 Clarify the terminology used and extent of works with the client

6.4 Document a written record of contract for the client as required

6.5 Provide completed written specification to client and work crew

7. Produce a documented record of pruning works

7.1 Assess pruning work performed against anticipated outcomes and record anomalies

7.2 Seek feedback from client on work performed

7.3 Seek feedback from work crew on clarity of specifications

7.4 Record areas of improvement for future use in specifications

7.5 Sign off on specified work and complete required records