Assess trees

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 AHCARB501A, 'Assess trees'.
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. Determine tree survey program requirements

1.1. Scope of survey is identified in line with client needs and statutory requirements.

1.2. All current data research relevant to survey requirements is identified, sourced and recorded.

1.3. Processes for data capture are documented.

1.4. Methods of recording assessment data are prepared.

1.5. Equipment for tree assessment is checked and prepared for use.

2. Inspect and assess trees

2.1. Trees are assessed to determine their identification, location, health, growth habit, structure and stability.

2.2. Consideration is given to the tree's age, condition, habitats, wind loading, distribution of foliage, wound size and potential impacts of proposed recommendations.

2.3. Tree locations are identified from a plan according to the size and extent of the project and according to common industry practice.

2.4. Testing equipment is used, where required, to determine age, decay, disease and scope of tree problems.

2.5. Individual trees are assessed and, where required, their value calculated and recorded.

2.6. Observed indications of disease are diagnosed and results recorded.

3. Assess risk of harm

3.1. Trees are assessed to determine their identification of defects.

3.2. Trees are assessed to determine their risk potential and suitable controls are recommended to the client or organisation.

3.3. Hazardous trees are assessed to determine their risk of harm.

3.4. Risk controls are documented and recommended to the client or organisation.

4. Compile a tree assessment report

4.1. Diagnosis of any tree problem relevant to the scope of survey is documented.

4.2. Specific recommendations of remedial action for tree problems are provided and recorded.

4.3. Identification of hazardous trees, recommendations for appropriate remedial actions and appropriate risk controls are recommended and documented, and applied.

4.4. Tree assessment report incorporates all relevant data from the survey in line with client needs.

4.5. Survey and assessment data are stored and maintained as part of professional practice.

4.6. Client is informed and advised of the content and implications of the report and a copy is presented.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCARB501A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC50510 - Diploma of Arboriculture
  • AHC50710 - Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
  • AHC50410 - Diploma of Horticulture