Identify, select and specify trees

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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 AHCARB502A, 'Identify, select and specify trees'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify a tree

1.1. Client is consulted and a brief developed and agreed.

1.2. Trees are identified for the purpose of the project/client brief.

2. Determine the suitability of a tree for a purpose

2.1. Site inspection is undertaken according to the client brief and legislative and regulatory requirements.

2.2. Planting area dimensions are estimated for the tree species or cultivar.

2.3. Species and cultivar selection is appropriate to the available dimensions of the aspect and the site.

2.4. Soil volume is proportioned to the size of tree in consideration.

2.5. Environmental conditions are considered and applied to the functional characteristics of the tree.

2.6. The existing soil is appraised for suitability as a growth medium appropriate to the tree species or cultivar.

2.7. Functional life expectancy of site and plantings is determined.

2.8. The selection of the tree is evaluated and the rationale for tree selection is documented.

3. Select trees

3.1. Trees are selected as per the client brief and their suitability for the intended purpose.

3.2. Tree function is determined for the precise location within the plan.

3.3. Recommendations are made for soil improvements in accordance with the tree species selected.

3.4. Species and cultivars are matchedappropriately to the determined selection criteria for species specific characteristics.

3.5. Tree species or cultivars for replacement or new plantings are recommended.

3.6. Tree selections, selection criteria and notes on quality expectations are documented as specifications.

4. Specify trees

4.1. Criteria determined for size of stock selection are incorporated to the specifications.

4.2. Selection criteria for mature trees are evaluated against capability for transplanted trees.

4.3. Final selections are assessed against the specified soil, site location and client brief and confirmed.

4.4. Selected plants are monitored for quality and quantities according to the specifications.

4.5. Materials, soils and growing media are monitored for quality according to the specifications.

4.6. Records of quality checks on delivered plants and product are documented.

5. Correlate and present a report

5.1. A report of the process is documented and the correlated records are incorporated.

5.2. The client or organisation is presented with the report.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCARB502A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC50510 - Diploma of Arboriculture
  • AHC50610 - Diploma of Landscape Design
  • AHC50710 - Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
  • AHC50410 - Diploma of Horticulture