Prepare arborist reports

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 AHCARB506, 'Prepare arborist reports'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
Reference books for 'Prepare arborist reports' on fishpond.com.au. This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to ntisthis.com for every purchase, so go nuts :)


Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Determine client brief and report limits

1.1 Determine the client brief and manage client expectations

1.2 Determine client need for evidentiary data records

1.3 Determine statutory requirements for report

1.4 Establish specific focus points within report topic

1.5 Establish report limits and assumptions

1.6 Determine arboricultural content required by evaluation of all relevant requirements and limitations

1.7 Determine the textual and visual content of report

2. Determine and collate evidentiary data

2.1 Research information about topic and specific focus points

2.2 Assess primary and secondary sources of research material

2.3 Evaluate information validity and reliability

2.4 Inspect and record details and observations of site, trees, location and matters relevant to focus points and topic

2.5 Record relevant visual evidence using photographic equipment

2.6 Obtain and record information from test results

2.7 Collate observations, test results, research material and inspection data into a body of evidentiary data

2.8 Backup and store data for later retrieval

3. Format the report document template

3.1 Determine presentation style of report to meet client and statutory outcomes

3.2 Determine requirements for specific document content and layout using accepted arboriculture industry conventions

3.3 Obtain necessary permissions for use of tables, diagrams or other copyright information

3.4 Utilise appropriate custom document templates, logo, tables, charts, and art required to produce word-processor documents

3.5 Insert required document elements such as title, page numbers, table of contents, footers and headers and watermark

3.6 Incorporate collated data, information and evidentiary data into formatted body of the report

3.7 Operate computer and software application to edit document for language use, text content, spelling, grammar and punctuation appropriate for consulting arborists

4. Formulate a conclusive determination and recommendations

4.1 Assess body of evidentiary data

4.2 Determine value of supporting and contradictory evidence

4.3 Use considered viewpoints to make an informed decision

4.4 Formulate a conclusive determination

4.5 Inform client whether or not determination can meet the client brief

4.6 Develop a set of recommendations based on that determination in accordance with the client brief

5. Prepare draft report

5.1 Prepare a draft document based on brief, method, observation, conclusion and recommendations system

5.2 Evaluate the impact of using active and passive voice

5.3 Seek feedback on prepared report

5.4 Respond to feedback and edit report based on feedback provided if applicable

6. Deliver the final report

6.1 Draft final sections of report document

6.2 Develop summary of report

6.3 Produce final version of arboricultural report

6.4 Deliver final report to client and statutory authority

6.5 Formulate a glossary of arboricultural terminology and industry jargon