Open and reassemble a beehive

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Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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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 AHCBEK203A, 'Open and reassemble a beehive'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare to open a beehive

1.1. Required tools and equipment are identified according to supervisor instructions or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

1.2. Checks are conducted on all tools and equipment and insufficient or faulty items are reported to supervisor or addressed according to SOPs.

1.3. Weather conditions and nectar availability are assessed, and planned activities are adjusted if needed to minimise risk of robbing and hive stress.

1.4. Correct manual handling techniques are used and damage to beehive is minimised.

1.5. Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is selected and checked prior to use.

1.6. Occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards are identified and reported, and appropriate action is taken to minimise risks to self and others.

1.7. Where in effect, site quarantine/biosecurity protocols are followed.

2. Open the beehive

2.1. Bees are controlled throughout the opening process by using smoke according to OHS requirements and SOPs.

2.2. Work is carried out from a safe and appropriate position in relation to beehive.

2.3. Beehive lid is raised using hive tool, and queen excluder, frames and/or supers are removed as required, according to specific task to be undertaken.

2.4. All removed frames and supers are placed on upside down lid to ensure they remain dirt free.

3. Reassemble the beehive

3.1. Bees are controlled throughout reassembling process by using smoke according to OHS requirements and SOPs.

3.2. Brood frames are placed back into hive in the same position from which they were removed unless manipulation is being undertaken.

3.3. All frames are replaced in appropriate boxes and, where used, queen excluders and/or supers are replaced.

3.4. Beehive lid is replaced and, where used, hive fasteners are done up securely.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCBEK203A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC32010 - Certificate III in Beekeeping
  • AHC20110 - Certificate II in Agriculture