Develop a composting recipe

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 AHCCOM401A, 'Develop a composting recipe'.
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. Identify and characterise raw materials

1.1. Raw materials are visually identified and categorised against established enterprise criteria.

1.2. Raw material characteristics are entered into enterprise compost recipe calculator to achieve a balanced recipe.

1.3. Where raw material identity or characteristics are uncertain or, designated personnel are requested to take representative samples of material for laboratory analysis.

1.4. Receivable and handling requirements for raw materials are determined.

2. Establish production objectives

2.1. Identified market requirements and priorities are translated into product specifications using product performance data and enterprise records.

2.2. Raw material combinations that can potentially meet market requirements are identified.

3. Calculate compost recipe

3.1. Raw material characteristics are recorded in enterprise compost recipe.

3.2. Raw material proportions or ratios suitable for composting by the enterprise by a particular technology and method are specified by weight in resulting compost recipe.

3.3. Pre-processing requirements of raw materials, feasible volumes of compost upon formation, and compost production plan are determined.

3.4. Composting batch management procedures are reviewed and any required variations to standard management procedures are defined and documented as a new procedure.

3.5. Compost production schedule is estimated and documented.

3.6. Compatibility of resulting compost recipe and production schedule is confirmed against documented customer requirements and priorities.

3.7. Density of pre-processed raw materials is quantified, and weight-based recipe is translated into volume-based recipe for production.

3.8. Volumetric compost recipe and production procedures are recorded as operational batch or bucket recipe and procedure.

4. Validate compost recipe

4.1. Raw materials are pre-prepared and mixed according to new compost recipe to form feedstock for composting.

4.2. Composting batch is managed according to revised enterprise procedure.

4.3. Composting process is monitored for efficiency in relation to estimated production schedule and enterprise requirements.

4.4. Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) aspects and impacts are monitored for compliance with enterprise plan and regulatory requirements.

4.5. Faults, variations or problems observed at any stage of process are identified and remedial action is carried out to maintain effective compost production.

4.6. Sampling and testing of material during composting is conducted to determine completion of production process.

4.7. End product quality is evaluated against established product specifications.

4.8. Compost recipe, production schedule and procedures are revised to improve process efficiency and reliability, and product compliance with defined specifications.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCCOM401A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC32210 - Certificate III in Commercial Composting