Assess landscape sites

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 AHCDES503A, 'Assess landscape sites'.
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. Collect and collate initial information

1.1. Client-stakeholder is consulted and objectives are confirmed.

1.2. Site plans and maps are sourced and verified.

1.3. Required resources are identified and acquired.

1.4. Base plan is prepared of the site and relevant surrounds.

1.5. Location, ownership and site boundaries are verified.

1.6. Current land use and environmental threats and problems are identified and recorded.

1.7. Covenants that could affect the project, design or report are identified and recorded.

1.8. Climate and weather conditions are ascertained from historical data.

2. Undertake initial site visit

2.1. Site entry conditions are met and approval obtained if required.

2.2. Site hazards are identified and risk assessed for current visit.

2.3. Site orientation is undertaken.

2.4. Existing on-site and adjacent site features that may impact upon the project, plan or report objectives are identified and recorded.

2.5. Site dimensions, levels and gradients are identified, and measured and recorded, or confirmed.

3. Compile a site inventory

3.1. Soil and growing media types, properties and relevant physical characteristics are identified and recorded on site inventory.

3.2. The species, health, age and location of vegetation are recorded

3.3. Structural elements are located and existing services and facilities confirmed.

3.4. The presence, location and/or extent of other relevant site constraints are recorded.

3.5. Areas of homogeneous soils and growing media are sampled for testing by others for analysis of soil content and contamination on request by the client or as required in the brief provided.

4. Determine the impact of development for trees on site

4.1. Consulting arborist report is obtained to assess trees on site.

4.2. Tree protection zones are determined and recorded.

4.3. Impact of proposed development on each tree is documented.

4.4. Trees exempt from approval requirements are identified.

4.5. Trees impacted by development are identified and located on the site plan according to regulations applying in the local jurisdiction.

4.6. Trees identified by the consultant arborist report as requiring pruning or removal are included in a development application.

5. Document a site assessment report

5.1. Site information is documented into a site assessment report or site plan.

5.2. Assessment report incorporates all relevant data from the site assessment in line with client needs and the requirements of relevant legislation and regulations.

5.3. Soil and growing media tests results are interpreted and analysed for further testing requirements.

5.4. Specific recommendations of remedial action for site problems are provided and recorded.

5.5. Recommendations for appropriate risk controls of site hazards are formulated and documented.

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

5.7. Client-stakeholder is informed and advised of the content and implications of the report and a copy is presented.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCDES503A appears in the following qualifications: