Carry out alpaca handling and husbandry operations

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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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 AHCLSK215, 'Carry out alpaca handling and husbandry operations'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1 Prepare to handle alpacas

1.1 Identify, prepare and maintain alpaca handling areas, gates and access routes

1.2 Locate and identify alpacas for handling according to supervisor instructions

1.3 Observe and anticipate behavioural characteristics of alpacas and select appropriate handling methods

1.4 Select, check for soundness and prepare handling equipment

1.5 Identify hazards and report to supervisor

1.6 Recognise hazards to animals and report to supervisor

1.7 Observe site quarantine and other biosecurity protocols

1.8 Select and use suitable personal protective equipment

2. Handle alpacas

2.1 Follow procedures to control and sort alpacas safely and in line with enterprise animal welfare policies

2.2 Classify alpacas according to age, sex and husbandry tasks to be performed

2.3 Carry out restraint procedures with minimum stress and discomfort to alpacas

2.4 Transport alpacas when required according to animal welfare requirements

2.5 Monitor and anticipate alpaca behaviour during moving and handling processes to ensure wellbeing of alpacas and safety of handlers

2.6 Conduct alpaca count record

2.7 Recognise environmental impacts of alpaca handling and husbandry tasks and report to supervisor

3. Carry out alpaca husbandry tasks

3.1 Carry out alpaca husbandry safely and in line with enterprise animal welfare policies

3.2 Identify unhealthy stock and abnormal conditions and behaviour and report

3.3 Provide adequate feed and clean water to stock

3.4 Recognise plants poisonous to alpacas and report to supervisor

4. Complete alpaca handling activities

4.1 Complete alpaca husbandry tasks as instructed, and prepare gates and access routes for alpacas' departure

4.2 Clean and maintain handling areas and equipment and store surplus materials

4.3 Report equipment faults or malfunctions

4.4 Dispose of alpaca residues and waste appropriately

4.5 Record and report relevant information about particular animals and the husbandry tasks performed