Collect and classify plants

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 AHCPCM502A, 'Collect and classify plants'.
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. Prepare for plant collecting

1.1. Purpose and objectives for collecting range of plants is confirmed.

1.2. Area, location and/or habitat for collecting are defined.

1.3. Resources to assist in plant location and identification are determined and prepared.

1.4. Equipment required for collecting and preserving specimens is determined and prepared.

1.5. Licences and/or permission to collect specimens are sought from landowner or managing agency.

1.6. Range of likely operating conditions, hazards and difficult/sensitive environments are assessed for impact on collecting and preserving specimens.

1.7. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards associated with plant collecting are identified.

2. Collect plant specimens

2.1. Collecting ethics are observed when selecting specimens for picking.

2.2. Relevant information about the specimen, its characteristics and occurrence is entered into a field note book and location coordinates are noted.

2.3. Specimen collected provides adequate material for identification and preserving.

2.4. Specimens are correctly tagged and stored for later identification.

2.5. Appropriate OHS legislative requirements and work practices are followed.

3. Preserve specimens

3.1. Preservation of specimen is undertaken while still fresh.

3.2. Specimen is cleaned and prepared for preserving according to enterprise guidelines.

3.3. Preserving of specimen carried out using either pressing or drying techniques.

3.4. Dried specimen is mounted and labelled with accurate information from notebook.

4. Identify plant specimen

4.1. Resources are identified and accessed to assist in identification.

4.2. The basic characteristics of a plant are identified and documented.

4.3. Relevant plant key is used to identify plant.

4.4. Plant identity is confirmed against botanical description of species.

4.5. Plant identity is documented on label according to enterprise guidelines.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCPCM502A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC50810 - Diploma of Production Nursery Management
  • AHC50710 - Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
  • AHC51110 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • AHC51310 - Diploma of Pest Management
  • AHC50410 - Diploma of Horticulture
  • AHC50910 - Diploma of Retail Nursery Management
  • SFI40311 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)