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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare materials, tools and equipment for gardening work
  2. Undertake gardening work as directed
  3. Handle materials and equipment
  4. Clean up on completion of gardening work

Evidence Required

What evidence is required to demonstrate competence for this standard as a whole

Competence in supporting gardening work requires evidence that gardening activities have been carried out according to instructions and within the required timelines The skills and knowledge that are required to support gardening work must be transferable to different work environments For example this could include different gardening tasks enterprises and types of gardens

What specific knowledge is needed to achieve the performance criteria

Knowledge and understanding are essential to apply this standard in the workplace to transfer the skills to other contexts and to deal with unplanned events The knowledge requirements for this competency standard are listed below

safe work practices

planting techniques

garden tools and equipment

maintenance practices for planted areas

repair and maintenance of garden features

What specific skills are needed to achieve the performance criteria

To achieve the performance criteria appropriate literacy and numeracy levels as well as some complementary skills are required These include the ability to

prepare materials tools and equipment for gardening work

undertake gardening work as directed

handle materials and equipment

clean up on completion of gardening work

What processes should be applied to this competency standard

There are a number of processes that are learnt throughout work and life which are required in all jobs They are fundamental processes and generally transferable to other work functions Some of these are covered by the key competencies although others may be added The questions below highlight how these processes are applied in this competency standard Following each question a number in brackets indicates the level to which the key competency needs to be demonstrated where not required perform the process perform and administer the process and perform administer and design the process

How can communication of ideas and information be applied

Ideas and information about the job tasks and problems should be discussed with other members in the work team and the supervisor

How can information be collected analysed and organised

Workplace and supervisors instructions should be located interpreted and applied with further clarification sought as necessary

How are activities planned and organised

Discussions with the supervisor and other team members may be required in order to complete tasks efficiently in a logical sequence and in a timely manner

How can team work be applied

Good communication and cooperation with other staff in completing gardening tasks

How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques be applied

Skills in counting tallying and estimation are required when handling materials tools and equipment

How can problemsolving skills be applied

Problems will require corrective action or consultation with supervisor

How can the use of technology be applied

Technology may be applied in the use of garden tools and equipment

Are there other competency standards that could be assessed with this one

This competency standard could be assessed on its own or in combination with other competencies relevant to the job function

There is essential information about assessing this competency standard for consistent performance and where and how it may be assessed in the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package All users of these competency standards must have access to the Assessment Guidelines Further advice may also be sought from the relevant sector booklet

Range Statement

Range of Variables

The Range of Variables explains the contexts within which the performance and knowledge requirements of this standard may be assessed. The scope of variables chosen in particular training and assessment requirements may depend on the work situations available

What tasks may be included under gardeningwork?

Maintenance of planted areas including watering, fertilising, staking, mowing, pruning, weeding and collecting rubbish.

Maintaining garden facilities including assisting with repair and upkeep of site furniture and structures, paths and paved areas, and garden features.

Assisting in preparation of areas for planting, installing trees and shrubs (containerised and bare-rooted), and planting of annual and perennial beds.

What instructions may be relevant to this standard?

Instructions may include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), enterprise policy and procedures, specifications, work notes, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), manufacturers instructions, or verbal directions from manager or supervisor.

What tools and equipment may be required for gardening work?

Tools and equipment may include secateurs, knives, spades, forks, trowels, rakes, hoes, spray equipment, augers, buckets, brooms, wheelbarrows, hoses and hose fittings; ancillary equipment such as stabilising materials, weed mats, stakes and tree guards.

What workplace information might be required for this standard?

Workplace information may include procedures for disposing of waste materials, work instructions or verbal instructions from the supervisor.

What OHS hazards may be associated with gardening work?

Hazards may include, solar radiation, dust, noise, air- and soil-borne micro-organisms, chemicals and hazardous substances, sharp hand tools and equipment, manual handling, holes, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

What are the personal protective clothing and equipment requirements associated with gardening support?

Personal protective clothing and equipment may include steel capped boots/shoes, overalls, gloves, sun hat, sunscreen lotion, safety goggles, face mask and ear protectors.

What waste materials may apply to this standard?

Plant debris, litter and broken components, mulches, compost, plastic, metal, and paper-based materials. These may be recycled, re-used, returned to the manufacturer or disposed of according to enterprise work procedures.

For more information on contexts, environment and variables for training and assessment, refer to the Sector Booklet.