Permaculture, Organic Production & Composting Projects

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Case for change

The unique skills requirements for farming practices related to permaculture, organic farming and composting will be identified and described in national qualifications and skills standards.

This project is part of the broader AHC Unit Sector Project to rationalise qualifications, skill sets and units and remove duplication across the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package, as outlined in the Skills Forecast and Proposed schedule of Work 2019 – 2022. The existing qualifications and skills standards will be revised in consultation with industry experts, to broaden the learning and career pathways for those involved in permaculture, organic farming and composting.

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project, out of the 2021 Annual Update to the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 63-68).

The Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC will oversee this project as part of their responsibility to support engagement with the industry, and to ensure the project meets industry stakeholder needs.

Skills Impact will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 63-68)

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Project Plan

Health conscious and environmentally conscious consumers are driving a demand for produce that is locally grown and farmed using sustainable practices and methods. Production systems based around principles of permaculture, organic farming and composting are helping to meet this demand.

These practices incorporate some of the oldest methods to farm food, including those used by Indigenous cultures around the world. They are also some of the most innovative, drawing on new science to develop drought and flood-resistant solutions, manage pests and improve soil biology and structure, whilst using no or minimal chemicals. They are farming practices that focus on sustainable solutions in the production of plants and animals.

This project will look at the job skills associated with permaculture, organic farming and composting. Guided by industry experts, the skills will be defined in national qualifications and skills standards that will help support the future training and development of the workforce.

Permaculture

This project will consider permaculture design skills and knowledge that is required across a broad range of areas, in keeping with permaculture’s multi-disciplinary nature. These will include the skill requirements in preparing to work in the permaculture industry, to the skills involved in teaching or supervising individuals and teams of people on community projects, to specialist permaculture design that involves natural systems and land use planning.

“Permaculture is essentially about designing sustainable environments with the focus being on how we provide our needs in a way that works with nature’s processes and ecology. Based on the words Permanent (as in sustainable) and Culture (including agri-culture), Permaculture addresses all aspects of human culture, not only food production but how we build, how we organise ourselves and how we utilise all our resources including the human resource.” (Permaculture College Australia)

Organic Production

With production growth rate exceeding twenty per cent per annum, the growth of the organic farming industry in Australia is outstanding. This project will look at the knowledge and skills requirements related to organic production practices, including new technologies and tools to support production efficiencies, supply chain integrity and high levels of animal welfare. Unique skills are required for organic soil improvement, compliance with organic certification schemes, implementing sustainable practices, which all contribute to the productivity of this sector.

Composting

The composting sector supports and services a number of sectors in the agriculture and horticulture industry, particularly retail nursing. Organic farmers are also requiring large amounts of compost as a soils conditioner and to provide nutrient needs for crops or pastures. Skills and knowledge required for accessing and receiving raw materials for composting, operating compost machinery and equipment, developing compost recipes and planning for compost production will be identified and incorporated in national skills standards to support the development of this sector.

High-quality compost must comply with the Australian Standard for Soil Conditioners and Mulches (AS4454). New technologies in waste management and recycling industries are expected to create new jobs within a sector that will contribute towards reducing emissions.

Project Scope

Existing qualifications, skill sets and units of competency will be reviewed across the fields of permaculture, organic production and composting.

Current and emerging skills will be examined in the context of existing unit sectors, with the potential to create streams or specialisations within current qualifications and/or the development of skill sets to meet specific occupational and sector needs.

 

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Relevant Occupations and Job Functions
  • Permaculture design
  • Land use planning to incorporate natural systems
  • Sustainable food growing
  • Community consultation and development
  • Sustainable building and settlement design
  • Food producer
  • Livestock producer
  • Grain grower
  • Organic farm team leader
  • Organic farm supervisor
  • Organic farm owner and manager
  • Producer and supplier of organic waste
  • Soil technician
Timeline

July-August 2021
Initial scoping

September 2021 – January 2022
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February/March 2022
Drafts available for broad consultation

May/June 2022
Validation of final drafts

June-August 2022
Finalisation of Training Package components

September 2022
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

October 2022
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Project Team
Ruth GeldardIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impactrgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au
Andrew HorganIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impactandrew@skillsimpact.com.au
Michelle Ingley-SmithIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impactmichelle@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron BarrowIndustry Skills Standard Contractor

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The skills standards and qualifications need to reflect real work experience. So, if you have knowledge and interest in the fields of permaculture, organic production and/or composting, and can describe the skills needed for these sectors, Skills Impact welcomes your input and assistance.

The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available in February/March 2022, and again for validation of final drafts in May/June 2022. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the skills standards.

Please register your interest in project updates and consultation opportunities by subscribing to the Skills Impact newsletter. Alternatively, contact the project manager, Ruth Geldard on rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au or 03 9321 3526.

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Webinars will be held to replace the face-to-face consultation workshops Skills Impact would usually host around Australia.

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project based on their industry role, size or specialty. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations to seek their involvement and views on all draft skill sets and units. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list, they have simply been identified as the most, likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Development

Production systems based around principles of permaculture, organic farming and composting are helping to meet consumer demand for produce that is locally grown and farmed using sustainable practices and methods. These practices draw on traditional methods, including those used by Indigenous cultures around the world, as well as utilising new science to develop innovations. As part of this project, industry experts are being consulted to define the job skills associated with permaculture, organic farming and composting to be incorporated in to national qualifications and skills standards.

The skills and job functions are being identified as part of a workforce functional analysis process. Three separate workforce functional analysis meetings were undertaken during October with industry subject matter experts from the permaculture, organic production and composting sectors.

Permaculture

Industry experts discussed and identified skills for different jobs and activities performed across the permaculture industry, with the main job functions identified around planning and implementation and design of permaculture systems.

Three key ethical principles were identified as underpinning permaculture as a discipline:

  • Earth Care
  • People Care
  • Fair Share (set limits and redistribute)

These principles align with the comments and views expressed during the workforce functional analysis meeting, including the rejection of exploitation of the planet, ethical growing and harvesting of crop/production and regenerative production beyond the principles of organic sustainability.

The Subject Matter Expert Working Group felt that these ethical principles must be accessible to all levels of employment and training, as they are key to understanding and applying permaculture for targeted work outcomes and social development.

Organic Production and Composting

A workforce functional analysis review was undertaken with industry experts to identify the job roles and tasks in the organic farming and composting sectors and whether or not they are covered in the current qualifications and units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. Questions to consider included: What has changed since they were last reviewed? Are some units no longer relevant?

During the organic production and composting workforce functional analysis process, skill requirements were examined in the context of existing unit sectors, with the potential to create streams or specialisations within current qualifications and/or the development of skill sets to meet specific occupational and sector needs.

During these discussions, participants emphasised the importance of leaners to have an understanding of what organic farming is and that it involves a systems approach which makes it different to traditional farming practices, and need to keep this intent. It is about utilising ecosystem resources rather than relying on external processes.

Four principles that underpin organic farming are:

  • Ecology
  • Care
  • Health
  • Fairness

The challenge in teaching organic farming is to understand there is an ecosystem underpinning the farming system that they can work with.

Composting

There are a range of organisations that receive training in composting, such as commercial operators, farmers in specific agricultural operations and community organisations.

In general, learners are likely to undertake a specialised group of units to meet skills requirements across these different areas. Potential outcomes for this project are including skills related to composting as a specialist stream within agriculture qualifications and/or the development of targeted skills sets.

Development outcomes and next steps

Draft qualifications, units and skill sets that describe the skills required for those working in permaculture, organic production and composting sectors are scheduled to be available on the project webpage for broad stakeholder consultation and feedback in the first quarter of 2022, under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above. Your input is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft documents are available for feedback.

 

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Drafts Available

With consumers increasingly interested in locally grown and sustainable produce, producers are turning towards systems based around principles of permaculture, organic farming and composting. These practices combine the latest in science and technology with traditional methods, including those used by Indigenous cultures around the world. It is important that the skills required for this kind of farming are reflected in national qualifications and skills standards, to support industry as it adapts to consumer preferences and builds on its techniques.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency that describe skills for working in permaculture, organic farming and composting sectors. They were made available on this webpage for comment from 14 February to 30 March 2022. The drafts and any comments made are still available to view below.

The qualifications for permaculture, organic farming and composting were reviewed and a new qualification structure proposed. Four qualifications were proposed for replacement, with their content to be included in specialisations or electives of other qualifications or in skill sets. These updates were intended to also increase the viability of training delivery. Skill sets were developed and revised to address key skill areas that are required to work within permaculture, composting or organic farming systems. Existing units of competency were revised to remove barriers to assessment and improve their relevance and clarity. One unit of competency was developed to describe skills for the application of permaculture principles in sustainable community development and bioregional strategies.

Further information about each sector and the changes made is available below.

Your feedback will inform further updates to the drafts, after which they will be made available again for your consideration and validation during April 2022. A summary of the feedback and how it was addressed in the final drafts will also be available.

Permaculture

Engagement with industry stakeholder across all states and territories provided support for a revised structure for the permaculture qualifications, including the replacement of the Certification I in Permaculture with a skill set. The units from the Certification I in Permaculture were also proposed to be included in the elective bank for a revised Certificate I in Agriculture qualification, which is currently under review as part of Ag and Horticulture Core Skills project. The certificates, II, III, IV and V in permaculture were revised and updated to incorporate unit changes including merging of content and adjustments to Australian Qualification Framework alignment for some units. Skill sets were developed to meet industry needs related to permaculture fundamentals, including structure, water systems, design, planning community governance and developing strategic plans for permaculture projects. The assessment conditions for all permaculture units of competency were amended to remove requirements that assessors must hold a nationally accredited Certificate III (or higher) in Permaculture and/or completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and/or have completed a Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set. This will remove potential barriers for training delivery and assessment in permaculture. Assessors must still satisfy the requirements in the vocational standards and framework.

Qualification code and nameApplication and Proposed ChangesLink
AHC10416 Certificate I in PermacultureProposed to be replaced by the Introduction to Permaculture Skill Set, with units from this qualification also amalgamated into the Certificate I in Agriculture, which is currently under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project.View draft qualification on national register

Qualification code and nameApplication and Proposed ChangesLink
AHC217XX Certificate II in PermacultureThis qualification provides a range of technical skills and knowledge in supporting food growing and community programs and is suited to learners with an interest in permaculture as a practical solution for sustainable living.

Packaging rules unchanged

Core unit HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety replaced with AHCWHS2XX Participate in WHS processes

Updated elective unit list

View draft qualification
AHC338XX Certificate III in PermacultureThis qualification describes the skills and knowledge required for individuals who work either independently or in teams to establish and maintain permaculture systems for private clients, organisations or community entities.

Revised packaging rules due to amalgamation of units

Core unit AHCPER3XX Establish a permaculture system replaces AHCPER307 Establish a rural permaculture system and AHCPER308 Establish an urban permaculture system 

Updated elective unit list

View draft qualification
AHC421XX Certificate IV in PermacultureThis qualification describes the skills and knowledge for individuals who work as project supervisors and designers for private clients or organisations, requiring high level permaculture design skills, and a broad knowledge of permaculture’s multi-disciplinary nature.

Core units unchanged

Updated elective unit list

View draft qualification
AHC521XX Diploma of PermacultureThis qualification is designed for occupation outcomes of individuals who work in a leadership capacity for organisations, groups or enterprises, requiring a whole system approach to planning, designing, managing and implementing integrated permaculture projects and programs, permaculture community programs, and the operation of permaculture enterprises.

Revised packaging rules to better reflect outcomes and the amalgamation of AHCPER507 Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project into AHCPER502 Design an integrated permaculture system, reducing the number of core units from five to four.

Revised core units: SITXMGT003 Manage projects replaces AHCPER504 Manage a permaculture project or enterprise

Updated elective unit list

View draft qualification

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Twelve skill sets are proposed for development, which include revised and developed units of competency.

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
 

Introduction to Permaculture Skill Set

This skill set describes basic skills and knowledge of permaculture systems and their support, including the use of basic hand tools and equipment.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER101 Observe permaculture principles and work practices
  • AHCPER102 Support resource conservation practices
  • AHCPER103 Support plant care in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER2X7 Use and maintain basic hand tools and equipment for garden and farm
View draft skill set
Working in Permaculture Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge for planting and maintaining crops for an integrated plant and animal system for a permaculture enterprise or permaculture community project in a bioregion

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER201 Work effectively in permaculture
  • AHCPER2X2 Report information about the local bioregion
  • AHCPER2X4 Plant and maintain crops in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER2X6 Recognise characteristics of integrated plant and animal systems
  • AHCPER2X7 Use and maintain basic hand tools and equipment for garden and farm
View draft skill set
 

Growing Plants in a Permaculture System Skill Set

This skill set supports the development of plant identification skills and propagation of plants commonly grown in a permaculture system.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCPER3X9 Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture system
View draft skill set
Permaculture Backyard Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to establish inspect a site for key permaculture elements and establish orchards and gardens for a permaculture system.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCWRK3X11 Conduct site inspections
  • AHCPER3X6 Establish organic garden and orchard systems
  • AHCPER3X3 Establish a permaculture system
View draft skill set
Permaculture Yield Skill SetThis skill set describes skills and knowledge required to harvest and process produce from a permaculture system and safely prepare it for storage according to industry and regulatory standards.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER2X5 Harvest crops in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER3X7 Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture system
View draft skill set
Maintain Permaculture Systems Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and maintain a permaculture growing environment including soils, pests and diseases using permaculture principles and integrated plant and animal systems.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER319 Test, improve and maintain soil in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER3X10 Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER303 Maintain integrated plant and animal systems
View draft skill set
Permaculture Fundamentals Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the development of a permaculture system for an individual or a community permaculture project. They communicate information about the permaculture design and recommend plants and animals suitable for the permaculture system.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER3X1 Communicate permaculture system plans to client
  • AHCPER4X1 Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems
  • AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems
View draft skill set
Permaculture Structures Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to install infrastructure for a permaculture system with an emphasis on sustainable practices of recycling and repurposing of materials.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER3X5 Install structures for permaculture systems
  • AHCINF301 Implement property improvement, construction and repair
View draft skill set
Permaculture Water Systems Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to develop water harvesting methods, prepare water storage and deliver water to site ready for use for domestic, farm or irrigation purposes in a permaculture system.

Comprised of unit:

  • AHCPER3X4 Install and maintain permaculture water management systems
View draft skill set
Permaculture Designer Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge for working with clients and community to design and develop private, community or enterprise based permaculture systems in rural and urban environments.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • AHCPER402 Design a rural permaculture system
  • AHCPER403 Design an urban permaculture system
  • AHCPER4X3 Select ‘appropriate technology’ for a permaculture system
  • AHCPER406 Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources
View draft skill set
Permaculture Community Development Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and analyse the characteristics of a bioregion and to provide advice, recommendations and operational activity for sustainable community development within the bioregion.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • AHCPER406 Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources
  • AHCPER410 Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development
  • programs
  • AHCPER411 Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program
View draft skill set
Advanced Permaculture Skill SetThis skill set describes advanced skills and knowledge to help individuals to transition into higher education. The units provide skills and knowledge for planning community governance and developing strategic plans for permaculture projects

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER6X1 Develop a strategic plan for a permaculture project or enterprise
  • AHCPER6X2 Plan community governance and decision-making processes
  • AHCPER6X3 Prepare a sustainable community and bioregional development strategy
View draft skill set

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCSS00048 Permaculture Demonstrator Skill SetThis skill set has been revised to include updated units of competency as well as TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction in place of AHCPER321 Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learners. It describes the skills and knowledge to develop basic training programs to communicate permaculture systems designs to clients, implement maintenance activities and select plants and animals for a permaculture system.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER3X1 Communicate permaculture system plans to client
  • AHCPER303 Maintain integrated plant and animal systems
  • AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species in a permaculture systems
  • TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction
View draft skill set

The draft document can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
 

AHCPER6X3 Prepare a sustainable community and bioregional development strategy

Unit developed to describe skills for the application of permaculture principles in sustainable community development and bioregional strategies.

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate a community profile and their needs, prepare a brief, consult with community stakeholders and identify strategies and organisational structures to document a community and bioregional development strategy.

View draft unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
Level 1
AHCPER101 Observe permaculture principles and work practicesMinor changes to Application for consistency

Minor changes to Element and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards

View draft unit
AHCPER102 Support resource conservation practicesMinor changes to Application for consistency

Minor changes to Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards

View draft unit
AHCPER103 Support plant care in a permaculture systemMinor change to Application for clarity

Minor changes to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity, and compliance with standards

View draft unit
Level 2
AHCPER201 Work effectively in permacultureMinor changes to Element 1 and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER202 Harvest, treat and store seedMinor change to Application for Clarity

Changes to Performance Criteria to include safety and additional  permits and approvals

View draft unit
AHCPER2X3 Report information about a local bioregionTitle change to emphasise job outcome Changes to Application for clarity and to reflect job outcome.

Changes to Performance Criteria and sequencing for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER2XX Prepare and store products from a permaculture systemTitle change for clarity of unit intent (previously: AHCPER205 Prepare and store permaculture products)

Minor change to Application for consistency

Changes to Performance Criteria to include workplace health and safety and regulatory requirement for products

View draft unit
AHCPER2X4 Plant and maintain crops in a permaculture systemTitle change to clarify unit intent (previously: AHCPER206 Plant and maintain permaculture crops)

Minor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHC2X5 Harvest crops in a permaculture systemTitle change to clarify the unit intent (previously: AHCPER208 Harvest permaculture crops)

Minor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER2X6 Recognise characteristics of integrated plant and animal systemsMajor change to Elements and Performance Criteria to better align to job specific outcomesView draft unit
AHCPER2X7 Use and maintain basic hand tools and equipment for garden and farmMinor title change to broaden use of unit (previously: AHCPER212 Use and maintain garden hand tools and equipment)

Minor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria to clarify job outcome and broaden use of unit to other sectors

View draft unit
AHCPER2X8 Produce new plants for a permaculture garden systemChange to title to emphasise difference to commercial nursery propagation (previously: AHCPER214 Propagate plants for a permaculture garden system)

Changes to Application for clarity Changes to structure of Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards for training packages

View draft unit
AHCPER215 Assist with garden soil health and plant nutritionMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect AQF levelView draft unit
Level 3
AHCPER3X1 Communicate permaculture system principles to clientTitle change to reflect job outcome (previously: AHCPER301 Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices)

Changes to Application and structure of Elements and Performance Criteria to reflect training package standards

View draft unit
AHCPER4X1 Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systemsAustralian Qualification Framework (AQF) level adjustment to reflect job function

Minor change to Application for clarity

Changes to content and sequence of Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect a job outcome

View draft unit
AHCPER303 Maintain integrated plant and animal systemsMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER305 Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systemsMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER3X2 Use characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture systemChange to title for clarity (previously: AHCPER306 Use weedy plants in a permaculture system)

Changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity Changed sequence of Performance Criteria to better reflect process

View draft unit
AHCPER3X3 Establish a permaculture systemThis unit is an amalgamation of AHCPER307 Establish a rural permaculture system and AHCPER308 Establish an urban permaculture systemView draft unit
AHCPER3X4 Install and maintain permaculture water management systemsTitle change to clarify intent (previously: AHCPER309 Install and maintain permaculture water systems)

Changes to Application for clarity

Restructured Elements and Performance Criteria and removed irrigation system installation to better reflect water management intent

View draft unit
AHCPER3X5 Install structures for permaculture systemsMinor change to Application

Changes to Elements and Performance Criteria to allow for broader range of construction materials and elements

View draft unit
AHCPER3X6 Establish organic garden and orchard systemsChange to title to reflect skill level of work activity (previously: AHCPER312 Plan organic garden and orchard systems)

Changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria to align to establishing gardens and orchards

View draft unit
AHCPER3X7 Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture systemChange to title for clarity (previously: AHCPER313 Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products)

Minor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER314 Read and interpret property maps and plansMinor change to Application for clarity Minor changes and sequencing of Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER3X8 Coordinate community projectsMinor changes to Application for clarity Major changes to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect outcomesView draft unit
AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species for permaculture systemsMinor changes to Application, and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards for training packagesView draft unit
AHCPER3X9 Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture systemMinor changes to title (previously: AHCPER318 Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system), Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER319 Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture systemChanges to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER3X10 Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture systemMinor change to Application

Major changes to wording to reflect training package standards. Addition of Element for control programs

View draft unit
Level 4
AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practicesMinor changes to Application, Elements Changes to Performance Criteria and sequencing for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER402 Design a rural permaculture systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER403 Design an urban permaculture systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER4X2 Plan and implement permaculture worksMinor changes to Application

Major change to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and emphasise planning and implementation components

View draft unit
AHCPER4X3 Select ‘appropriate technology’ for a permaculture systemMinor change to title to emphasise use of ‘appropriate technology’ by industry (previously: AHCPER405 Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system)

Minor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER406 Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resourcesMinor changes Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER407 Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture productsMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with training package standardsView draft unit
AHCPER4X4 Manage a seed bankChanged title to remove specificity (previously: AHCPER409 Manage a permaculture seed bank)

Changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria to broaden use and for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER410 Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional developmentMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER411 Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development programMinor changes to Application, Element and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with training package standardsView draft unit
AHCPER4X5 Investigate and recommend biological elements for a permaculture systemRe-designed unit to reflect a job outcome and better reflect industry outcomesView draft unit
Level 5
AHCPER502 Design an integrated permaculture systemMinor changes to Application

Minor changes to Elements for clarity

Minor changes and sequencing of Performance Criteria for clarity

Merged research content from AHCPER507 Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project

View draft unit
AHCPER6X1 Develop a strategic plan for a permaculture project or enterpriseChanged Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level indicator to level 6 to better reflect skills required for job function

Minor Changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER505 Plan and supervise the implementation of permaculture project worksChanges to Application for clarity

Split Element and reviewed sequencing of Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
AHCPER508 Manage a permaculture aid and development projectMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER511 Facilitate participatory planning and learning activitiesMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCPER6X2 Plan community governance and decision-making processesChanged Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level indicator to level 6 to better reflect skills required for job function

Minor changes to Application Changes to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity. Added new Element for developing a plan

View draft unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Unit code and nameOriginal units and proposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCPER502 Design an integrated permaculture systemMerged research content from AHCPER507 Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project

Minor changes to Application and Elements for clarity

Minor changes and sequencing of Performance Criteria for clarity

View draft unit
 AHCPER3X3 Establish a permaculture systemMerging of units:

  • AHCPER307 Establish a rural permaculture system
  • AHCPER308 Establish an urban permaculture system
View draft unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Unit being replacedQualification and PlacementReplacement unit
AHCPER204 Check and operate permaculture water systemsElective in the Certificate II in Permaculture AHCIRG219 Assist with low volume irrigation operations
AHCPER207 Care for animals in a permaculture systemElective in the Certificate II in Permaculture AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock
AHCPER321 Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learnersElective in the Certificate II in Permaculture TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction
AHCPER408 Implement and monitor animal health and welfare programs for a permaculture systemElective in the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHCLSK404 Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
AHCPER501 Carry out permaculture field researchElective in the Diploma of Permaculture PSPSCI010 Develop and undertake scientific/technological research

(Reference to ‘organisation’ in the unit is broad and would, in the context of permaculture, include such organisations as: business, enterprise, community groups, local government, schools, agencies etc)

AHCPER504 Manage a permaculture project or enterpriseElective in the Diploma of Permaculture SITXMGT003 Manage projects
AHCPER509 Design permaculture structures and featuresElective in the Diploma of Permaculture CPPSSI5065 Design basic engineering structures

Organic Production

Based on industry feedback, the Certificate IV in Organic Farming and Diploma of Organic Farming were proposed to be replaced with organic production specialisations in the Certificate IV in Agriculture and Diploma of Agriculture (currently under review as part of the Ag and Horticulture Core Skills Project). The specialisation will require learners to select specialist organic (ORG) units from an elective grouping and include core competencies in workplace health and safety (WHS). Alongside targeted consultation with Registered Training Authorities (RTOs), this change will improve viability of training delivery and supporting a goal to increase enrolments in Vocational Education and Training in this sector. Three skill sets were revised and one developed to define the skills required to plan, manage and oversee certification of organic or biodynamic farms and farm produce. Fourteen units have also been revised to reflect current practices.

Current QualificationQualification packaging rules for specialisation in organic farmingLink
AHC41616 Certificate IV in organic farmingThis qualification is proposed to be replaced with specialisations within the Certificate IV in Agriculture, which is Currently under review as part of the Ag and Horticulture Core Skills Project.

It is proposed that at least four electives must be selected with the unit code AHCORG from the electives list below for the award of the Certificate IV in Agriculture (Organic Farming).

The electives list in this qualification should include the following AHCORG Units (or their relevant reviewed version):

  • AHCORG401 Manage biodynamic production
  • AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
  • AHCORG404 Arrange selling through community based marketing
  • AHCORG405 Implement sustainable practices in the organic farm business
  • AHCORG406 Oversee compliance with an organic certification scheme
  • AHCORG408 Manage on farm composting
View qualification on the national register
 

AHC51816 Diploma of organic farming

This qualification is proposed to be replaced with specialisations within the Diploma of Agriculture, which is Currently under review as part of the Ag and Horticulture Core Skills Project.

It is proposed that at least four electives must be selected with the unit code AHCORG from the electives list below, one of which must be AHCORG506 Manage an agroecology production system, for the award of the Diploma of Agriculture (Organic Farming)

The electives list should also include the following apart from those already listed:

  • AHCORG503 Design and document an organic farm landscape
  • AHCORG504 Develop and manage a community based marketing supply chain
  • AHCORG505 Develop and monitor a sustainable production plan
  • AHCORG506 Manage an agroecology production system
View qualification on the national register

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
 

Organic Certification Skill Set

This skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to plan, manage and oversee the procedures and requirements for certification of organic or biodynamic farms and farm produce.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCORG406 Oversee compliance with an organic certification scheme
  • AHCORG5X1 Prepare and manage organic or biodynamic certification
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The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Three current organic skill sets have been revised and updated and include revised versions of organic units of competency.

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCSS00042 Organic Crop Management Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies
  • AHCBAC408 Manage agricultural crop production
  • AHCBAC509 Plan and manage long-term weed, pest or disease control in crops
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement

This skill set is designed to meet industry requirements for workers who manage organic crop production.

The units of competency provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
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AHCSS00044 Organic Horticulture Management Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
  • AHCPHT409 Develop a crop regulation program
  • AHCPHT411 Implement and monitor a horticultural crop harvesting program
  • AHCPMG401 Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan

This skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage climate risk, implement soil improvement programs and manage crop development to point of harvesting including monitoring pest and diseases, for an organic farming enterprise.

The units of competency provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
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AHCSS00046 Organic Livestock Management Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
  • AHCLSK505 Develop production plans for livestock
  • AHCAGB518 Develop climate risk management strategies

This skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage climate risk, implement soil improvement programs and manage livestock production for an organic farming enterprise. The units of competency provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
View draft skill set

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Unit code and nameApplicationLink
AHCORG101 Support organic productionMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

To be Included as elective in revised Certificate I in Agriculture, currently under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project

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AHCORG401 Manage biodynamic productionMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock productionElements re-sequenced and Minor changes to Performance Criteria for clarity and improved structureView draft unit
AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvementMinor changes to Application

Minor edits and changes to sequencing of Performance Criteria for clarity

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AHCORG404 Arrange selling through community based marketingMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG405 Implement sustainable practices in the organic farm based businessMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG406 Oversee compliance with an organic certification schemeMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG408 Manage on farm compostingMinor changes to Application for clarity

Changes to sequencing of Performance Criteria

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AHCORG503 Design and document an organic farm landscapeMinor changes to Application and Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG504 Develop and manage a community based marketing supply chainMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG505 Develop and monitor a sustainable production planMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG506 Manage an agroecology production systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG507 Develop an organic or biodynamic management planMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCORG5X1 Prepare and manage organic or biodynamic certificationUpdated title to reflect industry outcomes Minor changes to Application, and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Composting

The AHC32216 Certificate III in Commercial Composting was proposed for deletion, based on industry feedback that it was not needed and that waste management issues described in the qualification are better aligned to the Certificate III in Waste Management (Waste processing). Six units of competency relating to composting were revised for use in agriculture and horticulture qualifications as electives for on farm composting activity, as well as in waste management qualifications. Five skill sets were also developed to address a range of waste management issues arising in cropping, on-farm and livestock production.

Qualification code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHC32216 Certificate III in Commercial CompostingThis qualification is proposed for deletion as stakeholder input indicates that it doesn’t meet the needs industry. In its place four skill sets targeted at micro-sectors of the composting industry have been developed.View qualification on the national register

Four skill sets have been developed that target aspects of farm waste, management of compost feedstock, soil improvement and managing waste from gardening and landscaping.

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
 

Composting Farm Waste, Livestock Waste and Mortalities Skill Set

Comprised of units:

  • AHCCOM201 Assess and receive raw materials for composting
  • AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies on a composting site
  • AHCCOM203 Recognise raw materials, production processes and products on a composting site
  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment

This skill set provides skills and knowledge to recognise, assess and receive raw materials for composting and operate composting plant and equipment to produce compost

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package

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On-Farm Management of Compost Feedstock Skill Set Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCPHT302 Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

This skill set provides advanced skills and knowledge for planning, developing recipes and composting farm feedstock.

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package

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On-Farm Management of Waste, Livestock Waste and Mortalities Skill SetComprised of units:

  •  AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  •  AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

This skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to plan the disposal of large volumes of farm waste, including animal waste and mortalities by composting.

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package

View draft skill set
Create and Use Compost to Improve Soil Health Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement

This skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to create organic compost and use it to improve soil health in a garden, orchard, farm or permaculture environment

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package

View draft skill set
Managing Waste from Arboriculture, Gardening, or Landscaping work Skill SetComprised of units:

  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

This skill set provides the basic skills and knowledge required to develop compost recipes and process waste from agricultural and horticultural activities to produce compost.

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package

View draft skill set

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCCOM201 Assess and receive raw materials for compostingMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies on a composting siteMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCCOM203 Recognise raw materials, production processes and products on a composting siteMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipmentMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipeMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit
AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost productionChange Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) from level 4 to 5 to reflect skills level

Split Element 1 to reflect sequencing of tasks

Minor edits and sequence changes to Performance Criteria for clarity

Minor changes to Application

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Two additional units are proposed for deletion due to no enrolments over the past five years. See below for description and link to the national register.

Revised unit code and name Link
AHCSOL403 Prepare acid sulphate soil management plansThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop management plans that address legislation and issues associated with land and ground water disturbing activities for acid sulphate soil (ASS).View unit on national register
AHCWAT201 Set up, operate and maintain water delivery systems for compostThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to set up, operate and maintain water delivery systems for composting.View unit on national register

Summary consultation to date

The draft qualifications and units have been drafted in consultation with subject matter experts. They have considered information received out of workforce functional analysis and site visits that took place from September 2021 to January 2022. People working directly with permaculture, organic farming and composting participated and provided information on the skills and knowledge required for job roles and tasks. Thank you to those who provided feedback during these activities.

 

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Validation

Producers are increasingly incorporating techniques based around principles of permaculture, organic production and composting to keep up with consumer demand for sustainably grown produce and support future food security. Sustainable design of soil, water and cropping systems encourages ecological diversity and improves resilience to disruptions in the external environment. To achieve this, skills are required for planning and designing sustainable environments with a focus on how to provide for human needs in a way that works with natures processes and ecology. Consultation is taking place throughout this project to review and update the national qualifications and skills standards for work using the principles of permaculture, organic production and composting.

The final draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for this work are now available for your validation and comment. Please find the documents listed below.

Feedback collected during the ‘Drafts Available’ stage supported the revised qualification structure for permaculture, organic production and composting. The proposed replacement of the level IV and Diploma qualifications for organic production with specialisations in other existing qualifications and the replacement of the Certificate I in permaculture and Certificate III in Commercial Composting with skill sets was also supported. In response to stakeholder feedback during this time, permaculture (PER) units have been updated to clarify requirements for assessors. Organic production units have been updated to incorporate skills and knowledge relating to certification schemes and compliance. The composting units have been updated where necessary to include reference to relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice, including work health and safety and environmental requirements. Stakeholder input has also been collected about the placement of certain units as electives within agriculture qualifications and this information is also available for review below.

Further information about each sector and the changes made is available below.

You are welcome to provide comment on as many of the draft documents as you would like. Please feel free to share these with others who may also be interested.  

The draft documents will be available on this webpage for validation and feedback from 19 May until 16 June 2022.

How to participate in the validation process

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online using our feedback hub or by email.

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 Feedback via email

Of course there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification, skill set or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the draft. There is a link at the bottom of the document group where you can download the Microsoft Word version of the qualification and units. Please email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

Summary of Consultation and Feedback

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided feedback on the drafts that were made available from 26 November 2021 until 5 January 2022 under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage. During this time, feedback was collected via the online feedback hub and webinars, and via phone calls and emails. The units were drafted with guidance from Subject Matter Experts, made up of workplace experts and industry.

Key changes include:

  • Permaculture
    • Qualification structure has been revised, including a reduction from from five qualifications to four.
    • Twelve new skills sets have been developed.
    • Changes have been made to the indicative Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level of some permaculture (PER) units.
    • The following statement has been added to the Assessor Requirements in permaculture (PER) units: ‘Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards’.
    • The Knowledge Evidence sections of the permaculture (PER) units has been rationalised so that they reflect the essential skills required for carrying out permaculture job tasks.
  • Organic production
    • The Certificate IV and Diploma of Organic Farming are proposed to be deleted and replaced with specialisations within existing agriculture and horticulture qualifications.
    • Three organic production skill sets have been revised.
    • One new skill set has been developed to incorporate skills and knowledge required to plan, manage, and oversee the procedures and requirements for certification of organic or biodynamic farms and farm produce.
    • Organic production (ORG) related units have been updated to incorporate skills and knowledge relating to certification schemes, compliance and the implications of non-compliance when undertaking work tasks.
  • Composting
    • The Certificate III in Commercial Composting is proposed for deletion.
    • Five skill sets have been developed to describe expertise in farm waste, management of compost feedstock, soil improvement and managing waste from gardening and landscaping.
    • Composting units have been updated, where necessary, to include reference to relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice, including work health and safety and environmental requirements.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied in these final drafts will be available soon.

Permaculture

Feedback from stakeholders in the permaculture sector across all states and territories has provided support for a revised qualification structure and a reduction from five qualifications to four, the development of 11 new skills sets, and changes to the indicative Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level of some permaculture (PER) units, including three adjusted from level 5 to 6 which has allowed for the creation of a new Advanced Permaculture Skill Set.

To broaden exposure to and delivery of permaculture practices in teaching and learning across the VET sector, the subject matter expert working group has provided support for selected permaculture (PER) units to be included as elective options in agriculture qualifications (Certificate I to Diploma). A list of permaculture (PER) units to be included in agriculture qualifications is available in the accordion below.

The Assessor Requirements in PER units will include the following statement: ‘Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.’

Additional guidance for RTOs for engaging trainers and assessors will be included in an updated version of the Companion Volume Implementation Guide to be released along with the newly endorsed permaculture qualifications, skill sets and units.

The Knowledge Evidence sections of permaculture (PER) units have been rationalised to ensure essential underpinning knowledge required for carrying out permaculture job tasks is captured, and examples of such tasks are included in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide (which is intended as advice for RTOs).

Qualification code and nameApplication and Proposed ChangesLink
AHC10416 Certificate I in PermacultureProposed to be replaced by the Introduction to Permaculture Skill Set, with units from this qualification also amalgamated into the Certificate I in Agriculture, which is currently under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project.View draft qualification on national register

You can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

Qualification code and nameApplication and Proposed ChangesLink
AHC217XX Certificate II in PermacultureThis qualification provides a range of technical skills and knowledge in supporting food growing and community programs and is suited to learners with an interest in permaculture as a practical solution for sustainable living.

Packaging rules unchanged

Core unit HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety replaced with AHCWHS2XX Participate in WHS processes

Updated elective unit list

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AHC338XX Certificate III in PermacultureThis qualification describes the skills and knowledge required for individuals who work either independently or in teams to establish and maintain permaculture systems for private clients, organisations or community entities.

Revised packaging rules due to amalgamation of units

Core unit AHCPER3XX Establish a permaculture system replaces AHCPER307 Establish a rural permaculture system and AHCPER308 Establish an urban permaculture system

Updated elective unit list

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AHC421XX Certificate IV in PermacultureThis qualification describes the skills and knowledge for individuals who work as project supervisors and designers for private clients or organisations, requiring high level permaculture design skills, and a broad knowledge of permaculture’s multi-disciplinary nature.

Core units unchanged

Updated elective unit list

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AHC521XX Diploma of PermacultureThis qualification is designed for occupation outcomes of individuals who work in a leadership capacity for organisations, groups or enterprises, requiring a whole system approach to planning, designing, managing and implementing integrated permaculture projects and programs, permaculture community programs, and the operation of permaculture enterprises.

Revised packaging rules to better reflect outcomes and the amalgamation of AHCPER507 Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project into AHCPER502 Design an integrated permaculture system reducing the number of core units from 5 to 4

Revised core units: SITXMGT003 Manage projects replaces AHCPER504 Manage a permaculture project or enterprise

Updated elective unit list

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Twelve new skill sets are proposed which include revised and newly developed units.

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
Introduction to Permaculture Skill SetThis skill set provides basic skills and knowledge of permaculture systems and their support, including the use of basic hand tools and equipment.View and validate final draft skill set
Working in Permaculture Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge for planting and maintaining crops for an integrated plant and animal system for a permaculture enterprise or permaculture community project in a bioregion.View and validate final draft skill set
Growing Plants in a Permaculture System Skill SetThis skill set supports the development of plant identification skills and propagation of plants commonly grown in a permaculture system.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Backyard Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to establish inspect a site for key permaculture elements and establish orchards and gardens for a permaculture system.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Yield Skill SetThis skill set provides skills and knowledge required to harvest and process produce from a permaculture system and safely prepare it for storage according to industry and regulatory standards.View and validate final draft skill set
Maintain Permaculture Systems Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to prepare and maintain a permaculture growing environment including soils, pests and diseases using permaculture principles and integrated plant and animal systems.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Fundamentals Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the development of a permaculture system for an individual or a community permaculture project. They communicate information about the permaculture design and recommend plants and animals suitable for the permaculture system.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Structures Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to install infrastructure for a permaculture system with an emphasis on sustainable practices of recycling and repurposing of materials.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Water Systems Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to develop water harvesting methods, prepare water storage and deliver water to site ready for use for domestic, farm or irrigation purposes in a permaculture system.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Designer Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge for working with clients and community to design and develop private, community or enterprise-based permaculture systems in rural and urban environments.View and validate final draft skill set
Permaculture Community Development Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to identify and analyse the characteristics of a bioregion and to provide advice, recommendations and operational activity for sustainable community development within the bioregion.View and validate final draft skill set
Advanced Permaculture Skill SetThis skill set provides advanced skills and knowledge to help individuals to transition into higher education. The units provide skills and knowledge for planning community governance and developing strategic plans for permaculture projects.View and validate final draft skill set

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCSS000XX Permaculture Demonstrator Skill SetThis skill set has been revised to include updated units of competency and inclusion of TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction in place of AHCPER321 Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learners.

It provides the skills and knowledge to develop basic training programs to communicate permaculture systems designs to clients, implement maintenance activities and select plants and animals for a permaculture system.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPER3X1 Communicate permaculture system plans to client
  • AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species in a permaculture system
  • AHCPER4X1 Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems
  • TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction
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Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCPER6X3 Prepare a sustainable community and bioregional development strategyThis unit of competency has been developed (based on previously deleted unit) to describe skills for the application of permaculture principles in sustainable community development and bioregional strategies. It describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate a community profile and their needs, prepare a brief, consult with community stakeholders and identify strategies and organisational structures to document a community and bioregional development strategy.View and validate final draft unit

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Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
Level 1
AHCPER101 Observe permaculture principles and work practicesMinor changes to Application for consistency

Minor changes to Element and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards

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AHCPER102 Support resource conservation practicesMinor changes to Application for consistency

Minor changes to Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards

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AHCPER103 Support plant care in a permaculture systemMinor change to Application for clarity

Minor changes to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity, and compliance with standards

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Level 2
AHCPER201 Work effectively in permacultureMinor changes to Element 1 and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER2X1 Harvest, treat and store seedMinor change to Application for clarity

Changes to Performance Criteria to include safety and additional permits and approvals

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AHCPER2X2 Report information about the local bioregionPreviously AHCPER203 Record information about the local bioregion

Title change to emphasise job outcome.

Changes to Application for clarity and to reflect job outcome.

Changes to Performance Criteria and sequencing for clarity

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AHCPER2X3 Prepare and store products from a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER205 Prepare and store permaculture products

Title change for clarity of unit intent

Minor change to Application for consistency

Changes to Performance Criteria to include workplace health and safety and regulatory requirement for products

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AHCPER2X4 Plant and maintain crops in a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER206 Plant and maintain permaculture crops

Title change to clarify unit intent

Minor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

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AHCPER2X5 Harvest crops in a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER208 Harvest permaculture crops

Title change to clarify the unit intent

Minor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

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AHCPER2X6 Recognise characteristics of integrated plant and animal systemsMajor change to Elements and Performance Criteria to better align to job specific outcomesView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER2X7 Use and maintain basic hand tools and equipment for garden and farmPreviously AHCPER212 Use and maintain garden hand tools and equipment

Minor title change to broaden use of unit

Minor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria to clarify job outcome and broaden use of unit to other sectors

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AHCPER2X8 Produce new plants for a permaculture garden systemPreviously AHCPER214 Propagate plants for a permaculture garden system

Change to title to emphasise difference to commercial nursery propagation

Changes to Application for clarity

Changes to structure of Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards for training packages

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AHCPER215 Assist with garden soil health and plant nutritionMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect the level of skill requiredView and validate final draft unit
Level 3
AHCPER3X1 Communicate permaculture system principles to stakeholdersPreviously AHCPER301 Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices

Title change to reflect job outcome

Changes to Application and structure of Elements and Performance Criteria to reflect training package standards

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AHCPER4X1 Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systemsAdjustment of Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level to reflect tasks

Minor change to Application for clarity

Changes to content and sequence of Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect a job outcome

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AHCPER303 Maintain integrated plant and animal systemsMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER305 Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systemsMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER3X2 Use characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER306 Use weedy plants in a permaculture system

Change to title for clarity

Changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity

Changed sequence of Performance Criteria to better reflect process

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AHCPER3X3 Establish a permaculture systemThis unit is an amalgamation of AHCPER307 Establish a rural permaculture system and AHCPER308 Establish an urban permaculture systemView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER3X4 Install and maintain permaculture water management systemsPreviously AHCPER309 Install and maintain permaculture water systems

Title change to clarify intent

Changes to Application for clarity

Restructured Elements and Performance Criteria and removed irrigation system installation to better reflect water management intent

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AHCPER3X5 Install structures for permaculture systemsMinor change to Application

Changes to Elements and Performance Criteria to allow for broader range of construction materials and elements

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AHCPER3X6 Establish organic garden and orchard systemsPreviously AHCPER312 Plan organic garden and orchard systems

Change to title to reflect work activity at AQF 3

Changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria to align to establishing gardens and orchards

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AHCPER3X7 Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER313 Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products

Change to title for clarity

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AHCPER314 Read and interpret property maps and plansMinor change to Application for clarity

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AHCPER3X8 Coordinate community projectsMinor changes to Application for clarity

Major changes to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and to better reflect outcomes

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AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species for permaculture systemsMinor changes to Application, and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with standards for training packagesView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER3X9 Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER318 Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system

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AHCPER319 Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture systemChanges to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER3X10 Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture systemMinor change to Application

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Level 4
AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practicesMinor changes to Application, Elements Changes to Performance Criteria and sequencing for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER402 Design a rural permaculture systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER403 Design an urban permaculture systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER4X2 Plan and implement permaculture worksMinor changes to Application

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AHCPER4X3 Select appropriate technology for a permaculture systemPreviously AHCPER405 Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system

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AHCPER406 Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resourcesMinor changes Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER407 Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture productsMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with training package standardsView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER4X4 Manage a seed bankPreviously AHCPER409 Manage a permaculture seed bank

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AHCPER410 Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional developmentMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER411 Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development programMinor changes to Application, Element and Performance Criteria for clarity and compliance with training package standardsView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER4X5 Investigate and recommend biological elements for a permaculture systemRe-designed unit to reflect a job outcome and better reflect industry outcomesView and validate final draft unit
Level 5
AHCPER502 Design an integrated permaculture systemMinor changes to Application

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Merged research content from AHCPER507 Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project

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AHCPER5X2 Plan and carry out field researchRedesigned unit to reflect skills for other industry sectors

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AHCPER6X1 Develop a strategic plan for a permaculture project or enterpriseChanged Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level indicator to level 6 to reflect level of skills required

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AHCPER505 Plan and supervise the implementation of permaculture project worksChanges to Application for clarity

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AHCPER508 Manage a permaculture aid and development projectMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER511 Facilitate participatory planning and learning activitiesMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCPER6X2 Plan community governance and decision-making processesChanged Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level indicator to level 6 to reflect level of skill required

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Unit being replacedContent covered in other areas
AHCPER204 Check and operate permaculture water systemsContent will be covered by including AHCIRG219 Assist with low volume irrigation operations in the list of elective units in the Certificate II in Permaculture qualification.
AHCPER207 Care for animals in a permaculture systemContent will be covered by including AHCLSK202 Care for health and welfare of livestock in the list of electives in the Certificate II in Permaculture qualification.
AHCPER321 Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learnersContent will be covered by including TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction in the list of electives in the Certificate III in permaculture qualification.
AHCPER408 Implement and monitor animal health and welfare programs for a permaculture systemContent will be covered by including AHCLSK404 Implement and monitor animal welfare programs in the list of electives in the Certificate IV in permaculture qualification.
AHCPER504 Manage a permaculture project or enterpriseContent will be covered by including SITXMGT003 Manage projects in the list of electives in the Diploma of Permaculture qualification.
AHCPER509 Design permaculture structures and featuresContent will be covered by including CPPSSI5065 Design basic engineering structures in the list of electives in the Diploma of Permaculture qualification.

Selected permaculture (PER) units are proposed to be included as electives in agriculture qualifications, to broaden delivery potential of permaculture practices in teaching and learning across the VET sector. Below is a list of proposed inclusion.

AHC102XX Certificate I in Agriculture
  • AHCPER101 Observe permaculture principles and work practices
  • AHCPER102 Support resource conservation practices
  • AHCPER103 Support plant care in a permaculture system
AHC201XX Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHCPER202 Harvest, treat and store seed
  • AHCPER212 Use and maintain garden hand tools and equipment
  • AHCPER215 Assist with garden soil health and plant nutrition
AHC301XX Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHCPER314 Read and interpret property maps and plans
  • AHCPER315 Coordinate community projects
AHC401XX Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHCPER401 Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices
  • AHCPER406 Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources
  • AHCPER407 Design harvesting and storage systems for farm products
  • AHCPER409 Manage a seed bank
  • AHCPER411 Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program
Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHCPER502 Design and integrated permaculture system
  • AHCPER508 Manage a permaculture aid and development project

You can email any feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

Organic Production

Feedback from stakeholders in the organic production sector has provided support for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Organic Farming to be incorporated within existing agriculture/horticulture qualifications as specialisations. The Agriculture qualifications are currently under review as part of the Ag and Horticulture Core Skills Project. You are welcome to provide feedback as part of that project.

Industry feedback has also supported the revision of three organic production-based skill sets and the development of a new skill set to incorporate skills and knowledge required to plan, manage, and oversee the procedures and requirements for certification of organic or biodynamic farms and farm produce.

Stakeholder feedback emphasised the need for employees in the organic sector to understand the importance of compliance with certification schemes, including the risks of employees carrying out tasks (perhaps unknowingly) that could put certification in jeopardy. As a result, this knowledge has been incorporated into organic production (ORG) related units so that learners have knowledge of certification schemes and understand the importance of compliance and the implications of non-compliance when undertaking work tasks.

Organic production (ORG) units will be included in agriculture qualifications at the appropriate level as well as additional AHC qualifications where relevant.

A list of organic production (ORG) units recommended to be included in agriculture qualifications is provided in the accordions below.

The current level IV and Diploma level qualifications in organic farming are proposed for deletion to be replaced with an organic production specialisation stream within revised versions of the Certificate IV and Diploma of Agriculture. The Certificate IV and Diploma of Agriculture are currently under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project. You are welcome to provide feedback as part of this project.

Current QualificationLink to agriculture qualification 
AHC41616 Certificate IV in organic farmingCertificate IV of Agriculture (under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project)
AHC51816 Diploma of organic farmingDiploma of Agriculture (under review as part of the Ag & Horticulture Core Skills Project)

You can email any feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

One new skill set is proposed for development which includes revised ORG units

Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
Organic Certification Skill SetThis skill set describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, manage and oversee the procedures and requirements for certification of organic or biodynamic farms and farm produce.View and validate final draft skill set

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Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCSS00042 Organic Crop Management Skill SetThis skill set is designed to meet industry requirements for workers who manage organic crop production.

The units included in it provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
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AHCSS00044 Organic Horticulture Management Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage climate risk, implement soil improvement programs and manage crop development to point of harvesting including monitoring pest and diseases, for an organic farming enterprise.

The units within it provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
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AHCSS00046 Organic Livestock Management Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage climate risk, implement soil improvement programs and manage livestock production for an organic farming enterprise.

The units within it provide credit towards a number of qualifications in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package, including:

  • AHC401XX Certificate IV Agriculture
  • AHC501XX Diploma of Agriculture
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Unit code and nameChangesLink
AHCORG101 Support organic productionMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarity

To be Included as elective in newly revised Certificate I in Agriculture

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AHCORG401 Manage biodynamic productionMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock productionMinor changes to Application

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AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvementMinor changes to Application

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AHCORG404 Arrange selling through community-based marketingMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG405 Implement sustainable practices in the organic farm-based businessMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG406 Oversee compliance with an organic certification schemeMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG408 Manage on farm compostingMinor changes to Application for clarity

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AHCORG503 Design and document an organic farm landscapeMinor changes to Application and Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG504 Develop and manage a community-based marketing supply chainMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG505 Develop and monitor a sustainable production planMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG506 Manage an agroecology production systemMinor changes to Application, Elements and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG507 Develop an organic or biodynamic management planMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCORG5X1 Prepare and manage organic or biodynamic certificationUpdated title to reflect industry outcomes

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Certificate I in Agriculture
  • AHCORG101 Support organic production
Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHCORG401 Manage biodynamic production
  • AHCORG402 Manage organic livestock production
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement
  • AHCORG404 Arrange selling through community-based marketing
  • AHCORG405 Implement sustainable practices in the organic farm-based business
  • AHCORG406 Oversee compliance with an organic certification scheme
  • AHCORG408 Manage on farm composting
Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHCORG503 Design and document an organic farm landscape
  • AHCORG504 Develop and manage a community-based marketing supply chain
  • AHCORG505 Develop and monitor a sustainable production plan
  • AHCORG506 Manage an agroecology production system
  • AHCORG507 Develop an organic or biodynamic management plan
  • AHCORG5X1 Prepare and manage organic or biodynamic certification

You can email any feedback to Ruth Geldard rgeldard@skillsimpact.com.au

Composting

Feedback from stakeholders in the composting sector has provided support for five new skill sets targeted at micro-sectors of the composting industry, replacing the need for the Certificate III in Commercial Composting, which is currently proposed for deletion.

The five new skill sets describe expertise in farm waste, management of compost feedstock, soil improvement and managing waste from gardening and landscaping.

Stakeholder feedback emphasised the need for employees undertaking job tasks in the composting sector to have the skills and knowledge to be compliant of state and local government regulations, environmental/human health (pathogens, odour management, dust control, stormwater management etc), product quality compliance and work, health and safety (WHS) considerations. Units that require legislative compliance have been updated where necessary to reference relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice, including WHS and environmental requirements. In addition, the new skill sets include reference to compliance with legislation and regulations related to on-farm management and composting of farm waste, livestock waste and mortalities.

Composting units are proposed for inclusion in agriculture and horticulture qualifications as electives for on farm composting activity, as well as in waste management qualifications. A list is of composting units recommended be included in agriculture qualifications is provided in the accordion below.

Qualification code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHC32216 Certificate III in Commercial CompostingThis qualification is proposed for deletion due to low enrolments and stakeholder input that it didn’t meet the needs industry. In its place four new skill sets targeted at micro-sectors of the composting industry have been developedView qualification on the national register

Revised unit code and nameApplicationLink
Composting Farm Waste, Livestock Waste and Mortalities Skill SetThis skill set provides skills and knowledge to recognise, assess and receive raw materials for composting and operate composting plant and equipment to produce compost

Comprised of units:

  • AHCCOM201 Assess and receive raw materials for composting
  • AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies on a composting site
  • AHCCOM203 Recognise raw materials, production processes and products on a composting site
  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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On-Farm Management of Compost Feedstock Skill Set Skill SetThis skill set provides advanced skills and knowledge for planning, developing recipes and composting farm feedstock.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCPHT302 Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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On-Farm Management of Waste, Livestock Waste and Mortalities Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to plan the disposal of large volumes of farm waste, including animal waste and mortalities by composting.

Comprised of units:

  •  AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  •  AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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Create and Use Compost to Improve Soil Health Skill SetThis skill set provides the skills and knowledge required to create organic compost and use it to improve soil health in a garden, orchard, farm or permaculture environment.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCORG403 Manage organic soil improvement

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package

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Managing Waste from Arboriculture, Gardening, or Landscaping work Skill SetThis skill set provides the basic skills and knowledge required to develop compost recipes and process waste from agricultural and horticultural activities to produce compost.

Comprised of units:

  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipment
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
  • AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

These units of competency can provide credit towards a range of qualifications and/or build on the skills and knowledge of previous qualifications attained from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

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Revised unit code and nameProposed changes/rationaleLink
AHCCOM201 Assess and receive raw materials for compostingMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies on a composting siteMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCCOM203 Recognise raw materials, production processes and products on a composting siteMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant, machinery and equipmentMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipeMinor changes to Application and Performance Criteria for clarityView and validate final draft unit
AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost productionChange AQF from level 4 to 5 to reflect skills level

Split Element 1 to reflect sequencing of tasks

Minor edits and sequence changes to Performance Criteria for clarity

Minor changes to Application

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Revised unit code and name Link
AHCSOL403 Prepare acid sulphate soil management plansThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop management plans that address legislation and issues associated with land and ground water disturbing activities for acid sulphate soil (ASS).View unit on national register
AHCWAT201 Set up, operate and maintain water delivery systems for compostThis unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to set up, operate and maintain water delivery systems for composting.View unit on national register

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The following composting units are proposed for inclusion in agriculture and horticulture qualifications as electives for on farm composting activity.

Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHCCOM210 Assess and receive raw materials for composting
  • AHCCOM202 Recognise and respond to fire emergencies on a composting site
  • AHCCOM203 Recognise raw materials, production process and products on a composting site
Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHCCOM301 Operate compost processing plant machinery and equipment
Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHCCOM401 Develop a composting recipe
Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHCCOM5X1 Plan and schedule compost production

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