Conservation and Land Management Project

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Case for change

Conservation and land management, and its related fields of lands, parks and wildlife, natural area restoration, conservation earthworks, and pest management, make up a key skill area within the AHC Training Package. This is one of the largest, most complex and diverse training packages in the Australian System, so it’s vital these skills are regularly reviewed and updated.

Rapid technological advancements, changing markets and shifting climactic conditions are affecting the sector as a whole. Nationally approved training is vital in supporting industry as it responds to these trends, addressing skills needs and creating new job outcomes.

With these factors in mind, industry has recommend implementing a strategic approach to reviewing the AHC Training Package. This involves identifying and reviewing units by their sector classification rather than by their listing in qualifications. This approach should significantly increase the speed of review of all qualifications, units of competency and skill sets within the AHC Training Package, while minimising the burden of voluntary support on industry.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project out of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Industry Sector IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2019-2022 (see pages 32-43).

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 32-43)

 

Project Plan

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector comprised of a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management. The work of conservation and land management is relevant to all Australians, but is also globally significant, as many of our plants and animals can’t be found anywhere else in the world (Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife).

Conservation and land management takes place in a range of geographically diverse locations, comprising national parks, nature reserves, council reserves, Indigenous protected areas, Commonwealth lands, private land and botanical gardens. Some of these sites are extremely remote and home to unique ecosystems. It’s important that those employed in the sector are equipped with skills and knowledge that are applicable to Australia’s varied geographical conditions. It’s also imperative they’re equipped with first-hand experience of ecology, flora and fauna to inform practices that may take place in a range of environments, some of them isolated.

In order to ensure qualifications are relevant to the specific and varied demands of this sector, this review will be informed by consultation with geographically and culturally diverse stakeholders. The project will also focus on how to better support skills in field work, particularly in the areas of flora, fauna and ecology.

Project Scope

The purpose of this project is to review units relating to conservation and land management, including the sub-sectors of lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks and pest management. Relevant units in fire, fauna and explosives will also be reviewed and up to ten new skill sets developed.

 

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Relevant Occupations

This project supports roles in a range of occupations related to conservation and land management. These include:

  • Community Coordinator (Conservation)
  • Conservation Earthmoving Operator
  • Environmental Officer
  • Indigenous Land Manager
  • Indigenous Lands Worker
  • Landcare Assistant or Supervisor
  • Lands, Parks and Wildlife Officer or Supervisor
  • Landcare Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • National Parks Ranger
  • Pest Management Assistant
  • Pest Control Supervisor
  • Revegetation Worker
  • Soil Conservation Specialist
  • Senior Conservation Worker
  • Pest and Weed Manager

Timeline

June – July 2019
Initial scoping

July – September 2019
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

November 2019 – January 2020
Drafts available for broad consultation

March 2020
Validation of final drafts

March – April 2020
Finalisation of Training Package components

April – June 2020
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2020
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Project Team
Catherine BevenIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact catherine@skillsimpact.com.au
William HendersonIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impact william@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate VansonIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron BarrowIndustry Skills Standards Contractor

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to William@skillsimpact.com.au

The Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meet industry stakeholder needs.

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. 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 November 2019, and again for validation of final drafts in January 2020. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill set and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. As such the qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So, if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would love your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, William Henderson on 03 9321 3526 or William@skillsimpact.com.au.

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations has been identified for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units.

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.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications, skill sets and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

Development

All Australians benefit from the rehabilitation and conservation of our unique natural resources by those in the Conservation and Land Management industry. Consultation is underway to ensure the geographically and culturally diverse context of this work is reflected in national skills standards.

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector comprised of a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management. For this reason, the skills and knowledge required to work within conservation and land management is broad. The work activities are being reviewed to identify the shared skills standards. This information will help to update the national qualifications and units of competency that support job roles. They are being revised to support flexible career paths and provide an integrated approach to skills needs across the industry’s multiple but overlapping sub-sectors.

With ecosystems being so fragile and complicated, and the challenges they face diverse, today’s conservation and land management workers need to hone an impressive set of skills and build the knowledge to successfully face these challenges.

Subject Matter Experts are being consulted to review the structure of the qualifications. A site visit to the City Council of Glenorchy in Hobart has also taken place, to see firsthand the work of conservation and land management workers in the field, to inform the writing of the qualifications and units of competency. This complements earlier work during the scoping stage when Skills Impact visited several other organisations.

In total, 9 qualifications and 70 units are under review. Feedback so far suggests some qualifications may need to be merged into one qualification with a wider scope. Skills sets and specialisations within the qualifications may be developed to support the specific job roles. This will allow students to access units required for their purposes, tailored to suit different environments and tasks. It would also allow registered training organisations to put the qualification on scope and specialise it to tailor the needs of their local students.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

The draft qualifications and units will be made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder consultation and feedback in November (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). We welcome your feedback and advice on the draft skills standards in this time. Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, with a webinar planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Register for a workshop near you by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-face consultation workshops

Thursday 7 November, 9.30am – 12pm Hobartregister here

Friday 8 November, 9.30am – 12pm Launceston – register here

Tuesday 12 November, 9.30am – 12pm Adelaide – register here

Wednesday 13 November, 9.30am – 12pm Perth – register here

Thursday 14 November, 9.30am – 12pm Broomeregister here

Tuesday 19 November, 9.30am – 12pm Sydney – register here

Wednesday 20 November, 9.30am – 12pm Brisbane – register here

Thursday 21 November, 9.30am – 12pm Melbourne – register here

Tuesday 26 November, 9.30am – 12pm Darwin – register here

Consultation webinar

Thursday 28 November, 9am to 11am AEST – webinarregister here

Friday 29 November, 1pm to 3pm AEST – webinarregister here

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Drafts Available

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector that conserves Australia’s unique natural resources for the benefit of everyone. This work is geographically and culturally diverse, comprising a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management.

As part of this project, industry has identified the common skills needed across the sub-sectors. This has been captured in revised units of competency and qualifications, and the development of new units of competency.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency and skill sets that were made available on this webpage for feedback from 7 November 2019 – 2 February 2020.  

During this time, feedback was collected via the online feedback hub, nine face-to-face consultation workshops, two webinars, and email.

Key Changes

Changes to the documents included the amalgamation of the Certificate IIIs in Conservation Earthworks; Natural Area Restoration; Land, Parks and Wildlife; and Conservation and Land Management into a single new Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, with streams of study for each sub-sector. There was also space for further streams if recommended, and a generalist qualification can still be attained.

All units were updated to enhance their ecological aspects and to take into account changing environments, giving them flexibility for use in the future.

Twelve additional new units were also added during this stage, to cover skills in marine, fire, natural area restoration, ecology, and sub-sectors, after industry input made the need for these skills apparent.

Final drafts will be made available again for review and validation in March. A summary of the feedback and how it was addressed in the final drafts will also be available.

Qualifications

Feedback was particularly sought on the proposed amalgamation of the Certificate III level qualifications into one qualification. Advice was sought on which units from each of the sectors would be appropriate to bring into the proposed amalgamated qualification as electives.

Qualification code and nameProposed changes or rationale Link
AHC10116 Certificate I in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification
AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementThis qualification is the result of a proposed amalgamation of four Certificate III level qualifications. It includes streams of study to cover skills in conservation and land management; lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; and conservation earthworks. View the qualifications proposed to be amalgamated below:

View draft qualification
AHC40916 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification
AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land ManagementNo current changes proposed, but under review.View draft qualification

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

This qualification is proposed for deletion due to low enrolment numbers.

AHC41716 Certificate IV in Pest ManagementView draft qualification on training.gov.au

 

Units of Competency

Additional new drafts were developed in response to feedback received from industry during public consultation for the initial drafts. Units covering the marine, fire, natural area restoration and ecology sub-sectors were made available for review from mid-December 2019 to 2 February 2020. Another additional unit for conducting a site inspection for ecological restoration was available between February 21 and March 18.

AHCECR3XX Conduct site inspection for ecological restorationView draft unit
AHCFIR3XX Conduct prescribed burningView draft unit
AHCMAR2XX Conduct intertidal marine monitoringView draft unit
AHCMAR2XX Identify and collect marine lifeView draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Conduct a subtidal marine monitoring operation from a vessel or platformView draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Coordinate marine conservation activities on small vesselsView draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Monitor ocean conditions and marine environmental qualityView draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Operate mobile underwater vehiclesView draft unit
AHCECR2XX Carry out basic ecological restoration worksView draft unit
AHCECR3XX Implement assisted regeneration worksView draft unit
AHCECR3XX Implement ecosystem reconstruction works (Proposed to replace AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works)View draft unit
AHCNAR3XX Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to operational worksView draft unit

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

These units have been developed to address skills gaps across a range of subsectors. Substantial feedback was encouraged to ensure they meet industry needs.

AHCFAU3XX Identify fauna in the fieldView draft unit
AHCLPW2XX Operate a handheld GPS deviceView draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Coordinate and report on data collectionView draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Monitor biodiversityView draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Operate unmanned aerial system for conservation workView draft unit
AHCNAR2XX Capture digital media for fieldworkView draft unit
AHCSAW2XX Recognise Landforms and SoilView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCLPW301 Supervise park visitor activitiesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW303 Construct access tracksView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW304 Carry out inspection of designated areaView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW305 Perform diving for scientific purposesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW306 Undertake sampling and testing of waterView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW401 Process applications for changes in land useView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW402 Implement land and sea management practicesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW403 Inspect and monitor cultural placesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW404 Produce maps for land management purposesView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW405 Supervise the monitoring of biodiversityView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated areaView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW503 Assess applications for legislative complianceView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW505 Implement natural and cultural resource management plansView draft unit and provide feedback
AHCLPW601 Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management planView draft unit and provide feedback

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCNAR101 Support natural area conservationView draft unit
AHCNAR102 Support native seed collectionView draft unit
AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration worksView draft unit
AHCNAR202 Maintain wildlife habitat refugesView draft unit
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areasView draft unit
AHCNAR302 Collect and preserve biological samplesView draft unit
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation worksView draft unit
AHCNAR304 Undertake direct seedingView draft unit
AHCNAR305 Collect native seedView draft unit
AHCNAR306 Conduct photography for fieldworkView draft unit
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret mapsView draft unit
AHCNAR401 Supervise natural area restoration worksView draft unit
AHCNAR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation worksView draft unit
AHCNAR501 Manage natural areas on a rural propertyView draft unit
AHCNAR502 Conduct biological surveysView draft unit
AHCNAR503 Design a natural area restoration projectView draft unit
AHCNAR504 Manage natural area restoration programsView draft unit
AHCNAR505 Plan river restoration worksView draft unit
AHCNAR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategiesView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCNRM301 Establish an Australian native stingless bee colonyView draft unit
AHCNRM401 Plan and implement a biosecurity programView draft unit
AHCNRM501 Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategyView draft unit
AHCNRM502 Develop a water quality monitoring programView draft unit
AHCNRM503 Support the implementation of waterways strategiesView draft unit
AHCNRM504 Interpret and report on catchment hydrologyView draft unit
AHCNRM505 Provide technical advice on sustainable catchment managementView draft unit
AHCNRM506 Plan and monitor works projects in catchments and waterwaysView draft unit
AHCNRM507 Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systemsView draft unit
AHCNRM508 Investigate suspected breaches of natural resource management legislationView draft unit
AHCNRM601 Review land management plans and strategiesView draft unit
AHCNRM602 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView draft unit
AHCNRM603 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCSAW201 Conduct erosion and sediment control activitiesView draft unit
AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworksView draft unit
AHCSAW302 Implement erosion and sediment control measuresView draft unit
AHCSAW401 Set out conservation earthworksView draft unit
AHCSAW403 Supervise implementation of conservation earthworks plansView draft unit
AHCSAW501 Design control measures and structuresView draft unit
AHCSAW502 Plan erosion and sediment control measuresView draft unit
AHCSAW503 Plan conservation earthworksView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCFIR201 Assist with prescribed burningView draft unit
AHCFIR501 Manage wildfire hazard reduction programsView draft unit
AHCFIR502 Plan prescribed burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource managementView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCFAU201 Recognise faunaView draft unit
AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergenciesView draft unit
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populationsView draft unit

 

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

AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosives is a previously deleted unit that may be brought back, as need for it has been identified. Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosivesView draft unit
AHCEXP302 Identify and select explosive productsView draft unit
AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosivesView draft unit

 

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

Changes have been made to the Elements, Knowledge Evidence and Performance Evidence of these units.

AHCPMG410 Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation planView draft unit
AHCPMG411 Ensure compliance with pest legislationView draft unit
AHCPMG414 Apply predator trapping techniquesView draft unit
AHCPMG506 Manage the implementation of legislationView draft unit
AHCPMG507 Develop a regional pest management planView draft unit
AHCPMG508 Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management planView draft unit
AHCPMG509 Investigate a pest control failureView draft unit
AHCPMG510 Develop a pest survey strategyView draft unit

 

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

Summary of consultation to date

The draft qualifications and units have been drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts. They have considered feedback that was received out of Workforce Functional Analysis workshops in August. People working directly in the conservation and land management sectors participated and provided information on the skills and knowledge required for job roles and tasks. Site visits were undertaken to observe these job roles in workplaces, to see firsthand the work of conservation and land management workers in the field. This has informed the writing of the qualifications and units of competency.

As part of broad industry feedback on the documents, feedback was invited on whether the draft units and qualifications reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. In particular feedback was sought on terminology and whether it encompassed all different unit sectors, while not excluding a specific environment type.

As part of industry consultation on the initial draft documents, the need for additional new units in marine, fire, natural area restoration and ecology sub-sectors became apparent. These were made available for review from mid-December 2019 until 2 February 2020. An additional new unit was made available for initial review and feedback between February 21 and March 18. It captures the skills and knowledge for conducting a site inspection and assessing the condition and recovery potential of the site’s native ecosystem. All additional units have now been updated and are available for further feedback as part of the Validation process.

Thank you to those who provided feedback during these activities.

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest.

 

Validation

Conservation and land management is an essential sector for conserving Australia’s unique natural environment. It is a large and complex sector, where work is performed across a number of sub-sectors, including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management. While job roles within these sub-sectors can vary based on the culturally and geographically diverse environments in which work takes place, common foundational skills are relevant to all sectors. With industry input, these skills have been captured in revised and new skills standards.

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the final draft units, skill sets and qualifications that were made available on this webpage for feedback from 20 March – 19 April 2020. 

The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities. They will then be forwarded to the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off, before being submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Key Changes

Prior to validation, the drafts were revised so that the qualifications better reflect job functions and the range of tasks that conservation and land management workers are required to perform. This included:

  • The amalgamation of the Certificate III level qualification into a single new Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, with streams of study for each sub-sector while maintaining the possibility of a generalist qualification.
  • The proposed deletion of the unit AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works, as industry feedback indicated it does not accurately describe current job roles. It it proposed to be replaced with the new unit AHCECR2XX Perform basic ecological restoration works, which includes the technical detail needed to support skills in ecology, including understanding of environments, how they function and how to conserve them.
  • The development of 18 new units of competency including:
    • Six marine units, to address the need for skills to perform conservation and land management activities in a marine environment
    • Six new units in Natural Area Restoration (or Ecological Restoration), which address the need for fieldwork skills, particularly digital skills, site inspections, and skills in restoration, regeneration and reconstruction
    • Four units to address skills for using new technology and processes developed in the area of Lands, Parks and Wildlife, including skills in data, biodiversity monitoring, using a GPS and operating a remotely piloted system
    • New units for identifying flora and fauna, conducting ecological burning, and recognising landforms and soil types
    • Two new skill sets to provide access to skills standards relating to the job task of seed processing and the basics of ranger work.
Summary of consultation to date

Thank you to those stakeholders who provided feedback on the drafts that were made available from 4 November 2019 to 31 January 2020, under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage. During this time, feedback was collected via the online feedback hub, nine national face-to-face consultation workshops, two webinars, by phone call and email. The units were drafted with guidance from Subject Matter Experts, made up of workplace experts and industry.

During broad industry consultation on the initial draft documents it became apparent that there was need for additional new drafts to be developed. These were made available for review in mid-December 2019, until 2 February 2020. These units cover the marine, fire, natural area restoration and ecology sub-sectors. Another additional unit for skills in ecological restoration was made available from 21 February until March 18. All additional units have now been revised to incorporate industry feedback and are available for further feedback as part of the validation process.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied in these final drafts can be downloaded below. Please click the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button.

 

Qualifications & Skill Sets

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHC10116 Certificate I in Conservation and Land ManagementView final draft qualification
AHC21016 Certificate II in Conservation and Land ManagementView final draft qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Conservation and Land ManagementView final draft qualification
AHC40916 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land ManagementView final draft qualification
AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land ManagementView final draft qualification
AHC41716 Certificate IV in Pest ManagementView final draft qualification

AHCSSXXXX Seed Processing Skill Set (New)View final draft skill set
AHCSSXXXXXX Introduction to Conservation and Ecosystem Management Skill Set (New)View final draft skill set

Units of Competency

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosivesView final draft unit
AHCEXP302 Identify and select explosive productsView final draft unit
AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosivesView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCFAU3XX Identify fauna in the field (New)View final draft unit
AHCFAU201 Recognise faunaView final draft unit
AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergenciesView final draft unit
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populationsView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCFIR3XX Conduct ecological burning (New)View final draft unit
AHCFIR201 Assist with prescribed burningView final draft unit
AHCFIR501 Manage wildfire hazard reduction programsView final draft unit
AHCFIR502 Plan prescribed burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource managementView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCLPW2XX Operate a handheld GPS device (New)View final draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Coordinate and report on data collection (New)View final draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Implement a biodiversity monitoring plan (New)View final draft unit
AHCLPW3XX Operate remotely piloted system for conservation work (New)View final draft unit
AHCLPW301 Supervise park visitor activitiesView final draft unit
AHCLPW303 Construct access tracksView final draft unit
AHCLPW304 Carry out inspection of designated areaView final draft unit
AHCLPW305 Perform restricted diving for scientific purposesView final draft unit
AHCLPW306 Undertake sampling and testing of waterView final draft unit
AHCLPW401 Process applications for changes in land useView final draft unit
AHCLPW402 Implement land and sea management practicesView final draft unit
AHCLPW403 Inspect and monitor culturally significant placesView final draft unit
AHCLPW404 Produce maps for land management purposesView final draft unit
AHCLPW405 Supervise the monitoring of biodiversityView final draft unit
AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated areaView final draft unit
AHCLPW503 Assess land use applications for legislative complianceView final draft unit
AHCLPW505 Implement natural and cultural resource management plansView final draft unit
AHCLPW601 Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management planView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCMAR3XX Conduct a subtidal marine monitoring operation from a vessel or platform (New)View final draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Conduct intertidal marine monitoring (New)View final draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Coordinate marine conservation activities on small vessels (New)View final draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Identify and collect marine life (New)View final draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Monitor ocean conditions and marine environmental quality (New)View final draft unit
AHCMAR3XX Operate mobile underwater vehicles (New)View final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCECR2XX Capture digital media for fieldwork (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR2XX Perform basic ecological restoration works (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR3XX Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to operational works (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR3XX Conduct site inspection for ecological restoration (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR3XX Implement assisted regeneration works (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR3XX Implement ecosystem reconstruction works (New)View final draft unit
AHCECR101 Support ecological restorationView final draft unit
AHCECR102 Support native seed collectionView final draft unit
AHCECR202 Maintain wildlife habitat refugesView final draft unit
AHCECR301 Maintain natural areasView final draft unit
AHCECR302 Collect and preserve biological samplesView final draft unit
AHCECR303 Implement biological reintroduction worksView final draft unit
AHCECR304 Undertake direct seedingView final draft unit
AHCECR305 Collect native seedView final draft unit
AHCECR306 Conduct photography for fieldworkView final draft unit
AHCECR307 Read and interpret mapsView final draft unit
AHCECR401 Supervise ecological restoration worksView final draft unit
AHCECR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation worksView final draft unit
AHCECR501 Manage natural areas on a rural propertyView final draft unit
AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveysView final draft unit
AHCECR503 Design an ecological restoration projectView final draft unit
AHCECR504 Manage ecological restoration programsView final draft unit
AHCECR505 Plan river restoration worksView final draft unit
AHCECR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategiesView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCNRM301 Establish an Australian native stingless bee colonyView final draft unit
AHCNRM401 Plan and implement a biosecurity programView final draft unit
AHCNRM501 Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategyView final draft unit
AHCNRM502 Develop a water quality monitoring programView final draft unit
AHCNRM503 Support the implementation of waterways strategiesView final draft unit
AHCNRM504 Interpret and report on catchment hydrologyView final draft unit
AHCNRM505 Provide technical advice on sustainable catchment managementView final draft unit
AHCNRM506 Plan and monitor works projects in catchments and waterwaysView final draft unit
AHCNRM508 Investigate suspected breaches of natural resource management legislationView final draft unit
AHCNRM601 Review ecological management plans and strategiesView final draft unit
AHCNRM602 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView final draft unit
AHCNRM603 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting programView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCPMG410 Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation planView final draft unit
AHCPMG411 Ensure compliance with pest legislationView final draft unit
AHCPMG414 Apply predator trapping techniquesView final draft unit
AHCPMG506 Manage the implementation of legislationView final draft unit
AHCPMG507 Develop a regional pest management planView final draft unit
AHCPMG508 Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management planView final draft unit
AHCPMG509 Investigate a pest control failureView final draft unit
AHCPMG510 Develop a pest survey strategyView final draft unit

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group. 

AHCSAW2XX Recognise landforms and soil types (New)View final draft unit
AHCSAW201 Conduct erosion and sediment control activitiesView final draft unit
AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworksView final draft unit
AHCSAW302 Implement erosion and sediment control measuresView final draft unit
AHCSAW401 Set out conservation earthworksView final draft unit
AHCSAW403 Supervise implementation of conservation earthworks plansView final draft unit
AHCSAW501 Design control measures and structuresView final draft unit
AHCSAW502 Plan erosion and sediment control measuresView final draft unit
AHCSAW503 Plan conservation earthworksView final draft unit

AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works (replaced with AHCECR2XX Perform basic ecological restoration works)View unit on training.gov.au

 

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Finalisation

Conservation and land management is a large and complex sector responsible for caring for Australia’s unique flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. While the skills needed for this work span a number of sub-sectors — including lands, parks and wildlife; natural area restoration; conservation earthworks; and pest management — common foundational skills are needed across job roles. It is important that those employed in the sector are equipped with the skills and knowledge applicable to all of the varied environments of this expansive country, some of which are extremely remote and home to unique ecosystems. Technological advancements, changing markets, and shifting climactic conditions are currently impacting the sector as a whole, presenting a need for updated skills standards.

Industry stakeholders from across Australia have been consulted as part of this project to review units, skill sets and qualifications relating to the sub-sectors of conservation and land management, addressing skills needs and promoting flexible work pathways. Industry feedback was that the skills in ecology needed to be incorporated, so that graduates in any conservation and land management related sector finish their training with an understanding of how their work can impact the environment, and the skills and knowledge required to make this a positive impact. These changes will support future industry workers and leaders to have the skills and knowledge required to thrive within the sector.

Consultation with industry experts and with the Consultation with the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC has also identified a more suitable description of this sector to be Conservation and Ecosystem Management. As such, qualifications have been renamed to Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Tein McDonald, conservation and land management expert and member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators said this about the project:

I’m grateful for the amount of consultation completed during this project and by the extension of the feedback periods. The updated and new units, skill sets and qualifications have been substantially improved and will play a pivotal role in the future of conservation and land management nationally.

Key Outcomes
  • Four existing Certificate III level qualifications have been amalgamated into a single new Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management, with streams of study for each sub-sector, while maintaining the possibility of a generalist qualification.
  • The Diploma and Certificates I, II, III, IV in Conservation and Land Management have been renamed to Conservation and Ecosystem Management.
  • The unit AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works has been proposed for deletion, as industry feedback indicated it does not accurately describe current job roles. It is proposed to be replaced with the new unit AHCECR203 Perform basic ecological restoration works, which includes the technical detail needed to support skills in ecology, including understanding of environments, how they function and how to conserve them.
  • Nineteen units of competency were developed, including:
    • Six marine units, to address the need for skills to perform conservation and land management activities in a marine environment
    • Six new units in Natural Area Restoration (or Ecological Restoration), which address the need for fieldwork skills, particularly digital skills, site inspections, and skills in restoration, regeneration and reconstruction
    • Four units to address skills for using new technology and processes developed in the area of Lands, Parks and Wildlife, including skills in data, biodiversity monitoring, using a GPS and operating a remotely piloted system
    • The unit described above (AHCECR203 Perform basic ecological restoration works), which will replace AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works
    • New units for identifying flora and fauna, conducting ecological burning, and recognising landforms and soil types.
  • Two new skill sets to provide access to skills standards relating to the job task of seed processing and the basics of ranger work.
Summary of consultation

The units and qualifications were developed with guidance from a group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), made up of 25 industry experts from across the states and territories. The broader industry were then consulted on the draft documents at two different stages – the ‘Drafts Available’ and ‘Validation’ stages.

Feedback was collected via the online feedback hub, ten consultation workshops, two webinars, phone calls and email.

The SME working group met in person three times throughout the duration of the project, and were asked to review the feedback from both stages of feedback on the drafts. Various informal sub-groups of SMEs were established to help Skills Impact solve issues as they arose, for example the retention of an Explosive unit, or the creation of the new Level III Conservation focused burning unit.

It should be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the validation phase of the project, as experts could not convene in person to discuss their final issues and offer validation in person. To work around this, the validation period was extended by three weeks and experts who had differing views on matters were set up in conference calls to come to a final decision. The SME working group validated the documents either through online survey or email.

Thank you to the 152 experts from this exceptionally large and multifaceted field who provided feedback throughout the project. 

A summary of feedback and how it was been considered and applied at the ‘Drafts Available’ and ‘Validation’ stages can be downloaded below.

 

The final draft units of competency, skill sets and qualification have been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for endorsement, after which they will be forwarded to State and Territory Ministers. The drafts have undergone an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process and consideration by the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs).

A Case for Endorsement was submitted alongside the draft units, skill sets, and qualification, including a rationale of why these changes are needed and evidence of industry support. A Companion Volume Implementation Guide has also been produced to assist industry and registered training providers (RTOs) deliver the units, qualification and skill sets. It contains key information to help trainers adapt to the new changes, and additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and workplace health and safety on their training.

The submitted documents are available for download below.

Click here to download the Case for Endorsement

Click here to download the Companion Volume Implementation Guide Part 1

Click here to download the Companion Volume Implementation Guide Part 2

Qualifications & Skill Sets

Click here to download a zipped folder of all qualifications in this group. 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all skill sets in this group.

AHC10120 Certificate I in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
AHC21020 Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
AHC31420 Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management
AHC41720 Certificate IV in Pest Management
AHC51120 Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

AHCSS00117 Introduction to Conservation and Ecosystem Management Skill Set
AHCSS00118 Seed Processing Skill Set

Units of Competency

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

AHCECR101 Support ecological restoration
AHCECR102 Support native seed collection
AHCECR201 Capture digital media for fieldwork
AHCECR202 Maintain wildlife habitat refuges
AHCECR203 Perform basic ecological restoration works
AHCECR301 Maintain native ecosystem areas
AHCECR302 Collect and preserve biological samples
AHCECR303 Implement biological reintroduction works
AHCECR304 Undertake direct seeding
AHCECR305 Collect native seed
AHCECR306 Conduct photography for fieldwork
AHCECR307 Read and interpret maps
AHCECR308 Conduct a site inspection for ecological restoration
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
AHCECR310 Implement assisted regeneration works
AHCECR311 Implement ecosystem reconstruction works
AHCECR401 Supervise ecological restoration works
AHCECR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation works
AHCECR501 Manage natural areas on a rural property
AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveys
AHCECR503 Design an ecological restoration project
AHCECR504 Manage implementation of ecological restoration programs
AHCECR505 Plan river restoration works
AHCECR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies

AHCEXP301 Handle and store explosives
AHCEXP303 Prepare and use explosives
AHCEXP304 Identify and select explosive products

AHCFAU202 Recognise fauna
AHCFAU302 Identify fauna in the field
AHCFAU303 Respond to wildlife emergencies
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations

AHCFIR202 Assist with planned burning
AHCFIR301 Undertake burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCFIR503 Plan and evaluate burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCFIR504 Manage wildfire hazard reduction programs

AHCLPW201 Operate a handheld GPS device
AHCLPW302 Implement a biodiversity monitoring plan
AHCLPW307 Perform restricted diving for scientific purposes
AHCLPW308 Coordinate and report on data collection
AHCLPW309 Operate remotely piloted system for conservation work
AHCLPW310 Supervise park visitor activities
AHCLPW311 Construct access tracks
AHCLPW312 Carry out inspection of designated area
AHCLPW313 Undertake sampling and testing of water
AHCLPW406 Supervise the monitoring of biodiversity
AHCLPW407 Process applications for changes in land use
AHCLPW408 Implement land and sea management practices
AHCLPW409 Inspect and monitor culturally significant places
AHCLPW410 Produce maps for land management purposes
AHCLPW504 Assess land use applications for legislative compliance
AHCLPW506 Develop a management plan for a designated area_MT2
AHCLPW507 Implement natural and cultural resource management plans
AHCLPW602 Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management plan

AHCMAR301 Conduct a subtidal marine monitoring operation from a vessel or platform
AHCMAR302 Conduct intertidal marine monitoring
AHCMAR303 Coordinate marine conservation activities on small vessels
AHCMAR304 Identify and collect marine life
AHCMAR305 Monitor ocean conditions and marine environmental quality
AHCMAR306 Operate mobile underwater vehicles

AHCNRM301 Establish an Australian native stingless bee colony
AHCNRM503 Support the implementation of waterways strategies
AHCNRM504 Interpret and report on catchment hydrology
AHCNRM505 Provide technical advice on sustainable catchment management
AHCNRM509 Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategy
AHCNRM510 Develop a water quality monitoring program
AHCNRM511 Plan and monitor works projects in catchments and waterways
AHCNRM512 Investigate suspected breaches of natural resource management legislation
AHCNRM603 Implement a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program
AHCNRM604 Review ecological management plans and strategies
AHCNRM605 Develop a monitoring, evaluation and reporting program

 

AHCPMG401 Implement the pest monitoring and evaluation plan
AHCPMG402 Ensure compliance with pest legislation
AHCPMG403 Apply predator trapping techniques
AHCPMG501 Develop a regional pest management plan
AHCPMG502 Investigate a pest control failure
AHCPMG506 Manage the implementation of legislation
AHCPMG508 Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management plan
AHCPMG510 Develop a pest survey strategy

AHCSAW202 Recognise landforms and soil types
AHCSAW203 Conduct erosion and sediment control activities
AHCSAW303 Construct conservation earthworks
AHCSAW304 Implement erosion and sediment control measures
AHCSAW402 Set out conservation earthworks
AHCSAW404 Supervise implementation of conservation earthworks plans
AHCSAW503 Plan conservation earthworks
AHCSAW504 Design control measures and structures
AHCSAW505 Plan erosion and sediment control measures

AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works (replaced with AHCECR2XX Perform basic ecological restoration works)View unit on training.gov.au

 

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