Landscaping Project

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Case for change

Landscapers play an integral role in creating safe, sustainable and functional outdoor spaces for private and public use. The AHC Training Package, which contains these skills standards, is one of the largest, most complex and diverse training packages in the Australian System. Given how vital it is that these skills are regularly reviewed and updated, this project continues the full review of the AHC Training Package outlined in the Skills Forecast and Program of Works 2019 – 2022.

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project, out of the Annual Update IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.

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

Download Project Proposal (see page 63)

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Project Plan

A skilled workforce of landscape professionals design, construct and maintain the gardens and green spaces in our public spaces and backyards. As urban city blocks get smaller, people are looking to landscapers to create and deliver outcomes where they can get the most out of their garden space. Many backyards these days are an extension to the living room, so it is important they offer a safe, comfortable, and sustainable space for entertainment and enjoyment. Well-designed public gardens, parks, and streetscapes increase the liveability of local communities.

Landscapers consider the local environment and site conditions to design, construct and maintain gardens that add social and economic value to private and community spaces. This requires skills in horticulture and plant care, as well as expertise in working with a range of materials to create structures such as retaining walls, fences, pergolas, decks, pathways, and water features. It is important that skills standards for this industry are regularly reviewed so that they reflect current safe work practices and standards, industry regulations, the latest in technology, and up to date knowledge of horticulture and ecology.

With landscape works involving many varied elements, people employed in these roles will sometimes work alongside carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals to produce the final product. As such, landscapers possess skills to account for and complement the work of these professionals, preparing materials and spaces for this work to take place.

Work is underway as part of this project to update current qualifications, skill sets and units of competency in landscaping construction and design, so that they reflect current industry trends, support safe work practices, and promote clear career pathways.

A project in parks and gardens is taking place at the same time as this project. There is overlap in some of the foundational skills for these two projects, so you may also like to read about and contribute to that project. Read more about the Parks and Gardens here.

Project Scope

Five qualifications, four skill sets, and 24 units in landscaping construction and design will be reviewed and updated to better reflect current skills needs for this sector and strengthen career pathways. There is scope to develop additional skill sets and units for skills standards not already captured.

 

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Relevant Occupations
  • Residential Landscaper
  • Commercial Landscaper
  • Landscape Designer
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Softscape Installer
  • Green Roof Technician
  • Site Foreman
  • Project Manager
  • Estimator
  • Leading Hand/Supervisor/Team Leader
  • Landscape Lighting Technician
  • Irrigation Installer

Timeline

September 2020
Initial scoping

October 2020
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

Nov-Dec 2020
Drafts available for broad consultation

Mar-Apr 2021
Validation of final drafts

May 2021
Finalisation of Training Package components

May-July 2021
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

Aug-Sept 2021
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

Project Team
Rebecca FordIndustry Skills Standards Specialist, Skills Impactrebecca@skillsimpact.com.au
Michelle Ingley-SmithIndustry Engagement Manager, Skills Impactmichelle@skillsimpact.com.au
Peter MillerIndustry Skills Standard Contractor

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Those with experience in landscaping and others with knowledge in this field who are able to describe the skills and qualifications needed for this industry are invited to engage with this project.

It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets, and units need to reflect real work experience. So, if you work in the sector, Skills Impact welcomes your input and assistance.

The skills standards will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft skills standards are made available in Nov-Dec 2020, and again for validation of final drafts in Mar-Apr 2021. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill set and units.

Please register your interest in project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link. Alternatively, contact the project manager, Rebecca Ford on 0408 901 209 or at rebecca@skillsimpact.com.au.

N.B. 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 qualifications, 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

The landscaping sector adds value to public and private green spaces, supporting home owners to get the most out of their garden space and improving the liveability of our communities by beautifying public spaces. It is important that these spaces offer a safe, comfortable, and sustainable space for entertainment and enjoyment. Skilled landscapers consider the local environment and site conditions to design, construct and maintain gardens that meet these needs. They require skills in horticulture and plant care, as well as expertise in working with a range of materials to create structures such as retaining walls, fences, pergolas, decks, pathways, and water features. Often working alongside carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals, a skilled landscaper will work collaboratively and prepare materials and spaces for a range of work to take place.

Five qualifications, four Skill Sets and 24 units of competency have been reviewed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts, following a Workforce Functional Analysis process in October 2020, to identify the current job roles within the industry and any gaps in the skills standards. As a result of this review, two new units of competency are being drafted to address the increased use of computer-aided design (CAD) software as a standard work practice and the increasing trend to use outdoor tiling in landscape projects.

Development outcomes and next steps

Broad stakeholder consultation is scheduled to commence mid to late November 2020, when draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be made available for feedback on this webpage. Your input is welcome, please feel free to register your interest to keep informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback by following the newsletter subscription link below.

 

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Drafts Available

Well designed, constructed and maintained green spaces increase the liveability and value of Australian homes and public spaces. This project is reviewing national qualifications and skills standards for landscaping, so they reflect current safe work practices and standards, industry regulations, the latest in technology, and up to date knowledge of horticulture and ecology. Landscapers require skills in horticulture and plant care, as well as expertise in working with a range of materials to create structures such as retaining walls, fences, pergolas, decks, pathways, and water features. They often work alongside carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals, so it is also important that landscapers possess the skills to account for and complement the work of these professionals, preparing materials and spaces for this work to take place.

Industry experts have been consulted to review existing qualifications and skills standards for landscaping. As a result of this review, the documents have been updated to incorporate changes in technology and workplace practices and to reflect current terminology. Two units of competency have also been developed to address the increased use of computer-aided design (CAD) software as a standard work practice and the increasing trend to use outdoor tiling in landscape projects.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units so far. Initial drafts were made available from 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021, with feedback sought on whether the draft documents reflected current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions were accurately described. Feedback collected at this stage indicated the need to develop further units and a skill set for specific skills areas within landscaping construction and design. These were then made available for feedback from 3 May – 31 May 2021.

Feedback was also collected on qualifications, skill sets and a unit with low enrolments 15 March – 20 April 2021. This is in addition to the survey about low enrolments in the Certificate IV in Landscape and the Diploma of Landscape Project Management between 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021.

More information about each round of feedback is available under the headings below.

Additional Drafts Available 3 May – 31 May 2021

As a result of feedback on the initial draft, units and skill set were developed to capture skills required for landscaping construction and design. This includes five design units to capture the skills required for landscaping design. They are based on units that are part of a state accredited course, which has strong enrolments and is supported by industry. Two units for landscaping construction were also developed as feedback indicated they were needed to capture the skills required to meet licensing requirements in certain states, so that graduates across the country are able to perform landscaping construction work. Industry also indicated the need for landscaping design skills standards to support Australia’s burgeoning therapeutic horticulture sector, resulting in the development of a unit and a skill set that describe these skills.

The Certificate IV in Landscape Design was redesigned to include the new units in design and one unit to support therapeutic horticulture as electives. The Certificate IV in Landscape Management was also revised to include the two new landscaping units for class 10 buildings. The revised qualifications were also made available for further feedback.

The new units are proposed to be included in these qualifications as electives.

Qualification Code and TitleLink
AHC4XX21 Certificate IV in Landscape DesignView draft qualification
Certificate IV in Landscape ManagementView draft qualification

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

These Design units are proposed to sit as electives in the Certificate IV in Landscape Design. They are based on units from a state-accredited course.

Unit Code and TitleLink
AHCDES4XX Apply construction techniques to landscape designView draft unit
AHCDES4XX Apply sustainability principles to landscape designView draft unit
AHCDES4XX Develop landscape designsView draft unit
AHCDES4XX Prepare simple landscape drawingsView draft unit
AHCDES4XX Produce 2-D architectural landscape drawings using CAD softwareView draft unit

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

Unit Code and TitleLink
AHCLSC4XX Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 10 buildingsView draft unit
AHCLSC4XX Apply structural principles to Class 10 buildingsView draft unit

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

The below unit is proposed to sit as an elective in the Certificate IV in Landscape Design.

Unit/Skill Set Code and TitleLink
AHCSS000XX Design Brief for Therapeutic Horticulture Garden Skill SetView draft skill set
AHCTHH4XX Develop a therapeutic horticulture design briefView draft unit

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

 

Feedback Collected 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units that were made available from 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft documents reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described.

During this time, feedback was collected via the online feedback hub, by phone and email. The drafts, including any comments made on the feedback hub, are still available for viewing below.

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation soon. A summary of the feedback and how it was addressed in the final drafts will also be available.

A project in parks and gardens is taking place at the same time as this project. There is overlap in some of the foundational skills for these two projects, so you may also like to read about and contribute to that project. Read more about the Parks and Gardens here.

Qualifications

All qualifications have been reviewed and updated with amended packaging rules and redistribution of Core and Elective units and/or with new Elective units added.

More extensive changes have been made to the Certificate III and IV and the two Diplomas, including updated the qualification descriptions, amended packaging rules, updated core unit codes and addition of elective units.

Click here to download a summary of technical changes made to the qualifications.

Prior to the AISC consideration of low enrolment qualifications and skills standards, subject matter experts for this project identified that there have been no enrolments in the Certificate IV in Landscape and the Diploma of Landscape Project Management since 2015. To support a better understanding of the no enrolments in these two qualifications, the experts were of the view that the industry would be better served by understanding the barriers to training, so that the qualifications can be revised to meet the outcomes of the industry. Feedback from the broader industry about any barriers to training that may exist with the current qualifications was invited via questionnaire between 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021.

Responses to the questions are being considered by the Subject Matter Expert Working Group and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee. Your insights will assist these groups to better understand the value of retaining or removing the qualifications and/or any potential impacts for future learners, employers, RTOs and the broader industry. A summary of feedback received during this time will be available shortly. As part of the consultation round outlined above, you are welcome to provide further advice about these two qualifications as well as a unit for implementing a tree transplanting program and four skill sets in landscape business, design, plant management and professional practice.

AHC21616 Certificate II in LandscapingView qualification
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape ConstructionView qualification
AHC42016 Certificate IV in LandscapeView qualification
AHC50616 Diploma of Landscape DesignView qualification
AHC52016 Diploma of Landscape Project ManagementView qualification

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

Skill Sets

Minor edits, reordering of units and updated codes have been made across the Skill Sets.

Click here to download a summary of technical changes made to the skill sets.

Skill Set code and nameProposed changes Link to view and comment
AHCSS00038 Landscape Business Skill SetMinor edits, reordered units into correct alpha/numeric sequence, and unit codes and titles changed as follows: AHCBUS404 Operate within a budget framework, code changed to AHCBUS408, BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations, code and title changed to BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations.View skill set
AHCSS00039 Landscape Design Skill SetMinor edits, and unit code changed as follows: AHCDES502 Prepare a landscape project, code changed to AHCDES5XX.View skill set
AHCSS00040 Landscape Plant Management Skill SetMinor edits, reordered units into correct alpha/numeric sequence, and unit codes and titles changed as follows: AHCPCM401 Recommend plants and cultural practices, code changed to AHCPCM404, AHCPCM501 Diagnose plant health problems, code changed to AHCPCM507.View skill set
AHCSS00041 Landscape Professional Practice Skill SetMinor edits, reordered units into correct alpha/numeric sequence, and unit codes and titles changed as follows: AHCBUS504 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders, code changed to AHCBUS515.View skill set

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

Units of Competency

The following units have been developed to address the increased use of CAD software as a standard work practice and increasing trend to use outdoor tiling in landscape projects.

AHCDES5XX Produce drawings for landscape design projects using CAD softwareView unit
AHCLSC3XX Implement an outdoor tiling projectView unit

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

Minor changes have been made to the following units. These changes include minor changes to application, Elements and Performance criteria. Addition of frequency to Performance Evidence with minor edits to Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence wording/lists and Assessment Conditions for clarity.

Click here to download a summary of technical changes made to the units.

AHCDES501 Design sustainable landscapesView unit
AHCDES503 Assess landscape sitesView unit
AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining wallsView unit
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate pathsView unit
AHCLSC204 Lay pavingView unit
AHCLSC205 Install tree protection devicesView unit
AHCLSC302 Construct landscape features using concreteView unit
AHCLSC304 Erect timber structures and featuresView unit
AHCLSC306 Implement a paving projectView unit
AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall projectView unit
AHCLSC308 Install metal structures and featuresView unit
AHCLSC309 Install water featuresView unit
AHCLSC401 Supervise landscape project worksView unit
AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projectsView unit
AHCLSC503 Manage a tree transplanting programView unit

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

Major changes have been made to the following units. These changes include code change, major changes to Performance Criteria, renumbered, changed, deleted and/or added new Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence and specific conditions provided within the Assessment Conditions.

Click here to download a summary of technical changes made to the units.

AHCDES5XX Prepare a landscape designView unit
AHCDES5XX Design for construction of landscape featuresView unit
AHCLSC1XX Support landscape workView unit
AHCLSC2XX Assist with landscape construction workView unit
AHCLSC3XX Set out site for construction worksView unit
AHCLSC3XX Construct brick and block structures and featuresView unit
AHCLSC3XX Construct stone structures and featuresView unit
AHCLSC3XX Implement a tree transplanting programView unit
AHCLSC5XX Survey and establish site levelsView unit

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

Qualifications, Skill Sets and Unit with Low Enrolments

A priority for Skills Ministers in 2021 is to ensure employers’ and learners’ needs can be met through the VET system by reducing the complexity of the training system and improving accessibility of training. One of the key considerations is whether there is a need for formal training of skills through the VET system to achieve competency in the job role.

Enrolment numbers are a key piece of evidence to indicate the need for formal VET training. There may be a number of explanations for low enrolment numbers in a unit of competency, skill set or qualification, and the AISC are asking industry to confirm whether low enrolment numbers are an indication of lack of industry need, or whether there may be reasons for keeping the relevant skill in the formal training system in spite of low enrolment numbers.

Initially, a cut-off point for specific review of units has been set at fewer than 42 enrolments in each of the last three years.

Several of the units, skill sets and qualifications being reviewed as part of this project have been identified as meeting this criteria between 2015 – 2019.

The AISC will consider industry viewpoints for maintaining these, backed up by evidence of future enrolments as reasons for them to be retained.

To help guide the AISC decision, the Industry Reference Committee needs to provide information around the following factors:

  • Whether units proposed for retention are core to qualifications being retained?
  • Are there linkages with industrial and legislative arrangements?
  • Are enrolments expected to increase in the near future? And if so, why?
  • Is there employment growth in the skills outlined in the unit/qualifications? And if so, why?
  • Is there another specialist requirement to keep the unit/qualification?

Advice and feedback was invited on these questions from 15 March – 20 April 2021.

Thank you to those who responded. Your feedback will be considered by the Subject Matter Expert Working Group and the Industry Reference Committee and will assist these groups with the advice they provide to the AISC.

If these products are updated to a ‘deleted’ status, they will still be accessible on training.gov.au as a reference point for industry to use for non-enrolment purposes. However, registered training organisations will be unable to enrol students in deleted units or qualifications. They will no longer be considered part of the VET delivery system and will not be funded for delivery, whilst they are in “deleted” status.

Click on the accordions below to see the qualifications, skill sets and unit that the AISC are considering for deletion and details of the past five years of enrolments for each.

Thank you to everybody that provided feedback about the Certificate IV in Landscape and the Diploma of Landscape Project Management as part of the feedback round between 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021. Your feedback is being considered by the Subject Matter Expert Working Group and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management IRC. A summary of feedback received during this time will be available shortly. You are welcome to provide further comment and respond to the survey questions as part of this consultation round as well. Feedback from the discussion paper and survey will help guide the AISC decision.

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AHC42016 Certificate IV in Landscape000000
AHC52016 Diploma of Landscape Project Management000000

 

Summary of consultation to date

The draft qualifications, skill sets and units have been drafted in consultation with subject matter experts. They have considered feedback that was received out of Workforce Functional Analysis workshops and consultation webinars held in October 2020. People working directly in the landscape construction and design industry 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.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied so far can be downloaded below.

 

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Validation

Using skills in horticulture, plant care and working with a range of materials, landscapers are able to enrich people’s lives with well designed, constructed and maintained green spaces in homes and public spaces. Expertise is required to design and construct structures such as retaining walls, fences, pergolas, decks, pathways, and water features. The ability to work alongside other professionals such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians is also important in delivering projects. As part of this project, the qualifications and skills standards for landscaping construction and design are being revised, so they are up to date, reflecting current safe work practice standards, industry regulations, the latest in technology, and up to date knowledge of horticulture and ecology.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the final draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency that were made available for validation and comment from 10 – 23 June 2021. You can still view the documents and any comments made below.

Summary of feedback and key changes

The final drafts were revised to more accurately describe job functions and the range of tasks that landscapers are required to perform. Updates were been made to incorporate the latest technologies, equipment and advances in landscape construction and design, as well as current regulations and trends. They were revised to consider the feedback that was received as part of the ‘Drafts Available’ stage from 2 December 2020 – 17 January 2021, as well as from the additional draft documents that were available from 3 May – 31 May 2021, and from the feedback received about low enrolments between15 March – 20 April 2021. Feedback was collected through nine consultation webinars, the online feedback hub, by phone call and email. The units were drafted with guidance from Subject Matter Experts, made up of workplace experts and industry.

The IRC will need to consider the feedback received as part of this ‘Validation’ consultation round in light of the streamlining and prioritisation framework.

This project is part of the broader AHC Unit Sector Project, outlined in the Skills Forecast and Program of Works 2019 – 2022. The AHC Unit Sector Project includes the Animal Reproduction Project, Crops, Pastures & Seed Project, Dairy & Milk Harvesting Project, Parks & Gardens Project and Skills for Land Rehabilitation (Mined Land) Project. It involves the rationalisation of qualifications, skill sets and units to remove duplication across the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Key changes include:

  • Five national qualifications and two state accredited qualifications were considered and restructured, resulting in six draft qualifications to remove duplication.
  • Further feedback is being sought on the potential deletion of four skill sets.
  • Twenty four units were reviewed to identify opportunities to remove duplication and revised to reflect up to date materials, equipment and techniques used in landscaping. A unit for AHCLSC3XX Implement an outdoor tiling project was developed to meet increased customer demand in this area.
  • The Certificate IV in Landscape Management was redesigned to include two landscaping units for Class 10 building construction. These units were developed to capture the skills required to meet licensing requirements in certain states, so that graduates across the country can perform landscaping construction work.
  • The Certificate IV in Landscape Design was redesigned to include six design units that have been developed to meet national industry skill requirements relevant to landscape design, producing landscape drawings and using CAD software. Five of these units are based on units that are part of a state accredited course, which has strong enrolments and is supported by industry. One unit captures the skills required to work with CAD software which is increasingly the standard work practice in landscaping design. This draft qualification also includes a unit that has been developed to support therapeutic horticulture.
  • A skill set has been developed to support Australia’s burgeoning therapeutic horticulture sector. Please note that this skill set and the unit mentioned above relate directly to landscape design professionals. Allied health professionals who develop therapeutic horticulture programs are covered under the HLT Health Industry Training Package.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied so far can be downloaded below.

The original Certificate IV in Landscape and Diploma of Landscape Project Management were both proposed for deletion due to no/low enrolments, but consultation has indicated industry support to retain both qualifications, now improved by adding new units as electives. Industry expectation is that these improved qualifications will lead to increased enrolments in the future.

All qualifications have been reviewed and updated with updated qualification descriptions, amended packaging rules and redistribution of core and elective units and/or with new elective units added.

Please note: additional feedback regarding the inclusion of the following units as core units within this qualification was received after the subject matter expert working group met to address the public consultation feedback. This feedback has been documented in the feedback register and will be discussed at the subject matter expert working group validation meeting on 25 June 2021.

  • AHCDES4XX Apply sustainability principles to landscape design
  • AHCDES4XX Produce 2-D landscape drawings using CAD software
  • CUADES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
Qualification code and nameProposed changesLink
AHC2XX21 Certificate II in LandscapingSix building and construction units added to the electives list and three elective units removed.View draft qualification
AHC3XX21 Certificate III in Landscape ConstructionChanges to packaging rules. Two vertical/roof garden units, AHCMOM213 operate and maintain chainsaws and one work health and safety unit removed from electives. Added synthetic turf and residential irrigation units to electives list and two new class 10 building units added as electives.

Recent changes include minor edits.

View draft qualification
AHC4XX21 Certificate IV in Landscape DesignUnit codes and titles updated, vertical/green roof units added to electives. Added new design units across core and electives.

CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings added to elective units list.

Recent changes include minor edits.

View draft qualification
AHC4XX21 Certificate IV in Landscape ManagementBusiness services and construction, plumbing and services units remain in elective list. CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings in elective units list.View draft qualification
AHC5XX21 Diploma of Landscape DesignNew CAD software unit moved from electives to core. AHCLSC5XX Survey and establish site level unit moved from core to electives. CUAACD302 Produce computer-aided drawings removed from qualification, to be replaced with DES5XX Produce drawings for landscape design projects using CAD software. CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings added to elective units list.View draft qualification
AHC5XX21 Diploma of Landscape Project ManagementCPC units added to electives.View draft qualification

 

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

One skill set developed to address the need for landscaping design skills standards to support Australia’s burgeoning therapeutic horticulture sector. Please note these relate directly to landscape design professionals. Allied health professionals who develop therapeutic horticulture programs are covered under the HLT Health Industry Training Package.

Skill Set code and nameProposed changes Link
AHCSS000XX Design brief for Therapeutic Horticulture Garden Skill SetAdded AHCPCM404 Recommend plants and cultural practices to the skill set.View draft skill set

 

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

Four skill sets have been reviewed with minor edits including updating unit codes and titles to reflect job outcomes. These skill sets have had no enrolments over the last five years and were part of consultation on low/no enrolment skills standards collected from 15 March – 20 April 2021. Further feedback was sought to confirm whether these skill sets should be retained or deleted.

Skill Set code and nameLink 
AHCSS00038 Landscape Business Skill SetView draft skill set
AHCSS00039 Landscape Design Skill SetView draft skill set
AHCSS00040 Landscape Plant Management Skill SetView draft skill set
AHCSS00041 Landscape Professional Practice Skill SetView draft skill set

 

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

Six design units were developed to meet national industry skill requirements relevant to landscape design, producing landscape drawing and using CAD software.

Two units for landscaping construction were also developed as feedback indicated they were needed to capture the skills required to meet licensing requirements in certain states, so that graduates across the country can perform landscaping construction work.

One unit for implementing an outdoor tiling project has been developed to meet increased customer demand in this area.

One unit to address the need for landscaping design skills standards to support Australia’s burgeoning therapeutic horticulture sector has been developed. It relates directly to landscape design professionals. Allied health professionals who develop therapeutic horticulture programs are covered under the HLT Health Industry Training Package.

Unit code and nameProposed changes Link
AHCDES4XX Apply construction techniques to landscape designMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCDES4XX Apply sustainability principles to landscape designRecent changes include removal of reference to biosecurity and other minor edits.View draft unit
AHCDES4XX Develop landscape designsRecent changes include removal of reference to biosecurity and other minor edits.View draft unit
AHCDES4XX Prepare simple landscape drawingsMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCDES4XX Produce 2-D landscape drawings using CAD softwareRecent changes include removal of reference to ‘architectural’ and other minor edits.View draft unit
AHCDES5XX Produce drawings for landscape design projects using CAD softwareMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC3XX Implement an outdoor tiling projectMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC4XX Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 10 buildingsMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC4XX Apply structural principles to Class 10 buildingsRecent changes include minor edits, removal of reference to sustainability and biosecurity, removal of work health and safety pre-requisite unit as these skills standards vary across states, removal of element 3.View draft unit
AHCTHH4XX Develop a therapeutic horticulture design briefRecent changes include minor edits, addition of ‘conduct risk assessment’, removal of reference to sustainability and biosecurity practices.View draft unit

 

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

Unit code and nameProposed changes Link
AHCDES501 Design sustainable landscapesMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCDES502 Prepare a landscape designChanges to Performance Criteria, new Element 4, added Performance Evidence frequency, added several new Performance Evidence including consultation, negotiation, budget, work health and safety, national construction code, Australian standards. Added new Knowledge Evidence and removed establishment of site levels.View draft unit
AHCDES503 Assess landscape sitesMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCDES5XX Design for construction of landscape featuresRemoved Element 1, added and removed Performance Criteria, added Performance Evidence frequency and added new Performance Evidence including drainage plans, removed calculate project costs, interpret architectural details, project timelines. Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence including adding landscape construction techniques/materials and removed stone walling, essentials of retaining walls and the paving process.View draft unit

 

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

Minor edits to 14 units with same job outcome and major changes to 10 units including addition of Performance Evidence frequency, work health and safety (WHS) and personal protective equipment (PPE), using, maintaining, storage and/or reporting tools, equipment and machinery, keeping the worksite clean and clarification about materials, equipment and techniques used in the landscape industry

Unit code and nameProposed changes Link
AHCLSC1XX Support landscape workMajor edits to Performance Criteria, addition of frequency, new Performance Evidence including care and reporting for tools, equipment, and machinery, and cleaning up site.View draft unit
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction workMajor changes to Performance Criteria, added to Performance Evidence frequency, WHS, reporting unserviceable equipment, removed handling materials/equipment. Added to Knowledge Evidence about WHS/PPE and removed repair or maintenance of landscape features.View draft unit
AHCLSC202 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining wallsMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate pathsMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC204 Lay pavingMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC205 Install tree protection devicesMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC301 Set out site for construction worksMajor edits to Performance Criteria, new element 5. Added to Performance Evidence frequency, but removed several Performance Evidence points. Minor edits to Knowledge Evidence and added WHS and mathematical principles.View draft unit
AHCLSC302 Construct landscape features using concreteMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC303 Construct brick and block structures and featuresAdded prerequisite unit. Changes to Performance Criteria. Added frequency to Performance Evidence and added WHS, using tools and equipment, gauged brickworks for spacing, setup profiles, cutting bricks, bonding techniques, and joint treatments. Knowledge Evidence – added WHS/PPE, site plans, structural integrity, legislation, regulations and Australian standards, types of materials and types of patterns, drainage, waterproofing, jointing, footings, and finishes.View draft unit
AHCLSC304 Erect timber structures and featuresMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC305 Construct stone structures and features, and install stone claddingChanged unit title, added new Element 3 and 5 and new Performance Criteria. Added frequency to Performance Evidence and added WHS, tools/equipment, shaping and cutting stone, checking structures and reporting faulty tools/equipment. Added WHS/PPE, stone types, surface finishes, techniques and cladding.View draft unit
AHCLSCXXX Implement a paving projectMajor changes to Performance Criteria, added new Element 4 about stone paving, added numeracy Foundation Skills, added new Knowledge Evidence.View draft unit
AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall projectMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC308 Install metal structures and featuresMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC309 Install water featuresMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC310 Implement a tree transplanting programAdded new Performance Criteria, new Element 4. Performance Evidence – added frequency, WHS, tool usage, checking quality of work and cleaning up site, reporting faulty tools. Knowledge Evidence – added WHS/PPE, drainage and soil improvements, removed environmental impact and potential hazards of tree removal/transplant.

Reviewed for deletion due to low enrolments, but industry supports retaining.

View draft unit
AHCLSC401 Supervise landscape project worksMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC501 Survey and establish site levelsChanges to Performance Criteria, removed Element 2 and some Performance Criteria, added new Performance Criteria. Performance Evidence – added frequency, added test and maintain survey equipment, and interpreting plans and briefs. Knowledge Evidence added map and plan reading and orientation and difference between magnetic and true north.View draft unit
AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projectsMinor changes.View draft unit
AHCLSC503 Manage a tree transplanting programMinor changes.View draft unit

 

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

 

 

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Finalisation

Landscapers draw on a range of expertise in horticulture, plant care and construction materials to design, construct and maintain the green spaces in private and community spaces. With urban city blocks getting smaller and many backyards acting as an extension of the living room, landscapers are working to deliver the most out of every space. Special considerations needs to be made for environment and site conditions to design, construct and maintain gardens, so they are safe, comfortable and sustainable. Well designed and constructed gardens offer both social and economic value, improving the liveability of our communities. It is important that skills standards for this industry are regularly reviewed so that they reflect current safe work practices and standards, industry regulations, the latest in technology, and up to date knowledge of horticulture and ecology.

Thanks to the input of those involved in this project, updated skills standards for work in landscaping will soon be available for use. Qualifications and units have been revised to more accurately describe job functions and the range of tasks that landscapers are required to perform, as well as to incorporate the latest technologies, equipment, regulations and consumer trends. Industry considered the issue of low enrolments in qualifications, recognising that they had not been reviewed recently and had been designed with a focus on horticulture. Feedback indicated that the qualifications are required by industry to meet their training needs, but that they could be made more relevant to industry and support clearer career pathways by broadening their focus to encompass the full scope of skills required. The updated qualifications and units reflect the increased consumer demand for a wider range of services and products and recognise the distinct skills required for tasks involved in the construction and design of gardens.

Summary of feedback and key changes

A Subject Matter Expert (SME) working group containing recognised industry experts from around the country helped develop the draft skills standards. The drafts were then made available on this website for broad industry feedback. Feedback collected during the ‘Drafts Available’ stage from 2 December 2020 – 28 February 2021 indicated the need for further work, with additional drafts made available for the ‘Drafts Available’ stage from 3 May – 31 May 2021. Feedback was also collected regarding low enrolments between 15 March – 20 April 2021. Feedback was collected through consultation webinars, the online feedback hub, by phone call and email. Feedback was then used to make further updates to the drafts, which were made available for the ‘Validation’ stage from 10 – 23 June 2021.

As a result of feedback collected throughout the project, the following key changes have been made:

Key changes include:

  • Five national qualifications and two state accredited qualifications were considered, resulting in six draft qualifications. They have been reviewed to clarify their focus and indicate clear career pathways. The updated qualifications include units relevant to addressing building codes and standards, building principles, design, project management, health and safety in the workplace and licensing arrangements.
    • The Certificate II in Landscaping was updated to add six building and construction units, two manufacturing and engineering units, one water unit and one transport and logistic unit to the electives list. Two elective units were removed.
    • The Certificate III in Landscape Construction was updated to include synthetic turf and residential irrigation units as electives, as well as two class 10 building units.
    • The Certificate IV in Landscaping Design has been developed to capture the distinct skills needed for landscape design at this level and to support career pathways. It is intended to replace several state accredited courses so that the skills and knowledge can be recognised nationally.
    • The Certificate IV in Landscape was renamed the Certificate IV in Landscape Construction Management and redesigned to include two landscaping units for Class 10 building construction to meet licensing requirements in certain states. Units that capture the skills required to perform tasks involving technical skills, problem solving and supervisory skills have also been added to accurately reflect job roles in the industry.
    • The Diploma of Landscape Design was updated to include a unit for CAD software and updates made to core and electives lists.
    • The Diploma of Landscape Project Management was renamed the Diploma of Landscape Construction Management and reviewed to provide clear career/learning progression. Construction, Plumbing and Services (CPC) units have been added as electives.
  • Four skill sets are proposed for deletion due to low enrolments.
  • One skill set has been developed to support landscape design within Australia’s burgeoning therapeutic horticulture sector. Allied health professionals who develop therapeutic horticulture programs are covered under the HLT Health Industry Training Package. This skill set captures the skills in design required to plan garden spaces in schools and aged care facilities to carry out these programs.
  • Twenty four units have been reviewed  to incorporate changes in technology and workplace practices and techniques and to reflect current terminology. Where practicable units were revised for use across multiple industry sectors (landscape, parks and gardens, horticulture, etc) enabling individuals to move more easily between related occupations within the industry.
  • Ten units have been developed to meet industry skill needs. This includes: six design units that were developed to meet national industry skill requirements relevant to landscape design, producing landscape drawing and using CAD software; two units for landscaping construction that were developed to meet licensing requirements in certain states, so that graduates across the country can perform landscaping construction work; one unit for implementing an outdoor tiling project that was developed to meet increased customer demand in this area; and one unit to address the need for landscaping design skills standards for therapeutic horticulture.

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 Program of Works 2019 – 2022. The IRC has considered the feedback received during the broad consultation rounds in light of the streamlining and prioritisation framework. The AHC Unit Sector Project includes this project, along with the Animal Reproduction Project, Crops, Pastures & Seed Project, Dairy & Milk Harvesting Project, Parks & Gardens Project and Skills for Land Rehabilitation (Mined Land) Project.

Descriptions of how feedback has been considered and applied during the ‘Drafts Available’ stage and on additional draft documents can be downloaded below. A summary of feedback collected at the ‘Validation’ stage will be available soon.

The final draft qualifications and units of competency have been submitted to Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration and endorsement, after which they will be forwarded to State and Territory Ministers. They have undergone an edit and equity and independent quality assurance process, to ensure they are of high quality and comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy and the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy. They have also been considered by the State/Territory Training Authorities (STAs/TTAs). A Case for Endorsement was submitted alongside the draft qualifications and units, including a rationale of why these changes are needed and evidence of industry support.

The submitted draft documents are available to download below.

Download the Case for Endorsement

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

A Companion Volume Implementation Guide is also being produced to assist industry and registered training providers (RTOs) deliver the units. It will contain key information to help trainers adapt to any new changes, as well as additional information about the impacts of regulation and licensing implications and workplace health and safety on their training.

Download draft Companion Volume Implementation Guide Part 1

Download draft Companion Volume Implementation Guide Part 2

 

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

Qualification code and name
AHC21621 Certificate II in Landscaping
AHC30921 Certificate III in Landscape Construction
AHC42021 Certificate IV in Landscape Construction Management
AHC42421 Certificate IV in Landscape Design
AHC50621 Diploma of Landscape Design
AHC52021 Diploma of Landscape Construction Management

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

Unit code and name
AHCDES401 Apply construction techniques to landscape design
AHCDES402 Apply sustainability principles to landscape design
AHCDES403 Develop landscape designs
AHCDES404 Prepare simple landscape drawings
AHCDES405 Produce 2-D landscape drawings using CAD software
AHCDES505 Prepare a landscape design
AHCDES506 Design for construction of landscape features
AHCDES507 Produce drawings for landscape design projects using CAD software
AHCDES508 Design sustainable landscapes
AHCDES509 Assess landscape sites
AHCLSC102 Support landscape work
AHCLSC206 Assist with landscape construction work
AHCLSC207 Construct low-profile timber or modular retaining walls
AHCLSC208 Install aggregate paths
AHCLSC209 Lay paving
AHCLSC210 Install tree protection devices
AHCLSC311 Set out site for construction works
AHCLSC312 Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC313 Construct stone structures and features, and install stone cladding
AHCLSC314 Implement a tree transplanting program
AHCLSC315 Implement an outdoor tiling project
AHCLSC316 Implement a paving project
AHCLSC317 Construct landscape features using concrete
AHCLSC318 Erect timber structures and features
AHCLSC319 Implement a retaining wall project
AHCLSC320 Install water features
AHCLSC321 Install metal structures and features
AHCLSC402 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 10 buildings
AHCLSC403 Apply structural principles to Class 10 buildings
AHCLSC404 Supervise landscape project works
AHCLSC504 Survey and establish site levels
AHCLSC505 Manage landscape projects
AHCLSC506 Manage a tree transplanting program
AHCSS00128 Design Brief for Therapeutic Horticulture Garden Skill Set
AHCTHH401 Develop a therapeutic horticulture design brief

 

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