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AgriFood Operations

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Stage 5 Board Endorsed VET Course Description
Endorsed by BOSTES for cohort commencing 2017 (November 2016)

AQF VET qualification: AHC10216 Certificate I in AgriFood Operations

Training Package: AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management (version 1.1)

Exclusions: Nil

Course option

82403 — AgriFood Operations

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  • This course number should always be entered as a ‘Year 10’ entry
  • This applies to students doing the course in either Year 9 or Year 10
  • The course entry needs to be made in the calendar year that the course is undertaken.

Stage 5 course requirements

This course will be credentialled as a 100-hour elective study on the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

Students must attempt:

  • all core units of competency (totalling 35 indicative hours)
  • elective units of competency to a minimum of 65 indicative hours and to meet qualification packaging rules.

It is strongly recommended that project and work-based learning opportunities be used as a teaching and learning strategy throughout the course. These could include group project work, individual research or other activities that meet the learning needs of students. There is a range of career, enterprise and work education programs currently operating in schools that may be linked to the AgriFood Operations course.

Students must satisfy the course completion criteria as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, formerly BOSTES). Refer to the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website. There must be sufficient evidence that the student has:

  • followed the course developed or endorsed by NESA
  • applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course
  • achieved some or all of the course outcomes.

Course content

Core

Unit code and title Status for AQF VET qualification Indicative hours of credit

AHCWHS101
Work safely

core

20

AHCWRK101
Maintain the workplace

core

15

Total indicative hours for core units of competency: 35

Elective

Unit code and title Status for AQF VET qualification Indicative hours of credit

AHCBAC101
Support agricultural crop work

elective – listed

15

AHCCHM101
Follow basic chemical safety rules

elective – listed

10

AHCIRG101
Support irrigation work

elective – listed

15

AHCLSC101
Support landscape work

elective – listed

15

AHCLSK101
Support extensive livestock work

elective – listed

20

AHCLSK102
Support intensive livestock work

elective – listed

20

AHCMOM101
Assist with routine maintenance of machinery and equipment

elective – listed

10

AHCNSY101
Support nursery work

elective – listed

15

AHCORG101
Support organic production

elective – listed

15

AHCPGD101
Support gardening work

elective – listed

15

AHCPHT101
Support horticultural production

elective – listed

15

AHCTRF101
Support turf work

elective – listed

15

AHCWOL101
Support woolshed activities

elective – listed

15

AQF VET qualification

Qualification packaging rules are contained in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package at http://training.gov.au.

In summary, to attain AHC10216 Certificate I in AgriFood Operations students must achieve 6 units of competency including:

  1. 2 core units of competency
  2. 4 elective units of competency:
    • at least 2 units from the electives listed
    • 2 units may be selected from the elective list, or the AHC Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The 2 units selected can be at AQF level I or AQF level 2.

Other information

Criteria for the endorsement of Board Endorsed VET courses (VET BECs)

The criteria for endorsement of VET BECs are outlined in the Guidelines for Stages 5 and 6  VET Board Endorsed courses.

Stage 5 VET course delivery

Information is available in the Stage 5 VET section.

Stage 5 VET courses can only be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the relevant qualification and units of competency on their scope of registration. Scope of registration can be checked at http://training.gov.au/.

RTOs offering training programs for the delivery and assessment of the AgriFood Operations Stage 5 VET course must meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package and the Stage 5 course.

Information about the delivery of VET courses by RTOs other than school system RTOs or TAFE NSW is contained on the ACE website.

Non-government schools outsourcing delivery of HSC VET courses to external providers also need to refer to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual or Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual.

Allocation of indicative hours of credit

Units of competency drawn from Training Packages are not defined in terms of duration. The amount of time required by individual students to achieve competency will vary according to their aptitude and experience. Where a training program is designed for delivery by an RTO, the RTO will specify the length of the training program according to the delivery strategies and/or curriculum resources chosen.

However, for the purposes of the RoSA, VET courses must be described in terms of their indicative hours. For this reason, indicative hours have been assigned to each unit of competency. It is emphasised that the assignment of indicative hours does not imply that all students will fulfil all requirements of a unit of competency within these hours. RTOs may determine that additional or fewer hours are required for the achievement of particular competencies. However, this does not alter the indicative hours allocated, only the delivery hours.

Students may need to spend additional time practising skills in a work environment and completing projects and assignments, in order to fulfil Training Package assessment requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer within VET courses

Students who have current knowledge, skills or experience relevant to a VET course may be granted credit towards the course requirements.

Find out more about arrangements for RPL and credit transfer within VET courses, including processes, application form and examples of possible scenarios.

Students with special education needs

Students with special education needs may access a VET course in one of two ways:

  • by undertaking the course under regular course arrangements, or
  • by undertaking selected units of competency within the course that have been identified through the collaborative curriculum planning process.

For more information see VET courses and students with special education needs and collaborative curriculum planning advice.

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