Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCSOL201A, 'Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Collect soil/media samples for testing

1.1. Tools and materials for collecting soil/media samples are prepared.

1.2. Area from which soil/media samples are to be collected is identified from workplace records or supervisors instructions.

1.3. Services are located using site plans and in consultation with the supervisor.

1.4. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards are identified, risks assessed and controls implemented and reported to the supervisor.

1.5. Suitable safety equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are selected, used and maintained.

1.6. Samples are taken randomly from the designated area according to recognised sampling techniques and are prepared for on site or off site analysis

1.7. Samples are labelled and recorded according to organisational procedures.

2. Perform basic soil/media test

2.1. Soil profile is determined, where appropriate.

2.2. Soils/media are tested or inspected for physical properties.

2.3. Soils/media is tested for chemical properties.

2.4. Results are recorded according to organisational procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCSOL201A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC20410 - Certificate II in Horticulture
  • AHC20710 - Certificate II in Production Nursery
  • AHC20610 - Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
  • AHC32410 - Certificate III in Irrigation
  • AHC21510 - Certificate II in Floriculture
  • AHC21112 - Certificate II in Irrigation
  • AHC31610 - Certificate III in Lands, Parks and Wildlife
  • AHC21010 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
  • AHC20810 - Certificate II in Retail Nursery
  • AHC31710 - Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration
  • AHC21110 - Certificate II in Irrigation
  • AHC20510 - Certificate II in Arboriculture
  • AHC21610 - Certificate II in Landscaping
  • AHC20310 - Certificate II in Production Horticulture
  • AHC20110 - Certificate II in Agriculture
  • RGR20408 - Certificate II in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)
  • RGR30508 - Certificate III in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)
  • FDF20411 - Certificate II in Wine Industry Operations
  • AHC20513 - Certificate II in Arboriculture