Course Title: Plant trees and shrubs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: AGRI5012C

Course Title: Plant trees and shrubs

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2163 - Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact : Bruce Partland

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8323

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Matthew Butt: 0429495117

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This competency standard covers the manual planting of trees, shrubs and other containerised and bare-rooted plants, and related tasks such as site preparation and pre-planting treatments. It applies to planting activities in parks and gardens, domestic and commercial landscapes, sporting facilities, planting of windbreaks and shelter belts, programmed environmental maintenance, rehabilitation of natural areas, and the reversal of environmental degradation. Work is usually done under outine supervision and with intermittent checking. Competency is demonstrated by the application of knowledge and skills to a range of planting tasks and roles usually within established enterprise guidelines.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTC2012A Plant trees and shrubs


Complete planting operations

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Post planting treatment is applied according to the requirements of the species and supervisor's instructions.
5.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored according to enterprise and OHS requirements.
5.3 Waste is collected and disposed of or recycled to minimise damage to the external environment.
5.4 Records of planting operations are maintained in the appropriate format.


Install trees, shrubs and/or other plants

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plants are placed in hole according to enterprise guidelines.
4.2 Planting hole is back-filled and soil consolidated.
4.3 Plants are watered in where required to eliminate air pockets.


Prepare for planting operations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Planting plan/instructions are obtained and confirmed with supervisor.
1.2 OHS hazards are identified, risks assessed and reported to the supervisor.
1.3 The environmental implications associated with the planting program are identified and the likely outcomes assessed and reported to the supervisor.
1.4 Tools and equipment are selected that are appropriate to the task being undertaken.
1.5 Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, used, maintained and stored according to best practice.


Prepare planting site

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Tools and equipment for planting are used and maintained according to enterprise work procedures.
2.2 Site is marked out according to planting plan and/or enterprise work procedures.
2.3 Competing plants are controlled according to supervisor's instructions.
2.4 Soil is modified where necessary according to the requirements of the trees to be planted and supervisor's instructions.
2.5 Planting holes are excavated according to the needs of the plant and enterprise guidelines.


Prepare trees and shrubs for planting

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Trees and shrubs are watered prior to planting to ensure entire root ball is damp.
3.2 Trees and shrubs are removed from containers without damage or dehydration.
3.3 Examine plant and root ball and assess suitability for purpose and reject if unsuitable.
3.4 Root treatments are applied according to supervisor's instructions.

Learning Outcomes

This program is competency based.

Details of Learning Activities

In class instruction on plant requirements, planting techniques, clean-up, OH&S

Observation of practical planting techniques.

Teaching Schedule

As convenient to Winda Mara

Observation of technique to take place during planting season.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must confirm the ability to
• prepare a planting site according to a planting plan
• excavate a planting hole
• prepare trees and shrubs for planting
• install trees and shrubs
• apply post-planting treatments according to species requirements
• transfer the skills and knowledge required to plant trees and shrubs to a different work environment, eg, This could include different species for planting, locations, and times of the year>

Assessment Tasks

Practical assessment of 1. Site prep, 2.Plant prep, 3 Plant installation including OH&S 4 Cleanup.

Assessment Matrix

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