Unit of competency details

AHCBAC101A - Support agricultural crop work (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCBAC101 - Support agricultural crop workThis unit is equivalent to AHCBAC101A Support agricultural crop work 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTE1001A - Support agricultural crop work09/Jun/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 10/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050101 Agricultural Science  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050101 Agricultural Science  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

Not Applicable

Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers supporting agricultural crop work and defines the standard required to: prepare tools and equipment; undertake crop support activities; handle basic materials and equipment, and clean up after work activities.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to the provision of support to others undertaking agricultural cropping activities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare materials, tools and equipment for agricultural crop work

1.1. The required materials, tools and equipment are identified according to lists provided and/or supervisor's instructions.

1.2. Checks are conducted on all materials, tools and equipment with insufficient or faulty items reported to the supervisor.

1.3. Techniques used when loading and unloading materials demonstrate correct manual handling and minimise damage to the load and the vehicle.

1.4. Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is selected and checked prior to use.

1.5. Cropping support is provided according to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements and according to workplace information.

1.6. OHS hazards are identified and reported to the supervisor.

2. Undertake agricultural crop work as directed

2.1. Instructions and directions provided by supervisor are followed and clarification sought when necessary.

2.2. Cropping work is undertaken in a safe and environmentally appropriate manner according to enterprise guidelines.

2.3. Interactions with other staff and customers are carried out in a positive and professional manner.

2.4. Enterprise policy and procedures in relation to workplace practices, handling and disposal of materials is observed.

2.5. Problems or difficulties in completing work to required standards or timelines are reported to supervisor.

3. Handle materials and equipment

3.1. Waste material produced during cropping work is stored in a designated area according to supervisor's instructions.

3.2. Materials, equipment and machinery are handled and transported according to supervisor's instructions and enterprise guidelines.

3.3. A clean and safe work site is maintained while completing cropping activities.

4. Clean up on completion of cropping work

4.1. Materials are returned to store or disposed of according to supervisor's instructions.

4.2. Tools and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored according to manufacturer's specifications and supervisor's instructions.

4.3. Work outcomes are reported to the supervisor.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • follow safety procedures
  • prepare materials, tools and equipment for cropping work
  • undertake work as directed
  • handle materials and equipment
  • clean up on completion of work
  • use literacy skills to read and follow a range of basic instructions
  • use oral communication skills/language competence to communicate effectively with others
  • use numeracy skills to complete basic calculations
  • use interpersonal skills to work with and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds.

Required knowledge 

  • safe work practices
  • farm tools and equipment
  • overview of agricultural cropping activities such as land preparation, seeding, fertilising, harvesting, baling, raking and loading.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • prepare tools and equipment
  • undertake crop support activities
  • handle basic materials and equipment
  • clean up after work activities.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

Work tasks may include:

  • assistance with all activities associated with cropping such as:
  • land preparation
  • seeding
  • fertilising
  • harvesting
  • baling
  • raking
  • loading
  • removing weeds (rouging) or rocks from crops or fields
  • routine maintenance of sheds and other workplaces.

Tools and equipment may include:

  • knives
  • hand tools
  • rope
  • sack trucks
  • fencing tools
  • augers
  • brooms.

Hazards may include:

  • solar radiation
  • dust
  • noise
  • air- and soil-borne micro organisms
  • chemicals and hazardous substances
  • sharp hand tools and equipment
  • manual handling
  • holes
  • slippery and uneven surfaces.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Broad acre cropping

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field