Unit of competency details

AHCBEK202 - Use a bee smoker (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 27/Jun/2016

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCBEK202A - Use a bee smokerThis unit is equivalent to AHCBEK202A Use a bee smoker. 26/Jun/2016
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCBEK205 - Prepare and use a bee smokerMinor change to title Minor changes to Performance Criteria for clarity Updated Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence 18/Dec/2018


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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  14/Oct/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to use a bee smoker when undertaking bee husbandry tasks.

This unit applies to beekeepers who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil.

Unit Sector

Beekeeping (BEK)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Element

Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare bee smoker for use

1.1 Confirm the activity to undertake with supervisor

1.2 Confirm that climatic and other conditions permit the use of a bee smoker and adjust planned activities where required

1.3 Check bee smoker and components to ensure that they are in good repair and serviceable, and any faults are addressed

1.4 Check personal protective equipment for serviceability and ensure correct fit

1.5 Identify hazards associated with the use of a bee smoker and take appropriate steps to minimise risks to self and others

1.6 Make sure there is an adequate water supply and tools available for fire control

1.7 Assess weather conditions, nectar flow and strain of bee to interprets defensive behaviour of colony

1.8 Add suitable fuel to bee smoker and light it

1.9 Operate bee smoker bellows to produce and maintain a steady and dense stream of cool smoke

2. Use bee smoker to manage bees

2.1 Blow smoke into entrance of hive and allow sufficient time before hive is opened

2.2 Puff additional smoke over frames and supers after hive is opened and direct smoke at bees

2.3 Ensure bees remain under control while working on hives by placing smoker within easy reach, keeping it alight and producing cool smoke until operations are complete

2.4 Place bee smoker in a cleared spot when not in use and have fire extinguishment materials and equipment on hand

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range of Conditions

Unit Mapping Information

This unit is equivalent to AHCBEK202A Use a bee smoker.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

TP Version

Comment

1

AHCv1.0

Initial release

Performance Evidence

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • identify hazards and use safe work practices
  • anticipate defensive behaviour of colony
  • select suitable fuel
  • keep a bee smoker alight and functioning while carrying our bee husbandry tasks
  • monitor the effects of smoke on bees, including the wearing off of effects
  • make bee smoker safe after completing operations according to fire and biosecurity procedures.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of smoking bees
  • effects of smoke on bees and hive products
  • suitable fuel for bee smokers
  • when to use a bee smoker and why
  • current fire regulations.

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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