Unit of competency details

AHCBEK301 - Manage honey bee swarms (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
(View details for release 2) Current19/Dec/2018
1 (this release)Replaced 27/Jun/2016

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCBEK301A - Manage honey bee swarmsThis unit is equivalent to AHCBEK301A Manage honey bee swarms. 26/Jun/2016


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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 collect bee swarms and manage the swarming behaviour of bees.

This unit applies to beekeepers who take responsibility for their own work and for the quality of the work of others. They use discretion and judgement in the selection, allocation and use of available resources.

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 to catch a swarm of honey bees

1.1 Obtain equipment required to collect a swarm of honey bees and confirm it is in good repair and serviceable for use

1.2 Check personal protective equipment (PPE) for serviceability and use and wear correctly

1.3 Identify work health and safety hazards associated with collecting bee swarms and take action to deal with them effectively

1.4 Observe site quarantine or other biosecurity protocols

1.5 Identify risks associated with collecting a swarm of honey bees and take actions to minimise likelihood and consequences of risks

2. Collect a swarm of honey bees

2.1 Place dry drawn frames in hive box for collected swarm to ensure it remains in new hive box

2.2 Catch swarm by shaking it into an empty box

2.3 Move boxed swarm to new location after confirming that whole swarm has been collected

2.4 Keep swarm separate from other hives to monitor hive health and disease-free status

2.5 Re-queen a swarm

3. Manage swarming behaviour in a honey bee colony

3.1 Monitor honey bee colony for signs that swarming may occur

3.2 Consider a range of control options if swarming appears likely to occur, and select and implement the best option

3.3 Monitor colony to ensure that swarming behaviour has been controlled and if necessary, implement further control options

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 AHCBEK301A Manage honey bee swarms.

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:

  • correctly wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • communicate with members of the public and/or owners or managers of the property/area from which a swarm is being collected
  • collect a swarm of honey bees
  • implement a range of control options to manage swarming behaviour in honey bees
  • interpret bee behaviour and handling bees
  • use specialist equipment.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of managing swarms
  • why and when honey bees swarm
  • why swarms are collected
  • signs that a colony is about to swarm
  • management techniques that can be used to manage a colony that is showing signs it is about to swarm
  • biosecurity protocols
  • diseases that occur in honey bees
  • signs of brood disease and wax moth infestation in a swarm once it has been placed in a hive
  • when and how to requeen a swarm that has been collected.

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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