Unit of competency details

AHCBEK306 - Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony (Release 1)

Summary

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

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCBEK306A - Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colonyThis unit is equivalent to AHCBEK306A Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony. 26/Jun/2016
Is superseded by AHCBEK313 - Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colonyChanges and additions to Elements and Performance Criteria for clarity Biosecurity content increased 18/Dec/2018


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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059901 Pest And Weed Control  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 059901 Pest And Weed Control  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 inspect a honey bee colony for indicators of disease or evidence of pests, and take appropriate follow-up action.

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.

All work is carried out to comply with notifiable disease legislation and relevant industry standards and protocols.

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 check brood

1.1 Use suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)

1.2 Use tools and equipment to open a hive

1.3 Identify work health and safety hazards associated with opening a hive and take actions to minimise risk to self and others

2. Assess health and condition of brood

2.1 Inspect hive for signs of diseased brood being ejected from hive at entrance or bottom board

2.2 Inspect brood for signs and evidence of pests and disease and, where pests or notifiable disease is observed, notify authorities and take action

2.3 Identify signs of disease or pests, collect samples for testing and gather evidence to support a diagnosis

3. Assess health and condition of adult bees

3.1 Observe flight paths around hive entrance for signs of poor or irregular flight patterns and for dead or dying bees at hive entrance

3.2 Observe adult bees and brood combs for signs of disease and, if notifiable disease is present, notify authorities and take action

3.3 Identify signs of disease or pest, collect samples for testing and gather evidence to support a diagnosis

3.4 Implement biosecurity measures

3.5 Record results of inspections and any remedial action taken and use as the basis of future beekeeping operations

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 AHCBEK306A Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony.

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.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • identify key signs and symptoms of disease and pests that may affect brood or adult honey bees
  • work safely around bees
  • report signs of notifiable diseases
  • take samples
  • take appropriate actions to eliminate or manage pests and diseases.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of disease management within a honey bee colony
  • how pests and diseases are spread and level of risk to beekeeping
  • the signs of endemic and exotic disease and pests of honey bees and treatments.

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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