Unit of competency details

AHCBEK407 - Rear queen bees (Release 1)

Summary

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

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to AHCBEK407A - Rear queen beesThis unit is equivalent to AHCBEK407A Rear queen bees. 26/Jun/2016
Is superseded by AHCBEK409 - Rear queen beesElement 1 split into two elements for clarity New element on packaging queen bees Changes to Performance Criteria for clarity Updated Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence 18/Dec/2018


Training packages that include this unit

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 rear high quality queen bees and queen cells through the application of good management practices.

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. Establish conditions and obtain requirements for queen bee rearing

1.1 Select breeding stock from productive healthy stock or purchase breeder queen bee

1.2 Obtain all tools and equipment needed to rear queen bees

1.3 Select and use personal protective equipment

1.4 Identify work health and safety hazards and take action to minimise them

1.5 Observe site quarantine or other biosecurity protocols in force

1.6 Confirm all hives and colonies used for queen bee and drone production are in a clean and healthy condition

1.7 Select day-old larvae from the breeder queen bee for grafting and transfer from worker cells into queen cell cups

1.8 Confirm an adequate number of nurse bees are present in cell raising colonies

1.9 Use a suitable method for cell production

2. Establish and monitor the queen mating process

2.1 Transfer ripe queen cells into the nucleus 10 to 11 days after grafting

2.2 Provide an adequate number of mature, well-nourished and genetically suitable drones during mating period

2.3 Record details of grafting and subsequent placement of cells into nucleus colonies

2.4 Record the age of the queen removed from mating colony

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 AHCBEK407A Rear queen bees.

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:

  • select breeding stock or purchase breeder queen bee according to established breeding program criteria
  • graft larvae of a suitable age
  • assess and maintain nutrition and health of larvae and drones
  • manage the hive
  • handle bees
  • appropriately monitor the queen mating process
  • recognise diseases, pests and disorders and take appropriate action.

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of rearing queen bees
  • signs of brood and adult bee ill health sufficient to recognise diseases, pests and disorders and take appropriate action
  • storage requirements of queen bees
  • techniques and timing for queen cell production
  • optimum conditions are for re-queening
  • bee biology.

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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