Unit of competency details

AHCPGD302A - Plan and maintain plant displays (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to AHCPGD302 - Plan and maintain plant displaysThis unit is equivalent to AHCPGD302A Plan and maintain plant displays. 26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTF3036A - Plan and establish plant displays09/Jun/2011

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

Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIT12 - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-2.0 
SIT - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training PackageTourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package 1.0-1.2 
AHC10 - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land ManagementAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management 2.0-8.0 


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050301 Horticulture  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050301 Horticulture  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers the process of planning and establishing plant displays either indoors or as seasonal displays of annual and perennial plants in garden beds and defines the standard required to: select suitable plants for plant display purposes; prepare plans for a plant display; plant or arrange plants for a plant display; maintain a plant display.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to the planning and establishment of plant displays. This standard is applied using established routines, methods and procedures and is likely to be undertaken without supervision. Responsibility for the work of others installing and maintaining the displays may be required. Discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, work organisation, services, actions and achieving outcomes within time constraints.

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 plans for plant displays

1.1. Display site is inspected for aesthetic, environmental and physical attributes.

1.2. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards are identified, risks assessed and controls implemented.

1.3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is selected, used and maintained according to procedures.

1.4. Location and projected life of display are identified on the display plan.

1.5. Plant types suitable for aesthetic effects, environmental and physical attributes are identified on the display plan.

1.6. Actions, timelines and work organisation are identified on the display plan in consultation with the supervisor or manager.

1.7. Availability of plants, materials and services for preparing the display are confirmed.

1.8. Materials, tools, equipment and machinery are selected according to the display plan and enterprise work procedures.

2. Select plants

2.1. Plants selected are healthy and vigorous and comply with enterprise specifications for quality.

2.2. Number and size of plants are selected according to the display plan.

2.3. Plants selected display the ability to survive in the display position for the length of the display.

3. Place plants

3.1. Plants are placed in a pattern specified by the plan.

3.2. Accessories and materials are chosen as specified in the plan.

3.3. Work is undertaken according to OHS requirements.

4. Maintain plants

4.1. Health of the plants is monitored to ensure retain optimum appearance.

4.2. Plants are fertilised and watered to maintain optimum health and appearance.

4.3. Plants are replaced when no longer at optimum health and appearance.

4.4. Rubbish, litter and decaying material are removed from plants, pots and surrounds to maintain optimum appearance of display.

Required Skills and Knowledge


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

Required skills 

  • communicate with work team members, supervisors, suppliers and customers
  • prepare design plans and specifications
  • calculate number of plants and materials
  • determine spatial measurements of display site
  • co-ordinate own activities sequentially
  • effectively complete plant display in a timely manner
  • use literacy skills to read, interpret and follow organisational policies and procedures, follow sequenced written instructions, record accurately and legible information collected and select and apply procedures for a range of tasks
  • use interpersonal skills to work with and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities.

Required knowledge 

  • aim and purpose of building plant displays
  • design principles for plant displays
  • features and characteristics of a range of plants used for display purposes
  • growing requirements of a range of common plants used in plant displays
  • common problems occurring with display plants
  • remedial action required for display plants displaying health problems.

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:

  • select suitable plants for plant display purposes
  • prepare plans for a plant display
  • plant or arrange plants for a plant display
  • maintain a plant display.

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.

Plant displays may include:

  • displays for functions
  • annual bedding displays
  • herbaceous perennial displays
  • indoor presentations.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Parks and gardens

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field