APT qualifications — summary

APT Qualification Levels and Units of Competency

A brief summary of each qualification and list of the units of competency at each level. Updated with changes from the APT accreditation amendments Sept 2011 which include the new AHC units.
Names of Qualifications and nominal hours:

30866QLD Certificate I in Permaculture – 105-120 nominal hours

30867QLD Certificate II in Permaculture – 404-454 nominal hours

30868QLD Certificate III in Permaculture – 614-825 nominal hours

30869QLD Certificate IV in Permaculture – 825-1045 nominal hours

30870QLD Diploma of Permaculture – 945-1320 nominal hours

Below is a list of the competency units and requirements at each of the APT™ qualification levels.

NOTE: Units listed with a Bold Code are APT™ units owned by Permaculture International Limited.

 

30866 QLD Certificate I in Permaculture

Provides basic skills training in permaculture under full supervision. Suited to secondary school students, those who are unemployed or working on labour market/community development programs including indigenous persons.

Core

Complete all three (3) units in the Core Group

Elective

Complete at least three (3) units from the Elective Group of which at least one must be an Accredited Permaculture Training unit.

Total number of units of competency: 6 units.

Code            Unit of Competency

Core Group   (Nominal Hours  60)

QLD841PPP01B Observe permaculture principles and practices

QLD841RES02B  Support resource conservation practices

AHCOHS101A            Work safely

Elective Group    (Nominal Hours 45-60)

QLD841IPA03B            Support plant care in a permaculture system

QLD841IPA04B            Support animal care in a permaculture system

AHCWRK101A            Maintain the workplace

AHCMOM101A            Assist with routine maintenance of machinery and equipment

AHCORG101A            Support organic production

AHCNAR101A            Support natural area conservation

A maximum of two (2) units can come from other areas as defined in the accreditation document.

 

30867QLD Certificate II in Permaculture

Provides higher level skills training in permaculture where supervision is provided on a routine basis. Suitable for secondary school students, volunteer groups (including WWOOF’ers, community gardeners), and those who are unemployed or working on labour market/community development programs including indigenous persons. This level also suits individuals with basic skills to start permaculture systems in their own gardens or property

Core

Complete all 6 units in Core Group

Elective

Complete at least 9 units from the Elective Group of which at least 5 must be Accredited Permaculture Training units.

Total number of units of competency   15 units

Code            Unit of Competency

Core Group   (Nominal Hours   170)

QLD842PPP01B            Work effectively in permaculture

QLD842BIO03B            Record information about the local bioregion

QLD842WAT04B            Check and operate permaculture water systems

QLD842IPA06B              Plant and maintain permaculture crops

QLD842IPA09B   Recognise characteristics of integrated plant and animal systems

AHCOHS201A            Participate in OHS procedures

Elective Group  (Nominal Hours  234-284)

QLD842RES02B            Harvest, treat and store seed

QLD842RES05B  Prepare and store permaculture products

QLD842IPA07B              Care for animals in a permaculture system

QLD842IPA08B              Harvest permaculture crops

QLD842COM10B              Operate within community projects

QLD842IPA11B  Recognise threats and create opportunities in a permaculture system

AHCARB202A              Fell small trees

AHCNAR201A              Carry out natural area restoration works

AHCNSY203A              Undertake propagation activities

AHCINF203A              Maintain properties and structures

AHCMOM203A            Operate basic machinery and equipment

AHCSOL201A              Determine basic properties of soil and/or growing media

AHCWRK209A            Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

A maximum of four (4) units can come from other areas as defined in the accreditation document.

 

30868QLD Certificate III in Permaculture

Provides ‘trade’ equivalent skills training in permaculture where a person is able to operate in a skilled and independent manner. This level is for senior secondary school students, volunteer groups, property owners who are developing permaculture systems on their land, those interested in providing permaculture implementation services and those who are working on and supervising small groups in labour market/community development programs including indigenous persons.

Core:  Complete 6 units in the Core Group including one of *QLD843DES07B or *QLD843DES08B. (The other may be chosen as an Elective)

Elective:  Complete at least 9 units in the Elective Group of which at least 6 must be Accredited Permaculture Training units.

A unit taken from the Core Group cannot be repeated as an Elective.

Total number of units of competency    15 units

Code                Unit of Competency

Core Group   (Nominal hours 360)

QLD843PPP01C  Research and communicate information on permaculture principles & practices

QLD843IPA02B  Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems

QLD843IPA03C  Maintain integrated plant and animal systems

*QLD843DES07C Establish a rural permaculture syste

 One as Core 

*QLD843DES08C Establish an urban permaculture system

 One as Core           

QLD843IPA12B  Plan organic garden and orchard systems

AHCWRK311A    Conduct site inspections

Elective units  (Nominal hours  254-465)

QLD843IPA04B  Carry out animal care, maintenance and treatment programs in a permaculture system

QLD843IPA05B  Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems

QLD843IPA06B   Use weedy plants in a permaculture system

QLD843DES07C  Establish a rural permaculture system

If not taken as a Core Unit

QLD843DES08C  Establish an urban permaculture system

If not taken as a Core Unit

QLD843WAT09C  Install and maintain permaculture water systems

QLD843BUI10C   Install structures for permaculture systems

QLD843IPA11C  Kill and dress small livestock for domestic consumption

QLD843RES13B  Co-ordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products

QLD843DES14B  Read and interpret property maps and plans

QLD843COM15B  Co-ordinate community projects

AHCSAW302A            Implement erosion and sediment control measures

AHCINF301A              Implement property improvement, construction and repair

AHCNAR301A            Maintain natural areas

AHCPMG302A              Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

AHCILM304A            Follow cultural protocols

AHCNSY306A            Implement a propagation plan

AHCWRK302A              Monitor weather conditions

AHCLPW306A              Undertake sampling and testing of water

AHCSOL401A              Sample soils and interpret results

A maximum of three (3) units can come from other areas as defined in the accreditation document.

 

30869QLD Certificate IV in Permaculture

Provides skills training in permaculture for those who will be supervising permaculture works on rural and urban properties, who are working as project officers on community permaculture projects, and those seeking to become permaculture designers and/or advisors. This level is designed for those who have completed prior permaculture studies, those looking to be supervisors on labour market/community development programs including those based in indigenous communities. The core competencies at Level IV encompass the breadth of the existing PDC with additional design and consulting skills development.

Core 

Complete all 5 units in the Core Group including one of *QLD124DES02B or *QLD124DES03B, the other may be chosen as an Elective.

Elective

Complete at least 7 units from the Elective Group of which at least 4 must be Accredited Permaculture Training units.

A unit taken from the Core Group cannot be repeated as an Elective.

Total number of units of competency      12 units

 

Code               Unit of Competency

Core Group   (Nominal hours  520)

QLD124PPP01B  Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices

QLD124DES02B Design a rural permaculture system

*One as Core           

*QLD124DES03C Design an urban permaculture system

One as Core             

QLD124BUI04B  Plan and implement permaculture works

QLD124BUI05B   Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system

QLD124BIO06C  Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources

 

Elective Group   (Nominal hours 305-535)

QLD124DES02B Design a rural permaculture system

If not taken as a Core Unit           

QLD124DES03C   Design an urban permaculture system

If not taken as a Core Unit 

QLD124RES07B  Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products

QLD124IPA08B  Implement and monitor animal health and welfare programs for a permaculture system

QLD124RES09B  Manage a permaculture seed bank

QLD124COM10B  Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development

TAEDEL301A             Provide work skill instruction

AHCBUS402A             Cost a project

AHCBUS404A            Operate within a budget framework

AHCLPW401A            Process applications for changes in land use

AHCMER401A            Coordinate customer service and networking activities

AHCORG403A            Manage organic soil improvement

AHCSAW401A            Set out conservation earthworks

AHCCCF408A             Promote community programs

AHCCCF411A             Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

AHCCCF405A             Develop community networks

AHCCCF406A             Facilitate ongoing group development

A maximum of three (3) units can come from other areas as defined in the accreditation document.

 

30870QLD Diploma of Permaculture

Provides training in permaculture for those who are working as project managers on permaculture community development projects, and those seeking to become permaculture systems designers and/or consultants. Client groups include those who have completed basic permaculture studies, those looking to be supervisors on labour market/community development programs including those based in indigenous communities.

Core

Complete the two (2) units in the Core Group

Elective

Complete at least 4 units from Elective Group A and at least 5 units from Elective Groups A or B

Total number of units of competency   11 Units

 

Code            Unit of Competency

Core Group   (Nominal Hours  200)

QLD124PPP01B  Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices

QLD125DES02C Design an integrated permaculture system

Elective Group A    (Nominal Hours  745-1120)

QLD125RCH01B  Carry out permaculture field research

QLD125PLA03B  Develop a strategic plan for a permaculture project or enterprise

QLD125MAN04B  Manage a permaculture project

QLD125PLA05B Plan and supervise the implementation of permaculture project works

QLD125RCH07B Research and interpret requirements for a permaculture project

QLD125BUI09B  Design permaculture structures and features

QLD125COM10B  Prepare a sustainable community and bioregional development strategy

Elective group B

QLD125COM11B  Facilitate participatory planning and learning activities

QLD125COM12B Plan community governance and decision-making processes

AHCWRK511A            Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

CHCCD516A            Work with organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

CHCORG525C            Recruit and coordinate volunteers

AHCSAW502A             Plan erosion and sediment control measures

AHCWRK509A             Provide specialist advice to clients

AHCORG402A            Manage organic livestock production

AHCORG403A            Manage organic soil improvement

AHCBUS502A             Market products and services

AHCAGB501A             Develop climate risk management strategies

AHCAGB501A             Manage natural areas on a rural property

AHCORG502A             Prepare the enterprise for organic certification

A maximum of two (2) units can come from other areas as defined in the accreditation document.

 

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