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AHC Training Package Updates & Latest AHC Materials: What You Should Know

AHC Training Package Update

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Stay up-to-date with the latest agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management (AHC) training package updates to ensure that your RTO stays compliant.

Scroll down to learn more about the changes in the newest AHC training package.

July 2023 AHC Training Package Update: ASQA Approves Extended Transition Period for Select AHC Qualifications

In an effort to ensure learners’ success and minimise disadvantages, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently given the green light for an extended transition period covering a range of qualifications in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. This AHC training package update provides registered training organisations (RTOs) with additional time for a smooth transition.

The extended transition period encompasses various qualifications, including:

  • AHC10216 Certificate I in Agri-food Operations
  • AHC10316 Certificate I in Horticulture
  • AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture
  • AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture
  • AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations
  • AHC33719 Certificate III in Protected Horticulture
  • AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture
  • AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture
  • AHC51216 Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation

ASQA’s authority to approve extended transition periods is governed by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. To ensure fairness, ASQA evaluates requests for extensions based on the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, considering genuine disadvantages faced by groups of learners.

This extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for the AHC training package will conclude on 22 January 2025. RTOs can enrol and commence students in the specified qualifications throughout this timeframe. However, all learners must complete their courses, receive certifications or statements of attainment, or transition to replacement qualifications by the end of the transition period.

Extended Transition Period Benefits Agriculture Learners

The decision to extend the transition date for these qualifications received support from Skills Impact, the Agribusiness Jobs and Skills Council. This move is expected to foster a more inclusive and supportive learning environment, enabling students to unleash their full potential without being burdened by time constraints.

It’s important to emphasise that these qualifications will remain in the scope of RTOs until the end of the approved extended transition period. It ensures that students can continue accessing the necessary resources and support during their learning journey, significantly enhancing their chances of success in their chosen fields.

With this extended timeline, learners are presented with a valuable opportunity to successfully complete training, laying a solid foundation for fulfilling careers in the agriculture domain.

18 May 2023 AHC Training Package Update: Extended Transition Period for AHC20616

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extended transition period for Foundation Training Australia Pty Ltd (RTO 31972) about the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens from the AHC training package. This decision aims to support a specific group of learners and ensure a smooth educational journey.

Ensuring Fairness and High Education Standards

ASQA has the authority to approve transition periods longer than the standard requirements. To maintain fairness, ASQA carefully assesses transition requests based on the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition. The goal is to address potential disadvantages that learners may face if strict timelines are enforced.

Addressing Learner Concerns

Foundation Training Australia Pty Ltd presented evidence highlighting the potential disadvantages that learners pursuing the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens could face.

ASQA responded to these concerns by granting an extended transition period, allowing students sufficient time to complete their training, assessments, and certifications without unnecessary obstacles.

Comprehensive Training and Support

With the new AHC resources training update, Foundation Training Australia Pty Ltd can deliver comprehensive training, conduct thorough assessments, and issue certifications for the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens qualification during the extended period.

This AHC training package update showcases ASQA’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive education system.

Embracing Diverse Learning Needs

The extended transition period recognises that learners progress at different paces and have unique learning capabilities. It aims to accommodate diverse learning needs and individual circumstances, ensuring that every student is provided with equal opportunities to thrive and achieve competency.

By granting an extended transition period, ASQA reaffirms its dedication to upholding high education standards while fostering an environment where every learner can flourish and succeed.

February 2023 AHC Training Package Update: ASQA Extends AHC30916 Transition Period

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved the transition period extension of ACH30916 – Certificate III in Landscape Construction to now being until 14 February 2024. This extension follows the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015’s Clauses 1.26 a, b, and c and allows students and trainers more time to complete their course.

RTOs are still able to maintain their scope of registration for the qualification until the end of the new transition period and are required to comply with completion unless they choose to withdraw before the deadline.

January 2023 AHC Training Package Version 9.0 Update

The Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management (AHC) Training Package released its latest version (Version 9.0) last 24 January 2023, with the qualifications and units of competency getting major updates.

To accommodate the recent developments, Compliant Learning Resources is currently developing new AHC resources that are in line with Version 9.0 of the AHC training package and are being made in consultation with industry experts.

Qualifications

Superseded Qualifications

Superseded Qualifications  Current Qualifications  Equivalency 
AHC10216 – Certificate I in AgriFood Operations  AHC10222 – Certificate I in Agriculture  Not Equivalent 
AHC10316 – Certificate I in Horticulture  AHC10322 – Certificate I in Horticulture  Not Equivalent 
AHC10416 – Certificate I in Permaculture  AHC10422 – Certificate I in Permaculture  Equivalent 
AHC20116 – Certificate II in Agriculture  AHC20122 – Certificate II in Agriculture  Not Equivalent 
AHC20416 – Certificate II in Horticulture  AHC20422 – Certificate II in Horticulture  Not equivalent 
AHC21716 – Certificate II in Permaculture  AHC21722 – Certificate II in Permaculture  Not equivalent 
AHC30116 – Certificate III in Agriculture  AHC30122 – Certificate III in Agriculture  Not equivalent 
AHC30416 – Certificate III in Pork Production  AHC30422 – Certificate III in Pork Production  Not equivalent 
AHC30516 – Certificate III in Poultry Production  AHC30522 – Certificate III in Poultry Production  Not equivalent 
AHC30716 – Certificate III in Horticulture  AHC30722 – Certificate III in Horticulture  Not equivalent 
AHC31516 – Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management  AHC31522 – Certificate III in On Country Management  Not equivalent 
AHC32516 – Certificate III in Aboriginal Sites Work  AHC32522 – Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Sites Work  Not equivalent 
AHC32816 – Certificate III in Rural Operations  AHC32822 – Certificate III in Rural Operations  Not equivalent 
AHC33719 – Certificate III in Protected Horticulture  AHC33722 – Certificate III in Protected Horticulture  Not equivalent 
AHC33816 – Certificate III in Permaculture  AHC33822 – Certificate III in Permaculture  Not equivalent 
AHC40116 – Certificate IV in Agriculture  AHC40122 – Certificate IV in Agriculture  Not equivalent 
AHC40416 – Certificate IV in Horticulture  AHC40422 – Certificate IV in Horticulture  Not equivalent 
AHC1616 – Certificate IV in Organic Farming  AHC40122 – Certificate IV in Agriculture  Not equivalent 
AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture  AHC42122 – Certificate IV in Permaculture  Not equivalent 
AHC50116 – Diploma of Agriculture  AHC50122 – Diploma of Agriculture  Not equivalent 
AHC50416 – Diploma of Horticulture  AHC50422 – Diploma of Horticulture Management  Not equivalent 
AHC51216 – Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation  AHC51222 – Diploma of Community Group Coordination and Facilitation  Not equivalent 
AHC51816 – Diploma of Organic Farming  AHC50122 – Diploma of Agriculture  Not equivalent 
AHC52116 – Diploma of Permaculture  AHC52122 – Diploma of Permaculture  Not equivalent 
AHC60415 – Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management  AHC60422 – Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management 

 

Equivalent

Deleted Qualifications

Qualification  Action 
AHC60216 – Advanced Diploma of Horticulture  Deleted

Updated Qualifications

Qualifications  Action 
AHC20919 – Certificate II in Sports Turf Management  Updated from release 2 to release 3 
AHC30221 – Certificate III in Dairy Production  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC42421 – Certificate IV in Landscape Design  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC50621 – Diploma of Landscape Design  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC51120 – Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC52021 – Diploma of Landscape Construction Management  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC60319 – Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management  Updated from release 1 to release 2 
AHC60520 – Advanced Diploma of Arboriculture  Updated from release 1 to release 2

Units of Competency and Skill Sets

The units of competency and skill sets also experienced major revisions in which many were added, deleted, and updated. To see what units and skill sets were revised, visit training.gov.au for the complete information.

What RTOs Can Do About AHC Training Updates

The latest revisions for the AHC Version 9.0 has prompted the demand for new AHC resources. While these materials are still in development, your RTO can do these following steps to maintain compliance:

  1. Update the range of qualifications, units, and skill sets that your organisation is authorised to offer to include the most recent version of the AHC training package.
  2. Monitor the 12-month transition period and ensure that all learners are utilising the updated materials within that timeframe.
  3. Ensure that students currently enrolled in units or qualifications that have been removed complete their training within the designated period.
  4. Submit a request to include new, dissimilar qualifications and units of competency within your organisation’s range of offerings.

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