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  • Regional Ecosystem Framework

    Training

    Prerequisites, Competencies and

    Assessment

    Queensland Herbarium, Science Delivery

    July 2016

  • Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

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    Contents

    Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 1

    Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework and its Application ........................................... 2

    Prerequisites for Training 2

    References 3

    Competency Standards ................................................................................................................ 4

    The Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework and its Application 4

    Elements of competency 4

    Range of variables (Current as of November 2013). Please check web sites for changes to

    these Acts and Regulations. 6

    Evidence Guide 8

    Assessment Strategy.................................................................................................................... 9

    The Queensland Regional Ecosystem (RE) Framework and its Application 9

    Element RE 1 - Apply the Queensland Regional Ecosystems Framework 9

    Element RE 2 – Recognise the basis for defining the Queensland Regional Ecosystem

    Framework Bioregions. 11

    Element RE 3 – Apply geology and soils information to support the classification of sites into

    the Queensland Land Zone system. 12

    Element RE 4 – Apply basic principles of soil formation, its relationship to parent rock and

    integrate these concepts to support Land Zone classification. 13

    Element RE 5 – Understand concepts of landform pattern and use these in interpreting

    information from maps and field assessment. 14

    Element RE 6 – Apply the basic principles of vegetation community structure and floristic

    description to interpret Regional Ecosystems. 15

    Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework and its application .......................................... 16

    Assessment of Competency 16

    Rational for assessment of competency for Application of the Queensland Regional Ecosystem

    Framework 16

    Assessment methods 16

    Notification of results 17

    Appeals process 17

  • Regional Ecosystem Framework Training – Prerequisites, Competencies and Assessment

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    Introduction

    This document contains the Prerequisites for Training, Competency Standards, Assessment

    Strategy and Assessment of Competency required for undertaking training in Regional

    Ecosystems. These competencies have been written to meet Certificate IV level standards and

    the training materials have been produced to meet the National Training Standards. Regional

    Ecosystem training is currently not accredited directly to any National Training Course and nor is it

    anticipated that will it be for the foreseeable future. However, the materials have been written to

    comply with the National Training Competency standards so that any person qualified to the level

    of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment can understand the materials and competently

    undertake this training.

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    Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework and its

    Application

    Prerequisites for Training

    Effective application of the Queensland Regional Ecosystem Framework requires the integration of

    a broad range of skills and knowledge from the main topic areas of geology, soils, landform and

    vegetation. The training is suited to participants who have a level of knowledge and experience in

    these fields. Participants undertaking training should have at least Diploma level qualifications in a

    branch of the natural sciences, or will need to have practical experience that matches this level.

    More specifically, participants should have skills and knowledge in the following areas:

    • Plant identification (the ability to use plant identification resources)

    • Vegetation structure (be able to recognise vegetation layers and determine the characteristic strata as defined in Neldner et al. (2012) for non-rainforest and Webb (1978) for rainforest).

    • Geology (be familiar with the geological timescale and basic geological terms, and be able to use a geological dictionary)

    • Landform description (identify landform pattern and elements, and be able to use the landform concepts and descriptors as defined in Speight and Isbell (2009))

    • Land Zones (be familiar with Land Zones and how they are determined (Wilson and Taylor 2012))

    • Soils (apply a basic understanding of soils terminology as defined in McDonald and Isbell 2009 and Isbell 2002)

    • Map reading skills (understanding issues of scale, position location using coordinate systems and interpretation of symbols and legends)

    Deficiencies in any of these prerequisites will limit participants’ ability to comprehend the training

    material presented. Such deficiencies will also compromise participants’ ability to achieve the

    required standards in the subsequent competency assessment.

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    References

    Isbell, R.F. 2002, The Australian Soil Classification, revised edition, CSIRO Publishing

    McDonald, R.C., and Isbell, R.F. 2009, ‘Soil Profile’ in National Committee on Soil and Terrain 2009 Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook, 3rd Edition, CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne

    Neldner, V.J., Wilson, B.A., Thompson, E.J. and Dillewaard, H.A. (2012) Methodology for Survey and Mapping of Regional Ecosystems and Vegetation Communities in Queensland. Version 3.2. Updated August 2012. Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Brisbane. 124 pp. http://www.qld.gov.au/environment/assets/documents/plants-animals/herbarium/herbarium- mapping-methodology.pdf

    Specht, R.L. 1970, ‘Vegetation’, in G.W. Leeper (ed.), The Australian Environment, 4th edition, CSIRO and Melbourne University Press, pp. 44–67.

    Speight J.G. 2009, ‘Landform’ in National Committee on Soil and Terrain 2009 Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook, 3rd Edition, CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne

    Speight, J.G. and Isbell, R.F. 2009, ‘Substrate’ in National Committee on Soil and Terrain 2009 Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook, 3rd Edition, CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne

    Webb, L.J. 1978, ‘A general classification of Australian rainforests’, Australian Plants 9: 349–363.

    Wilson, P.R. and Taylor, P.M. (2012) Land Zones of Queensland. Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Brisbane. 79 pp. http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/ecosystems/biodiversity/regional- ecosystems/pdf/land_zones_of_queensland.pdf

    http://www.qld.gov.au/environment/assets/documents/plants-animals/herbarium/herbarium-mapping-methodology.pdf http://www.qld.gov.au/environment/assets/documents/plants-animals/herbarium/herbarium-mapping-methodology.pdf http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/ecosystems/biodiversity/regional-ecosystems/pdf/land_zones_of_queensland.pdf http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/ecosystems/biodiversity/regional-ecosystems/pdf/land_zones_of_queensland.pdf

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