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Functional Areas:

1. Arboriculture and Horticulture Project Administration and Management

The administrative and management work of arboriculture and horticulture projects mainly involves contract management, project management, financial management, human resource management and operation management, aiming to assist the organisation to handle administrative matters related to works projects, complete the contract requirements properly, commence projects smoothly and protect the interests of the organisation.

This functional area includes: "Contract Management", "Project Management", "Financial Management", "Human Resource Management", and "Operation Management".

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
109024L3 Carry out acceptance inspection of materials 3
109025L3 Enter into contracts with suppliers 3
109033L3 Perform warehouse management 4
109034L3 Monitor project progress 4
Level 4
109026L4 Manage contractors / suppliers 6
109027L4 Carry out project acceptance 6
109035L4 Perform quantity surveying 6
109036L4 Allocate project resources 3
109037L4 Conduct site work processes and quality assurance inspection 6
109040L4 Prepare works quotations and tender documents 6
109041L4 Monitor the overall amounts of revenue and expenditure of project budgets 4
Level 5
109028L5 Handle contractual disputes 6
109029L5 Enter into contracts with contractors 6
109030L5 Establish quality inspection procedures 6
109031L5 Plan the implementation of contract contents 6
109038L5 Establish project plans 6
109039L5 Develop risk management plans for projects 9
109042L5 Formulate budgets for works projects 6
109043L5 Develop staff training plans 6
Level 6
109032L6 Develop tender documents 6
109044L6 Formulate organisational development strategies 6
109045L6 Introduce new techniques and technologies 6
Level 7

2. Occupational Safety and Health for the Arboriculture and Horticulture Industry

The scope of work in the arboriculture and horticulture industry is wide, which includes a number of high-risk work processes, such as performing arboricultural and horticultural work at height, use of machinery and tools, and use of chemicals. Arboricultural and horticultural practitioners need to observe the occupational safety and health codes to effectively reduce the risks posed by arboricultural and horticultural work to themselves as well as people and property near the work area.

This functional area includes: "Implementation of Safe Work Procedures", and "Use of Chemicals"

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
109046L1 Use personal protective equipment 2
109047L1 Use hand tools in the arboriculture and horticulture industry 2
109048L1 Perform manual handling operations 2
Level 2
109049L2 Use power tools in the arboriculture and horticulture industry 3
109050L2 Operate chainsaws at ground level 3
109051L2 Operate chainsaws at height 3
109063L2 Use chemicals 3
109064L2 Transport and store chemicals 3
Level 3
109052L3 Implement safe systems of work 3
109053L3 Use machinery of the arboriculture and horticulture industry 3
109054L3 Implement safe work procedures for arboricultural and horticultural work at height 3
109055L3 Operate chainsaws on trees 3
109056L3 Handle industrial accidents 3
109057L3 Perform aerial tree rescue 4
Level 4
109058L4 Implement emergency plans 3
109059L4 Monitor the safe systems of work 6
Level 5
109060L5 Develop safe systems of work 9
109061L5 Provide tree climbing training 6
109062L5 Provide aerial tree rescue training 6
Level 6
Level 7

3. Plant Selection, Cultivation and Propagation

Hong Kong is a small and densely populated city. It is important to grow the right plants at the right places. Plant selection needs to look into a range of factors, such as characteristics of plants, types of soil and conditions of planting sites. The processes from selection of good species, assessment of planting sites to the subsequent cultivation and propagation are all indispensable.

This functional area includes: "Plant Species Identification and Selection of Suitable Plants", "Cultivation and Propagation", and "Nursery Stock Management".

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
109069L1 Carry out plant cultivation and propagation 1
109071L1 Carry out nursery stock production 1
109072L1 Carry out caring work in nurseries 1
Level 2
109065L2 Collect environmental data of planting sites 2
109073L2 Purchase plants 2
109074L2 Handle imported plants 2
Level 3
109066L3 Design horticultural projects 3
109067L3 Perform plant selection 3
109070L3 Monitor plant cultivation and propagation 3
109075L3 Arrange nursery stock transportation 3
Level 4
109068L4 Evaluate the planting environment 4
109076L4 Supervise the operation of nurseries 3
Level 5
Level 6
109077L6 Establish nurseries 6
109078L6 Develop industry standards of nursery stock 6
Level 7

4. Planting, Caring and Management of Plants

There is a wide range of work involved in the arboriculture and horticulture industry. Arboricultural work includes pruning, tree removal, cabling, guying, staking, planting trees and arranging tree safety structures to be undertaken at ground or elevated level. Horticultural work involves processes such as planting, tilling soil, watering, applying pesticides, pruning and clearing of withered plants. Effective management can ensure that trees and plants are taken care of properly to reduce the risks of tree collapses or plants being infected by pests or diseases.

This functional area includes: "Tree Planting", "Transplantation and Removal", "Tree Protection and Maintenance", "Soil Management", "Arboricultural and Horticultural Work at Height", and "Plant Cultivation and Care".

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
109079L1 Plant trees 2
109091L1 Carry out tree protection operations 2
109092L1 Carry out tree maintenance operations 2
109102L1 Carry out soil management 2
109111L1 Carry out plant cultivation and care operations 2
109112L1 Carry out lawn cultivation and care operations 2
109113L1 Carry out hydroseeding operations 2
Level 2
109080L2 Transplant trees 2
109081L2 Carry out tree removal at ground level 3
109082L2 Remove tree stumps 3
109093L2 Prune trees 3
109103L2 Carry out composting operations 2
109106L2 Carry out arboricultural and horticultural work at height 3
Level 3
109083L3 Supervise tree planting 4
109094L3 Prune trees near overhead lines 3
109095L3 Supervise tree protection operations 4
109096L3 Supervise tree maintenance operations 4
109104L3 Supervise soil management 3
109105L3 Prepare work plans for composting operations 3
109107L3 Climb trees 8
109108L3 Supervise tree climbing operations 3
109109L3 Supervise arboricultural and horticultural work at height 4
109110L3 Install rigging systems 3
109114L3 Supervise plant cultivation and care operations 4
109115L3 Supervise lawn cultivation and care operations 4
109116L3 Supervise hydroseeding operations 2
109117L3 Set up and maintain automatic irrigation systems 3
109118L3 Carry out formative pruning 3
Level 4
109084L4 Supervise tree transplanting 4
109085L4 Supervise tree removal 4
109086L4 Supervise tree stump removal 4
109087L4 Prepare work plans for tree planting 6
109088L4 Prepare work plans for tree transplanting 6
109089L4 Prepare work plans for tree removal 4
109090L4 Prepare work plans for tree stump removal 4
109097L4 Supervise tree pruning operations 4
109098L4 Prepare work plans for tree pruning operations 6
109099L4 Prepare work plans for tree protection operations 6
109100L4 Prepare work plans for tree maintenance operations 6
109101L4 Plan tree restoration operations 4
109119L4 Prepare work plans for plant cultivation and care operations 6
109120L4 Prepare work plans for lawn cultivation and care operations 4
109121L4 Prepare work plans for skyrise greening and maintenance operations 4
109122L4 Prepare work plans for hydroseeding operations 3
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7

5. Diagnosis and Treatment of Pests and Diseases

It is common for plants to be attacked by biotic or abiotic factors during their growth. If early precautions are not taken, and without regular monitoring and care, the growth of plants will be severely hindered and the entire plants may die, posing immediate or potential danger to human life and property. With accurate diagnosis and treatment, the risks of spread of pests and diseases will be greatly reduced.

This functional area includes: "Diagnosis of Plant Problems", and "Control of Pests and Diseases".

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
109123L2 Identify pests and diseases of plants 3
109128L2 Implement pest and disease control 3
Level 3
109124L3 Diagnose abiotic disorders of plants 3
Level 4
109125L4 Diagnose biotic disorders of plants 3
109126L4 Monitor plants infected by pests and diseases and guide caring procedures 4
Level 5
109127L5 Evaluate the effectiveness of monitoring and caring operations 3
109129L5 Develop work plans for disease control by means of physical and chemical methods 4
109130L5 Develop work plans for pest control by means of physical and chemical methods 4
109131L5 Evaluate the effectiveness of pest and disease control operations 6
Level 6
109132L6 Develop work plans for biological and integrated control of pests and diseases 6
Level 7

6. Survey, Inspection and Risk Assessment

Tree risk assessment has aroused wide concern in recent years. Examining tree structures, carefully assessing risk levels and taking appropriate follow-up measures can help prevent accidents caused by trees. In addition, data collected through plant and tree surveys are useful for making appropriate recommendations for environmental planning and conservation.

This functional area includes: "Plant Surveys", "Tree Surveys and Impact Assessment", and "Tree Inspection and Risk Assessment".

QF Level
  Code Name Credit
Level 1
Level 2
109140L2 Input data to and update tree inventories 3
Level 3
109133L3 Conduct plant surveys and identify plants 6
109141L3 Identify trees and conduct tree surveys 6
109142L3 Inspect the basic structure and health conditions of trees 4
109145L3 Carry out tree inspection using visual tree assessment and simple assisting tools 6
109146L3 Inspect the structural conditions of trees using instruments 3
109147L3 Carry out aerial tree inspection 3
Level 4
109134L4 Prepare plant survey reports 3
109135L4 Prepare plant survey work plans 6
109136L4 Assess the distribution of rare and endangered plants 3
109143L4 Prepare proposals of compensatory planting after tree removal 3
109148L4 Collect site environment information 3
109149L4 Analyse the health, structural conditions and hazards of trees 3
109150L4 Prepare various mitigation and maintenance plans 2
109151L4 Prepare various tree inspection or risk assessment reports 6
109152L4 Review tree inspection or risk assessment reports 6
Level 5
109137L5 Plan the objectives, scope and methods of plant surveys 6
109138L5 Analyse the impact of invasive plants on the environment 3
109139L5 Develop proposals for plant preservation 6
109144L5 Develop and evaluate proposals of tree protection, preservation, transplantation and removal 6
109153L5 Interpret and analyse data obtained with tree inspection instruments 6
109154L5 Develop tree risk management plans 6
109155L5 Investigate the causes of tree incidents 6
Level 6
Level 7
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