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Develop specifications for landscape design workLevel / 5
Credits / 10
PurposeThis unit is intended for people preparing to develop landscape design proposals for residential sites. People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify the elements and their sequencing in a specification for landscape work; explain the scope and application of factors influencing a specification for landscape work; and compile a specification for the landscape work on a defined residential site.Subfield / Horticulture
Domain / Landscape
Status / Registered
Status date / 25 September 2006
Date version published / 25 September 2006
Planned review date / 31 December 2011
Entry information / Open.
Replacement information / This unit standard replaced unit standard 12492.
Accreditation / Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA, industry and teaching professional in the same field from another provider.
Standard setting body (SSB) / Primary Industry Training Organisation
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference / 0032
This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
1Workplace procedures refer to verbal or written instructions to staff on procedures for the worksite and equipment.
2The New Zealand Standard applicable to this unit standard is: NZS 3902:2004 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract, available from
3Landscape design covers the development of design solutions for simple, single occupier residential sites.
4Design enterprise standards and/or procedures may include but are not limited to quality assurance, documentation, security, communication, health and safety, ethics, interpersonal behaviour and design. An acceptable standard would be comparable to ISO9000 certified enterprises and /or organisations, and those standards set by an incorporated professional or trade body such as Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand or New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects.
5Legislation relevant to the client’s needs and requirements may include but is not limited to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Building Act 2004, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1986, Privacy Act 1993, Resource Management Act 1991, Soil Conservation and River Control Act 1941, Fencing Act 1978, and Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.
6Case studies may be used as the basis for this unit standard.
Elements and performance criteria
Identify the elements and their sequencing in a specification for landscape work.
1.1The elements of a specification for landscape work are identified and the purpose of each element described in accordance with the procedures of the design enterprise and NZS 3902:2004.
1.2The format and element sequencing described for development of specifications conforms to design enterprise procedures.
Explain the scope and application of factors influencing a specification for landscape work.
2.1The general scope and application of Acts, Regulations and Orders applying to the specification of landscape work are described in précis form.
Rangeincluding but not limited to – Building Act 2004, Soil Conservation and River Control Act 1941, Fencing Act 1978, Resource Management Act 1991, Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.
2.2The role of Territorial Authorities in relation to landscape work is described in terms of their provision of advisory services and monitoring of work.
2.3The function of providers of services and products for landscape work is described in terms of the way that work is documented in a specification.
Rangemay include but is not limited to – provision of information on products and services, provision of technical support, provision of on-site services.
Compile a specification for the landscape work on a defined residential site.
3.1Procedures are undertaken to monitor and ensure quality assurance according to NZS 3902:2004.
3.2Specification details requirements for completion of all work defined as part of the landscape project in accordance with industry procedures.
Rangemay include but is not limited to – material and product quality, standards for completion of work, procedures for monitoring achievement of standards, post-completion maintenance.
3.3Procedures used in development of the specification ensure it forms an integral part of design documentation for the project in accordance with industry standards.
Providers must be accredited by the Qualifications Authority, or an inter-institutional body with delegated authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by the Qualifications Authority before they can register credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
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