# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Horticulture Sciences Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Horticulture Sciences (8034/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/lab instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Gaining an Overview of the Horticulture Industry

  1. Follow safety procedures in the horticulture industry.
  2. Outline the scope of the horticulture industry.
  3. Research career opportunities in the horticulture industry.

Selecting, Operating, and Maintaining Greenhouses

  1. Describe factors to consider when planning a greenhouse.
  2. Identify a variety of greenhouses, their components, and other protected structures.
  3. Identify a variety of greenhouse environmental controls.
  4. Describe procedures for greenhouse structural and equipment maintenance.

Applying Science to Horticulture

  1. Describe plant taxonomy.
  2. Analyze plant anatomy and physiology.
  3. Define the characteristics of soil and soilless substrates.
  4. Describe nutrition management practices.
  5. Compare irrigation system options.
  6. Describe how environmental factors affect plant growth.
  7. Describe plant propagation methods.
  8. Demonstrate plant propagation.

Investigating the Floral Industry

  1. Identify floriculture crops.
  2. Produce a floriculture crop.
  3. Design interior plantings.
  4. Design floral arrangements.

Investigating the Landscaping Industry

  1. Identify landscape plants.
  2. Design landscapes.
  3. Construct landscapes.
  4. Identify landscape maintenance tasks.

Investigating the Turf Grass Industry

  1. Identify turfgrass species.
  2. Outline aspects of the turfgrass industry.
  3. Describe the procedures for establishing turf.
  4. Maintain turf.

Investigating Pest Management

  1. Identify plant pests.
  2. Interpret pesticide labels.
  3. Interpret safety data sheets (SDS).
  4. Identify safety issues in pest management.
  5. Identify pest management programs for horticulture crops.
  6. Explain the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  7. Explain the differences between biotic and abiotic issues in pest management.

Investigating Fruit and Vegetable Production

  1. Identify vegetable crops.
  2. Plan a vegetable garden site.
  3. Produce vegetables.
  4. Identify fruit and nut crops.
  5. Plan a fruit garden, orchard, nut tree nursery, or vineyard.
  6. Produce fruit crops.
  7. Describe additional horticultural methods used for flower, vegetable, and fruit production.