ECI3001: Export inspection of empty containers

[expand all]


This course has been designed for Authorised Officer (AO) candidates wanting to perform inspections of empty shipping containers that will be used for the export of prescribed goods.

Prior to undertaking inspections of empty containers for export, you must be appropriately trained, deemed competent and appointed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for the job function ECI3001: Export inspection of empty containers.

The learning and assessment methods for this course include:

  • eLearning
  • Mandatory facilitated training
  • Competency based assessment.

Learning Outcomes

A working knowledge of export inspection requirements, procedures and techniques is fundamental for AOs carrying out this job function.

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively:

  • conduct, document and record inspections of empty containers
  • comply with legislation, organisational and industry standards
  • understand the hazards and risks involved in the physical inspection of empty containers, in regards to work health and safety and the environment
  • understand your role and responsibilities as an AO, in performing inspections of empty containers for export.

Course Requirements

eLearning (Approximately 8 hours)

The eLearning has been designed to give candidates a broad overview of plant exports, prior to the mandatory commencing facilitated training.

Completing the eLearning prior to commencing facilitated training is recommended, as it allows candidates to focus on applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding of the eLearning to ‘real-world’ problems and scenarios covered during the facilitated training.

The eLearning includes:

  • Plant export essentials—an introduction to plants and plant product exports, plant export legislation, work health and safety, communication, making good decisions, export treatments, and importing country requirements (approximately 5.5 hours).
  • Conducting inspections of empty containers for export—pre-inspection, inspection, common pests, auditing and verification of AOs (approximately 2.5 hours).

Note: If you have successfully completed the plant export essentials through eLearning for another job function, you will not be required to repeat this eLearning.

Mandatory facilitated training (Approximately 6 hours)

After enrolling in the eLearning, you are required to participate in theoretical and practical facilitated training delivered by a department Plant Export Assessor (PEA) to further develop your skills and knowledge.

The combination of the eLearning, instructional material published on the Plant Export Operations Manual and facilitated training, will develop your understanding of your role and responsibilities as an AO when performing this job function.

Competency based assessment (Approximately 2.5 hours)

After completing the eLearning and facilitated training, you are required to demonstrate your competency to a PEA, through theoretical and practical assessments.

More information about the assessment competencies and requirements is available in the ECI3001 Candidate Advice on the Plant Export Operations Manual.


Following successful completion of the course, and being deemed competent by a PEA, you must:

  • maintain ongoing competency
  • carry out this job function in line with the relevant policies and procedures
  • be audited by the department
  • participate in additional training and assessment as required.


There are no pre-requisites to enrolling in the course, however you may require a Marine Security Identification Card (MSIC) if inspections take place at a wharf.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive an Instrument of Appointment accrediting you in the job function ECI3001: Export inspection of empty containers and permitting you to inspect empty containers, to be used for the export of prescribed goods, on behalf of the department.

Course Duration

This course is flexible and the duration varies significantly from person to person. The duration of each course requirement (outlined under Course Requirements) is a guide only and you are encouraged to only nominate for an assessment when you determine you are ready.


  • eLearning – online
  • Mandatory facilitated training – will take place at a location of the candidate’s choosing
  • Competency based assessment – will take place at a registered establishment (or wharf), to be arranged by the candidate. The candidate must also arrange access to an empty container to complete the assessment.

Commencement Date

You can commence the eLearning once you have been enrolled in it, however facilitated training will take place at a date arranged by the candidate and the department, depending on demand.


$1750 (incl GST) per new or additional job function application. This will cover your eLearning, facilitated training and competency assessments for up to five job functions (per application). You will be sent an invoice once you have been enrolled into eLearning.

For new applicants, this fee is in addition to your $250 (incl GST) AO application fee.

More information about AO fees and charges is available here.

Further Information

Refer to the Authorised Officer page on the department’s website for further information and how to apply.

Email: Plant Export Training

Phone: 1800 851 305

Related Courses

Related Instructional Material

For more detailed information about this job function, please refer to the instructional material under the Transport Unit: Empty Container Inspection section in the Plant Export Operations Manual.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
Thanks for your feedback.
Thanks! Your feedback has been submitted.

We aren't able to respond to your individual comments or questions.
To contact us directly phone us or submit an online inquiry

Please verify that you are not a robot.