RBC3001: Export inspection of raw baled cotton

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This course has been designed for Authorised Officer (AO) candidates wanting to perform inspections of raw baled cotton for export.

Prior to undertaking inspections of raw baled cotton for export, you must be appropriately trained, deemed competent and appointed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for the job function RBC3001: Export inspection of raw baled cotton.

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 raw baled cotton for export
  • comply with legislation, organisational and industry standards
  • understand the hazards and risks involved in the inspection of raw baled cotton, in regards to work health and safety and the environment
  • understand your role and responsibilities as an AO, in performing inspections of raw baled cotton for export.

Course Requirements

eLearning (Approximately 6.25 hours)

The eLearning has been designed to give candidates a broad overview of plant exports, prior to 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 raw baled cotton for export—stakeholder roles and responsibilities, pre-inspection requirements and inspection procedures (approximately 45 minutes).

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 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 an assessment.

Refer to the RBC3001 Candidate Advice for more detailed information about the assessment competencies and requirements.


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Candidate advice: RBC3001 Export Inspection of raw baled cotton PDF  7 236 KB
Candidate advice: RBC3001 Export Inspection of raw baled cotton DOCX  7 150 KB

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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.


This job function has no pre-requisites to enrolment.


On successful completion of the course, you will receive an Instrument of Appointment accrediting you in the job function RBC3001: Export inspection of raw baled cotton, permitting you to inspect this commodity for export, 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, in consultation with a Plant Export Assessor
  • Competency based assessment – will take place at an export registered establishment, registered for packing/inspecting cotton, to be arranged by the candidate.

Commencement Date

You can commence the eLearning at 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.


Fees and charges apply to becoming an AO and maintaining your AO appointment. Further information about AO fees and charges is available on the department’s website.

Further Information

Email: Plant Export Training

Phone: 1800 851 305

Related Courses

ECI3001: Export inspection of empty containers​

Note: Candidates are not required to complete these courses to become appointed in the RBC3001 job function. 

Related Instructional Material

For more detailed information about this job function, please refer to the instructional material under the Product Inspection: Raw Baled Cotton section in the Plant Export Operations Manual.

Last reviewed: 31 August 2021
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