Our Mission: To address issues and concerns relevant to organic inspectors, to provide quality inspector training, and
to promote consistency and integrity in the organic certification process.


IOIA Onsite Training Schedule


January 25, 2019 Guelph, Ontario, CANADA, Advanced Inspector Training Course

IOIA will sponsor Advanced Inspector Training in conjunction with the Guelph Organic Conference. The training will be held at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Center.

This training will include a review of key updates and revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards, with Hugh Martin (ON), Chair of the CGSB Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture. Tim Rundle (BC), General Manager of Creative Salmon Co, Ltd. and the chair of the Pacific Organic Seafood Association, will walk through the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard – CGSB 32.312 and provide a status update on organic aquaculture in Canada, followed by a facilitated discussion on Aquaponics. Creative Salmon was Canada’s first salmon producer to achieve organic certification. John Warner (ON), an IOIA inspector member currently working with Canopy Growth Corporation, will speak on Cannabis Production and Certification. Cannabis can now be certified organic in Canada, based on recent legalization.

Joel Aitken (ON), IOIA Inspector member, will address the prickly issue of the Use of Unlisted Sanitizers and Cleaners. "Inspector's Corner" presentations will include Rochelle Eisen (BC) "Travels with Rochelle – Inspector Thoughts on the Road” and Monique Scholz (QC) on “Songbird Conservation & Haying Practices". "Jiminy Cricket! Organic Insects" regarding what’s new with organic insect certification rounds out the agenda.

On Saturday January 26th IOIA will host an informal reception for training participants and other IOIA members at the main conference location. Join us at The Brass Taps Pub at University Centre from 4-5:30 p.m. 

Deadline to apply is January 4, 2019. Registration fee is $300 CAD, including lunch, with a $25 discount for IOIA members. CSI and Pro-Cert are sponsors of the event. All inspectors who work for them are eligible for another $25 discount per certifier.

The training ends at 4 p.m. to allow participants to make their way to the annual Guelph banquet.

Advance Training Agenda

For more information and to register


February 27 - March 1 - Advanced Training in Mexico

In conjunction with IOIA's Annual General Meeting. Please see our AGM page for full info and to register.


April 8 - 12, 2019 Wimberley, Texas, IOIA Basic Crop and Processing Training

IOIA Basic Organic Crop and Processing inspection trainings will be held April 8 – 12, 2019 at CYJ Texas Retreat and Conference Center, Wimberley, Texas. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.

The CYJ Texas Retreat and Conference Center is located in historic Wimberley in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just 40 minutes south of Austin and 1 hour from San Antonio.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE BASIC TRAINING IS FEBRUARY 22, 2019.

Detailed info here

IOIA Basic Crop Inspection Training, 04/08 – 04/12/2019 – REGISTER HERE

IOIA Basic Processing Inspection Training, 04/08 – 04/12/2019 – REGISTER HERE


IOIA Basic Trainings 2019

The training schedule for 2019 is being established and finalized. In the meantime, IOIA would like you to know the locations of trainings in development. This is not a complete list for 2019, but just a beginning list of basic trainings IOIA will offer.

Marin County, California – Basic Crop & Basic Livestock Training – June 2019

Coralville, Iowa  - Basic Crop Training & Basic Livestock Training - August  2019

Please watch the IOIA website for updates and further details in the weeks to come. For further details please email IOIA Training Assistant, Teri Lindberg at ioiassistant@rangeweb.net.