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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Webinar
Basic GAP On-Farm Food Safety Training & Regional Independent Verifier Certification
July 9 and 10, 2015

Two, three-hour sessions, taking place each day.
Session One: Start Time: 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) End Time: 2:00 p.m.
Session Two: Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) End Time: 12:00 p.m.

This webinar will be given in one day in two parts; each part 3 hours in duration with a one and a half hour break in the middle. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Please Note: Participants from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota can take this course for FREE.

This 200 level webinar training course will prepare participants to become Regional Independent Verifiers (RIVs). Organic inspectors are uniquely positioned to comprehend what is required for 2nd party verification. The course instruction is designed to build an understanding of factors affecting food safety, how risk is managed on farms producing fresh produce for direct sales to consumers. Participants in the webinar will also learn the requirements of conducting a 2nd party food safety audits.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including: farmer self-inspection preparation, traceability, ground history, adjacent land, fertilizer and crop nutrition, irrigation and water use, crop protection, field worker hygiene, and harvesting practices. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations and tools associated with Local Farmer Verification Guidelines.

This course is highly recommended for experienced organic inspectors, handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as a Regional Independent Verifier. This course is also geared to prepare those who are working in the organic sector to become more familiar with food safety issues on fresh ready to eat fruit and vegetable farms.

To participate in this webinar training you must complete the following three steps:

Step 1: Apply to see if you qualify as an RIV by filling out the RIV application go to: http://www.ioia.net/app_access.html when completed email to jcrosby@mt.net

Step 2: To register for the July 9 & 10, 2015 course, click here.

Step 3: To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here.

Cost for the webinar:
$400 for IOIA members
$450 for non-members
FREE to participants from: MT, SD, ND, WY and ID

Alternate Payment Plan:
Checks or Money Orders must be made out to:
International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Scheduling: The course may require up to 4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, approximately 1 hour to complete the mid course exercise, and 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

For the July 9 & 10 Webinar: Pre-course exercises will be due July 2, 2015 at noon. The mid-course assignment is due on July 9 by 8pm (PDT) and the webinar exam will be due July 17, 2015 at midnight.

The RIV course is open only to those with previous audit experience. Participants who do not meet the acceptance criteria can qualify by taking additional in-person training. Preparatory training is also available for those without previous inspection or audit experience. Those without inspection background are expected to conduct follow-up witness audits, either with approved RIVs or third party food safety auditors. The course is recommended for organic inspectors or those with combined training and background in vegetable or fruit production systems and training in food safety such as HACCP, GAP, GMP. Other qualifying skills include auditing, food science, non-GMO and humane animal inspection.

This course is comprised of 4 components: self-study, the webinar, a mid course practice assignment, and a post course exam. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore food safety resources and practice RIV audit components. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Regional Independent Verifier On-Farm Food Safety Training Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Regional Independent Verifier On-Farm Food Safety Training Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
2. Participate in the Webinar, and complete the mid course assignment.
3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.
All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.
The two webinar sessions are each 3- hours long, with an hour and a half break between sessions to complete the mid course exercises.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

The IOIA Trainers for this webinar are Karen Troxell, and Jonda Crosby. Karen is a co-founder of The Organic Consulting Firm, and brings a wealth of practical experience in the organic industry. She has worked in all fields of the organic industry from raising organic crops and livestock to managing organic processing plants. Karen is active in today’s organic certification industry, working as a consultant, inspector and reviewer for several certification agencies. Jonda’s broad experiences include: organic inspector, Co-owner of a certified organic farm, Co-founder of Big Sky Organic Feed, Executive Director (AERO MT based non profit), Cooperative Extension both Pennsylvania and New York State, and Vo Ag teacher New York State. Jonda recently completed extensive food safety training to become a PrimusLabs GAP Auditor and HACCP, USDA Group GAP & GHP, Cornell Cooperative Extension GAP and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing. For more information about the course trainers, Karen Troxell or Jonda Crosby click on their names.


IOIA Webinar
Grower Group Inspection and Certification
July 13, 2015

Two, two hour sessions, both taking place on July 13, 2015.

Session One:
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 10:00 a.m.
Session Two:
Start Time:  3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time:  5:00 p.m.

Course Description:
IOIA Organic Grower Group Inspection and Certification webinar is an advanced 300 level IOIA Training Institute course. This webinar will be presented in two, two hour sessions, both executed in the same day. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

This course will focus on organic Grower Group certification and inspection. The first webinar session will cover the history and background of Grower Group certification and will describe in detail the current requirements based on the NOSB 2002 and 2008 recommendations. The second webinar session will provide training on how to prepare, conduct and report an organic inspection of a Grower Group. Experienced IOIA Trainer and inspector, Luis Brenes of Costa Rica, will present the course.

This webinar is designed for inspectors, reviewers, and others interested in learning about Grower Group organic inspection. The training is highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff.

Cost for the Webinar is:  $350, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register for the Webinar : click here

Webinar Payment Options:

The course is comprised of 4 components:  self-study, webinar, group exercise, and a final exam. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar and encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to Grower Group inspection requirements. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with a short exam to evaluate individual learning.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due July 9, 2015 at midnight. The webinar exam will be due July 20, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Grower Group Inspection and Certification. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for Grower Group Inspection and Certification, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
1.  Successfully complete the Pre-course and Group Assignments,
2.  Participate in the webinar, and
3.  Receive a passing grade on the Exam.

All other participants will receive a "Letter of Participation".

More about the Course Trainer:                                            

Luis Brenes is an organic inspector and trainer that also dedicates time being a post-grad professor and an organic compliance consultant. With 18 years of experience as an accredited organic, inspector, he has audited farms and food processing facilities throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Married and father of four, Luis is an agronomist with post-graduate studies in tropical Crop Protection that served as an organic extension and on-farm research agent. He also served as E.D. of the National Association for Organic Agriculture of Costa Rica, and as an IOIA BOD member and Chair.


NOP Organic Crop Standards
Dates: September 9 & 11, 2015

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 12:00 p.m.

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

The NOP Organic Crop Standards webinar is a 100 level course and is designed to prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Crop Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for crop production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations.

This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. It is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer.

Experienced IOIA Trainer and organic inspector Garry Lean, and/or IOIA Executive Director Margaret Scoles will present the course. Garry and Margaret have over 40 years of organic inspection and teaching experience, farm and ranch ownership/management and formal agricultural training in agroecology, soils and agronomy.

Cost for the Webinar: $350, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register for the Webinar please click here.

To pay for the webinar:
To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here.
To pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

The course is comprised of 3 components: self-study, webinar, and evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar and encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the NOP website applicable to organic crop standards. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due September 7, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due September 18, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Crop Standards Training. Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for NOP Organic Crop Standards Training, to document their attendance.


Basic GAP On-Farm Food Safety Training and
Regional Independent Verifier Certification
September 25, 2015

Start time: 8:00 a.m. (PDT)
End Time: 3:30 p.m. (PDT)

This webinar will be given in one day in two parts; each part 3 hours in duration with a one and a half hour break in the middle. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Please Note: Participants from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota can take this course for FREE.

This 200 level webinar training course will prepare participants to become Regional Independent Verifiers (RIVs). Organic inspectors are uniquely positioned to comprehend what is required for 2nd party verification. The course instruction is designed to build an understanding of factors affecting food safety, how risk is managed on farms producing fresh produce for direct sales to consumers. Participants in the webinar will also learn the requirements of conducting a 2nd party food safety audits.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including: farmer self-inspection preparation, traceability, ground history, adjacent land, fertilizer and crop nutrition, irrigation and water use, crop protection, field worker hygiene, and harvesting practices. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations and tools associated with Local Farmer Verification Guidelines.

This course is highly recommended for experienced organic inspectors, handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as a Regional Independent Verifier. This course is also geared to prepare those who are working in the organic sector to become more familiar with food safety issues on fresh ready to eat fruit and vegetable farms.

To participate in this webinar training you must complete the following three steps:

Step 1: Apply to see if you qualify as an RIV by filling out the RIV application go to: http://www.ioia.net/app_access.html when completed email to jcrosby@mt.net

Step 2: To register for the September 25, 2015 course click here. http://ganconferencing.qualitywebconference.com/register/54191418330161

Step 3: To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here.

Cost for the webinar:
$400 for IOIA members
$450 for non members
FREE for participants from MT, SD, ND, WY and ID

Alternate Payment Plan:
Checks or Money Orders must be made out to:
International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Scheduling: The course may require up to 4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, approximately 1 hour to complete the mid course exercise, and 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

For the September 25 Webinar: Pre-course exercises will be due September 18, 2015 at noon. The mid-course assignment is due during the break between webinar presentations and the webinar exam will be due October 2, 2015 at midnight.

The RIV course is open only to those with previous audit experience. Participants who do not meet the acceptance criteria can qualify by taking additional in-person training. Preparatory training is also available for those without previous inspection or audit experience. Those without inspection background are expected to conduct follow-up witness audits, either with approved RIVs or third party food safety auditors. The course is recommended for organic inspectors or those with combined training and background in vegetable or fruit production systems and training in food safety such as HACCP, GAP, GMP. Other qualifying skills include auditing, food science, non-GMO and humane animal inspection.

This course is comprised of 4 components: self-study, the webinar, a mid course practice assignment, and a post course exam. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore food safety resources and practice RIV audit components. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Regional Independent Verifier On-Farm Food Safety Training Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Regional Independent Verifier On-Farm Food Safety Training Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
2. Participate in the Webinar, and complete the mid course assignment.
3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.
All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.
The two webinar sessions are each 3- hours long, with an hour and a half break between to complete the mid course exercises.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

The IOIA Trainers for this webinar are Karen Troxell, and Jonda Crosby. Karen is a co-founder of The Organic Consulting Firm, and brings a wealth of practical experience in the organic industry. She has worked in all fields of the organic industry from raising organic crops and livestock to managing organic processing plants. Karen is active in today’s organic certification industry, working as a consultant, inspector and reviewer for several certification agencies. Jonda’s broad experiences include: organic inspector, Co-owner of a certified organic farm, Co-founder of Big Sky Organic Feed, Executive Director (AERO MT based non profit), Cooperative Extension both Pennsylvania and New York State, and Vo Ag teacher New York State. Jonda recently completed extensive food safety training to become a PrimusLabs GAP Auditor and HACCP, USDA Group GAP & GHP, Cornell Cooperative Extension GAP and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing. For more information about the course trainers, Karen Troxell or Jonda Crosby click on their names.


IOIA Training Webinar
IOIA/COTA Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard
October 6 and 8, 2015

Start time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. Enrollment is limited to 20.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

This 100 level webinar training course will cover the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) as it pertains to processing operations. The training will prepare participants to verify compliance with the COR Processing Standard. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. It is also highly recommended for working inspectors and reviewers who have taken a basic processing inspection course to a standard other than the COR.  It is also recommended for organic handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff. This course can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer. The presenter is experienced organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, Kelly A. Monaghan.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards (aka “the Standard” - CAN/CGSB-32.310) and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists (aka “the PSL” - CAN/CGSB-32.311). Participants will gain skill in navigating the Organic Products Regulations as well as the Standard and PSL, understanding the labeling rules, inspection and certification requirements. It will also cover the issues relating to Canada’s two equivalency arrangements with the USA and the EU.

Cost for Webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non-IOIA members

Payment for the Webinar:
To pay for a webinar with PayPal, please click here.
Checks or Money Orders must be made out to: International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Registration:
To register:  Register Here

The course is comprised of 3 components:  self-study, webinar, and evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar and encourages participants to prepare and explore a resources related to COR crop standards. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due October 2, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due October 15, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA/COTA Certificate of Completion for Canadian Organic Regime Processing Standard. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments, the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation for Canadian Organic Regime Processing Standard to document their participation.