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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Self-Directed Training
200 level IOIA/AGA Grassfed Dairy Inspection Training for Organic Inspectors

This course was developed by IOIA with the American Grassfed Association to prepare experienced organic dairy inspectors to perform an “add-on” AGA inspection at the same time as an organic inspection, or as a stand-alone AGA inspection.

Each participant is required to complete a pre-course assignment, assessing their familiarity with organic dairy inspection. There are two pre-recorded webinars. The first session provides an overview of the AGA standard and where it is the same or different from the NOP. The second session provides resources and tools to aid the organic dairy inspector in conducting a pasture based and animal welfare focused dairy inspection. Each participant can complete these on their own timeline and at their own convenience, provided the entire course is completed in about one month. The course concludes with a written exam following the second webinar recording.

Upon successful completion of the exam, the inspector is approved by AGA to perform these AGA inspections. This course would also be useful in understanding the resources and activities related to any grass-based livestock operation. The course focuses primarily on dairy cattle. Dairy goats and sheep are included. Participants will learn AGA meat standards, since some organic dairies may also want to sell cull females and male animals as AGA meat. Dairy farm transition, production and animal handling standards are discussed as well as tools and resources to assess compliance. The acceptance materials for the course include the AGA standards, the AGA on-site inspection checklist, a list of resources, and a sample “animal status inventory worksheet” for use by the dairy farmer and/or the inspector to keep track of the NOP and AGA status of animals on the farm. It is expected that performing these add-on inspections at the same time as the NOP inspection will take approximately an extra hour.

This course is presented by experienced IOIA Trainer Harriet Behar.

Cost of this self-directed course is $350 for members and $375 for non-members.

If you are interested in more information or to register, please contact ioia@rangeweb.net.   


IOIA Webinar
Inadequate Procedures When Using Uncertified Vendors – is this Organic?
A Risk-Based Approach
September 7, 2018

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

This webinar will be given in one session, and is three hours in duration. Enrollment is limited to 20.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

The “Inadequate Procedures When Using Uncertified Vendors – Is this Organic? A Risk-Based Approach” webinar is a 300 level course and is designed as an advanced training for experienced organic processing inspectors, reviewers and program leaders of certifying agencies.  If you are not currently working as a reviewer or inspector of processing facilities, please contact IOIA to discuss acceptance into the course.

Presenting the webinar is experienced organic inspector Silke Fuchshofen.  Silke holds a BSc. in International Agriculture and has been an independent full time organic and non-GMO Project processing inspector since 2008.  The webinar training material developed by Silke is based on five years of observations and development of a methodology to address this issue in the framework of an organic inspection.

When purchased by an uncertified distributor, organic products leave the oversight given through organic certification and later come back under organic certification when purchased by a certified entity. This presentation focuses on the many shortcomings of the procedures inspectors can encounter around this point of re-entry into the certified organic supply chain.

The webinar presentation brings awareness to a too-often overlooked area. It is organized around four concrete examples, works with partial audit trails and procedure diagrams.  

This webinar training course will focus on topics including:

At the conclusion of the webinar participants will have better tools for communicating with the client, a heightened awareness of problems with receiving procedures, more skills to probe receiving procedure systems, a thorough understanding of the elements for a solid receiving procedure and they will be more capable in identifying, selecting and completing risk based trace back audits during the inspection.

Cost for the Webinar: 

$175 for IOIA members
$200 for non-IOIA members

REGISTER HERE

To Pay for the webinar with PayPal or a Credit Card, please click here.

The course is comprised of 2 components:  self-study pre-course and the webinar. The self-study component includes exercises that must be completed and submitted before the course begins. The pre-course exercises are designed to help participants prepare for the webinar. The  pre-course exercises will not be graded.  The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. 

Scheduling: The course may require 2 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar.

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements, including turning in the pre-course assignment and attending the webinar will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion.

Letters of Participation:  Participants who attend the webinar but opt out of the assignment submission or who do not meet the criteria to participate in a 300-level course, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
Open Enrollment NOP Processing Standards
September 18 & 21, 2018


This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration.

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific) 10am MT, 11am CT, 12pm ET
End Time: 12:00 pm (Pacific) 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-course: Noon, September 14, 2018
Mid-Course: Noon, September 20, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, September 28, 2018

This basic 100 level webinar training course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Processing Standards. The course is designed as an essential session for the Processing Inspector or Reviewer.

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

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the National List of approved ingredients both natural and synthetic. It will also cover labeling, inspection, and certification requirements. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations. The training includes pre-course mid-course, 5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post course exam.

The IOIA Trainer for this webinar is Luis Brenes. Luis has 19 years of experience as an accredited organic inspector and has audited farms and food processing facilities throughout NorthAmerica, LatinAmerica, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Cost for the webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non IOIA members

To pay for the 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.

To register:  REGISTER HERE

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA NOP Organic Processing Standards 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 NOP Organic Processing Standards 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. Participation in the Webinar, and mid course homework.
  3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.

All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.

The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.


IOIA/COTA Webinar
Open Enrollment IOIA/COTA COR Processing Standards
September 25 & October 2, 2018

This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration.

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific) 10am MT, 11am CT, 12pm ET
End Time: 12:00 pm (Pacific) 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, September 21, 2018
Mid-Course: Noon, September 28, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, October 9, 2018

This 100 level webinar training course will cover the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) as it pertains to processing operations. The training prepares 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 course will focus on topics including the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards -The Standard and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists. 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:
$300 for IOIA and COTA members
$325 for IOIA members
$325 for COTA members
$350 for non-IOIA and non-COTA members

REGISTER HERE

To pay for the 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.

The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.


IOIA Webinar
NOP Crop Standards
October 1 & 4, 2018

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.

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 for non-members
$325 for IOIA members

To Register: click here

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please  click here.  Or 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 4 components:  self-study pre-course, mid-course, the webinar, and an exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted for grading. The pre and mid course exercises encourage 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 the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, an 1 ½ hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:

Pre-course due Noon, September 28, 2018
Mid-course due Noon, October 3, 2018
Final Exam due Midnight, October 11, 2018

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Crop Standards Training.

Letters of Participation:  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.

IOIA Webinar
Residue Sampling and Responding to Test Results
October 15 & 17, 2018

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (PDT)
End Time: 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

This is a two session webinar, 2 hours each session.

There are two registration options:


Webinar Assignment Deadlines:

Pre-Course: Noon, October 11, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, October 24, 2018

IOIA Residue Sampling and Responding to Test Results Webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. This webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to comply with the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program final rule on residue sampling. Published November 2012, the rule requires sampling of at least 5% of certified operations annually. The course will cover all relevant NOP regulations and Program Handbook documents, including a discussion of fumigants used in imported shipments and at ports of entry. The roles of certifiers and inspectors will be discussed, as samples are followed through the entire process: setting up a residue sampling program, creating a sampling plan, providing inspectors with sampling directions, communicating between the certifier and the inspector, taking an appropriate sample in the field, maintaining the integrity of the sample, and responding to the results of sample analysis. Practical how-to tips, certifier interviews, and video content are included. The course will cover the sampling of organic crops before and after harvest. References to information on sampling soil and water will also be provided.  The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Standards and organic inspection or certification review. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and are already working as inspectors or reviewers.

Presenters are:

This course is comprised of 3 components: self-study, webinar, and exam. The self-study component includes reading and exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources including the NOP requirements. 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 in this webinar training designed for the experienced Inspector or Reviewer will:

Scheduling: The course may require 3-5 hours to complete self-study pre-course reading and exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due October 11, 2018 at noon. The webinar exam will be due October 24, 2018 at midnight.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, but have not completed an IOIA Inspection Training, please contact IOIA before registering.

Cost for Webinar (2 sessions):

$275 for participants who are members of both OTA & IOIA
$300 for IOIA members
$325 for non IOIA members

To pay for a webinar with PayPal or a credit card, please click here.

REGISTER HERE

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA 200 level Residue Sampling 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 Residue Sampling Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

About the Course Presenters:

Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel is OTA's Farm Policy Director where he provides staff support to OTA's Farmer Advisory Council, on-the-ground outreach to OTA's organic farmer membership community, and analysis of policy issues that affect organic crop and livestock producers. Prior to his current position, Nathaniel served as Certification Coordinator for Washington State Dept. of Agriculture's organic certification program where he managed WSDA's material review program and gained certification experience in all scopes of organic production. Nathaniel’s responsibilities at WSDA also included coordination of their periodic residue sampling program. Nathaniel holds a Bachelor’s of Science from The Evergreen State College with a focus in agricultural science and organic chemistry.  

Nathaniel and his wife have managed their own farm for the over a decade growing certified organic pastured broilers, egg layers, sheep and cattle.


Nathaniel Powell-Palm

An IOIA accredited inspector, Nate first landed in the world of organics when he applied for and received certification from the Montana Dept of Agriculture in 2008. He currently farms organic grains, grazes organic cattle, and is working to find that perfect dryland crop rotation. Since 2012, Nate has worked as an organic farm and livestock inspector, adding the processing scope in 2013. He has worked as a full time inspector since 2014, conducting inspections year round since then, including the collection of dozens of samples for multiple certifiers. In 2017, he joined IOIA’s training team.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Montana State University.


IOIA/OMRI Webinar
NOP Processing Input Materials
October 18, 2018

This webinar is one session that is 3 hours in duration.

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific) 10am MT, 11am CT, 12pm ET
End Time: 12:00 pm (Pacific) 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, October 12, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, October 25, 2018

IOIA/OMRI Processing Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Processing Standards and processing inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Processing course or the IOIA 100-level NOP Basic Processing Standards webinar course. Previous IOIA/OMRI crop, livestock and processing input material webinars have been evaluated very well by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff.

OMRI will provide the technical expertise of lead presenter Johanna Mirenda, OMRI Technical Director.

Participants will increase skills in what a processing inspector should look for during inspections and gain understanding of input assessment by examining how the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) evaluates input materials.

If you are interested in the course but have not completed the IOIA Basic Processing Inspection Training course or the IOIA 100 Level NOP Basic Processing Standards webinar course, please contact IOIA before registering.

Cost for the webinar is:
$250 for IOIA members and OMRI subscribers
$275 for IOIA members or OMRI subscribers
$300 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers


To Register: REGISTER HERE

To pay for the 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.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI Processing Inputs Webinar: Certificate of Completion. Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI Processing Inputs Webinar: Letter of Participation to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
100 Level - Open Enrollment NOP Livestock Standards
October 23 & 26, 2018.

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.

The webinar is a 100 level course that will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Livestock Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for livestock 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, will present the course.

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

REGISTER HERE

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

Or 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 4 components: self-study pre-course, mid-course exercises, the webinar, and an exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted for grading. The pre and mid courses are designed to encourage participants to prepare and explore resources on the NOP website applicable to organic livestock 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 the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, and 1 ½ hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-course due noon, October 19.
Mid-course due noon, October 25.
Final Exam due midnight, November 2.

Certificates: who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Livestock Standards Training.

Letters of Participation: 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 Livestock Standards Training, to document their attendance.


IOIA/OMRI Webinar
IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials
November 6, 2018

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

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, November 2, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, November 13, 2018

This is a 3 hour webinar. Enrollment: limited to 20.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of COR Processing and Handling  Standards and processing inspection or certification.

Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Processing course or the IOIA 100-level COR Basic Processing Standards webinar course. Previous IOIA/OMRI crop, livestock and processing input material webinars have been evaluated very highly by inspectors, reviewers, and certification agency staff.

OMRI will provide the expertise of lead presenter Johanna Mirenda, OMRI Technical Director.

Participants in this webinar training for experienced Processing and Handling Inspector or Reviewer will:

  1. Increase skills in what an inspector should look for during inspections related to input materials, and
  2. Gain understanding of input material assessment by examining how the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) evaluates input materials. 

Cost for Webinar:
$250 for participants who are both an IOIA member and an OMRI subscriber
$275 for participants who are either an IOIA member or an OMRI subscriber
$300 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers (registration includes a subscription to OMRI) 

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.

To register:  REGISTER HERE

This course is comprised of 3 components:  pre-course self-study, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The webinar components 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.  Pre-course self-study exercises will be due at noon November 2, 2018. The webinar final exam will be due November 13, 2018 at midnight.

If you are interested in participating in the course, but have not completed an IOIA Basic COR Processing regulation course or the IOIA 100-level COR Basic Processing Standards Webinar course, please contact IOIA before registering.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
100 Level COR Crop Standards
November 13 & 16, 2018

This webinar is a two part series and each session is 3 hours in duration.

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific) 10am MT, 11am CT, 12pm ET
End Time: 12:00 pm (Pacific) 1pm MT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, November 9, 2018 
Mid-Course: Noon, November 15, 2018 
Final Exam: Midnight, November 23, 2018 

This 100 level webinar training course will cover the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) as it pertains to crop operations. The training will prepare participants to verify compliance with the COR Crop Standard. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers and for working inspectors and reviewers who have taken a basic crop 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, Lisa Pierce, British Columbia, Canada.

This Webinar Training course will cover the areas of inquiry and potential issues when verifying organic crops to meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime.

Participants will gain skill in navigating the key documents of the Canada Organic Regime as they relate to crops: the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists. Also included are references for crop inspectors, understanding the labeling rules and a review of Canada’s equivalency arrangements with other countries.

Cost for the webinar is:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non-IOIA members

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

To pay with PayPal, click here.

To Register: REGISTER HERE


IOIA Webinar
Livestock Feed Audits, Grazing and Non Grazing Season
December 3 & 5, 2018

This webinar is two sessions, each 2.5 hours in duration.

Start Time: 10:00 am (Pacific) 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET
End Time: 12:30 pm (Pacific) 1:30 pm MT, 2:30 pm CT, 3:30 pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:

Pre-Course: Noon, November 30, 2018
Mid-Course: Noon, December 4, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, December 12, 2018

This 200 level course is geared for inspectors, reviewers and organic program managers with an understanding of livestock inspection and review. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course if they have not taken the Basic IOIA Livestock Inspection course or a 100-level Livestock Standards Webinar.

Livestock Feed Audits will be taught by experienced organic inspectors Jonda Crosby and Nate Powell-Palm. Jonda and Nate both are livestock inspectors, have been certified organic operators - Nate with a multi-species livestock operation and Jonda as a crop farmer and livestock feed handler.

The Livestock Feed Audits webinar training course will include organic certification requirements to the NOP Standards. This course will specifically cover topics to prepare webinar participants to evaluate organic certification requirements for ruminant and non-ruminant livestock operations in the following areas:

Feed:

Feeding and Pasture Systems:
DMD and feed consumption for:


Computing feed audits for:

Cost for the webinar is:
$275 for IOIA members
$300 for non-IOIA members

To pay with PayPal, click here.

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

To Register: REGISTER HERE

This course is comprised of 3 components: pre-course assignment, midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam. The webinar components 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 the pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 1-2 hours for the mid-course assignment and approximately 1-2 hour to complete the exam following the webinar. Pre-course assignment is due by noon November 30, 2018. The Mid-course by 12 noon December 4 and the final exam is due December 12, 2018 at midnight.

Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive a Livestock Feed Audits webinar: Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Livestock Feed Audits webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Processing-Audit Trail/Balance:
Processing In/Out Balances, Traceability & Recipe Verification
December 4 & 11, 2018


This webinar is a two part series, each are 2 hours in duration.

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific) 10am MT, 11am CT, 12pm ET
End Time: 11:00 am (Pacific) 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, November 30, 2018
Mid-Course: Noon, December 7, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, December 18, 2018

This webinar allows inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to record-keeping in the processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting.

The presenter is experienced organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, Kelly A. Monaghan.

This course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and or are already working as inspectors or reviewers. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course, if they have not taken the basic IOIA processing inspection course, or do not have experience inspecting processing facilities.

This course is comprised of four components: pre-course and midcourse assignments, the webinar, and a post webinar exam. Final grade for this webinar course is a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam receive an IOIA webinar, Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, receive a Letter of Participation.

Cost for Webinar:
$275 for IOIA members
$300 for non-IOIA members

REGISTER HERE

To pay for the 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.

The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.


IOIA Webinar
Residue Sampling and Responding to Test Results
December 12 & 14, 2018

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (PDT)
End Time: 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

This is a two session webinar, 2 hours each session.

There are two registration options:


Webinar Assignment Deadlines:

Pre-Course: Noon, December 7, 2018
Final Exam: Midnight, December 21, 2018

IOIA Residue Sampling and Responding to Test Results Webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. This webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to comply with the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program final rule on residue sampling. Published November 2012, the rule requires sampling of at least 5% of certified operations annually. The course will cover all relevant NOP regulations and Program Handbook documents, including a discussion of fumigants used in imported shipments and at ports of entry. The roles of certifiers and inspectors will be discussed, as samples are followed through the entire process: setting up a residue sampling program, creating a sampling plan, providing inspectors with sampling directions, communicating between the certifier and the inspector, taking an appropriate sample in the field, maintaining the integrity of the sample, and responding to the results of sample analysis. Practical how-to tips, certifier interviews, and video content are included. The course will cover the sampling of organic crops before and after harvest. References to information on sampling soil and water will also be provided.  The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Standards and organic inspection or certification review. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and are already working as inspectors or reviewers.

Presenters are:

This course is comprised of 3 components: self-study, webinar, and exam. The self-study component includes reading and exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources including the NOP requirements. 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 in this webinar training designed for the experienced Inspector or Reviewer will:

Scheduling: The course may require 3-5 hours to complete self-study pre-course reading and exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due December 7, 2018 at noon. The webinar exam will be due December 21, 2018 at midnight.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, but have not completed an IOIA Inspection Training, please contact IOIA before registering.

Cost for Webinar (2 sessions):

$275 for participants who are members of both OTA & IOIA
$300 for IOIA members
$325 for non IOIA members

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Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA 200 level Residue Sampling 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 Residue Sampling Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

About the Course Presenters:

Nathaniel Lewis

Nathaniel is OTA's Farm Policy Director where he provides staff support to OTA's Farmer Advisory Council, on-the-ground outreach to OTA's organic farmer membership community, and analysis of policy issues that affect organic crop and livestock producers. Prior to his current position, Nathaniel served as Certification Coordinator for Washington State Dept. of Agriculture’s organic certification program where he managed WSDA's material review program and gained certification experience in all scopes of organic production. Nathaniel’s responsibilities at WSDA also included coordination of their periodic residue sampling program. Nathaniel holds a Bachelor’s of Science from The Evergreen State College with a focus in agricultural science and organic chemistry.  

Nathaniel and his wife have managed their own farm for the over a decade growing certified organic pastured broilers, egg layers, sheep and cattle.


Nathaniel Powell-Palm

An IOIA accredited inspector, Nate first landed in the world of organics when he applied for and received certification from the Montana Dept of Agriculture in 2008. He currently farms organic grains, grazes organic cattle, and is working to find that perfect dryland crop rotation. Since 2012, Nate has worked as an organic farm and livestock inspector, adding the processing scope in 2013. He has worked as a full time inspector since 2014, conducting inspections year round since then, including the collection of dozens of samples for multiple certifiers. In 2017, he joined IOIA’s training team.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Montana State University.


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