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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
100 Level - Open Enrollment: NOP Crop Standards
January 15 & 18, 2019

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, January 11, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, January 17, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, January 25, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date and you will be billed for the webinar at that time.

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.

The two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

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


IOIA Webinar
200 Level - Livestock Feed Audits: Grazing and Non-Grazing Season
February 5 & 8, 2019

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each 2.5 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 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:

  1. Types of feeds - forages, grains, concentrates
  2. Dry matter content of feeds
  3. Supplements and additives

Feeding and Pasture Systems:

  1. Examples
  2. Good working models
  3. New innovations

DMD and feed consumption for:

  1. Ruminants – cattle - dairy and beef, sheep
  2. Non-ruminants - poultry, hogs

Computing feed audits for:

  1. Dairy - cows and heifers
  2. Beef - finishing group
  3. Ducks
  4. Hogs - finishing group
  5. Poultry – layers, pastured broilers, non pastured broilers
  6. Sheep


Cost for the Webinar 
$300 for non-members
$275 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.

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.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, February 1, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, February 7, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, February 22, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Livestock Feed Audits.

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 Livestock Feed Audits to document their attendance.


IOIA/OMRI Webinar
IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials
February 6, 2019

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

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, February 1, 2019
Final Exam: Midnight, February 13, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

This webinar is a one session webinar, 3 hours in duration. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update webinar is an intermediate 200 level course 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.

OMRI will provide the technical expertise of lead presenter Doug Currier, 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 February 1, 2019. The webinar final exam will be due February 13, 2019 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 - Open Enrollment: NOP Livestock Standard
February 12 & 15, 2019

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

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 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, February 8, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, February 14, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, February 22, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date and you will be billed for the webinar at that time.

Certificates: Participants 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.

The two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

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


IOIA Webinar
100 Level - Open Enrollment: NOP Processing Standard
February 19 & 22, 2019

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

This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Registration is limited to 20.

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.

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 North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

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 assignment and reading, a mid-course assignment, 5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post course exam.

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

To register:  REGISTER HERE

To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here. Or if paying by check or money order they must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Scheduling: The course may require 4-6 hours to complete the self-study pre-course and mid-course exercises and approximately 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, February 15, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, February 21, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, March 1, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date and you will be billed for the webinar at that time.

This course is comprised of 4 components: self-study pre-course and mid-course assignments, the webinar presentations, and a final evaluation exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar presentations for day 1 and day 2. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to organic processing inspection and review. 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 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 two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

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


IOIA Webinar
100 Level - Open Enrollment: NOP Processing Standards
March 26 & 29, 2019

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

This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

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.

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 North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

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 assignment and reading, a mid course assignment, 5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post course exam.

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

To register:  REGISTER HERE

To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here. Or if paying by check or money order they must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Scheduling: The course may require 4-6 hours to complete the self-study pre-course and mid-course exercises and approximately 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, March 22, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, March 28, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, April 5, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date and you will be billed for the webinar at that time.

This course is comprised of 4 components: self-study pre-course and mid-course assignments, the webinar presentations, and a final evaluation exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar presentations for day 1 and day 2. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to organic processing inspection and review. 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 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 two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

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


IOIA Webinar
200 Level - In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests and Recipe Verification
for Processing Inspection Under NOP & COR

April 9 & 16, 2019

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

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each two 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 presenter for the course is experienced IOIA Trainer and processing inspector Kelly Monaghan.

This webinar allows inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping in the processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting. The course exercises are designed so that each participant can complete them in either metric or US standard units.

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. 

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

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.

The pre-course assignment presents two case studies, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against product profiles. The first webinar session reviews regulatory requirements, presents good practices and methods for in/out balances, presents a standardized in/out balancing reporting format, and presents recipe verification guidelines. The mid-session assignment includes an additional exercise to validate production records against product profiles, as well as in/out exercises for both facilities presented in the case studies. The second webinar session covers how to conduct traceability tests in the processing environment and use a standardized reporting format for such tests. The final exam has short answer questions and exercises based on a case study: recipe verification, in/out balance and traceability.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, April 5, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, April 12, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, April 23, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date. 

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 2-3 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion.

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 to document their attendance.


Watch upcoming IOIA newsletters and this page for details as these and other trainings develop.