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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Webinar
Inadequate Procedures When Using Uncertified Vendors –
Is this Organic? A Risk-Based Approach

November 28, 2017

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 
$200 with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register for the webinar:  click here.

To Pay for the webinar with PayPal or a Credit Card:  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.

The due date for the pre-course assignment is noon, November 24, 2017.

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
In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and CORDecember 1 & 8, 2017

Start Time:  11:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time:  1:00 p.m. (PST)

In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR
webinar is a 200 level course. This webinar will be presented in two, 2 hour sessions. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Enrollment is limited to 20.

This webinar will allow inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping on crop farms. This webinar will focus 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 200 level course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop Inspection course and 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 a basic IOIA Inspection course and do not have experience inspecting organic crops. 

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 20 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994. Follow this IOIA Trainer link for more information about Monique Scholz's professional capacity.

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

To register and pay for the webinar:  Click Here.

To pay for the webinar with PayPal:  Click Here.

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course self-study, a midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam.

Course Due Dates: 
Pre Course: Nov. 28, 2017 at noon (PST) 
Mid Course: Dec. 5, 2017 at noon (PST) 
Final Exam: Dec. 15, 2017 at midnight (PST) 

The course will be delivered in two, 2 hour sessions, with one week in between to allow for individual completion of a mid-session assignment. Final grades for this webinar course will be a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid course and final exam.

The pre-course assignment will present a case study, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against sales, inventory and crops used on farm.

The first webinar session will review regulatory requirements, present good practices and methods for in/out balances, and present a standardized in/out balancing reporting format.  Pre-course discussion points and the exercise will be reviewed. Mid session exercises will be assigned.

The second webinar session will cover how to conduct traceability tests on a crop farm environment and use a standardized reporting format for such tests. Mid-session exercises will be reviewed.

The final exam will have short answer questions and exercises based on a case study: in/out balance and traceability.

Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive an IOIA webinar, Certificate of Completion for “In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR”.  Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA webinar, “In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR”, Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study 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. Pre-Course assignment will be due June14, 2016 at noon. The Mid Course will be due on June 21, 2016 at noon. The webinar exam will be due June 30, 2016 at midnight.


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

December 14, 2017

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 15.  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 
$200 with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register and Pay for the webinar:  click here.

To Pay for the webinar with PayPal or a Credit Card:  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.

The due date for the pre-course assignment is noon, December 11, 2017.

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
Maple Syrup Inspection
December 15, 2017


Start Time:  11:00 a.m. (PST),
End Time:  2:00 p.m. (PST

IOIA Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar is an advanced 300 level course. This webinar will be presented in one, three hour session. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

This webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to understand the requirements of the standards being used in Canada and the United States for organic maple syrup (and birch syrup) production. It will provide tools for use by inspectors in the woods and sugar camps, as well as in more industrial maple syrup processing situations.

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz, of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 23 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994.

The course will give an historical perspective and industry context for maple syrup inspection. The course information will differentiate the organic maple production methods at the producer level from those used by their conventional counterparts. Organic control points related to site selection, forestry practices, sap gathering methods, equipment, sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporation, filtration and maple syrup packing will be covered. The permitted substances used during processing and for cleaning will be presented and discussed. Record keeping as well as a traceability examples and in/out balancing will also be covered. Further considerations for on-farm processing (taffy, butter, candies) and industrial blending/bottling will also be discussed.  

The course is designed for persons with 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.

The course has a pre-course assignment (which will be reviewed during the webinar) and a post-course assignment, which will be graded.

Cost for the webinar is:
$200, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To register and pay online: Click Here
Or to pay for the webinar with PayPal, please Click Here.

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

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 the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1 hour to complete the exam following the webinar.
Pre-Course self-study assignment will be due December 12, 2017 at noon.
The webinar exam will be due December 22, 2017 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a Maple Syrup Inspection 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 Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests, and Recipe Verification for Processing Inspection under NOP & COR
January 12 & 19, 2018

Start Time: 11:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time:  1:00 p.m. (PST)

NOP & COR In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests, and Recipe Verification for Processing Inspections webinar is a 300 level course.  This webinar will be presented in two, 2 hour sessions. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Enrollment is limited to 20.

This webinar will allow inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping in a complex processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting. The course exercises are designed as real-life scenarios with the expectation that participants will work with a combination of metric and US standard units.

This 300 level course is designed for persons with at least three years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and 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 and do not have three years experience inspecting processing facilities. 

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 20 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994. Follow this IOIA Trainer link for more information about Monique Scholz's professional capacity.

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

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course self-study, a midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam.

The course will have a pre-course assignment. The course will be delivered in two, 2 hour sessions, with one week in between to allow for individual completion of an extensive mid-session assignment. A post-course exam will be graded.

The pre-course assignment will present one case study, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against product profiles.

The first webinar session will review regulatory requirements, present good practices and methods for in/out balances, present a standardized in/out balancing reporting format, present recipe verification guidelines. Pre-course discussion points and the formula verification exercise will be reviewed.

The mid-session assignment will be an in/out exercises for the facility presented in the case study, as well as a traceability test based on the pre-course recipe verification exercise. Participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours on this assignment.

The second webinar session will cover reporting protocols, as well as the good habits to develop and pitfalls to avoid in the complex processing environment. All mid-session exercises will be reviewed.

The final exam will have short answer questions, a traceability test and an in/out balance for a facility not used in previous case studies.

Certificates:  Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive an IOIA webinar, Certificate of Completion for 300 Level: In/out balances, Traceability tests and Recipe verification for Processing inspection under NOP & COR. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA webinar, 300 Level: In/out balances, Traceability tests and Recipe verification for Processing inspection under NOP & COR: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Scheduling: The course may require approximately 2 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, approximately 2 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Pre-course, mid-course and the final exam are all included in participant’s final grade.

Self-study exercises will be due January 8, 2018 at noon.
The mid-course exercise will be due January 17, 2018 at noon.
The webinar exam will be due January 26, 2018 at noon.


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