IOIA Live Online Basic Organic Inspection Training Courses
Monday – Friday

Participants need to have capable computer skills and the bandwidth capacity to participate fully on IOIA’s Zoom platform.

Online Registration via Zoom and Application consists of three steps.
These three steps are required to be accepted into and participate in the Live Online Basic courses.
These steps should be completed in the following order:

Step 1: Live Online Registration via Zoom.

Step 2:  Complete the course Application.

Step 3:  Participants are required to complete the appropriate 100-level NOP Standards (crop, processing or livestock) prerequisite webinar training (6 hours) before taking a Live Online Basic course.  If you are accepted into the course, you will be sent a link to register for this prerequisite webinar. The prerequisite webinar requires participants to complete a pre- and mid- webinar assignment and final exam, as well as some background preparatory reading in addition to participating in the Webinar.

If you have already completed this webinar, you are not required to retake it.

The prerequisite webinar cost is $350 (IOIA non-member rate), $325 (member rate).

(see IOIA Webinar Schedule)

All three steps must be completed by the deadline for you to be considered for acceptance to the Live Online Basic courses.

Please read through this information carefully before filling out the application form.


Each Live Online Basic course includes 4 days of instruction including a virtual pre-recorded field trip to a relevant (crop, processing or livestock) certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. Registration is limited to 12 participants. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the course to proceed.


IOIA Live Online Basic Organic Inspection Training courses are recommended for inspector trainees, certification agency staff, regulatory agency staff, farmers, quality control personnel, consultants, and technical service providers who want to better understand the organic inspection and certification process.

PARTICIPANT: Acceptance, Timeline, Materials, and Completion Expectations

Participants accepted into the course are mailed an acceptance package about one month before the course. Participants should allow several days to complete pre-course reading and assignments. Completed assignments must be emailed to IOIA according to deadlines. The IFOAM/IOIA International Organic Inspection Manual and the USDA National Organic Program Standards are the basis for the Crop, Processing and Livestock Inspection courses. Copies of the Manual and the USDA Rule are included in the registration fee. Participants are also provided a copy of the Generic Materials List, published by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).

The course is rigorous, with evening assignments and work sessions. Participants must meet minimum course acceptance criteria, participate in all sessions, complete pre-course assignments, and in-course assignments, and earn at least 75% on the final exam to receive a Certificate of Completion. Letters of Participation are provided for those who choose to audit the course (test and written assignments not required of persons who audit courses) and for those who fail to meet the course completion requirements or the minimum score on graded materials including the exam.


Basic Organic Inspection Training - The 4 ½ -day Basic Inspection Training in the relevant scope (crop, processing or livestock) follows IOIA's curriculum requirements.

The course also includes a virtual (recorded) field trip to a certified organic operation, a written inspection report assignment, and final exam. The exam is scheduled for Friday.

The courses are scheduled from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Thursday, with additional assignments for the evening, and 8:00 am -11:30 am on Friday. Participants must attend the entire course, to receive a Certificate of Completion or Letter of Participation.

IOIA designed our training format to improve the opportunity for learning and increase participant success. The format has three parts: (1) Prerequisite Standards Webinar, (2) 4 ½ day Live Online training, and (3) Field Training to provide a structured inspection apprenticeship. The 2-day Field Training for Crop Inspection is offered as a separate training course (not offered at this time). Participants are not required to participate in part (3) to receive a certificate for the Live Online basic training.


Applications for participation in IOIA courses are evaluated and ranked according to the applicant’s relevant education, training and life experiences. Attendance to IOIA courses is limited. If you are accepted into the course, an instructional letter and the curriculum materials including pre-course readings and assignments will be mailed to you. Applicants to IOIA trainings must meet the following acceptance criteria.

All Courses:

Additional Course Acceptance Criteria

Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training
Basic Organic Processing Inspector Training

Basic Organic Livestock Inspector Training

**Please note all participants who have NOT taken a previous Basic Crop Inspection Training are also required to take the 100-level Crop Standards webinar training (6 Hours) before taking the Livestock course.

Fee Schedule

IOIA members receive a $50.00 discount off the total amount for Live Online or In-Person training and/or a $25.00 discount for each webinar training.

NEW members receive a FREE 1 year Supporting Individual membership when accepted into a Basic IOIA training. You are welcome to join IOIA with this training.

IOIA welcomes all participants to consider joining IOIA. Please contact IOIA to request a membership application form or visit IOIA's website to download the appropriate application form. In addition to training discounts and reduced rates on IOIA publications, IOIA members receive other membership benefits including a quarterly newsletter.

Registration Fees (US currency)
Organic Crop Inspection Training (4.5 days) 2275.00
Organic Processing Inspection Training (4.5 days) 2275.00
Organic Livestock Inspection Training (4.5 days) 2275.00
IOIA Current Member Discount 50.00
NEW Member – 1 Year Membership with Basic Training Acceptance FREE
Prerequisite Standards Webinar
Member 325.00
Non-Member 350.00
IOIA 2021 Membership Dues (optional)
Supporting Individual – Joining with this training – One-Year Membership
Supporting Business 210.00
Inspector 200.00


If you took IOIA Basic training within the past 3 years, you will NOT be mailed a copy of the IFOAM/IOIA Manual. If you received a manual within the past 3 years but no longer have the manual, add $45.00 to your registration fees receive a new one.


NOTE: IOIA provides participants with a list of all participant contact information (email). If you do not want to be included on this list, please contact IOIA when you apply.

Criteria for acceptance as an Inspector Member, based on IOIA Bylaws:

All registration is through the IOIA office
If you have any questions, please contact IOIA at (406) 436-2031,
or email

Basic Crop Inspection Training

Second Quarter Schedule will be posted here when available.

Register Here
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Basic Processing Inspection Training

Second Quarter Schedule will be posted here when available.

Basic Livestock Inspection Training

Second Quarter Schedule will be posted here when available.

Basic Crop Inspection Training - COR Standard

April 12 - 16, 2021 - Application and Agenda are pending and will be posted here when available.

This course is Full