Our Mission: To address issues and concerns relevant to organic inspectors, to provide quality inspector training, and
to promote consistency and integrity in the organic certification process.

IOIA Onsite Training Schedule


October 1- 4, 2019 - Tokyo, Japan, Processing Course

October 4, 2019 - Coastal Central California, Advanced Training
Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm

October 8, 2019 - Northern end of the California Central Valley, Advanced Training
Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm

October 7 - 11, 2019 – Frankfort, Kentucky
IOIA/KDA Basic Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Training

November 4 - 8, 2019 - Plainfield, Indiana
IOIA/Ecocert ICO Basic Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Training

January 2020, Hong Kong
Basic Crop Course and Aquaculture Workshop


Tokyo, Japan, Processing Course, October 1-4, 2019
IOIA and JOIA will cosponsor a 4-day Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training using JAS Standards as a reference. The course will be held at Waseda Hoshien, Tokyo, Japan, October 1-4, 2019. The training language will be Japanese. Please contact JOIA for more information about this training. E-Mail: info@joia-organic.com 


October 4, 2019, Coastal Central California - Advanced Inspector Training
Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm

IOIA/Wild Farm Alliance/CCOF 300 Level Advanced Inspector Training, “Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm", will be held in the Central California coastal region at farms in Watsonville and Hollister.

The bulk of the course is an interactive field trip to two certified organic farms to provide hands-on training and sharpen your observation skills. The training will focus on the visual cues and best practices to use. The goal of the training is to give participants confidence that they need not be experts in plants, insects, animals, or hydrology to effectively inspect and assess to the NOP rule and related guidance on natural resources and biodiversity. The training will focus on the visual cues and best practices to use. 

Trainers are conservation and biodiversity educators Tony Fleming (geologist and former inspector) and Jo Ann Baumgartner (Wild Farm Alliance Executive Director and former organic farmer).

The course is designed primarily for current inspectors and certification staff, but others are welcome to participate in the training as well.

Deadline to apply is September 9, 2019.

Course Cost: 
IOIA members $500, non-members $525.

IOIA offers an additional $25 off per person discount if an organization or businesses registers a group of 5 or more participants.

REGISTER HERE

COURSE AGENDA

INFO SHEET

Participants in IOIA’s 300 Level Advanced Inspector Training courses must meet course acceptance criteria to receive an Advanced Training Certificate of Completion. Requirements include prior completion of two inspector training courses and 2 years inspection experience with at least 20 inspections, or one year of inspection experience with at least 30 inspections.

Participants that do not meet IOIA’s Advanced Training criteria or who do not complete all assignments are welcome to participate, but they will receive a Certificate of Completion for Organic Inspection Workshop.


October 8, 2019 - Northern California Central Valley
Advanced Inspector Training
Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm

IOIA/Wild Farm Alliance/CCOF 300 Level Advanced Inspector Training, “Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources on the Farm", will be held in the Northern California region of the Central Valley at three farms in Guinda and Winters.

The goal of the training is to give participants the tools to effectively inspect and assess to the NOP rule and guidance on natural resources and biodiversity, without being experts in plants, insects, animals, or hydrology.

The training will focus on the visual cues and best practices to use. The bulk of the course is an interactive field trip to three certified organic farms to provide hands-on training and sharpen your observation skills.

Trainers are conservation and biodiversity educators Tony Fleming (geologist and former inspector) and Jo Ann Baumgartner (Wild Farm Alliance Executive Director and former organic farmer).

The course is designed primarily for current inspectors and certification staff, but others are welcome to participate in the training as well.

Deadline to apply is September 9, 2019.

Course Cost: 
IOIA members $500, non-members $525.

IOIA offers an additional $25 off per person discount if an organization or businesses registers a group of 5 or more participants.

REGISTER HERE

COURSE AGENDA

INFO SHEET

Participants in IOIA’s 300 Level Advanced Inspector Training courses must meet course acceptance criteria to receive an Advanced Training Certificate of Completion. Requirements include prior completion of two inspector training courses and 2 years inspection experience with at least 20 inspections completed, or one year of inspection experience with at least 30 inspections completed.

Participants that do not meet IOIA’s Advanced Training criteria or who do not complete all assignments are welcome to participate, but they will receive a Certificate of Completion for Organic Inspection Workshop.


October 7 – 11, 2019 – Frankfort, Kentucky
IOIA/KDA Basic Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Training

IOIA/KDA cosponsored Basic Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings will be held Monday – Friday at Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is developing these trainings with IOIA. KDA is accredited by the USDA NOP as a certifying agent for Crops, Wild Crops, Livestock, and Handling and certifies operations only within the state of KY. As cosponsor for the event, KDA is organizing a sightseeing day for Sunday, October 6 featuring a visit to local historical attractions including Keeneland track in Lexington. The horses will be running that weekend. Participants should consider scheduling an extra travel day to enjoy the local sights and Kentucky hospitality.  

Located in the heart of downtown Frankfort, the Capital Plaza Hotel sits right on the river, across the street from the Riverview Marina. Centrally located, it is an easy walk to the historic district and within walking distance to restaurants. For further details on the venue and to view lodging options visit – Capital Plaza Hotel website: www.capitalplazaky.com  

Registration for each course is limited to 18 participants.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE BASIC TRAININGS IS August 30, 2019.

Detailed info here

IOIA Basic Crop Inspection Training REGISTER 

IOIA Basic Processing Inspection Training REGISTER


November 4-8, 2019 – Plainfield, Indiana 
IOIA/Ecocert ICO Basic Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings 
 

IOIA and Ecocert ICO will be holding Organic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings, November 4-8, 2019. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.  The basic trainings will be held Monday through Friday, at the CRG Event Center in Plainfield, Indiana.

Ecocert is a global organic standards and certification organization that certifies food, farms, cosmetics, cleaning products and textiles in 130 countries. Ecocert also provides fair trade certification, ecological and environmental management training and carbon and reforestation standards.

CRG Event Center is conveniently located in the heart of Plainfield at the Shops at Perry Crossing, 2499 Perry Crossing Way, with parking available. Accommodations for participants can be made at any of the multiple hotels within a four-mile radius of the Event Center. IOIA has reserved room blocks at the Embassy Suites and the Baymont Inn for the event. The center is just minutes away from the Indianapolis (IND) Airport. Please click on detailed info here, for more information on available accommodations. For more information on the venue please visit their website at: https://www.crgeventcenter.com/.  

A minimum of 12 participants is required for each course or it will be cancelled. The courses however, are limited to 18 participants to preserve a higher standard of learning.  

Detailed info here - Please read before registering!

IOIA Basic Crop Inspection Training: REGISTER HERE

IOIA Basic Processing Inspection Training: REGISTER HERE


January 2020, Hong Kong
Basic Crop Course and Aquaculture Workshop


IOIA and Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre (HKORC) will cosponsor a 4.5 day Basic Organic Crop Inspection Course as well as a 1.5 day Organic Aquaculture Workshop. The courses are using the HKORC-Cert Organic Standards as a reference and will be held at Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, PRC. The courses will be given in English.

Basic Organic Crop Inspection Course January 13-17, 2020.  
             
Organic Aquaculture Workshop January 18-19, 2020.

Application forms and more information about the courses will be available at the website of HKORC at www.hkbu.edu.hk. For enquiries, please contact Samantha Ko or Cecily Wong. Email: samanthako@hkbu.edu.hk  /  cecilywong@hkbu.edu.hk
Phone: (852) 3411 2542 / (852) 3411 6670  Fax: (852) 3411 2373