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


Charleston, South Carolina, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Training & Advanced Trainings, Feb 28 - March 5, 2018
IOIA 2018 Annual General Meeting - March 3 
Field Trips – March 4
SAI Training on Social Auditing – March 4-5

Advanced Training at the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston/Mount Pleasant will begin on February 28, with training on the GOTS standard. Inspectors, certifiers, and industry professionals who are interested in learning about the standard are welcome to take this as a stand-alone training day.  Those who are interested in the full GOTS auditor credential will continue on March 1-2 for a field trip training exercise at a textile facility and further training on GOTS inspections. The GOTS training concludes with an exam on March 2.

SAI will deliver two additional days of training to cover the Social Aspects of the standard version 5.0. on Mar 4-5. GOTS is a project of the Global Standard gGmbH. Both GOTS and Social Criteria training are required for GOTS auditors. A full range of non-fiber related advanced training topics will be offered on March 1 and 2. Participants can choose 1 or 2 days of this training. A draft agenda and speaker bios are posted on the IOIA website. 

To register for any of the events, please see our AGM page.


IOIA/GCIA Basic Processing Inspection Training, Athens, Georgia, March 5 – 9, 2018
IOIA and Georgia Crop Improvement Association (GCIA) will cosponsor a Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training at Holiday Inn - Downtown, 197 E. Broad Street, Athens, Georgia. The course consists of 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. Please see the Course Information for further details.


IOIA/PCO Crop and Livestock Trainings, State College, Pennsylvania
Crop Course - April 9 -13, 2018
Livestock Course – April 16 – 20, 2018

Pennsylvania Trainings are Full.
Please contact IOIA at ioiassistant@rangeweb.net to be added to the waiting list.

IOIA and Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) will co-sponsor a Crop Inspection Training and a Livestock Inspection Training at The Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pennsylvania. The courses include 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. Dates for the courses are Basic Crop Training - April 9 - 13, 2018 and Basic Livestock Training – April 16 – 20, 2018.

Please see the Course Information for further details.

PCO is a USDA-accredited certification agency that performs more than 600 organic inspections annually in Pennsylvania and surrounding states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia). For more information about PCO, visit www.paorganic.org.


IOIA/UDAF Crop and Processing Training, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2018
IOIA and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food will cosponsor basic Crop and Processing trainings.
Crop inspection course – June 4-8
Processing inspection course – June 11-15
Application forms and details will be posted soon on the IOIA website.


IOIA Crop and Processing Training, Farmington, Minnesota, November 2018
Crop inspection course – October 29-November 1 
Processing inspection course – November 5-9
Application forms and details will be posted on the IOIA website.