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

Anyang, Korea, Crop Course – January 21-25, 2019
IOIA and Isidor Sustainability Research Institute will cosponsor a 4.5 day Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training using the Korea Organic Regulation as a reference. The Crop course will be given in Korean language and held in Anyang, Korea: January 21-25, 2019. For enquiries, please contact Saet-byul Lee, phone:  +82 10 3840 3086  Fax: +82 31 424 9793 Email: saetbyul821@gmail.com

January 25, 2019 Guelph, Ontario, CANADA, Advanced Inspector Training Course

IOIA will sponsor Advanced Inspector Training in conjunction with the Guelph Organic Conference. The training will be held at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Center.

This training will include a review of key updates and revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards, "Something Fishy" - the new Aquaculture Standard; Something Green - Aquaponics, Cannabis, Use of Unlisted Sanitizers and Cleaners; and what's new with Insects in organic certification. "Inspector's Corner" presentations will include Rochelle Eisen of BC "Travels with Rochelle – Inspector Thoughts on the Road” and Monique Scholz on “Songbird Conservation & Haying Practices". 

The moderator for the day will be Bill Barkley (IOIA Canadian Committee Chair) with expert presenters including Hugh Martin (Chair of the CGSB Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture) on standards issues; Joel Aitken (Ecocert Canada) on sanitizers and cleaners; Tim Rundle (Creative Salmon, Canada’s first farm-raised salmon producer to achieve organic certification)on aquaculture and aquaponics; and John Warner (IOIA inspector member) on Cannabis production and certification. 

On Saturday January 26th IOIA plans to host an informal reception for training participants and other IOIA members at the main conference location. 

Deadline to apply is January 4, 2019. Registration fee is $300 CAD, including lunch, with a $25 discount for IOIA members. 

Draft agenda (pdf)

For more information and to register

Advanced Training in Mexico - February 27 - March 1

In conjunction with IOIA's Annual General Meeting. Please see our AGM page for full info and to register.

IOIA Basic Trainings 2019

The training schedule for 2019 is being established and finalized. In the meantime, IOIA would like you to know the locations of trainings in development. This is not a complete list for 2019, but just a beginning list of basic trainings IOIA will offer.

Austin, Texas – Basic Crop & Basic Processing Training – March / April 2019

Marin County, California – Basic Crop & Basic Livestock Training – June 2019

Coralville, Iowa  - Basic Crop Training & Basic Livestock Training - August  2019

Please watch the IOIA website for updates and further details in the weeks to come. For further details please email IOIA Training Assistant, Teri Lindberg at ioiassistant@rangeweb.net.