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


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

Pennsylvania Basic 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/JOIA Processing Inspection Training, Tokyo, Japan
May 15 - 18
IOIA and Japan Organic Inspectors Association (JOIA) will cosponsor a 4-day Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training using JAS Standards as a reference. The course will be held at Waseda Houshien, Tokyo, Japan. The training language will be Japanese. Please contact JOIA for more information about this training. E-Mail: info@joia-organic.com 


IOIA/UDAF Crop and Processing Training, Ogden, Utah
June 4 - 8 - Crop
June 11 - 15 - Processing

IOIA and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) will cosponsor a Crop Inspection Training and a Processing Inspection Training at Courtyard Marriott Ogden, Ogden, Utah. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. Lead Trainer for both courses will be Garry Lean. Assistant Trainers will be Nate Powell Palm for Crop and Corrine Kolm for Processing.

Crop inspection course – June 4-8

Processing inspection course – June 11-15

Please see Course information for details.


IOIA/VOF Crop and Livestock Inspection Trainings, South Burlington, Vermont
Crop Course – September 10-14
Livestock Course – September 17-21


IOIA and Vermont Organic Farmers will cosponsor basic Crop and Livestock trainings. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. 


IOIA/VOF Advanced Organic Inspector Training, to be scheduled in Vermont
September 15

Agenda is under development. Watch here for details to register.


IOIA/JOIA Organic Farm Inspection Training, Tokyo, Japan
September 25 - 28

IOIA and JOIA will cosponsor a 4-day Basic Organic Farm Inspection Training using JAS Standards as a reference. The course will be held at Waseda Houshien, Tokyo, Japan, September 25-28, 2018. The training language will be Japanese. Please contact JOIA for more information about this training. E-Mail: info@joia-organic.com 


IOIA Crop and Processing Training, Farmington, Minnesota, November 2018
Crop inspection course – October 29-November 1 
Processing inspection course – November 5-9


IOIA will cosponsor a Crop Inspection and a Processing Inspection Training at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, Farmington, MN. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. Lead Trainers for the courses will be Margaret Scoles for the Crop and Garry Lean for Processing. Assistant Trainers will be Nate Powell Palm for Crop and Corrine Kolm for Processing.

Application forms and details will be posted here when available.