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


January 13 - 17, 2020 - Hong Kong
Basic Organic Crop Inspection Course

January 15 - 17, 2020 - Thailand
Advanced Inspector Training - Grower Groups

January 31, 2020 - San Antonio, Texas
Advanced Organic Inspector Training

March 16 - 20, 2020 - Greenville, South Carolina
Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Training

March 30 - 31, 2020 - British Columbia, Canada
Advanced Organic Inspector Training

April 27 – May 8, 2020 - Essex, Vermont 
Basic Crop and Livestock Inspection Training

June 1-5, 2020 - Corvallis, Oregon
Basic Crop and Processing Training & Field Training

Early fall, 2020  Maine  
Basic Crop and Processing Training

November 2-13, 2020 - Farmington, Minnesota 
Basic Crop and Livestock Training

November 4, 2020 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Advanced Organic Inspection Training


January 13-17, 2020 - Hong Kong
Basic Organic Crop Inspection

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

Basic Organic Crop Inspection Course January 13-17, 2020.  
             

Application forms and more information about the course 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


January 15 - 17, 2020 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Advanced Inspector Training: Grower Group Inspection

IOIA's Asia Pacific Committee will sponsor Advanced Inspector Training for Grower Group Inspection at Chiang Mai, Thailand. This training will include a review of standards requirements for grower groups and key technique for inspections. The target of this training is to develop the skill of inspectors for grower groups. This training is also helpful for farm managers and internal inspectors of grower groups. Reviewers and coordinators at Certification Bodies could also gain additional knowledge about conducting a grower group inspection and improve their risk analysis.

The course will be conducted in English.

This training is an advanced inspector training course, developed and delivered to improve the competence of organic inspectors in Asia and the Pacific region. Participants in IOIA Advanced Inspector Training courses must meet course acceptance criteria, including prior completion of inspector training and experience in inspection or reviews for at least 2 years.

The moderator for these 3 days is Isidor Yu (IOIA qualified trainer), with expert presenters Vitoon Panyakul and Sandeep Bhargava. All of them are knowledgeable in Asian Agriculture and the difficulties of control in grower groups. IOIA trainings offer a lot of concrete case studies and working with participants during each session.

Deadline to apply is January 4, 2020.

Detailed info including agenda and registration - Please read before registering!

APC Advanced Training - Grower Groups: REGISTER HERE


January 31, 2020 -  San Antonio, Texas  
Advanced Organic Inspector Training

IOIA will sponsor Advanced Inspector Training in conjunction with the ACA Annual Training (January 29-30); the NOP Certifier Training (January 28); and the IOIA Annual Meeting (January 30). Theme of the IOIA training is “Mind the Gap”. Topic areas include fraud investigations, risk assessment, international import/export requirements, tips and do’s and don’ts for successful in/out balances, and biodiversity/natural resource assessment on organic farms.  The training will be held at The Drury Plaza Hotel on the San Antonio River Walk. More details, a draft agenda, and registration link are available at https://www.ioia.net/AGM.html.


March 16-20 - Greenville, South Carolina
Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Training

IOIA and Clemson University have developed basic Crop and Processing inspection training, running concurrently, at the Springhill Suites in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The courses include 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. A minimum of 12 participants is required for each course or it will be cancelled.

Application deadline is February 3, 2020.

Detailed Info including agenda and registration - Please read before registering!

REGISTER HERE – Crop

REGISTER HERE - Processing

March 30-31, British Columbia, CANADA
Advanced Organic Inspector Training

IOIA and the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program will cosponsor 1.5 days of advanced organic inspector training to focus on “Assessing Biodiversity & Natural Resources on the Farm”.

April 27 - May 8 -  Essex, Vermont 
Basic Crop and Livestock Inspection Training

IOIA is working with Vermont Organic Farmers to develop basic Crop and Livestock inspection training, which will run sequentially, Livestock following Crop.

Basic Crop Inspection Training will be presented on April 27th - May 1st, 2020. Basic Livestock Inspection Training will be presented May 4th – 8th, 2020. The courses include 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.

Details will be posted here as soon as they become available.


June 1-5, Corvallis, Oregon
Basic Crop and Processing Training & Field Training
IOIA and Oregon Tilth will cosponsor basic Crop and Processing Inspection training and Field Training at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University. Basic Crop and Processing trainings will run concurrently. Field trainings are under development.


Early fall, 2020  Maine  
Basic Crop and Processing Training

IOIA and MOFGA Organic Certification Services will cosponsor basic Crop and Processing trainings in Maine.


November 2-13, Farmington, Minnesota 
Basic Crop and Livestock Training

IOIA will cosponsor basic Crop and Livestock Inspection training at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat in rural Farmington. Basic Crop training is scheduled November 2-6 and Livestock training will follow November 9-13. 


November 4, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
Advanced Organic Inspector Training

IOIA will sponsor Advanced Inspector Training in conjunction with the Organic Connections Trade Show & Conference at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.