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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Webinar
100 Level – NOP Processing Standard
March 10 & 13, 2020

 
Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 noon (Pacific)
 
This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.
 
Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.  

About This Webinar:
This basic 100 level webinar training course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Processing Standards. The course is designed as an essential session for the Processing Inspector or Reviewer. It is highly recommended for organic handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer. This course is also geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the National List of approved ingredients both natural and synthetic. It will also cover labeling, inspection, and certification requirements. Participants will gain skills in navigating the regulations. The training includes pre-course assignment and reading, a mid course assignment, 5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post course exam.

About The Trainer:
The IOIA Trainer for this webinar is Luis Brenes. Luis has over 20 years of experience as an accredited organic inspector and has audited farms and food processing facilities throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Scheduling:
The course may require 4-6 hours to complete the self-study pre-course and mid-course exercises and approximately 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

 
Due Dates for Assignments:
Pre-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), March 6, 2020
Mid-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), March 12, 2020
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), March 20, 2020

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

This course is comprised of 4 components: self-study pre-course and mid-course assignments, the webinar presentations, and a final evaluation exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar presentations for day 1 and day 2. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to organic processing inspection and review. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements, including turning in the pre-course assignment and attending the webinar will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion.

Letters of Participation:  Participants who attend the webinar but opt out of the assignment submission or who or fail to achieve a passing score will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non-IOIA member

Registration and Payments:
To register for this webinar Click Here

To pay for the webinar with PayPal click here.

If paying by check or money order they must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only and mail your payment to IOIA, Box 6, Broadus, MT 59317.


IOIA Webinar 
300 Level Organic Cosmetics
March 19, 2020

Session One: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (Pacific)
Break Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
Session Two: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Pacific)

This webinar is a one-part series and will be 4 hours in duration with a one-hour break.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Enrollment is limited to 20.

About the Webinar:

The webinar will prepare participants to audit to organic cosmetic standards from both North America and the EU, both public and private. It will also provide an overview of the operations and management practices of materials in cosmetic manufacturing as well as basic FDA limits for those ingredients. This course will, in two parts, examine and review the laws and scientific work used to underpin the private standards (COSMOS, NaTrue, etc.) as well as the information and resources needed to review the non-organic ingredients common to cosmetics.

This course is geared to persons with organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and/or are already working as inspectors or reviewers.

The course is comprised of 3 components: self-study pre-course, the webinar and a final exam. The self-study component includes exercises that must be completed and submitted before the course begins. The pre-course exercises are designed to help participants prepare for the webinar. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.  The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

About the Trainer:

Organic Cosmetic Consultant and former Organic Inspector Gay Timmons will present the course. Timmons owns and operates Oh, Oh Organic, Inc., an organic and specialty ingredient distribution company committed to the development and delivery of sustainable agricultural ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries.  Since 1991, Gay has worked as a producer and marketer of organic ingredients and an advocate for regulatory clarity for organic and natural producers and consumers. 


Scheduling:
The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. 

Due Dates for the Assignments:

Pre-Course: March 13, 2020, by 12:00 Noon (Pacific)
Final Exam: March 26, 2020, by 12:00 Midnight (Pacific)

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements, including submitting the pre-course assignment and final exam as well as attending the webinar, will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for 300 Level Organic Cosmetics training. 

Letters of Participation:  Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for 300 Level Organic Cosmetics training, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non-members

Click Here To Register

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please click here.  Or to pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check payable to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Crop – In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection Under NOP & COR
March 26 & April 2, 2020

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 noon (Pacific)

This webinar is a two-part series, each 2 hours in duration.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Enrollment is limited to 20.

About the Webinar:

This webinar will allow inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the
requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping on crop
farms. This webinar will focus on methodology, practical applications and standardized
reporting. The course exercises are designed so that each participant can complete them in either metric or US standard units.

This course is comprised of four components: pre-course and midcourse assignments, the webinar, and a post webinar exam. Final grade for this webinar course is a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

This course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Crop course and or are already working as inspectors or reviewers. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course if they have not taken the basic IOIA processing inspection course, or do not have experience inspecting processing facilities. 

About the Trainer:

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 25 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994.

Scheduling:
The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. 

Due Dates for the Assignments:

Pre-Course: March 19, 2020, by 12:00 Noon (Pacific)
Mid-Course: April 1, 2020, by 12:00 Noon (Pacific)
Final Exam: April 9, 2020, by 12:00 Midnight (Pacific)

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements, including submitting the pre-course assignment and final exam as well as attending the webinar, will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for 200 Level Crop training. 

Letters of Participation:  Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for 200 Level Crop training, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$275 for IOIA members
$300 for non-members

Please Click Here to Register  

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please click here.  Or to pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check payable to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only. 


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Processing – In/Out Balance, Traceability & Recipe Verification Under NOP & COR
March 31 & April 7, 2020

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 noon (Pacific)

This webinar is a two-part series, each 3 hours in duration.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Enrollment is limited to 20.

About the Webinar:

This webinar allows inspectors and certifiers to further their understanding of the requirements of the NOP and COR standards as they pertain to recordkeeping in the processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting. The course exercises are designed so that each participant can complete them in either metric or US standard units.

This course is comprised of four components: pre-course and midcourse assignments, the webinar, and a post webinar exam. Final grade for this webinar course is a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

This course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and or are already working as inspectors or reviewers. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course if they have not taken the basic IOIA processing inspection course, or do not have experience inspecting processing facilities. 

About the Trainer:

The presenter is Kelly A. Monaghan, experienced organic inspector, consultant, IOIA trainer and board member in Canada’s organic industry.

Scheduling:
The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and 1 ½ -2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. 

Due Dates for the Assignments:

Pre-Course: March 27, 2020, by 12:00 Noon (Pacific)
Mid-Course: April 3, 2020, by 12:00 Noon (Pacific)
Final Exam: April 14, 2020, by 12:00 Midnight (Pacific)

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements, including submitting the pre-course assignment and final exam as well as attending the webinar, will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for 200 Level Processing training. 

Letters of Participation:  Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for 200 Level Processing training, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:

$325 IOIA members

$350 non members

Please Click Here to Register

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please click here.  Or to pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check payable to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.


IOIA Webinar
300 Level Processing – Fraud Prevention in the Receiving Department
April 21, 2020

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

This webinar is a one-part series, 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

About this Webinar:

Receiving is one of the most critical of the organic control points in a processing operation. At the intersection of purchasing, operations and record keeping a lot can go wrong. Presenter Silke Fuchshofen will show examples of what happens when an inspector starts digging a little deeper into those procedures. As the organic industry rises to the challenge of addressing fraud, Silke’s training will give the organic inspector new tools to do just that.  

This material was very well received by 120+ participants at an Accredited Certifiers Association webinar (“this is an eye-opener”- participant comment). It was also the basis for Silke’s invitation to the NOSB expert panel on Import Oversight in Spring 2018. The webinar counts as a 300-level course for inspectors. If you are not currently working as a reviewer or inspector of processing facilities, please contact IOIA to discuss acceptance into the course.  

About the Trainer:

Presenting the webinar is processing inspector and IOIA Trainer Silke Fuchshofen. Silke holds a BSC in International Agriculture and has been an independent full time organic and non-GMO Project processing inspector since 2008.  The webinar training material developed by Silke is based on five years of observations and development of a methodology to address this issue in the framework of an organic inspection.

Scheduling:

The course may require 2 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar.

Due Dates for the Assignments:
Pre-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), April 17, 2020

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

The course is comprised of 2 components:  self-study pre-course and the webinar. The self-study component includes exercises that must be completed and submitted before the course begins. The pre-course exercises are designed to help participants prepare for the webinar. The pre-course exercises will not be graded.  The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. 

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements, including turning in the pre-course assignment and attending the webinar, will receive an IOIA 300 Level Processing Certificate of Completion.

Letters of Participation:  Participants who attend the webinar but opt out of the assignment submission or who do not meet the criteria to participate in a 300-level course, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$175 for IOIA members
$200 for non-IOIA member

Please Click Here to Register 

To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here. Or if paying by check or money order they must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Livestock Feed Audits – Grazing and Non-Grazing Season
May 19 & 22, 2020

Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 noon (Pacific)

This webinar is a two-part series, each 3 hours in duration.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Enrollment is limited to 20.

About the Webinar:

The Livestock Feed Audits webinar training course will include organic certification requirements to the NOP Standards. This course will specifically cover topics to prepare webinar participants to evaluate organic certification requirements for ruminant and non-ruminant livestock operations in the following areas: 

Feed:

Feeding and Pasture Systems: 

DMD and feed consumption for: 

Computing feed audits for:

This course is geared for inspectors, reviewers and organic program managers with an understanding of livestock inspection and review. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course if they have not completed the Basic IOIA Livestock Inspection course and or the 100-level Livestock Standards Webinar.

This course is comprised of 3 components: pre-course assignment, midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam. The webinar components include; in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

About the Trainer:
Livestock Feed Audits will be taught by experienced organic inspector Nate Powell-Palm. Nate is a livestock inspector and has been a certified organic operator with a multi-species livestock and crop operation.

Scheduling:
The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 1-2 hours for the mid-course assignment and approximately 1-2 hour to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the Assignments:

Pre-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), May 15, 2020
Mid-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), May 21, 2020
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), May 29, 2020

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements, including submitting the pre-course assignment and final exam as well as attending the webinar, will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for 200 Level Livestock Feed Audits training. 

Letters of Participation:  Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation for 200 Level Livestock Feed Audits training, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$300 for IOIA members
$325 for non-members

Please Click Here to Register 

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please click here.  Or to pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check payable to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.


IOIA Webinar
250 Level - Inspecting Bee Keeping Operations
May 28, 2020

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

This webinar is one session, 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

About this Webinar:

During the first part of the session we will look at year in the life of the domesticated hive and have an overview of the beekeepers’ seasons, in the northern hemisphere. The second part of the session will focus on the primary organic control points and what are we (as inspectors) looking for when inspecting beekeeping operations. The webinar is will use the Canadian organic honey production standards as a baseline.

The course is comprised of 3 components: self-study pre-course, the webinar and a final exam. The self-study component includes exercises that must be completed and submitted before the course begins. The pre-course exercises are designed to help participants prepare for the webinar. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.  The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

About the Trainer:

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 25 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994.

Scheduling:

The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the Assignments:
Pre-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), May 22, 2020
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), June 4, 2020

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements, including turning in the pre-course assignment and attending the webinar will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion.

Letters of Participation:  Participants who attend the webinar but opt out of the assignment submission or who do not meet the criteria to participate in a 300-level course, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:
$175 for IOIA members
$200 for non-IOIA member

Please Click Here to Register

To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here. Or if paying by check or money order they must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.


Watch upcoming IOIA newsletters and this page for details as these and other trainings develop.