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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Webinar
100 Level NOP Livestock Standard
October 29 & November 1, 2019

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

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

The webinar is a 100 level course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Livestock Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for livestock production. Participants will also gain skill in understanding and navigating the NOP regulations.

This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers. It is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer.

Experienced IOIA Trainer and organic inspector Garry Lean, will present the course.

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

To Register: REGISTER HERE

To pay for the webinar: with PayPal, please click here.

Or to pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

The course is comprised of 4 components: self-study pre-course, mid-course exercises, the webinar, and an exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted for grading. The pre and mid courses are designed to encourage participants to prepare and explore resources on the NOP website applicable to organic livestock standards. 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.

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

Due Dates for the Assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon (Pacific), October 25, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon (Pacific), October 31, 2019
Final Exam due 11:55 pm (Pacific), November 8, 2019

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

Certificates: Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Livestock Standards 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 NOP Organic Livestock Standards Training, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level - Livestock Feed Audits: Grazing and Non-Grazing Season
November 8 & 15, 2019

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

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each 3 hours long.
Enrollment is limited to 20. 
The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VoIP, available elsewhere via VoIP.

This 200 level 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 successfully completed the 100-Level Livestock Standards Webinar and or IOIA’s Basic Livestock Inspection course.

Livestock Feed Audits will be taught by experienced organic inspectors Nate Powell-Palm and Jonda Crosby. Nate and Jonda both are livestock inspectors, have been certified organic operators - Nate with a multi-species livestock operation and Jonda as a crop farmer and livestock feed handler.

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:

  1. Types of feeds - forages, grains, concentrates
  2. Dry matter content of feeds
  3. Supplements and additives

Feeding and Pasture Systems:

  1. Examples
  2. Good working models
  3. New innovations

DMD and feed consumption for:

  1. Ruminants – primarily dairy cattle –plus beef, goats & sheep
  2. Non-ruminants - poultry, hogs

Computing feed audits for:

  1. Dairy – cattle primarily and goats
  2. Beef
  3. Hogs
  4. Poultry – Chickens & Turkeys
  5. Sheep

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

To Register: REGISTER HERE

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

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course assignment, midcourse assignment, webinar presentations, and a 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.

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 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course: Noon, November 6, 2019
Mid-Course: Noon, November 13, 2019
Final Exam: Midnight, November 22, 2019

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

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Livestock Feed Audits.

Requirements to receive a Certificate of Completion include a compiled minimum score of 75% from the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

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 Livestock Feed Audits to document their attendance.


IOIA/OMRI Webinar
200 Level - IOIA/OMRI NOP Processing Input Materials
November 13, 2019

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

This is a 3 hour webinar. Enrollment: limited to 20.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

IOIA/OMRI Processing Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Processing Standards and processing inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Processing course or the IOIA 100-level NOP Basic Processing Standards webinar course. Previous IOIA/OMRI crop, livestock and processing input material webinars have been evaluated very well by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff.

OMRI will provide the expertise of lead presenter Tina Jensen Augustine, OMRI’s Senior Bilingual Technical Coordinator.

Participants in this essential session for the experienced Processing Inspector or Reviewer will:

  1. Increase skills in what a processing inspector should look for during inspections, and
  2. Gain understanding of input assessment by examining how the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) evaluates input materials. 

The course is comprised of 3 components:  pre-course self-study, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises to be completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The webinar component will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.  The course concludes with an exam to evaluate individual learning.

Scheduling:  The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam after the webinar.  The pre-course assignment will be due November 8, 2019, by Noon. The webinar exam will be due November 20, 2019, by midnight. Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date.

If you are interested in the course but have not completed the IOIA Basic Processing Inspection Training course or the IOIA 100 Level NOP Basic Processing Standards webinar course, please contact IOIA before registering.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI Processing Inputs Webinar: Certificate of Completion. Students who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI Processing Inputs Webinar: Letter of Participation to document their attendance.

Cost for Webinar:
$250 for IOIA members and OMRI subscribers
$275 for IOIA members or OMRI subscribers
$300 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers

To pay for a webinar with PayPal, please click here.

Checks or Money Orders must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

To register: REGISTER HERE


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Dairy Feed Audits:  Grazing and Non-Grazing Season
December 2 & 9, 2019

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, 3 hours duration. 
Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. 

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

IOIA’s 200 Level Dairy Feed Audits training is geared towards livestock; inspectors, reviewers and organic program managers. Participants must have pre-approval from IOIA to take this training if they have not completed IOIA’s 100 Level Livestock Standards Webinar and IOIA’s Basic Livestock Inspection course. If you would like to take the course but have questions regarding the pre-approval please contact Jonda Crosby jcrosby@mt.net .

The Dairy 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 all classes of dairy cattle operations in the following areas: 

  • how to apply risk-based oversight to large/complex dairies versus smaller, simpler operations
  • identify and address potential issues of concern
  • dairy feed audits to determine dry matter demand (DMD) and pasture dry matter intake (DMI) for the grazing season
  • dairy feed audits to determine DMD during the non-grazing season
  • pasture day weighted averages to determine if the DMI requirement is being met
  • dairy cattle body condition scoring
  • pasture management systems for irrigated and non-irrigated areas
  • feeding and pasture systems
  • milking systems
  • types of feeds - forages, grains, concentrates
  • dry matter (DM) content of feeds
  • typical forage and grain yields
  • crop storage facilities

The Dairy Feed Audits webinar will be taught by experienced organic inspectors Nate Powell-Palm and Jonda Crosby.  Nate and Jonda are dairy inspectors, have experience as certified organic operators - Nate with a multi-species livestock operation and Jonda as a crop farmer and livestock feed handler.

Cost for the webinar
$300 for IOIA members
$325 for non-IOIA members

To Register: REGISTER

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

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course assignment, midcourse assignment, webinar presentations, and a post webinar exam. The webinar also includes; in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.

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 2-4 hours to complete the exam.

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, November 27, 2019
Mid-Course: Noon, December 5, 2019
Final Exam: Midnight, December 16, 2019

The pre-course assignment will be emailed to participants two weeks prior to the due date.
Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Livestock Feed Audits.

Requirements to receive a Certificate of Completion include a compiled minimum score of 75% from the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

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 Livestock Feed Audits to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Processing - In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests and Recipe Verification for Processing Inspection Under NOP & COR
December 3 & 10, 2019

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

The two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

About this 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 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.

The presenter is experienced organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, Kelly A. Monaghan.

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

Due Dates for the Assignments:
Pre-course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), November 29, 2019
Mid-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), December 6, 2019
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), December 17, 2019

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

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.

The pre-course assignment presents two case studies, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against product profiles. The first webinar session reviews regulatory requirements, presents good practices and methods for in/out balances, presents a standardized in/out balancing reporting format, and presents recipe verification guidelines. The mid-session assignment includes an additional exercise to validate production records against product profiles, as well as in/out exercises for both facilities presented in the case studies. The second webinar session covers how to conduct traceability tests in the processing environment and use a standardized reporting format for such tests. The final exam has short answer questions and exercises based on a case study: recipe verification, in/out balance and traceability.

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion.

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 to document their attendance.

Cost for the Webinar:

$300 for non-IOIA members
$275 for IOIA members

To Register:  REGISTER HERE 

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
250 Level - Maple Syrup Inspections
December 12, 2019

 
Start Time: 9:00 am (Pacific)
End Time: 12:00 noon (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:
 
This webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to understand the requirements of the standards being used in Canada and the United States for organic maple syrup (and birch syrup) production. It will provide tools for use by inspectors in the woods and sugar camps, as well as in more industrial maple syrup processing situations.

The course will give an historical perspective and industry context for maple syrup inspection. The course information will differentiate the organic maple production methods at the producer level from those used by their conventional counterparts. Organic control points related to site selection, forestry practices, sap gathering methods, equipment, sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporation, filtration and maple syrup packing will be covered. The permitted substances used during processing and for cleaning will be presented and discussed. Record keeping as well as a traceability examples and in/out balancing will also be covered. Further considerations for on-farm processing (taffy, butter, candies) and industrial blending/bottling will also be discussed.

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Cite to and discuss the regulations related to Maple Syrup production and processing;
  • Identify management practices on a Maple Syrup operation that provide an exceptionally good implementation of Maple Syrup regulations;
  • Identify management practices on Maple Syrup operation that do not support compliance with the Maple Syrup regulations;
  • Prepare a concise, written description of key Maple Syrup management practices observed during an onsite inspection.

The course is designed for 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.

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 Assignments:

Pre-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), December 6, 2019
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), December 19, 2019

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 final exam as well as 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:
$175 for IOIA members
$200 for non-IOIA member

Registration and Payments:

To register for this webinar, click here - REGISTER

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.


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.


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