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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Self-Directed Training
200 level IOIA/AGA Grassfed Dairy Inspection Training for Organic Inspectors

This course was developed by IOIA with the American Grassfed Association to prepare experienced organic dairy inspectors to perform an “add-on” AGA inspection at the same time as an organic inspection, or as a stand-alone AGA inspection.

Each participant is required to complete a pre-course assignment, assessing their familiarity with organic dairy inspection. There are two pre-recorded webinars. The first session provides an overview of the AGA standard and where it is the same or different from the NOP. The second session provides resources and tools to aid the organic dairy inspector in conducting a pasture based and animal welfare focused dairy inspection. Each participant can complete these on their own timeline and at their own convenience, provided the entire course is completed in about one month. The course concludes with a written exam following the second webinar recording.

Upon successful completion of the exam, the inspector is approved by AGA to perform these AGA inspections. This course would also be useful in understanding the resources and activities related to any grass-based livestock operation. The course focuses primarily on dairy cattle. Dairy goats and sheep are included. Participants will learn AGA meat standards, since some organic dairies may also want to sell cull females and male animals as AGA meat. Dairy farm transition, production and animal handling standards are discussed as well as tools and resources to assess compliance. The acceptance materials for the course include the AGA standards, the AGA on-site inspection checklist, a list of resources, and a sample “animal status inventory worksheet” for use by the dairy farmer and/or the inspector to keep track of the NOP and AGA status of animals on the farm. It is expected that performing these add-on inspections at the same time as the NOP inspection will take approximately an extra hour.

This course is presented by experienced IOIA Trainer Harriet Behar.

Cost of this self-directed course is $350 for members and $375 for non-members.

If you are interested in more information or to register, please contact ioia@rangeweb.net.   


IOIA Webinar
300 Level - Processing – Fraud Prevention in the Receiving Department
April 29, 2019

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

This webinar will be given in one session, and is three hours in duration. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

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. Silke 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.  

Presenting the webinar is processing inspector 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.

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

To Register and Pay for the webinar:  click 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 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. 

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

The due date for the pre-course assignment is Friday, April 26, 2019, by 12:00 noon (Pacific Time).

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.


IOIA/OMRI Webinar
200 Level - IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials
May 29, 2019

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

Webinar Assignment Deadlines:
Pre-Course: Noon, May 24, 2019 
Final Exam: Midnight, June 5, 2019 

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

This webinar is a one session webinar, 3 hours in duration. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update webinar is an intermediate 200 level course geared for persons with an understanding of COR Processing and Handling Standards and processing inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Processing course or the IOIA 100-level COR Basic Processing Standards webinar course.

OMRI will provide the technical expertise of lead presenter Doug Currier, OMRI Technical Director.

Participants in this webinar training for experienced Processing and Handling Inspector or Reviewer will:

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

Cost for Webinar:
$250 for participants who are both an IOIA member and an OMRI subscriber
$275 for participants who are either an IOIA member or an OMRI subscriber
$300 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers (registration includes a subscription to OMRI) 

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

This course is comprised of 3 components:  pre-course self-study, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. 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 self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar.  Pre-course self-study exercises will be due at noon February 1, 2019. The webinar final exam will be due February 13, 2019 at midnight.

If you are interested in participating in the course, but have not completed an IOIA Basic COR Processing regulation course or the IOIA 100-level COR Basic Processing Standards Webinar course, please contact IOIA before registering.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Handling Input Materials Update Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level Grower Group Inspection and Certification
July 16 and 19, 2019

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific)
End Time: 11:30 p.m. (Pacific)

This webinar is a two part series, each are 2.5 hours in duration. 

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. 

IOIA Organic Grower Group Inspection and Certification webinar is a 200 level IOIA Training Institute course. This course will focus on organic Grower Group certification and inspection. The first webinar session will cover the history and background of Grower Group certification and will describe in detail the current requirements based on the NOSB 2002 and 2008 recommendations. The second webinar session will provide training on how to prepare, conduct and report an
organic inspection of a Grower Group. 

Experienced IOIA Trainer and inspector, Luis Brenes of Costa Rica, will present the course. 

This webinar is designed for inspectors, reviewers, and others interested in learning about Grower Group organic inspection. The training is highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff. 

Cost for the webinar is:
$275 for IOIA members 
$300 for non-IOIA members 

To Register:  REGISTER HERE 

Please click here to pay with PayPal. 

Checks or Money Orders must be made out to: International Organic Inspectors Association.

The course is comprised of 4 components:  pre-course self-study assignment, participating in the webinar, group exercises during the webinar, and a final exam. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar and encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to Grower Group inspection requirements. The webinar will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers. The course concludes with a short exam to evaluate individual learning.

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.

Webinar Assignment Deadlines - All times Pacific:
Pre-Course: Noon, July 12, 2019 
Mid-Course: Noon, July 18, 2019 
Final Exam: Midnight, July 26, 2019

Your pre-course assignment will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the due date and you will be billed for the webinar at that time.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Grower Group Inspection and Certification. Participants 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 Grower Group Inspection and Certification, to document their attendance.

More about the Course Trainer:

Luis Brenes is an organic inspector and trainer that also dedicates time being a post-grad professor and an organic compliance consultant. With 20 years of experience as an accredited organic, inspector, he has audited farms and food processing facilities throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Married and father of four, Luis is an agronomist with post-graduate studies in tropical Crop Protection. He has served as an organic extension and on-farm research agent. He has also served as Executive Director of the National Association for Organic Agriculture of Costa Rica, and as an IOIA BOD member and Chair.


IOIA Webinar
100 Level NOP Processing Standards
September 10 & 13, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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 skill 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.

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

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 the Assignments - All times Pacific:
Pre-Course due Noon, September 6, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, September 12, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, September 20, 2019

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.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA NOP Organic Processing Standards Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA NOP Organic Processing Standards Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
Participation in the Webinar, and mid course homework.
Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.

All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.


IOIA Webinar
100 Level IOIA/COTA COR Processing Standards
September 17 & 24, 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 100 level webinar training course will cover the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) as it pertains to processing operations.

The training will prepare participants to verify compliance with the COR Processing Standard. 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 working inspectors and reviewers who have taken a basic processing inspection course to a standard other than the COR.  It is also recommended for organic handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff. This course can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer.

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

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards & the Standard and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists.  Participants will gain skill in navigating the Organic Products Regulations as well as the Standard and PSL, understanding the labeling rules, inspection and certification requirements. It will also cover the issues relating to Canada’s two equivalency arrangements with the USA and the EU.

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), September 13, 2019
Mid-Course: 12:00 Noon (Pacific), September 20, 2019
Final Exam: 12:00 Midnight (Pacific), October 1, 2019

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

The course is comprised of 3 components:  self-study, webinar, and evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar and encourages participants to prepare and explore a resources related to COR crop 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.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA/COTA Certificate of Completion for Canadian Organic Regime Processing Standard.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments, the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation for Canadian Organic Regime Processing Standard to document their participation.

Cost for the Webinar:

$300 for IOIA and COTA members
$325 for IOIA members
$325 for COTA members
$350 for non-IOIA and non-COTA 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/OMRI Webinar
200 Level - IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials
September 25, 2019

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

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.

International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Livestock Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. This webinar will cover how OMRI reviews livestock input materials and what livestock inspectors should look for during inspections. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Livestock Standards and farm inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop and/or the Basic Livestock Inspection course(s). 

Previous IOIA/OMRI livestock, crop and processing input webinars have been evaluated very highly by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff.

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

This course is comprised of 3 components:  self-study, webinar, and evaluation. The self-study component includes exercises that are completed and submitted in advance of the webinar. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the OMRI website (www.omri.org) applicable to input material assessment related to organic livestock 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.

Participants in this webinar training designed for the experienced Livestock Inspector or Reviewer will:

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, but have not completed an IOIA Inspection Training for the Basic Livestock Inspection course, please contact IOIA before registering. An additional 30-minute pre-recorded session will be provided for those who have not taken a previous livestock inputs webinar.

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.  The pre-course assignment will be due September 20, 2019 by Noon (Pacific). The webinar exam will be due October 2, 2019, by midnight (Pacific).

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


If you are interested in participating in the course, but have not completed an IOIA Basic Crop course or the IOIA 100-level NOP Basic Crop Standards webinar course, please contact IOIA before registering.

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

Cost for Webinar is:
$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
300 Level Processing – Fraud Prevention in the Receiving Department
September 26, 2019

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:

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. Silke 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.  

Presenting the webinar is processing inspector 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), September 20, 2019

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 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

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
100 Level  NOP Crop Standards
October 1 & 4, 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 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 NOP Organic Crop Standards webinar is a 100 level course and is designed to prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Crop Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for crop 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, and/or IOIA Executive Director Margaret Scoles will present the course. Garry and Margaret have over 40 years of organic inspection and teaching experience, farm and ranch ownership/management and formal agricultural training in agroecology, soils and agronomy.

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, the webinar, and an exam. The self-study components include exercises that are completed and submitted for grading. The pre and mid course exercises encourage participants to prepare and explore resources on the NOP website applicable to organic crop 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, an 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), September 27, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon (Pacific), October 3, 2019
Final Exam due 11:55 pm (Pacific), October 11, 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
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 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.


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