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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
100 Level - NOP Processing Standard
February 19 & 22, 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. Registration 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 19 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:
Pre-Course due Noon, February 15, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, February 21, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, March 1, 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.

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:

  1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
  2. Participation in the Webinar, and mid-course homework.
  3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.

All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.

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

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.


IOIA Webinar
200 Level - In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection
under NOP and COR
March 7 & 14, 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, two hours in duration each session. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR
webinar
is a 200 level course. This webinar will be presented in two, 2 hour sessions. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Enrollment is limited to 20.

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 200 level course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop Inspection course and 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 a basic IOIA Inspection course and do not have experience inspecting organic crops. 

The presenter is experienced organic inspector Monique Scholz of Québec. Monique has been an inspector for over 20 years and she has been training inspectors and industry quality control personnel since 1994. Follow this IOIA Trainer link for more information about Monique Scholz's professional capacity.

Cost for the Webinar 
$275 for IOIA members
$300 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.

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course self-study, a midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam.

The course will be delivered in two, 2 hour sessions, with one week in between to allow for individual completion of a mid-session assignment. Final grades for this webinar course will be a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid course and final exam.

The pre-course assignment will present a case study, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against sales, inventory and crops used on farm.

The first webinar session will review regulatory requirements, present good practices and methods for in/out balances, and present a standardized in/out balancing reporting format.  Pre-course discussion points and the exercise will be reviewed. Mid session exercises will be assigned.

The second webinar session will cover how to conduct traceability tests on a crop farm environment and use a standardized reporting format for such tests. Mid-session exercises will be reviewed.

The final exam will have short answer questions and exercises based on a case study: in/out balance and traceability.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 2-3 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, March 1, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, March 11, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, March 21, 2019

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

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements for assignments and the 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 do not meet the criteria to participate in a 200-level course, will receive an IOIA Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
100 Level - NOP Processing Standards
March 26 & 29, 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.

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 19 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:
Pre-Course due Noon, March 22, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, March 28, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, April 5, 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.

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:

  1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
  2. Participation in the Webinar, and mid course homework.
  3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.

All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.

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

Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.

The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.


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

April 9 & 16, 2019

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

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each two 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 presenter for the course is experienced IOIA Trainer and processing inspector Kelly Monaghan.

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. 

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

To Register: 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.

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.

Due Dates for the assignments:
Pre-Course due Noon, April 5, 2019
Mid-Course due Noon, April 12, 2019
Final Exam due Midnight, April 23, 2019

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

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 2-3 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

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.


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/OMRI Webinar
200 Level - IOIA/OMRI NOP Crop 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.

IOIA/OMRI NOP Crop Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Crop Standards and farm inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop course or the IOIA 100 Level NOP Basic Crop 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 webinar training for the experienced Crops Inspector or Reviewer will:

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


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