Online COR - Basic Crop Inspection Training

Course Description

The course provides basic level training to develop skills required for inspecting and reporting on the management of an organic crop operations according to a specified set of standards. For courses conducted in Canada, the standard is CAN/CGSB-32.310-2020 and Permitted Substance Lists CAN/CGSB-32.311-2020.

The Basic Crop Inspection Training follows IOIA's curriculum requirements which include: instruction on applying the organic standards; working with organic system plans; how to inspect organic farms; audit trail requirements; risk assessment and organic control points; investigative skills; report writing; understanding input materials; assessing natural resource management; inspector conduct, confidentiality, and ethics; understanding the difference between inspecting and consulting; and effective communication.

The 4 ½ -day Basic Inspection Training follows IOIA's curriculum requirements which include:

  • applying the the organic standards (focus on the USDA National Organic Rule);
  • working with organic system plans;
  • how to inspect organic farms;
  • audit trail requirements;
  • risk assessment and organic control points;
  • investigative skills;
  • report writing;
  • approved input materials;
  • assessing natural resource management;
  • inspector conduct, confidentiality, and ethics;
  • understanding the difference between inspecting and consulting; and
  • effective communication.

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Schedule

The courses are scheduled from 7:45 am – 2:30 pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Thursday, with additional assignments for the evening, and 7:45 am -11:30 am on Friday. Participants must attend the entire course, to receive a Certificate of Completion or Letter of Participation.

Requirements

APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA

Applications for participation in IOIA courses are evaluated and ranked according to the applicant’s relevant education, training and life experiences. Attendance to IOIA courses is limited. If you are accepted into the course, an instructional letter and the curriculum materials including pre-course readings and assignments will be mailed to you. Applicants to IOIA trainings must meet the following acceptance criteria.

Additional Course Acceptance Criteria

  • A minimum of 1-year training and/or 1-year experience in organic agriculture, with knowledge of conventional agricultural practices.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting and ability to solve mathematical problems.
  • The 100-Level self-directed COR Crop Standards online course. If you have already completed this webinar, you are not required to retake it.