Our Mission: To address issues and concerns relevant to organic inspectors, to provide quality inspector training, and
to promote consistency and integrity in the organic certification process.

IOIA Onsite Training Schedule

IOIA Advanced Organic Inspector Training, Ottawa, Ontario 
March 23-24 2017 & Annual Meeting March 25

IOIA will sponsor two days of Advanced Organic Inspector Training in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on March 25 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. Field Trips to certified operations are planned on March 22, and cultural field trip opportunities offered on March 26. This gala annual meeting will honor IOIA’s 25th Anniversary.

For details about the agenda, including the venue and annual meeting; field trip options; a draft training agenda; and to register on line: http://www.ioia.net/AGM.html

IOIA/IOA Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training – April 24 – 28, 2017
IOIA/IOA Basic Organic Livestock Inspection Training – May 1 – 5, 2017

IOIA and Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will cosponsor Crop and Livestock Inspection Trainings, at Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa. Crop and Livestock courses will run in consecutive weeks. Basic Crop Training – April 24 - 28, 2017 and Basic Livestock Training – May 1 – 5, 2017. Each course includes 4 days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing. A minimum of 12 participants is required for each course or it will be canceled. The corresponding IOIA NOP Crop or Livestock Standards webinar is prerequisite for each course. Webinars have been scheduled for participants a few weeks before the on-site course begins.
Iowa Organic Association is a non-profit umbrella organization. It is the only organization in the state dedicated to advancing opportunities in organic agriculture. Core focus areas include education; policy; promotion and market development; and research. IOA members include individuals, organizations, and companies. Several certification agencies, including the state of Iowa, certify organic operations in the area. For more information about the Iowa Organic Association (IOA) visit www.iowaorganic.org.

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville - Iowa City is located in Coralville, Iowa, about 20 minutes from The Eastern Iowa airport, Cedar Rapids, IA (CID).

Crop Training Registration - Register Here

Livestock Training Registration - Register Here

Please contact IOIA for more information about these courses.
Email: ioiassistant@rangeweb.net

Iowa Course Info

Kobe City, Japan, Farm Course
August 1-4, 2017

IOIA and JOIA will cosponsor a 4-day Basic Organic Farm Inspection Training using JAS Standards as a reference. The course will be held in Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, August 1-4, 2017. The training language will be Japanese. Please contact JOIA for more information about this training. E-Mail: info@joia-organic.com 

IOIA/OEFFA Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training, Wooster, Ohio
August 2 & 3, 2017

IOIA and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will cosponsor Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training in Wooster, Ohio.

New in 2016, the Field Training as a structured apprenticeship will include two days of practice inspections with an IOIA trainer mentor. At the Field Training, participants will work with an experienced inspector to participate in and complete, two inspection reports. On day 1 of the Field Training participants will be in a group of five to six with an experienced inspector as the lead inspector and facilitator. Day 2 of Field Training will be in a smaller group of two participants, with the mentor providing guidance, observations and to assess participant performance.

This training is designed for prospective inspectors;

  1. who have successfully completed an IOIA basic Livestock Inspection Training,
  2. participants without basic livestock training will be considered for acceptance with an endorsement or recommendation from a certification agency,
  3. for current inspectors wishing to add livestock inspections to their resume or for livestock inspectors who wish to sharpen their skills, and
  4. as a refresher for those working as crop and livestock inspectors or as certification reviewers.

Both dairy and poultry inspections are available for this training.

The training is limited to 10 participants.

For more information about this course click here.

An online Registration and Application submission consists of the following three steps.
All must be completed by the deadline to be considered for acceptance into the course.

  1. Step One: Register on-line.
  2. Step Two: Complete the Field Training Application on line. Please take time to answer questions fully. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the merits of the application.
  3. Step Three: If you do not already have a current resume on file with IOIA, please send your resume to: ioiassistant@rangeweb.net

If you have further questions please contact IOIA for more information about this course.
E-Mail: ioiassistant@rangeweb.net

IOIA/CCOF Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training - Fall 2017
IOIA/CCOF Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training – Fall 2017

IOIA and CCOF will cosponsor Crop and Processing Inspection Training in the Fresno, California area in fall 2017. More information and links to register will be posted here as soon as available.