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


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 Ohio Field Training 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


Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Processing Course
August 28– September 1, 2017

IOIA and Isidor Sustainability Research Institute will cosponsor a 4.5 day Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training using the Korea Organic Regulation as a reference. The Processing course will be given in Korean language and held in Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea: August 28 – September 1, 2017. For enquiries, please contact Jinseon Jang, phone:  +82-31-424-9792   Fax: +82-31-424-9793 Email: 663jinseon@gmail.com


IOIA/MTDA Crop Inspection Field Training, Bozeman, Montana
September 7 & 8, 2017

IOIA and Montana Department of Agriculture (MTDA) will cosponsor Organic Crop Inspection Field Training in Bozeman, Montana. 

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: 

  1. prospective inspectors who have successfully completed an IOIA Basic Crop Inspection Training, but have not completed an apprenticeship, 
  2. current Livestock or handler inspectors wishing to add crop inspections to their organic inspection scope(s) and resumé,
  3. inspectors or reviewers to use as a hands on refresher course,

Crop operations used for this training will include; small grains, vegetable, small fruits, greenhouse and forage, training inspections.

The training is limited to 10 participants. Participants without IOIA basic crop training will be considered for acceptance with an endorsement or recommendation from a certification agency, 

For more information:

Complete the on online Registration and Application submission by the following these four steps. All application materials must be completed by the deadline, July 24, 2017 in order for participants to be considered for acceptance into the course. 

  1. Step One:  Download more information about the Bozeman Field Training - deadlines and logistics
  2. Step Two:  Register on-line.
  3. Step Three:  Download the Field Training Application Here. Please take time to answer questions fully. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the merits of the application. 
  4. Step Four: Send your resume to:  jcrosby@mt.net if you do not already have a current resume on file with IOIA

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


IOIA/MTDA Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training, Bozeman, MontanaSeptember 11 & 12, 2017

IOIA and Montana Department of Agriculture (MTDA) will cosponsor Organic Livestock Inspection Field Training in Bozeman, Montana. 

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: 

  1. prospective inspectors who have successfully completed an IOIA Basic Livestock Inspection Training, but have not completed an apprenticeship, 
  2. current crop or handler inspectors wishing to add livestock inspections to their organic inspection scope(s) and resumé,
  3. inspectors or reviewers to use as a hands-on refresher course,

Livestock operations used for this training will include; dairy goat, sheep, swine, beef and or poultry training inspections.

The training is limited to 10 participants. Participants without IOIA basic livestock training will be considered for acceptance with an endorsement or recommendation from a certification agency.

For more information:

Complete the on online Registration and Application submission by the following these four steps. All application materials must be completed by the deadline, July 24, 2017 in order for participants to be considered for acceptance into the course. 

  1. Step One:  Download more information about the Bozeman Field Training - deadlines and logistics
  2. Step Two:  Register on-line.
  3. Step Three:  Download the Field Training Application Here. Please take time to answer questions fully. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the merits of the application. 
  4. Step Four: Send your resume to:  jcrosby@mt.net if you do not already have a current resume on file with IOIA

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



IOIA/MTDA Handler Inspection Field Training, Bozeman, Montana
September 14 & 15, 2017

IOIA and Montana Department of Agriculture (MTDA) will cosponsor Organic Handler/Processing Inspection Field Training in Bozeman, Montana. 

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: 

  1. prospective inspectors who have successfully completed an IOIA Basic Handling/Processing Inspection Training, but have not completed an apprenticeship, 
  2. current crop or livestock inspectors wishing to add Handling/Processing inspections to their organic inspection scope(s) and resumé,
  3. inspectors or reviewers to use as a hands on refresher course,

Handling/Processing operations used for this training will include; vegetable, flour, slaughter, coffee, tea, cheese, training inspections.

The training is limited to 10 participants. Participants without IOIA basic Handling/Processing training will be considered for acceptance with an endorsement or recommendation from a certification agency, 

For more information:

Complete the on online Registration and Application submission by the following these four steps. All application materials must be completed by the deadline, July 24, 2017 in order for participants to be considered for acceptance into the course. 

  1. Step One:  Download more information about the Bozeman Field Training - deadlines and logistics
  2. Step Two:  Register on-line.
  3. Step Three:  Download the Field Training Application Here. Please take time to answer questions fully. Applicants will be considered on the basis of the merits of the application. 
  4. Step Four: Send your resume to:  jcrosby@mt.net if you do not already have a current resume on file with IOIA. 

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


IOIA/CCOF Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training – Sept. 25 - 29, 2017
IOIA/CCOF Basic Organic Crop Inspection Training – Oct. 2 - 6, 2017
IOIA/CCOF Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training – Oct. 2 - 6, 2017


IOIA and California Certified Organic Farmers will cosponsor two (2) Crop Inspection Trainings and a Processing Inspection Training, at Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center, Fresno, California. One Crop course will be offered the week of September 25 – 29, 2017. Another Crop course and a Processing course will run concurrently, October 2 – 6, 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 Processing Standards webinar is prerequisite for each course. Webinars have been scheduled for participants a few weeks before the on-site course begins.
  
CCOF, founded in 1973, advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. CCOF certifies to the NOP and major International standards, including EU and Canada. CCOF is accredited to NOP and ISO-65. CCOF has a solid based of clients in California and certifies throughout the US, Mexico and Canada.  To learn more about CCOF, please visit their website www.ccof.org.

Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center is located in Fresno, California about 15 minutes from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, California.

Crop Training Registration, Sept. 25 – 29, 2017 -  Register Here
Crop Training Registration, Oct. 2 - 6, 2017Register Here
Processing Training Registration, Oct. 2 – 6, 2017 - Register Here

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

California Course Information

San José, Costa Rica, Farm Inspection Course, November 27 – December 1, 2017

IOIA and Eco-LOGICA will cosponsor a 4.5 day Basic Organic Farm Inspection training using USDA National Organic Standards as a reference. The course will be held at ICAES, Coronado in Costa Rica on November 27 to December 1, 2017. Instruction will be conducted in Spanish. Please contact Sue Wei at ph.: (506) 2297-6676, fax: (506) 2235-1638 or
e-mail: swei@eco-logica.com or further information.