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IOIA Webinar Schedule


 


IOIA Webinar
Biodiversity and Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms


April 21, 2015

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

The IOIA Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms is an intermediate 200 level webinar training course. IOIA and the Wild Farm Alliance have collaborated to review and update all IOIA natural resource related training materials.

This webinar training course will cover Natural Resource Assessment for Organic Farms. The course is geared to prepare those who are currently organic inspectors or file reviewers to evaluate Natural Resource requirements as described in the NOP/COR. The course is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff.

IOIA Trainer, Garry Lean, will present the course. Garry's qualifications to teach this course include a background in soil science and farming (beef, dairy, poultry, field crops and vegetables) and over 20 years of organic inspection experience in crops, livestock and processing (both in Canada and the United States). Garry also taught Agroecology and Ecosystem Management for 25 years at Fleming College in Ontario, Canada. Previous IOIA webinars taught by Garry, have been evaluated very highly by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including:

  1. Learn how to evaluate, verify and report biodiversity and conservation components of an Organic System Plan, farming practices, and the operators commitment to:
    a) soil building practices and management,
    b) water use and conservation,
    c) woodlands use and biodiversity, and
    d) wildlife enhancement practices.
  2. Assess a farmer’s commitment to biodiversity and conservation
    a) verify if a biodiversity and conservation monitoring plan has been implemented;
    b) determine if the farmer is maintaining and improving (or degrading)
    biodiversity and conservation on the farm.

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.  Self-study exercises will be due April 17, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due April 28, 2015 at midnight.

Cost for the webinar is:
$225 for IOIA Members
$250 for non IOIA members.

To pay for a webinar with PayPal: click here.

Checks or Money Orders must be made out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

To register for the webinar, go to:
https://ganconferencing.qualitywebconference.com/register/10321389716348

This webinar will be presented in one, 3 hour session. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

This webinar is a 200 level training course and includes pre-course reading and assignment, three hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post webinar exam. The webinar component will include in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Natural Resource Assessment Webinar.

The criteria to receive a “Certificate of Completion” are as follows:
1.  Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment
2.  Participate in the Webinar
3.  Receive a passing grade on the Post Exam

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 Natural Resource Assessment Webinar to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests, and Recipe Verification
for Processing Inspection under NOP & COR

April 23 and 30, 2015

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

NOP & COR In/Out Balances, Traceability Tests, and Recipe Verification for Processing Inspections webinar is a 300 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 in a complex processing environment, with an emphasis on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting. The course exercises are designed as real-life scenarios with the expectation that participants will work with a combination of metric and US standard units.

This 300 level course is designed for persons with at least three years of experience in organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants will have completed an IOIA Basic 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 the Basic IOIA Processing Inspection course and do not have three years experience inspecting processing facilities. 

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 is:
$300 for non IOIA members
$275 for IOIA members

To register, please click here:

To pay for the webinar with PayPal: please click here.

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course self-study, a midcourse assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam.
The course will have a pre-course assignment. The course will be delivered in two, 2 hour sessions, with one week in between to allow for individual completion of an extensive mid-session assignment. A post-course exam will be graded.

The pre-course assignment will present one case study, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against product profiles.

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

The mid-session assignment will be an in/out exercises for the facility presented in the case study, as well as a traceability test based on the pre-course recipe verification exercise. Participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours on this assignment.

The second webinar session will cover reporting protocols, as well as the good habits to develop and pitfalls to avoid in the complex processing environment. All mid-session exercises will be reviewed.

The final exam will have short answer questions, a traceability test and an in/out balance for a facility not used in previous case studies.

Certificates:  Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive an IOIA webinar, Certificate of Completion for 300 Level: In/out balances, Traceability tests and Recipe verification for Processing inspection under NOP & COR. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA webinar, 300 Level: In/out balances, Traceability tests and Recipe verification for Processing inspection under NOP & COR: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Scheduling: The course may require approximately 2 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, approximately 2 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due April 20, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due May 7, 2015 at midnight. Pre-course, mid-course and the final exam are all included in participant’s final grade.


IOIA Webinar
Grower Group Inspection and Certification
July 13, 2015

Two, two hour sessions, both taking place on July 13, 2015.

Session One:
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 10:00 a.m.
Session Two:
Start Time:  3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time:  5:00 p.m.

Course Description:
IOIA Organic Grower Group Inspection and Certification webinar is an advanced 300 level IOIA Training Institute course. This webinar will be presented in two, two hour sessions, both executed in the same day. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

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:  $350, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register for the Webinar : click here

Webinar Payment Options:

The course is comprised of 4 components:  self-study, webinar, group exercise, 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. Self-study exercises will be due July 9, 2015 at midnight. The webinar exam will be due July 20, 2015 at midnight.

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.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
1.  Successfully complete the Pre-course and Group Assignments,
2.  Participate in the webinar, and
3.  Receive a passing grade on the Exam.

All other participants will receive a "Letter of Participation".

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 18 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 that served as an organic extension and on-farm research agent. He also served as E.D. of the National Association for Organic Agriculture of Costa Rica, and as an IOIA BOD member and Chair.


IOIA Training Webinar
IOIA/COTA Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard
October 6 and 8, 2015

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.

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 (aka “the Standard” - CAN/CGSB-32.310) and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists (aka “the PSL” - CAN/CGSB-32.311). 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.

Cost for Webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non-IOIA members

Payment for the Webinar:
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.

Registration:
To register:  Register Here

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.

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. Self-study exercises will be due October 2, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due October 15, 2015 at midnight.

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.


NOP Organic Crop Standards
Dates: September 9 & 11, 2015

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

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, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To Register for the Webinar please click here.

To pay for the webinar:
To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please click here.
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 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 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 self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due September 7, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due September 18, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Crop Standards Training. 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 Crop Standards Training, to document their attendance.