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IOIA Webinar Schedule

IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Facility Input Materials Update
November 29, 2016

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

IOIA/OMRI COR Processing and Facility Input Materials Update webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. This webinar will highlight the revisions to the Canada Organic Standards that were published in November 2015 regarding materials for processing (ingredients and processing aids), cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants, and facility management materials (pest control and post-harvest substances).

The course is 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. 

Previous IOIA/OMRI crop, livestock and processing input material webinars, have been evaluated very highly by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff. OMRI will provide the technical expertise of lead presenter Johanna Mirenda, OMRI Program Director.

Participants in this webinar training for experienced Processing and Handling Inspector or Reviewer will:

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) 

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IOIA Webinar
Inspecting Organic Wineries

Postponed until 2017

Start time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific time)
End time: 11:30 a.m. (Pacific time)

This webinar will be given in one, two and a half hour session.

This 300 level webinar course will prepare participants to conduct winery inspections. The course is geared to experienced inspectors or reviewers who wish to familiarize themselves with the scope and idiosyncrasies of winery inspections. Basic wine making techniques, vocabulary, and equipment will be reviewed. There will be a strong focus on identifying winery-specific organic control points during all stages of production from receiving through bottling. Detailed information including the role of sulfur dioxide and the differences between the US and the EU standard regarding inputs will be discussed. The presentation will include sample audit trails, which will be reviewed and decoded. At the conclusion of the course, inspectors should have a basic, practical understanding of winery operations as well as the confidence to tackle complicated winery inspections.

Experienced organic inspector Pam Sullivan, will present the course. This course is comprised of 3 components: pre-course self-study, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes reading materials and or 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. For this course the participantswill complete a mock audit exercise as part of their exam.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study pre-course reading/exercises in advance of the webinar.  Self-study pre-course exercises will be due November 25, 2016 at noon. The exam will be due December 6, 2016 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Inspecting Organic Wineries Webinar: Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but do not meet the minimum requirements for a passing score or opt out of the course assignments and exam will receive an IOIA Inspecting Organic Wineries Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Cost for the webinar: $225, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To pay for the webinar: This option will be available when the new date for this webinar is scheduled.

To pay IOIA with a Check or Money Order make the check out to International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

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