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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA Webinar
NOP Organic Crop Standards
February 14 & 17, 2017

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
End Time: 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This webinar will be given in two sessions, on two dates, each three hours long. Enrollment is limited to 25.  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: click here
To pay for the webinar with PayPal, please  click here.  
To pay with a Check or Money Order, please 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.

Due Dates for the Course Work
Pre-course:  Noon, February 10, 2017
Mid-course: Noon, February 16, 2017
Final Exam:  Midnight, February 24, 2017

Certificates:  Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for NOP Organic Crop Standards Training.

Letters of Participation:  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.


 


IOIA Webinar
In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR
February 22 & March 1, 2017

Start Time:  10:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time:  12:00 p.m. (PST)

In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR
webinar is a 200 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 on crop farms. This webinar will focus on methodology, practical applications and standardized reporting. The course exercises are designed so that each participant can complete them in either metric or US standard units.

This 200 level course is designed for persons with at least two years of experience in organic inspection or certification review. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop 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 a basic IOIA Inspection course and do not have experience inspecting organic crops. 

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 a mid-session assignment. Final grades for this webinar course will be a combination of the scores received on the pre-course, mid-course and final exam.

The pre-course assignment will present a case study, some discussion questions and an initial exercise to validate production records against sales, inventory and crops used on farm.

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

The second webinar session will cover how to conduct traceability tests on a crop farm environment and use a standardized reporting format for such tests. Mid-session exercises will be reviewed.

The final exam will have short answer questions and exercises based on a case study: in/out balance and traceability.

Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive an IOIA webinar, Certificate of Completion for “In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR”.  Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA webinar, “In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR”, Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar, 2-3 hours to complete the mid course assignment and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due February 20, 2017 at noon. The webinar exam will be due March 8, 2017 at midnight.


IOIA Webinar
NOP Processing Standards
February 28, & March 3, 2017

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

This webinar is a two part series, each are 3 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

This basic 100 level webinar training course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Processing Standards. The course is designed as an essential session for the Processing Inspector or Reviewer. It is highly recommended for organic handlers, processors, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff and can be used as a credential to seek work as an entry-level certification file reviewer. This course is also geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers.

The IOIA Trainer for this webinar is Luis Brenes. Luis has 18 years of experience as an accredited organic inspector and has audited farms and food processing facilities throughout NorthAmerica, LatinAmerica, the Caribbean, and Asia.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the National List of approved ingredients both natural and synthetic. It will also cover labeling, inspection, and certification requirements. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations. The training includes pre-course reading and a mid course assignment, 5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post course exam.

Cost for the webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non IOIA members

To register:  REGISTER HERE

To pay for the 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.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Pre-course exercises will be due February 24, 2017 at noon. The Mid-Course assignment will due at Noon, March 2, 2017. The webinar exam will be due March 10, 2017 at midnight.

This 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. The self-study component encourages participants to prepare and explore resources on the web applicable to organic processing inspection and review. 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.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA NOP Organic Processing Standards Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive an IOIA NOP Organic Processing Standards Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:
Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
Participation in the Webinar, and mid course homework.
Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam.
All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.

The two webinar sessions are each 3 hours long, with two short breaks.
Webinar enrollment is limited to 25.

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


IOIA Webinar
NOP Livestock Standards
March 13 & 16, 2017

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 webinar is a 100 level course will prepare participants to verify compliance with the NOP Livestock Standards. This webinar training course will focus on topics including the National List of allowed synthetic and prohibited natural inputs for livestock 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, will present the course.

Cost for the webinar:
$325 for IOIA members
$350 for non IOIA members

To register:  Click Here

To pay for the 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.

This course is comprised of 4 components:  pre-course self-study, midcourse exercises, the webinar, and post webinar exam.  The webinar components include;  in-class discussion, examples, exercises and the opportunity for questions and answers.

Scheduling:  The course may require 2-4 hours to complete self-study pre-course exercises, in advance of the webinar, 1 hour to complete the midcourse and approximately 1-1 ½ hours to complete the exam following the webinar.

Deadlines:
Pre-course:  Noon March 9,  2017
Mid-course:  Noon March 15, 2017
Final Exam: Midnight, March 23, 2017


IOIA Webinar
Inspecting Organic Wineries
March 17, 2016

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

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 reading assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam. 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 participants will 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 materials in advance of the webinar.  The exam will be due March 24, 2017.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Inspecting Organic Wineries: 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: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

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

To register for the webinar 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.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time: 11:30 a.m. (PST)

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 reading assignment, the webinar, and post webinar exam. 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 participants will 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 materials in advance of the webinar.  The exam will be due March 24, 2017.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Inspecting Organic Wineries: 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: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

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

To register for the webinar 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.


IOIA Training Webinar
IOIA/COTA Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard
September 12 & 19, 2017

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 25. 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 & the Standard and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists. 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:
$300 for IOIA and COTA members
$325 for IOIA members
$325 for COTA members
$350 for non-IOIA and non-COTA members

PayPal Webinar Payment: click here
Checks or Money Orders also accepted for payment and must be made out to: International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) in U.S. funds only.

Registration Required: Registration Link

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. Deadlines: Pre-course exercises: Noon, September 8, 2017. Final Exam: Midnight, September 26, 2017.

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.


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