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IOIA Webinar Schedule


IOIA/OMRI Webinar Training
IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Input Materials
October 23, 2014

Start Time: 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
End Time: 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

Early Bird Discount for Webinar until October 9, 2014.

International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA)/Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Livestock Input Materials webinar is an intermediate 200 level course. This webinar will cover how OMRI reviews livestock input materials and what livestock inspectors should look for during inspections. The course is geared for persons with an understanding of NOP Livestock Standards and farm inspection or certification. Course participants preferably will have completed the IOIA Basic Crop and/or the Basic Livestock Inspection course(s).

Previous IOIA/OMRI livestock, crop and processing input webinars have been evaluated very highly by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff. Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, OMRI Technical Director, is the presenter for this course.

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 OMRI website (www.omri.org) applicable to input material assessment related to organic livestock 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 in this webinar training designed for the experienced Livestock Inspector or Reviewer will:

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, but have not completed an IOIA Inspection Training for the Basic Crop Inspection course, please contact IOIA before registering. An additional 30-minute pre-recorded session will be provided for those who have not taken a previous crop inputs webinar.

The registration cost includes an individual subscription to OMRI.

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 20, 2014 at noon. The webinar exam will be due October 30, 2014 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI NOP Livestock Inputs Webinar: Certificate of Completion.

Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a joint IOIA/OMRI Livestock Inputs Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

The criteria to receive a "Certificate of Completion" are as follows:

  1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment
  2. Participation in the Webinar
  3. Receive a passing grade on the Post Webinar Exam

All other participants will receive a Letter of Participation.

The webinar session is 3 hours long, with a break in the middle.
Webinar enrollment is limited to 20.
The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

Cost for Webinar until October 9, 2014 (early discount price):
$225 for IOIA members and OMRI subscribers
$250 for IOIA members or OMRI subscribers
$275 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers

Cost for Webinar after October 9, 2014
$250 for IOIA members and OMRI subscribers
$275 for IOIA members or OMRI subscribers
$300 for non IOIA/OMRI members/subscribers

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.

To register: Please click here.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.

About the Course Presenter: Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador holds a B.S. from Oregon State University in Natural Resource Management and an M.S. from University of Florida in Geography. She has over 10 years of work experience on both conventional and organic farms in Oregon, including certification consultation and independent inspecting. She has lived and worked in Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish. She has been a staff member with OMRI since 2009 and the Technical Director at OMRI for two years. 


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

October 23 and 30, 2014

Start Time:  8:00 a.m. (PDT)
End Time:  10:00 a.m. (PDT)

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 October 17, 2014 at noon. The webinar exam will be due November 6, 2014 at midnight. Pre-course, mid-course and the final exam are all included in participant’s final grade.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.


IOIA Webinar
Inspecting Organic Wineries
November 18, 2014

Start Time: 11:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time: 1:30 p.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 labeling. 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 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/exercises in advance of the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due November 14, 2014 at noon. The exam will be due November 25, 2014 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 register: Please click here.

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.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.


IOIA Webinar
Maple Syrup Inspection
December 4, 2014

Start Time:  7:00 a.m. (PST)
End Time:  10:00 a.m. (PST)

IOIA Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar is an advanced 300 level course. This webinar will be presented in one, three hour session. Enrollment is limited to 20. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

This webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to understand the requirements of the standards for organic maple syrup (and birch syrup) production. It will provide tools for use by inspectors in the woods and sugar camps, as well as in more industrial maple syrup processing situations.

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. Monique has been inspecting maple syrup operations since 1990, initially under a voluntary standard, since 2000 a provincial standard and since 2009 under the Canadian standard.

The course will give an historical perspective and industry context for maple syrup inspection. We will differentiate the organic maple production methods at the producer level from those used by their conventional counterparts. Organic control points related to site selection, forestry practices, sap gathering methods and equipment, sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporation, filtration and maple syrup packing will be covered. The permitted substances used during processing and for cleaning will be presented. Record keeping as well as a traceability example and in/out balancing will also be addressed. Further considerations for on-farm processing (taffy, butter, candies) and industrial blending/bottling will also be discussed.  

The course is designed for persons with organic inspection or certification review experience. Course participants preferably will have completed an IOIA Basic Inspection course and/or are already working as inspectors or reviewers.

The course will have a pre-course assignment (which will be reviewed during the webinar) and a post-course assignment, which will be graded.

Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

This course is comprised of 3 components: pre-course self-study, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes 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.

Scheduling: The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1 hour to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due December 1, 2014 at noon. The webinar exam will be due December 11, 2014 at midnight.
Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive a Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar: Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Cost for the webinar is:
$200, with a $25 discount for IOIA members.

To REGISTER, click here.

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

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.


IOIA Webinar
NOP Processing Standards
January 7 and 9, 2015

Start Time: 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
End Time: 11:00 a.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 Stanley Edwards, of Utah. Stanley has 16 years of experience in organic inspection, technical review, training and consulting. For more information about IOIA Trainer, Stanley Edwards, click here

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 an 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 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.

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 January 5, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due January 16, 2015 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:
1. Successfully complete the Pre-course Assignment.
2. Participation in the Webinar, and mid course homework.
3. 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 20.
The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.


IOIA Webinar
Canada Organic Regime Livestock Standards
January 13 and 15, 2015


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

This webinar is a two part series. Each part is 3 hours in duration. 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 livestock operations. The training will prepare participants to verify compliance with the COR Livestock Standard.

This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers and for working inspectors and reviewers who have taken a basic livestock 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.

Previous IOIA webinars have been evaluated very well by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff. The presenter is experienced organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, Garry Lean of Ontario, Canada.

This Webinar Training course will focus on topics including the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists (aka “the PSL” - CAN/CGSB-32.311) as they relate to livestock. 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 equivalency arrangements with the USA and the EU.

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 training includes pre-course reading and a mid course assignment, 5.5 hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post webinar exam.

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 pre-course exercises will be due January 9, 2015 at midnight. The webinar exam will be due January 22, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for COR Organic Livestock Standards. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation for COR Organic Livestock Standards to document their participation.

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

To Register for the Webinar click here

To pay 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.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  <ioiassistant@rangeweb.net>.


IOIA Webinar
Canada Organic Regime Crop Standards
January 27 & 29, 2015

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

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 crop operations. The training will prepare participants to verify compliance with the COR Crop Standard. This course is geared to prepare those who intend to take further training to become organic inspectors or file reviewers and for working inspectors and reviewers who have taken a basic crop 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. Previous IOIA webinars have been evaluated very well by inspectors, reviewers, and, certification agency staff. The presenter is experienced organic inspector and IOIA Trainer, Lisa Pierce , British Columbia, Canada.

This Webinar Training course will cover the areas of inquiry and potential issues when verifying organic crops to meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Participants will gain skill in navigating the key documents of the Canada Organic Regime as they relate to crops: the Organic Products Regulations, the General Principles and Management Standards (CAN/CGSB-32.310) and the Canadian Permitted Substances Lists - (CAN/CGSB-32.311) Also included will be references helpful for crop inspectors, understanding the labeling rules and a review of Canada’s equivalency arrangements with other countries.

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, please click 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 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 January 23, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due February 5, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an IOIA Certificate of Completion for Canada Organic Regime Crop Standard. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Letter of Participation for Canada Organic Regime Crop Standard to document their participation.


IOIA Webinar
Livestock Feed Audits – grazing and non grazing season
February 6 and 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PST)

This 200 level webinar course is a two part series, each are 2 hours in duration. The webinar is available in the US and Canada via phone or VOIP, available elsewhere via VOIP. Enrollment is limited to 20.

Livestock Feed Audits – grazing and non-grazing season webinar will be taught by experienced organic and biodynamic inspector Sarah Flack, of Vermont. Sarah is nationally known for her public speaking, workshops, books and numerous articles on a range of agricultural topics. Sarah Flack has worked and lived on diversified, organic and biodynamic dairy, livestock and vegetable farms; she has been an independent organic inspector since the mid 1990's.

This 200 level course is geared for inspectors, reviewers and organic program managers with an understanding of livestock inspection and review. Participants must have approval from IOIA to sign up for this webinar course if they have not taken the Basic IOIA Livestock Inspection course or a 100-level Livestock Standards Webinar.

The Livestock Feed Audits webinar training course will include information and practice on doing feed audits for NOP and the COR Standards. This course will specifically cover topics to prepare webinar participants to evaluate organic certification requirements for ruminant and non-ruminant livestock operations in the following areas:

Review of organic standards sections related to feed audits
Review of additional resources useful for feed audits

Feed:
Types of feeds - forages, grains, concentrates
Dry matter content of feeds

Feeding and Pasture Systems:
Examples of rations
Types of grazing systems

DMD and feed consumption for:  
Ruminants – cattle - dairy and beef, sheep
Non-ruminants - poultry, hogs

Practice feed audits for poultry, dairy, hogs, beef and small ruminants
Ruminant audits will include grazing season pasture DMI calculations


Cost for the webinar is:
$300 for non-IOIA members
$275 for IOIA members
$225 for participants who have previously completed IOIA's, Verifying Compliance to NOP Pasture Rule webinar.

Payment for the Webinar:
To pay for the webinar with Pay Pal: 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

This course is comprised of 4 components: pre-course self-study, midcourse, the webinar, and post webinar exam. The self-study component includes 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.

Scheduling:
The course may require 2-4 hours to complete the self-study pre-course exercises in advance of the webinar and approximately 1-2 hours to complete the exam following the webinar. Self-study exercises will be due February 3, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due February 16, 2015 at midnight. There may also be mid-course assignments as practice or part of the participant's final grade.

Participants who meet passing requirements for required assignments and the final exam will receive a Livestock Feed Audits webinar: Certificate of Completion. Participants who attend but opt out of assignments and the exam, or fail to achieve a passing score, will receive a Livestock Feed Audits webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.

Sarah Flack
Sarah has a diverse background in sustainable agriculture, which includes both on-farm and academic experience. She is nationally known for her public speaking, workshops, books and numerous articles on a range of agricultural topics.

Sarah Flack has worked and lived on diversified, organic and biodynamic dairy, livestock and vegetable farms; she has been an independent organic inspector since the mid 1990's, and she has helped many farms successfully convert to new farming systems.

Her current work includes writing, public speaking and consulting with farms and organization to help farmers transition to new methods of farming including grass based, diversified, and organic. She also works as an independent inspector of organic and biodynamic farms and processing facilities. She is the author of Organic Dairy Production, co-author of The Organic Dairy Handbook - a comprehensive guide for the transition and beyond and co-author of Transitioning to Organic Dairy - a self assessment workbook, as well as many articles on farming and food. Her farming experience includes both organic and non-organic dairy, sheep, beef, pastured poultry, pigs, and lacto-fermented vegetables (sauerkraut and Kim chi).

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Agriculture and Biology and Masters of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont. She also has post graduate training in subjects including organic certification, business management, Holistic Management and organic production practices including: soil fertility, health care of livestock, animal welfare, medicinal herbs, cheese making, meat production, fermentation, and much "on-the-job" farm and processing experience.


IOIA Webinar 
In/Out Balances and Traceability Tests for Crop Inspection under NOP and COR
February 18 and 25, 2015

Start Time:  8:00 a.m. (PDT)
End Time:  10:00 a.m. (PDT)

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'sprofessional capacity.


Cost for the webinar is:
$300 for non-IOIA members
$275 for IOIA members

To register:  

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 16, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due March 4, 2015 at midnight.

For more information about this webinar, the registration process or participant requirements, please send us an email IOIA at  ioiassistant@rangeweb.net.


IOIA Webinar
USDA NOP Organic Livestock Standards
February 19 and 26, 2015

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

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

To Register: please click here

To pay for the webinar with PayPal:  please click 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.

This course is comprised of 4 components:  pre-course self-study, midcourse exercises, the webinar, and post webinar evaluation. The self-study component includes 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.

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.  Self-study exercises will be due February 16, 2015 at midnight. The webinar exam will be due March 5, 2015 at midnight.

Participants who meet minimum requirements will receive an NOP Organic Livestock 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 NOP Organic Livestock Standards Webinar: Letter of Participation, to document their attendance.


IOIA Webinar
Biodiversity and Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms
Date: February 24, 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
  3. 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 February 20, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due March 3, 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, please click here.

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 Training Webinar
IOIA/COTA Canada Organic Regime Processing Standard
April 8 & 10, 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:
$300 for IOIA and COTA members
$325 for IOIA members
$325 for COTA members
$350 for non-IOIA and non-COTA 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 April 6, 2015 at noon. The webinar exam will be due April 17, 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.


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.


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.