IOIA Online Self-Directed Learning

The IOIA Training Institute is pleased to offer organic inspection courses through our online Self-Directed Learning (SDL) program.


IOIA Self-Directed Learning
REMOTE INSPECTION TRAINING

This course is a 200 level, geared toward working inspectors and reviewers. It allows each participant to complete course outcomes on their own timeline and at their own convenience.

This training will help inspectors gain confidence to perform remote inspections based on the ACA Best Practices; save time and money for inspectors, certifiers, and certified operators by increasing technological proficiencies; and keep inspectors working. It was born out of the need for inspectors to adapt their inspection techniques and protocols in the time of Covid-19.

More information is in this flyer.

If you register for this training, you will be provided an individual password to access www.ioiavirtualinspections.com, a training website that houses remote inspection resources for inspectors and certifiers. These resources include a recording of the June 1, 2020 live IOIA webinar "Remote Inspection Training". The password is good for one year from registration. The website will be updated periodically throughout the year.

This training is a three step process.

Step 1: Register and pay here

Step 2: You will receive access to a self-directed web based resource, www.ioiavirtualinspections.com. You must create an individual account. Note that this is a prototype website and you will be asked to join “mysite” before access.

Step 3: After completing the on-line course, you may request to take an online exam. The webinar exam is optional. However, successful completion of the online Exam is required to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Cost for the webinar:


Our Other Course Offerings:

The other courses currently offered are 200 and higher level and are available to individuals that are already experienced, working inspectors.

IOIA’s online learning platform allows each participant to complete course outcomes on their own timeline and at their own convenience, provided the entire course is completed within 60 days of being assigned.

Qualifications vary by course, but all 200 level courses and higher require:

After your registration and payment are completed, and if you meet the minimum course qualifications, you will receive an approval “Welcome to the Course” email that includes a link to step 1 of the course training.

Note that IOIA members receive a $25 discount on on-line courses. Your discount will be refunded after registration is completed.

Questions? Contact us at ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net


IOIA Self-Directed Learning
200 level Dairy Feed Audit

The 200 Level Dairy Feed Audit training is geared for livestock inspectors, reviewers and organic program managers. This course is focused on organic certification requirements to the NOP Standards.

Participants are eligible to take this course who have completed course work from IOIA including the 100 Level Livestock Standards Webinar, Basic Livestock Inspection Course, and Livestock Inspection Field Training. Others that would qualify for the course include current inspectors and those with knowledge of the National Organic Program regulations, auditing, a background in livestock husbandry and crop production.

The course includes five hours of recorded presentations, a pre-course and mid-course assignment, practice exercises and a final exam. Once started the course must be completed within 30 days. The course focus is organic certification requirements to the NOP Standards.

Learner Outcomes:

IOIA's Dairy Feed Audits online course is taught by experienced organic inspectors Nate Powell-Palm and Jonda Crosby. Nate and Jonda are dairy inspectors, have experience as certified organic operators - Nate with a multi-species livestock operation and Jonda as a crop farmer and livestock feed handler.

Cost for the course is $300 for IOIA members, $325 for non-members.

Step 1: Please submit an Application to ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net.

Application for Approval - please download and open in Word or Acrobat, complete, save and email back to us at ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net.

MS Doc PDF

Step 2: If your application is approved, IOIA will send the you an email with the link to our payment page for SDL.
Step 3: Upon payment you will be sent a “Registration Acknowledgment”.
Step 4: Once your Payment has been processed you will receive a unique link to take the course.


IOIA Self-Directed Learning
200 level IOIA/AGA Grassfed Dairy Inspection

This online course was developed by IOIA with the American Grassfed Association (AGA) to prepare experienced organic dairy inspectors to perform an “add-on” AGA inspection at the same time as an organic inspection, or as a stand-alone AGA inspection.

This course would also be useful in understanding the resources and activities related to any grass-based livestock operation. The course focuses primarily on dairy cattle. Participants will learn AGA meat standards, since some organic dairies may also want to sell cull females and male animals as AGA meat. Dairy farm transition, production and animal handling standards are discussed as well.

It is expected that performing these add-on inspections at the same time as the NOP inspection will take approximately an extra hour.

Course requirements: Completion of a pre-course assignment, review of two pre-recorded presentations and an exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, the inspector is approved by AGA to perform AGA inspections.

The first presentation provides an overview of the AGA standard and where it is the same or different from the NOP. The second session provides resources and tools to aid the organic dairy inspector in conducting a pasture based and animal welfare focused dairy inspection.

Materials for the course include the AGA standards, the AGA on-site inspection checklist, a list of resources, and a sample “animal status inventory worksheet” for use by the dairy farmer and/or the inspector to keep track of the NOP and AGA status of animals on the farm. 

This course is presented by experienced IOIA Trainer Harriet Behar.

Cost of this self-directed course is $350 for members and $375 for non-members. 

Step 1: Please submit an Application to ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net.

Application for Approval - please download and open in Word or Acrobat, complete, save and email back to us at ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net.

MS Doc PDF

Step 2: If your application is approved, IOIA will send the you an email with the link to our payment page for SDL.
Step 3: Upon payment you will be sent a “Registration Acknowledgment”.
Step 4: Once your Payment has been processed you will receive a unique link to take the course.

If you need more information, please contact ioiaonlinetraining@ioia.net   


The following people have successfully completed the IOIA/AGA Grassfed online course:

Jennifer Rocco, West Salem, OH
Emily Velazquez, Boulder, CO
Lenny Richer, Boulder, CO
Suzette Edwards, Boulder, CO
Allan Benjamin, Columbia, MO
David Hettenbach, Viroqua, WI
Jenna Miller, Viroqua, WI
Karen Mischel, Viroqua, WI
Kris Olson, Viroqua, WI
Stephanie Dehner, Petaluma, CA
Mark Seeley, Goshen, IN

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