Training: E-Train

IMO provides professional, practical training for inspectors, consultants and other professionals (development of effective materials, in workshops, webinars) since its beginnings. With E-Train a new IMO Online Training Platform has been developed recently.
IMO offers a complete e-training programme for organic control bodies, inspectors and consultants wishing to develop or improve their in-depth understanding of the requirements of organic regulations and effective organic inspection procedures. The trainings are optimised to be used world-wide and can be offered online or as blended learning courses, i.e. as a combination of workshop and online. The training involves many practical exercises and challenges the trainees to apply and test their gained knowledge in various real life examples. After a successful written final exam, the trainee receives an IMO Training Certificate.


A Complete Range of Trainings in Organic Inspection

The following modules are offered for inspectors, consultants and industry staff wishing to understand organic certification requirements and procedures in depth:
  • Organic Farm Inspection Training (initial training)
  • Organic Processing and Trade Inspection Training (initial training)
  • National Organic Programme (NOP) Inspector Training (add-on training)
  • Organic Smallholder Group Certification based on an ICS (initial training)
  • Organic Wild Collection Inspection Training

Several shorter training courses in selected organic inspection scopes will be available soon.
Furthermore E-Train will offer short online training courses for organic companies (e.g. organic product labelling, separation measures and traceability, overview organic and other sustainability standard systems).
 

 

Possible Trainig Programs

Module 1: Organic Farm Inspection Training
Target group: New organic inspectors; refresher course for organic inspectors with some experience
Duration: 4 days (flexible schedule)
Content: organic farm inspections according to the Regulations (EC) N° 843/2007 & N° 889/2008 and basic requirements of the NOP and JAS Standards
  • Preparation, on-site inspection process overview and basics
  • The organic production unit; Seeds and planting material
  • Soil fertility and fertilization; Pest, disease and weed
  • management
  • Harvest, post harvest handling, processing & marketing
  • Reporting, evaluation of results & certification

Module 2: Organic Processing and Trade Inspection Training
Target group: New organic processing inspectors; refresher course for inspectors with some experience
Duration: 2.5 days (flexible schedule)
Content: organic processing and trade inspections according to the Regulations (EC) N° 843/2007 & N° 889/2008 including basic requirements of the NOP and JAS Standards
  • Preparation, on-site inspection process overview and basics
  • Description of activities (assortment, warehousing, etc.)
  • and documentation
  • Control of incoming goods, composition (recipe checks,
  • sales documentation, product labelling
  • Quality assurance, traceability and product flow verification
  • Reporting, evaluation of results & certification

Module 3: National Organic Programme (NOP) Inspector Training
Target group: qualified organic inspectors; qualified organic certification personell
Duration: 1.25 days (flexible schedule)
Content: Farm production and handling requirements and inspection procedures according to the USDA National Organic Programme (NOP)
  • Introduction and basics of NOP standards and certification
  • NOP 0rganic farm inspections
  • NOP organic handling inspections
  • Detailed comparison EU – NOP organic requirements

Module 4: Organic Smallholder Group Certification based on an ICS
Target group: qualified organic inspectors; qualified organic certification personell
Duration: 3 days (flexible schedule)
Content: Procedures for inspection and certification of smallholder producer groups with an Internal Control System (ICS)
  • Introduction and pre-requirements for group certification
  • Core elements of the group’s ICS
  • Group inspection procedures: ICS system audit and farmer re-inspections
  • Assessment of non-conformities, reporting and certification




Further information

To find out more about IMO E-Train services and costs you can contact us at e-train@imo.ch.
 
 


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