Institute of Organic Training and Advice

Information, training and accreditation for organic advisers and trainers

The Institute of Organic Training and Advice (IOTA) is a professional body for UK and Irish trainers, advisers and other extension workers involved in organic food and farming.

IOTA was borne out of a need for recognised standards of professional conduct on the one hand and better access to information, training and support for extension workers on the other.

The Institute is a division of Organic Research Centre (ORC); it is directed by Mark Measures and advised by a steering committee consisting of representatives from ORC, the Soil Association, OCW and independent adviser/trainer members.

Launched in 2005, IOTA was developed with support and funding from ADAS, Elm Farm Research Centre, Organic Centre Wales and Soil Association.

IOTA is grateful for the financial contributions from Natural England and Yeo Valley Organics and the support of Abacus Organic Associates.

Contact us

Membership and administration: Sarah Jameson (email: ; tel: 01547 528546)
Director: Mark Measures BSc. (Hons.), IOTA (Accredited), ARAgS (; tel: 01588 640118)
Address: IOTA, Cow Hall, Newcastle-on-Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, United Kingdom, SY7 8PG

IOTA events

IOTA workshop on Organic support schemes and new opportunities for organic farming – 2 July 2015 at Elm Farm, Newbury.

IOTA membership provides access to specialist services and publications.
Members’ AreaAlready a member? Access the information reserved for IOTA members.AccreditationIOTA accreditation provides producers and others assurance of organic competence.
Accredited advisersLooking for an organic adviser or trainer? Access the IOTA database here.CPD events and trainingIOTA projects provide support and opportunities for continuing professional development.Research disseminationIOTA projects help make research accessible to advisers and trainers.


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