Accredited Certifiers Association

The Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization created to benefit the accredited organic certifier community and the organic industry. We envision a world in which the USDA Organic label is always trusted and valued. Our primary mission is to ensure consistent implementation of USDA Organic Regulations through collaboration and education of accredited certification agencies. Purposes include, developing uniform criteria for implementation of the USDA National Organic Program, certifier training, support and networking opportunities and being a forum for discussion of issues impacting organic certification.

Membership Open To

Membership Open To

All accredited organic certification agencies
Certifying agencies applying for accreditation
Organic community members other than certifying agencies
Member Benefits

Member Benefits

News Alerts
Educational Activities
Certifier Certifier Discussion Group participation
Working Groups participation
Voting Privileges
Supporting Member Benefits

Supporting Member Benefits

News alerts
Educational Activities at member rates
Working Groups participation

ACA Members

Events & Resources

  • 2020 ACA/NOP/IOIA Annual Training Registration

      Web Site Use this form to register for the NOP and ACA Trainings. The NOP Training is on January 28. Please note the NOP training is free of charge. You must be affiliated with a NOP-accredited certifier as an employee or as a contract inspector to attend the NOP training. This year the ACA training is being held in conjunction with the IOIA on January 29-30. The ACA/IOIA training is only open to employees of accredited certification agencies or their contract inspectors. The ACA Training is $275 for ACA members or affiliated contract inspectors and $350 for certifiers who …
  • 2020 NOP Annual Training Save the Date!

    January 27,2020- February 2,2020 Drury Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel 105 South St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 For more information on dates/times: Click here This training is for NOP-accredited certification staff and contract inspectors. Registration links and details will be available soon.  
  • 2019 Fall National Organic Standards Board Meeting

    October 23 - 25, 2019 Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center

Latest News

  • 2019 ACA Training Recap

    The 2019 Annual ACA Training was held in Greenville, South Carolina, January 29 – 31. The three-day event, which was originally scheduled as a two-day training to be held in conjunction with the National Organic Program (NOP), turned into a three-day event after the NOP announced their need to cancel as a result of the partial government shutdown. A big thank you to all who participated, especially those ACA members who stepped up to provide additional training material on short notice. Thank you also to Jennifer Tucker, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, who joined via webinar on her …