Certification Help & Information

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Select the scope of certification below that best describes your operation. 

Going and Staying Organic 

Grower Scope: Crop production (including container and greenhouse systems)

Livestock Scope: Raising animals or insects 

Handler Scope: All handing that occurs to an organic product after it leaves the farm  
(including processing, labeling, brokering, importing, exporting, etc.)

Retail/Restaurant Scope: Retail stores and restaurants that sell organic products and want to use the USDA seal on these items

New Applicant Support 

If you are just getting started, CCOF has a specialized Applicant Support Team to answer questions on the process, timeline, and cost of certification. Please contact us today at getcertified@ccof.org or call us at (831)-423-2263), extension 1. 

We are bilingual in English and Spanish and well-versed in all of CCOF’s services. Our assistance is free of charge. 

Please also review our Steps to Certification page to learn more about the process. 

Certified Client Support 

CCOF Certification Service Specialists are available to answer certified clients’ certification questions. Every client is assigned to a Certification Service Specialist. Learn how to find your Certification Service Specialist.

Certified clients also have access to MyCCOF, our online certification management tool. With a free MyCCOF account, you can search and add materials to your Organic System Plan (OSP), track your CCOF-certified suppliers, manage your certification documents, and track the inspection and certification process. Learn more about MyCCOF » 

Have new staff? Want a refresher on how to manage your organic certification? CCOF clients can request an OSP Walk-Through, led by a CCOF Certification Specialist and customized for your specific operation. By the end of the training, your staff will understand your operation’s OSP and how to update it, how to track and respond to CCOF compliance requests, where to find inspection information, and how to best prepare for an inspection. Learn more and register for a walk-through today!

Any operation that becomes aware that organic products they grow, handle, process, broker, sell, or consider purchasing have been contaminated with prohibited materials should immediately follow CCOF’s reporting procedures

Food Safety Support

CCOF can help you reach the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) safety benchmarks. Visit our Food Safety Services page to learn more.