Here are the three steps to participate in the program.
Fees: $25 for individual. $50 for business.
The first step is to become a member of the organization. Membership in OPMA is voluntary and is eligible for any individual or business regardless of your interest in accreditation. Membership is encouraged for those that want to support the effort and help to ensure its success for the benefit of Ohio’s farming industry. You can be a member and not pursue certification. However, if a company is interested in certification then enrollment as a member is the first step. All fees will be applied to the certification process.
In all cases, Form B: OPMA Membership Affidavit must be completed and submitted at the time of membership enrollment. It must be hand-signed and returned by mail or fax.
Request for Certification Review
After becoming a member, operators interested in certification must submit a request to have its company’s operations reviewed to determine eligibility and to identify the proper tier.
Application for Certification
Basic Inspection (1 day): $650 (Tier II and III only)
Additional Inspection Day: $500
Cooperating Inspection: $650
Cancelled Inspection: $150
On-Site Training: $650
Travel Day (if necessary): $250
Replacement Certificate: $25
Research Hour: $50
Tier I Assessment: $25
Tier II and III Assessment for Additional Standards (per additional standard): $250
Hourly Rate: $25
Auditing expenses are in addition to the above fees. These can include gas, meals, lodging and other expenses incurred by the auditor directly connected with the inspection. Auditors make every attempt to keep expenses reasonable given the many different conditions and circumstances of their travel and inspection requirements.
If deemed eligible for certification, operators must complete Form D: OPMA Application for Certification.