How Long Does It Take & How Much Does it Cost?
The length of time between application and certification may be between 2 and 3 months, depending on the time of year you apply, the completeness of your application and the inspector’s schedule for your area. New applicants can apply at any time, though we ask that you apply as early as you can and complete your application in full to avoid delays in processing.
Cost of Certification
Certification fees are made up of 3 components:
- Basic Certification Fee is due with the application.
- Type of Operation Fees & Sales Assessment - Upon review of the application, it will be determined whether additional fees are due based on the type of operation to be certified. Applicants will not be billed for a Sales Assessment in their initial year of certification. It is calculated in the following year and based on the previous year’s gross organic sales.
- Inspection Fees will be billed to the applicant after the operation is inspected, for the actual cost of inspection.
Cost-Share Funds may be available to help pay for certification fees through your state’s Department of Agriculture. Visit the Cost Share & Funding Resources page for more information on this and other funding programs.