Frequently Asked Questions

About the GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer Program

What is a Farm Assurer?

A Farm Assurer is an independent, GLOBALG.A.P. trained and approved consultant who provide expertise to help producers implement Good Agricultural Practices. With first-hand knowledge about the GLOBALG.A.P. System and the latest industry developments, the Farm Assurer makes the standard easier to understand and helps simplify audit preparations.

What is a Farm Assurer Manager?

The Farm Assurer Manager is an appointed person (fluent in English) and acts as the main contact person for the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat. He/she may be one of the consultants, but may also be someone else who works for the Farm Assurer company.

What benefit do I get as a Farm Assurer?

Exclusive benefits for Farm Assurers include our monthly webinars, an online Farm Assurer community, a merchandise program, and support to host one-day informational workshops for producers. We actively promote Farm Assurers on our website and in person at meetings. All Farm Assurers also receive an ID card and certificate.

How can I join the Farm Assurer Program?

To find further information about how to join the Farm Assurer Program and the approval process, please click here.

How many application kits do I have to submit?

One Application Form per company and one Qualification Checklist per consultant.

Are the "mandatory" requirements in the Qualification Checklist actually necessary to become a Farm Assurer?

Yes, to become a GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer you have to fulfill all the mandatory requirements.

If my formal education doesn't fulfill the requirements to become a Farm Assurer, what can I do?

Fill out the forms with as much relevant information as possible. Maybe your formal education doesn't cover the requirements, but you may have attended workshops or trainings that do.

How much does the program cost?

Cost:

Yearly License Fee (per company, including one consultant) 1550 EUR
Yearly fee (per additional consultant) 150 EUR


Special Discount Program currently offered for companies newly registering with GLOBALG.A.P.:

Year 1 (training year) Free (100% discount)
Year 2 50% discount
Year 3 Full fee, includes Associate GLOBALG.A.P. membership


Note: It is always possible to pay the full fee at any point to include the GLOBALG.A.P. membership.

What about companies which are already GLOBALG.A.P. members? Do they receive a discount?

GLOBALG.A.P. Members don't receive a discount since the GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurer program is part of the GLOBALG.A.P. Membership benefits.

Can a person be a Farm Assurer and a Certification Body Auditor at the same time?

Yes but there are rules to follow:

1.    As a Farm Assurer, the person must work with a different company than the Certification Body. A CB cannot be a Farm Assurer company.

2.    A CB cannot audit a producer they have also consulted (ISO 17065 accreditation prohibits CBs from consultation and auditing of same farm).

This is to ensure integrity and that there are no conflicts of interest.

FAQ Capacity Building and Farm Assurer Workshops

Are there requirements to participate in a Farm Assurer workshop?

Workshops are open to all interested persons in the GLOBALG.A.P. System. If you want to become a Farm Assurer, you must  attend the on-farm day and pass the exam at the end of the workshop and finally register as a Farm Assurer.

Is Farm Assurer training online?

Farm Assurer workshops are face-to-face and include two or three classroom days and one on-farm-day.

If I attend a GLOBALG.A.P. workshop put on by another company, do I have to attend a Farm Assurer and Capacity Building workshop as well?

Yes. We appreciate that you have already learned a lot about GLOBALG.A.P., but it is important to GLOBALG.A.P. that you attend one of our face-to-face workshops if you wish to become a Farm Assurer.

Is auditor training the same as Farm Assurer training?

The two workshops are designed specifically for auditors and Farm Assurers, so they are not the same.

How often do I have to attend a Farm Assurer workshop?

You need to attend a Farm Assurer workshop once for every GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version (normally once every 4 years).

When is the next workshop?

You can always see when the next workshops will be on the GLOBALG.A.P. Academy part of our website under "Capacity Building and Farm Assurer" workshops.

You can also contact our Training Department to be included in information about the next workshops in your region.

Who should I contact to organize a workshop in my country?

You can contact our Training Department. We will send you the conditions to organize a workshop together and check the availability of trainers to fix a workshop date.

How much does attending a Farm Assurer workshop cost?

Farm Assurer workshops cost 250 EUR per day. The length of a workshop depends on the scope. Most Crop workshops have two days in the classroom, and one day on the farm. Aquaculture and Livestock workshops vary in length, from 2-3 classroom days, and one on-farm day. All Farm Assurers must attend both the classroom and on-farm days, as well as take the exam at the end.

Do you have more questions on how to become a Farm Assurer? Please complete the form below.

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If you have any further question or problems with the information requirement form, please contact: farmassurer@globalgap.org