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Auditor Training Course
The agricultural industry has been called to action to ensure the safe storage and handling of fertilizer products. ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative designed to protect employees, first responders and the general public through an organized program of periodic audits.
At the heart of the ResponsibleAg initiative is the goal of providing accurate and credible audits consistently across the entire group of carefully trained ResponsibleAg credentialed auditors. Each auditor must successfully complete this course initially, as well as annual refresher training to maintain proficiency and certification.
Lead Instructors
The team of instructors and operational staff required to conduct this course is led by Brian Miller, Compliance Assurance Specialist with Agrium and Fred Whitford, Coordinator of Purdue Pesticide Programs. Experienced and recognized nationally for their expertise with agriculture, compliance and auditing, participants will be engaged and challenged in this one-of-a-kind course.
  • Brian Miller graduated with a ... Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University and began his career with Crop Production Services (CPS) in 1983. Starting as a Crop Consultant, he worked his way up to farm center manager. In 1993, he took a role of supporting other CPS farm centers in Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) issues, which included compliance auditing. In the year 2000, Mr. Miller accepted the role of Environmental/Auditing Manager where he was in charge of the CPS Auditing Program for over 400 retail locations in 30 states. This position was later revised to include supervision of a field staff that supports these locations.

    Transferring from CPS to the Wholesale Business Unit of Agrium, he continued to support sites on EHS issues and conducted audits. Since 2012 Mr. Miller works as the full time compliance auditor for EHS compliance and management systems. He has been with CPS/Agrium for over 31 years with 10 years at a retail farm center and 21 years in the EHS/Auditing field.

    Mr. Miller holds a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation and is a Certified Professional EHS Auditor (CPEA). He serves on the Asmark Institute Board of Directors and is a member of the Croplife Ambassadors Network, which allows him to volunteer for speaking engagements to elementary students about agriculture.
  • Dr. Fred Whitford is the coordinator of ... Purdue Pesticide Programs. He developed the PPP-Extension pesticide series which currently lists 90 science, regulatory, consumer, business and agricultural titles. These publications represent one of the most comprehensive sources of pesticide information nationwide. He has delivered 4,500 extension presentations across Indiana and the country to diverse industry, government and agricultural clientele.

    Mr. Whitford has developed a rather unique regulatory assistance program for the citizens of Indiana. He is frequently asked to conduct voluntary inspections of businesses and farms to see how the operation is complying with environmental, safety and human resource regulations. Mr. Whitford receives numerous calls from Indiana citizens on how to comply with such issues as transportation, fuel tanks and pesticide storage.

    Mr. Whitford’s greatest professional accomplishment is his cooperative work with extension educators. His working relationship with them has greatly improved pesticide education and has expanded his outreach programs. His interaction with extension educators led him to want to know more about county operations.
About This Course
This training course meets the competency-based training requirements required for those who want to perform ResponsibleAg facility audits. This one of a kind course is a combination of classroom lectures, computer lab, role-play scenarios, problem-solving sessions and hands-on exercises. Students will participate in several simulations designed to apply and test the information presented during the week. Seating will be assigned for this course. Participants successfully completing this course will receive credentials provided the following criteria are met:
  • Participation in each scheduled session. This is a “timed” course and participants must be present during the entire course.
  • All homework assignments are completed prior to arriving to class each morning.
  • The participant comprehends and demonstrates competency of the course materials and process.
  • Achieves a passing score on all tests and assignments. Tests are administered throughout the course with the results being analyzed to ensure the class is ready to move to the next subject.
  • Upon passing this course, participants who choose to, may apply for credentials as a "Contract" or an "Internal" Auditor.
This course is the basic training for the ResponsibleAg credential. Participants who wish to become ResponsibleAg auditors must first complete this course and apply with ResponsibleAg to become a credentialed auditor. The ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course has received recognition from the Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC). The course is designed specifically for auditors who intend to perform facility assessments under the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. BEAC's recognition of the course is based on a comprehensive evaluation of course content, training materials, course environment and instructor qualifications. The ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course joins other training programs recognized by BEAC such as the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care®, SOCMA's ChemStewards and The Auditing Roundtable courses.
"Hands-On" Training
Training will be conducted at a retired agrichemical facility specifically designed and retrofitted for training purposes. Covering three acres, the facility is really one huge “prop” that appears to be an active working farm center with dry and liquid fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia, package and bulk crop protection chemicals, seed and other typical activities one would find at a retail farm center. Group exercises with mock auditing reinforce the learning process and help to familiarize the participants with the auditing process. Each area of the facility is utilized for training as the four-day course unfolds to create more experienced, effective and competent auditors.
Minimum Qualifications
It is important to note the objective of this course is to provide instruction on the ResponsibleAg auditing process. Minimum qualifications have been established to ensure the experience, knowledge base and objectives of those attending this course are as uniform as possible. Persons wishing to enroll in this class will be asked to certify they meet each of the following minimum qualifications when registering for the course.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working within the agricultural inputs industry.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working with environmental, health, safety, security or loss control issues.
  • Working knowledge of the basic OSHA, EPA, DOT, DHS and related regulatory requirements.
  • Must be capable of climbing to elevated platforms, sometimes reaching 50 feet or more.
  • Must have basic computer and internet skills.
Contract Auditors
Third-party auditors work as independent contractors through an agreement with ResponsibleAg to conduct audits for those companies with agricultural facilities who registered and participate in the program. Third-party auditors are subject to ResponsibleAg protocols for training, credentialing audit procedures and Quality Assurance verification. Upon passing the ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course, individuals wishing to be credentialed to conduct audits under the third-party basis must apply with ResponsibleAg and be accepted.
Internal Auditors
Companies with agricultural facilities registered with ResponsibleAg may elect to utilize their own internal staff, provided they are eligible to be qualified, to conduct audits according to ResponsibleAg protocols. Internal auditors are subject to the same training, credentialing audit procedures and Quality Assurance verification as third-party auditors. Upon passing the ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course, individuals wishing to be credentialed to conduct audits must apply with ResponsibleAg and be accepted.
Course Materials
In this course, you get real-world, professional knowledge partnered with exceptional course materials. Each participant will receive the following professionally prepared materials.
  • Course manual (hardcopy) with access to the electronic version via the website
  • Auditor’s Tool Kit (Tape measure, rain jacket, calculator, circuit tester with GFCI, assorted gauges, flashlight, telescoping mirror, magnet, basic PPE and more in a durable carrying case.)
  • Website resources guide
Training Dates & Location
This course will be conducted at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture located at 1911 Old Calhoun Road in Owensboro, KY. The dates of training can be found by accessing this calendar. Course schedule:
8:00 am to 5:30 pm (Central time zone)
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Please note: Participants cannot be excused early from the course, especially on the last day, so exercise caution when making airline or other travel arrangements.
Once confirmed, each participant will be sent a packet of detailed information regarding preparation, dress, lodging, meals, travel arrangements, local entertainment, etc.
Registration for the ResponsibleAg course is $2,150.00 per participant. This includes 4 days of training, course materials, exercises, handouts and lunch on Tuesday through Thursday.
Please use this calendar to enroll in the course of your choice. Classes are limited to 24 participants and reservations are on a first-come first-serve basis. No more than 3 participants may be enrolled from the same company in any one course. Cancellations within 30 days are non-refundable, but substitutions are allowed provided the substitute is eligible and meets the minimum qualifications. ResponsibleAg reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment and is not responsible for losses from such cancellations.