Certified Seed Sampler Training - Davis

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Event Date

UC Davis campus, Parsons Seed Certification Center, Room 111

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Workshop Information:

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a CCIA-AASCO Certified Seed Sampler Training Workshop at University of California, Davis for seed samplers within the Sacramento Valley on 14 November, 2023. This workshop is intended for the Agricultural Commissioner and seed warehouse personnel that are or will be sampling seed according to the AOSA rules.

The workshop content will include: Industry scope and role of seed sampling; Ethics of seed samplers; Professionalism and safety; Sampling equipment; Sampling seed in bags; Sampling seed in mini-bulk containers; Sampling seed in bulk containers; Special sampling situations; Samples, their division and nomenclature; and Quality assurance. The workshop will also include a hands-on practical component. A content examination will be administered. Spanish speaking candidates are especially encouraged to attend. Spanish language translation facilities will be available. And the Spanish version of the AASCO Handbook on Seed Sampling and content examination will also be available. The workshop will start at 8:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM. Qualifying candidates will be certified by AASCO and CCIA and the certification will be valid for 3 years.


The workshop will be held in Room 111 of the Parsons Seed Certification Center (map to classroom), 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. Parking will be available at a fee within parking structure in the North Quad area on Campus (map to parking structure). A hands-on practice session will be held in the afternoon at the Foundation Seed Program at 2400 Hutchison Road, Davis, CA 95616 (map to Foundation Seed).

Registration form

New samplers:
The fee for new samplers is $100, of which $80 will be paid to AASCO. Payment must be received prior to the workshop, an AASCO requirement; CCIA will send an invoice for payment after registration is processed.

Re-certifying samplers:
CCIA requires samplers needing re-certification to pay $50 and they will be billed after the workshop. If you already have the Handbook please bring it to the workshop for verification as it is AASCO’s requirement that all AASCO Certified Seed Samplers must have a copy.

Coffee and lunch will be provided and is included in the fee. All samplers will take a CCIA content examination the day of the training. However, new samplers will be required to take an online test, at their convenience, in order to be issued an AASCO Sampler ID. After the training they will each receive an email notification from AASCO’s "QuestionMark" for logging into the system and testing; this will generate their Sampler ID and certificate.

You will need a small calculator, a pen and a notebook or pad for notes.