IOA Online Learning & Webinars

Exceptional Ombuds Training from Your Home or Office

You have come to the right place for exceptional online learning opportunities from respected leaders in the organizational ombuds field. IOA webinars and online trainings offer the latest information on topics relevant to ombuds, at an attractive price, without leaving your desk!

Different Ways to Learn Online

  • IOA Online Learning Center: This platform will become your central hub for all IOA webinars, Virtual Foundations Courses, Conference recordings, and more. Use your existing IOA Profile to log in, track your progress, and obtain PDH credits. IOA members are granted complimentary access to almost all content in the IOA Online Learning Center as a benefit of membership.

  • IOA's Live Webinars: Join industry experts via video chat for a one-and-a-half-hour presentation and Q&A session. Members can register for live webinars for free. Non-members can register for live webinars for $195.00 USD.

  • IOA's Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombuds Practice Course: The Foundations course is the most in-demand course offered by IOA. In late 2020, we began developing an online version of the course hosted on our online platform, the IOA Learning Center. 

  • IOA's Core Courses: A Core Course addresses fundamental knowledge and practice for “new” ombuds (less than three years of full-time practice) or for ombuds who desire to learn or refresh fundamentals. Core Courses form the basis of a curriculum for organizational ombuds. 

  • IOA's 17th Annual Conference: Join us for another virtual IOA Conference! 

IOA's Live Webinars

  Live Webinar Pricing 2021  
  • IOA Members: Free
  • Non-Members*: $195 USD per webinar
  Live Webinar Pricing 2022  
  • IOA Members: Free
  • Non-Members*: $225 USD per webinar

*Member registration includes access to the recording. 
Non-Members are only provided access to the live online event. Become a member.

2021 IOA Live Webinar Schedule

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Advocates for Fair Treatment: Ombuds Role on DEI Issues

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Why Ombuds? Eight Great Ways to Demonstrate Value 

Thursday, 10 June 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Everything You Need to Know for Virtual Training Success

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Wellness for Practitioners

Friday, 09 September 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST
Ombuds Disrupting Inequities: Collaborating with Leadership to Address Systemic Issues

Friday, 18 November 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST postponed-more details soon!
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2022 IOA Live Webinar Schedule*
Thursday, 10 February 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST
Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:00 AM  10:30 AM PST
Thursday, 9 June 2022, 9:00 AM  10:30 AM PST
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 9:00 AM  10:30 AM PST
Thursday, 8 September 2022, 9:00 AM  10:30 AM PST
Thursday, 17 November 2022, 9:00 AM  10:30 AM PST

*Schedule Is Subject to Change

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NEW in 2020! Closed Captioning for Online Webinars & Meetings: 
IOA is dedicated to making meetings and content more accessible. Starting August 2020, all IOA Live Webinars will offer closed captioning. This service will also be available for IOA committee meetings upon request. Participation for all is encouraged; if you have any questions please email the IOA office at [email protected].

IOA Online Learning & Virtual Event Policies

Webinar/Nuts & Bolts Cancellation Policy: 
I understand that notices of cancellation must be submitted in writing via email to [email protected] Cancellations made five business days prior to the date of the live event will receive a refund of the purchased price of the individual webinar minus a $25.00 administrative fee. Cancellations made less than five business days prior to the course will not receive a refund.

Foundations Cancellation Policy: 
Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing via email to [email protected] Cancellations received four or more weeks in advance of the course will be refunded, less a $75 USD cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than four weeks before the course. Substitutions can be made at any time up to four weeks before the course, as long as both attendees are of the same registration type. If you have any questions, please contact the office at [email protected]

Foundations Nonpayment Policy:
Full payment of course registration fees is required before the start of the course. If full payment has not been remitted by the date specified during registration, the registration will be canceled and the spot will be released to the next registrant on the waiting list. If you have any questions, please contact the office at [email protected] or by phone at +1-206-209-5275.

Materials Acknowledgment:
The materials produced for IOA courses, shared during live instruction, and placed on the IOA Online Learning Center are provided for attendees only. By registering for any of our courses, attendees agree that they will not share the materials with others. 

Technical Failure Policy:
I understand that if there is a technical failure at the attendee's home or workplace prevents access to the live webinar, the attendee will not be given a refund. It is the responsibility of the attendee to confirm system requirements and test their computers prior to the start of the webinar. If a technical failure is the fault of the service provider and the webinar is canceled, a full refund will be provided.

Recording Acknowledgement:
Each virtual session may be recorded, including chat transcripts. Video recorded during the event will be provided to all IOA members, and may be used for promotional purposes, advertising, and other print and online materials at the sole discretion of IOA. You must consent to this if you plan to attend the live sessions. Recordings are not available for non-members.

Participant Agreement:
IOA events are community events intended for education, networking, and collaboration. We value the participation of everyone and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout all events hosted in the IOA space. To make clear what is expected, all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, and volunteers at any virtual event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. In registering for and/or participating in IOA Virtual Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Course you consent to comply with the Code of Conduct.

We agree to use language and behaviors that contribute to a positive environment, including:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for everyone at the event
  • Showing empathy towards other participants

We agree to avoid the following:

  • Spam (verbally or in chats), including saying or reposting the same word/content repeatedly in order to disrupt the conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, and intimidation, defined as:
    • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories
    • Intimidation or threats, including sharing images or text especially to threaten
    • Unwelcome sexual attention, including sharing images or text especially to sexually harass
    • Threatening or other endangerment of minors
    • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
    • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
    • Encouraging the above behavior