FAQ

You can ONLY get the Guide by becomming a K.O.I. Member! 
When you register on the web site, you prove that you are not a bot, and get access to much of the web site content. 
When you become a member, you support K.O.I.'s teaching, and there are MANY member benefits:

  • You get the K.O.I. Guide, a Waterproof binder with over 30 pages of hard-to-remember stuff, printed on waterproof paper
  • You get a 20% Discount on Ebooks
  • You get a 10% Discount on Courses
  • You get Access to Group Buys
  • You get Access to over 100 Archived Articles
  • You get Access to NEW Articles before anyone else sees them

ALL for $24!  CLICK HERE to learn about membership options and to become a member.

Renewals are only $15 per year, and for renewing, you get the current Guide Supplement. CLICK HERE to learn about the Guide and Supplements.

                   

 

For all of you who have achieved a KHA certification, and would like to Cross-Certify as a CKK -

We have a DEAL for YOU!

 

All you need is to take 4 Courses (which were either not part of the KHA program, or were completely revised):

#202 Pond Construction

#207 Diagnosis and Treatment (this used to be an Advanced course, and it's now part of the CKK curriculum!)

#208 Biosecurity, Quarantine and Record Keeping (New!)

#220 LAB (All New Content - requires NO TRAVEL!)

 

Speical Pakage Deal!  Only $100!  Save $80

CLICK HERE to Go To the K.O.I. Store

 

K.O.I. courses and reading material is science-based, not just heresay!

K.O.I. does real work to improve the hobby, they don't just talk about it!

K.O.I. courses are open to ANONE, not just members!

     K.O.I. courses can be taken in any order, at any time, from your home computer - no travel required!

     K.O.I. offers the option to "Audit" courses (buy reading material only) if interaction with the instructor is not desired, and you just want to learn on your own!

K.O.I. is an international organisation - with instructors and students from all over the world, including Canada, the UK, the Neatherlands, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Germany, South Aftrica, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and more every day!

K.O.I. charges small fees for courses and some ebooks to keep the web site running, and has used funds to provide scholarships for interested students.  In 2014, K.O.I. along with the WWKC donated 20 Certified Koi Keeper scholarships!

K.O.I. Offers real benefits to Members -  READ MORE 

K.O.I. Offers a no-quibble refund policy that says essentially that if anyone doesn't like one of our courses for any reason, and they tell us that (within a reasonable time), we'll give them their money back!

K.O.I. is focused on having FUN in the hobby!  Healthier Koi makes happier hobbyists!  Science-based knowledge = success = FUN!

 

The K.O.I. Lab Kit pictured above is sent to you when you purchase and take course #220 - Lab.

To learn more about the Lab - Click Here

 

  • The CKK program allows all students one complete year to study the material and pass the tests.
  • The instructors are focused on learning.  This manifests itself in whatever coaching it takes to have the students understand the material and pass the exams.
  • Literally no one who has stuck with it, has failed to complete the curriculum.
  • All exams are  "open book."  This should address most short term memory concerns.
  • One key to easily finishing within the year is not waiting to get started and, once started, continuing to keep at it.  There are only 9 courses and 12 months in which them to complete them.  That works out to over 40 days each, on average, which is nearly 6 weeks.
  • Example: we had one guy finish a similar group of courses within about a month.

YOU CAN DO IT!  Your instructors are here to help!

 

New Full Membership Benefits -  $24:

  • K.O.I. Guide - READ MORE

  • Discount on E-Books - 20%

  • Discount on Courses - 10%

  • Access to GROUP BUYS

  • Access to Archived Articles

  • Access to NEW Articles before anyone else sees them!

 

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K.O.I. Offers you the option to do either!  You may buy JUST the READING MATERIAL ONLY for a course, and not have to do homework, take tests or interact with the Instructor.

CLICK HERE for a quick list of the courses for which you can buy READING MATERIAL ONLY.

Sometimes - you just want the information!  K.O.I. hears you!

There are 4 options for New Members:

  1. Prorated membership - $2 per month (Now thru Sept 30*), you get all the perks of membership - but no Guide.

  2. FULL Membership (Now thru Sept 30*) with Guide - $24

  3. Membership PLUS (Now thru Sept 30*) which includes Guide PLUS ALL Supplements - $65

  4. Lifetime Membership includes Guide, BOTH Supplements plus all future Supplements - $250

*The K.O.I. Fiscal Year is October 1 thru September 30.

 

There is also the option to renew an existing membership, and you will get the latest Supplement - $15

Note:  All memberships are family memberships!

 

There is a CLUB membership for only $100/yr! - Read More


To become a member, or renew your membership, click here


What is the Guide and Supplements?

The "Guide" is a waterproof yellow binder with the 30 waterproof pages of all the information that you need to know, but sometimes forget.  It includes charts, diagrams, drug dosages, and lots more information!   It was first published in 2012, and is available to Members ONLY!  When you purchase a brand new membership at K.O.I., you get the Guide as one of your membership perks!

In 2013, we published an additional 29 waterproof pages called Supplement  #1 that members could file in their existing "Guide" binder.  Members who renewed their membership in 2013 for the 2013 - 2014 year got another 30 pages called Supplement #1.  In 2014, we published yet another 30 pages called Supplement #2 - again, these are pages for members to file in their existing "Guide" binders.  Members who are renewing their membership in 2014 for the 2014-2015 year, get Supplement #2.

If a new member buys the "Guide PLUS" option, they get the waterproof binder with the original 30 pages, plus BOTH Supplements - for a total of about 90 pages!

The same options are available to clubs.  A club that purchases a new membership for $100 gets a copy of the Guide for their club library.  Clubs also have the "Membership PLUS" option for $140, and they would receive a copy of the Guide PLUS ALL Supplements.

 

 

If you are buying a K.O.I. Course or Ebook (even FREE Ebooks!) , the downloads will be available immediately after checkout in your "My Account" tab, under "Files."  You will also receive an email with the download links.

The logo and name were chosen to reflect both the focus on Koi and the international nature of the group – therefore the use of the “s” in Organisation.
About mid-year of 2009, a small group of dedicated Koi hobbyists (aka “fish geeks”) were searching for a suitable outlet for their desire to both learn more and teach others about good Koi husbandry.  The group grew into a steering committee of more than 25 members.  As the possibilities were discussed, the group observed that they were not just US-based Koi enthusiasts, but their ranks included members of the international community.  Further, it was recognized that since much good information comes from around the world, any thoughts of restricting the group’s participants to the US would seriously limit their efforts.  And, since face-to-face interacting is impractical on a world-wide basis, it became evident that the Internet presented the most logical venue.  However, observations of postings on the Internet consistently revealed that much of the information there is unsupported personal opinion or sheer speculation.  This underscored the need for evidence-based information that is current, accurate and useful.  Putting all these needs, observations and ideas together and following them to their logical conclusion, the group decided to form an international, internet-based teaching and learning organization to provide fact-based information for the hobby. Current, Accurate and Useful is what we do at K.O.I.!

Questions can be emailed to our store manager - Kevin Fuess: kevin@jmcdallas.com

K,O.I. offers several certification programs.  All have package deals.  The most popular is the Certified Koi Keeper curriculum, which includes 9 courses that should be of interest to anyone that keeps Koi.  Graduates are known as Certified Koi Keepers.

K.O.I. Specialists are people who have passed a series of courses that provided symbiotic knowledge about one aspect of Koi keeping. 

A Specialist may also be a Certified Koi Keeper.  A person may have several Specialist certifications.

To become certified as a K.O.i. Specialist, a K.O.I. Certified Koi Keeper that is in good standing is only required to take any additional courses that they have not already taken.  A K.O.I. Specialist in good standing is only required to take any additional courses that they have not already taken in order to become a Certified Koi Keeper.

All Specialists will require 7 CE credits to be obtained every 2 years in order to maintain that certification.  Credits for multiple certifications are additive – e.g., a person that is a Certified Koi Keeper and a K.O.I. Biology Specialist will require 22 CE credits every 2 years in order to maintain both of  those certifications.

K.O.I. offers a Show Water Quality Specialist Certification to assure that those who are in charge of water quality at Koi shows or club auctions understand the principles of what is needed to keep Koi healthy at events.

K.O.I. offers a Certification in Pond Science, which is intended for those who build, repair, maintain or help people with ponds.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL CERTIFICATIONS

CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a K.O.I. Certified Koi Keeper

CLICK HERE to learn more about the K.O.I. Show Water Quality Specialist Certification

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Certification in Pond Science

 

What to Expect When you Buy a Course from KOI

 

Everyone at K.O.I. is here to help you learn!  Please contact any of us at any time with questions or problems.  Mentoring is available for FREE on any course and at any time if you get stuck – just request a mentor from your student coordinator!

To find out who your Course Instructor(s) will be, see the table below

Other contact info:

Spike Cover – Head of the Advisory Committee - scover1@cox.net

Mary Nielsen – Student Coordinator – hulali8@icloud.com

If you are a Member of K.O.I., you will receive a 20% discount on E-books and a 10% discount on all courses or groups of courses.  There are additional membership perks, including the K.O.I. Guide – see the Members area of the website for a complete list.

In General, here’s what you can expect as a student.

  1. You will be provided with a link for downloading the written material for your course from our web site.
  2. The Student Coordinator will send you a WELCOME email, and give you more contact information for your instructor(s).  If you have purchased the CKK package of courses, you may take the courses in any order, with the Lab always last.  Previous students have suggested an order which has helped them to be successful:

    1.  #205 Anatomy

    2.  #206 Physiology

    3.  #208 Biosecurity, Quarantine and Record Keeping

    4.  #203 Filtration

    5.  #204 Nutrition

    6.  #202 Construction

    7.  #201 Water Quality (will require some math!)

    8.  #207 Diagnosis and Treatment

    9.  #220 Lab

  3. Start by reading the course text, and then contact the instructor for assignments and tests.  Each course has different requirements – some have interim assignments, while some have only a final test.  See the attached Table for specifics about the course(s) you purchased.
  4. You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course.  If your instructor has not heard from you, you will be contacted to see if you need any help, and to inform you how much time you have left to complete the course.
  5. Once you have successfully completed the final exam, you will have officially finished that course! 
  6. When you complete all the courses for becoming a Certified Koi Keeper, you will be sent your CKK pin by mail, along with a CKK Certificate.  You will also receive a rebate of $30 for use in the K.O.I. store – good for purchases of any other courses or ebooks.  CKKs receive a 50% discount on E-books, and a 25% discount on courses or groups of courses, along with further perks.

K.O.I. wants to be your go-to place for current, accurate and useful information regarding Koi health.  Here, you will find camaraderie and access to a group of respected and very knowledgeable people from all over the world!  We know that the more you learn, the more you will enjoy the hobby!  We also know that it’s important that you’re enjoying the hobby – because:

What Students may Expect – Details by Course

 

Course
No. - Name

Instructor &
contact

Material acquisition

Interim test(s) acquisition

Final test acquisition

201-Water Quality

Syd Mitchell
mankysanke@btinternet.com

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

202-Pond Construction

Sandy Campbell

kntrykoi@gmail.com

Download from Store - Store sends links

Email instructor for tests

Email instructor for tests

203-Filtration

Chris Neaves

neaves@mweb.co.za

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

204-Nutrition

Chris Neaves

neaves@mweb.co.za

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

205-Anatomy

Spike Cover
scover1@cox.net

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

206-Physiology

Spike Cover

scover1@cox.net

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

207-Diagnosis & Treatment

Duncan Griffiths

duncan.griffiths@ntlworld.com

Purchase Text Book from Store

Email instructor for tests

Email instructor for tests

208-Bio-Security, Quarantine & Record Keeping

Spike Cover

scover1@cox.net

Download from Store - Store sends links

none

Email instructor for tests

220-Lab

Spike Cover-Part 1

scover1@cox.net and

Karen Pattist-Part 2

pattist@snet.net

Part 1-Lab Kit and DVD will be sent by U.S. Mail

Part 2-sent via email

none

Part 1-Assignments on DVD sent with Lab kit

Part 2-Interactive Skype Call

310-Transporting Koi

Mary Nielsen

hulali8@icloud.com

Download from Store - Store sends links

Email instructor for tests

Email instructor for tests

313-Bacteriology

Professor Richard Strange

rstrange@utk.edu

DVD will be sent by U.S. Mail

Assignments are on DVD  Additional equipment req’d before start of course

Email instructor for tests

503-Show Water Quality & Koi Safety

Monte McQuade

montwila@comcast.net

Download from Store - Store sends links

Email instructor for tests

Email instructor for tests

520-How & Why of Koi Nutrition

Professor Richard Strange

rstrange@utk.edu

DVD sent by U.S. Mail

Assignments on DVD

Email instructor for tests

521-Physiology of Water Quality

Professor Richard Strange

rstrange@utk.edu

DVD sent by U.S. Mail

Assignments on DVD

Email instructor for tests

563-Koi Pond Modifications

 

Sandy Campbell

kntrykoi@gmail.com

Download from Store - Store sends links Email instructor for tests Email instructor for tests

 

You may mail a check in any amount to:

Karen Pattist
50 Harvest Woods
Rockfall, CT 06481

And, thank you.

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All the money raised for K.O.I. is used for operations. Koi Organisation International, Inc. is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are a corporation and we have received non-profit status. Therefore, your donations will be tax-deductable. This is primarily a volunteer organization and all the officers and the overwhelming majority of our core group are volunteers, i.e., they don’t get paid. In fact, many of them donated their own money to provide the seed capital to start K.O.I. But even a non-profit has expenses. There are web expenses, software and mailing expenses, and expenses in stocking the store. A couple of our instructors receive a small stipend for their time, while most just donate it.  K.O.I. revenues in excess of expenses is used to further our mission. In every year since 2014, K.O.I., in conjunction with the World Wide Koi Club (WWKC), donated a total of 20 scholarships for students to become Certified Koi Keepers (CKK), working towards the goal of having at least one CKK in every state to become the resident local expert for hobbyists seeking help.  Everyone here at K.O.I. loves the Koi hobby.

If you are one of those people who also want to help, please contact Karen Pattist ( pattist@snet.net ).


!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right


 

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