The future of tobacco starts with you. 

Establishing a higher standard across the industry requires accountability and collaboration at every step of the way. Currently, there are 475 GAPC Certified operations representing over 800 individual GAPC Certified Growers.


Recognizing the demand for a comprehensive, and transparent tool to verify compliance with best practice implementation, GAPC developed the certification program with extensive input from its member companies, member-growers, and third-party experts.  GAPC’s certification program will increase transparency and foster an environment that promotes sustainability, profitability, fairness, and competition.


Get Started with GAP Connections

Reaching a higher standard begins with your choice to become a GAPC Grower Member and learn about good agricultural practices. From there, you can choose to become a GAPC Certified Grower Member and make a commitment to implement GAPC Certification Standards.

2019 GAPC Certification Compliance Guide 

Details on Certification Audit, Site Visit and Desktop Review


Work with a Consultant?

If so, complete the Consultant Authorization to allow them access to your grower reports and information within GAPC.

Consultant Authorization 


Associated Costs

There is an application fee to be paid with each GAPC Certification or Renewal application. For each associated grower ID listed on the application, there is an additional $50 fee. Growers are also responsible for the cost of the audit and needed remediation in year one as well as the third-party monitoring components in years two and three.  Applications will not be reviewed until receipt of payment. 


The application period for GAPC Certification is closed.  It will reopen in January 2020.


GAP Connections Certification Tips

Week 1: What's Next? 

Week 2: Worker Interviews and I-9s 

Week 3: Greenhouse, Transplanting and Topping Records 

Week 4: Achieving Certification and 2019 FSA 578's

Week 5: Terms and Conditions, Posters and Worker Concern Process

Week 6: Worker Training Requirements and Agrochemical Storage 

Week 7: OSHA 300 Forms and Remediation

Week 8: Housing and Transportation and Anti-Discrimination Policy

Week 9: Post Audit Report, Remediation and Scheduling 

Week 10: Emergency and Disaster Planning and Farm Labor Contractors

Week 11: Forced Labor and Human Trafficking and Freedom of Association