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 960 GAPC Certified operations.


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.

2020 GAPC Certification Compliance Guide 

Details on Certification Audit, Site Visit and Desktop Review


Cost of Certification Application and Renewals 

There is an application fee to be paid with each GAPC Certification or Renewal application.

First Year Applicants (Growers not currently GAPC Certified)

  • $150 for online applications
  • $200 for paper applications (vai mail or fax)
  • $100 for each Associated Grower on the application  

Renewals (Growers who received a GAPC Certification Certificate in 2019)

  • $100 for online applications

  • $150 for paper applications (vai mail or fax)

  • $100 for each Associated Grower on the application  

Growers are also responsible for the cost of the audit and any needed remediation. 

2020 Approved Auditing Firms and Pricing Table


What is an Associated Grower?

All the below criteria must be met in order include the Associated Grower on the Certification application:

  1. The Associated Grower must currently be a GAPC Grower Member.
  2. The Associated Grower must be a family member of the Primary Grower or in a legal, verified business entity (see Entity Determination Documentation List). Family is defined as spouse, children, stepchildren, foster children, parents, stepparents, foster parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents, and grandchildren (In-laws are included).
  3. The Associated Grower’s name must be listed on a 578(s) attached to Certification application.
  4. The Associated Grower must share the same labor force, whether family or hired, with you. Specifically, the same labor force must work in all fields and be hired and paid by the same person or entity for all work. If the labor is paid from separate accounts, the individuals or entities cannot be an Associated Grower.
  5. All the decisions about management of fields farmed by the GAPC Grower Member and Associated Grower must be made jointly, i.e. there are not designated fields for each individual in which that grower makes separate management decisions. There are one set of records detailing the management of the crop and labor force that will be verified at the monitoring visit.
  6. The Associated Grower must be involved in the day-to-day management of the tobacco crop. This includes making management decisions about how the crop is grown and managing labor which works in the crop. If the individual is only providing financial support for the operation and tobacco crop, they are not considered an Associated Grower. 

Associated Growers are approved at time of application. No additions to or changes to Primary Grower for any applicants for three (3) years are allowed once a Year 1 application is approved. Deletions or drops are allowed but cannot be re-added with the three (3) years. 

Applicants approved in 2018 and 2019 are allowed to keep their Associated Growers until the completion of their third (3rd) year in the program given that they continue to meet the 2018 definition of Associated Growers. There will be no switches from Primary to Associate or Associate to Primary allowed without approval of Certification Committee. 


Work with a Consultant?

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

Consultant Authorization 


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 GAP Connections Certification Tips

Week 1: What's Next

Week 2: Form I-9 and Wage Statements

Week 3: Achieving Certification and 2020 FSA 578 Forms

Week 4: Crop Management Records

Week 5: Employment Terms & Conditions, Posters & Worker Concern Process

Week 6: Worker Training Requirements, Safety Equipment and Emergency Planning

Week 7: Housing, Sanitation and Transportation

Week 8: OSHA 300 Forms and Remediation

Week 9: Farm Labor Contractors and ETA Documentation

Week 10: Forced Labor & Human Trafficking, Freedom of Assocation, Harassment & Discrimination

Week 11: Post Audit Report & Frequently Missed Items