Course Description

This module is an online part of a blended FSC Forest Management course. Online webinars are:

Introduction to FSC FM online module and FSC Forest Management Overview
FSC Principles & Criteria, National & Interim Standards & IGIs
FSC-STD-30-005 FSC FM Group Certification
Chain of Custody for FM
FSC-STD-30-010 Controlled Wood
Other FSC Policies

Full blended course consists of these several online webinars and face-to-face 5-days training course.

This online module is required for all auditor candidates intending to qualify as auditor against FSC’s FM scope shall complete training on FM and CW.

All online modules are free and may be taken separately from full FSC Expert course, however they do not meet formal FSC requirements alone. Information and prices for full FSC Expert course is available on our website:

Senior Forestry Specialist

Kara Wires

Kara oversees all forestry work in the US and Canada for Preferred by Nature. She has a MSc in Forestry and 22 years of professional forestry experience, including almost 20 years working with FSC Forest Management certification. In addition to being a lead auditor, Kara also provides technical support to US staff, auditors and clients, which includes training, quality monitoring, and systems improvements. Kara has also been instructor for multiple FSC FM auditor trainings and has completed ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor training.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to FSC expert training - Forest Management

  • 2

    FSC FM training - normative requirements

    • FSC Forest management module topics as per FSC-PRO-20-004 V1-2

  • 3

    FSC Forest Management (FM) - compulsory webinars

    • Introduction to FSC FM online module and FM certification

    • FSC Principles and Criteria

    • COC Requirements for FM Evaluations

    • Group FM certification

    • SLIMF

    • HCVF overview

    • NTFP certification

    • FSC Controlled Wood System FM

    • Other FSC Policies

  • 4


    • FSC FM online training quiz