Course Description

This module is generic FSC training and covers various topics about FSC organization including:

• The history and objectives of FSC

• structures and relationships within the FSC system relating to its main stakeholders (members, ASI, FSC, regional and national offices, certificate holders, license holders, and certification bodies) • FSC and other forestry certification schemes (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Canadian Standards Association, Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification etc.)

• roles and responsibilities in certification according to FSC’s normative documents

• potential effects and impacts of certification

• overview of FSC’s normative system and its structure

• the FSC dispute resolution system management system

• FSC and timber legality legislation

• conflict of interest definitions and requirements

This module is provided entirely online and it is mandatory for FSC FM ansd CoC auditor candidates. It is built as a series of recorded webinars:


1. FSC Overview
2. FSC Dispute Resolution System (Complaints & Appeals)
3. Impartiality and Conflict of Interest in FSC
4. Introduction to FSC CW concept
5. FSC & Timber Legality Legislation

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: https://www.preferredbynature.org/fsc-expert-training


Senior Programme Manager, Supply Chains

Naomi Mjelde

Naomi is responsible for the technical oversight of Forestry Supply Chains services that are offered by Preferred by Nature. Naomi oversees development of policies and systems, quality monitoring and training for forestry supply chain services across all Preferred by Nature regions. Oversight of these services includes maintaining the related accreditations, development and maintenance of internal and external CoC training programs, and monitoring of Preferred by Nature’s global portfolio. Naomi has been qualified as a CoC auditor since 2009.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Generic FSC module

    • Introduction to Generic FSC module

  • 2

    Generic FSC module - topics

    • FSC general training module topics as per FSC-PRO-20-004 V1-2

  • 3

    FSC Overview

    • Overview of the content

    • Webinar

    • Key takeaways

  • 4

    FSC dispute resolution system

    • Overview of the content

    • Webinar

    • Key takeaways

  • 5

    Impartiality and conflict of interest in FSC

    • Overview of the content

    • Webinar

    • Key takeaways

  • 6

    FSC and legality legislation

    • Webinar

  • 7

    Introduction to FSC CW concept

    • Webinar

  • 8

    Generic FSC module - Quiz

    • Quiz

  • 9

    Documents

    • FSC: 20 years of growth (source FSC website)

    • FSC annual report 2019 (source FSC website)

  • 10

    Feedback survey

    • Please rate the following:

    • Other comments on this module (optional)