What is FSC?

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. The organization is devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests and has developed the most recognized scheme for sustainable forestry and traceability of forests products, and the scheme is growing globally.
Companies that use wood or paper products in their businesses are increasingly recognizing their responsibility both to ensure that they know the origins of the wood/fiber used, and that the wood/fiber is produced in an environmentally responsible manner. The Chain-of-Custody (COC) is the path taken by raw materials harvested from an FSC-certified source through processing, manufacturing, distribution and printing, until the final product is ready for sale to the end consumer. DNV GL - Business Assurance is a third party certification body that provides FSC CoC certification worldwide.


Nearly 65.000 COC certified sites and more than 1.000 COC auditors need training on COC requirements.  We are pleased to announce that we will start a new commercial service: A fully-fledged COC online training that covers the FSC-STD-40-004 Standard as well as the complementary normative documents. The course has been reviewed and approved by PSU and supported by FSC International 

The training course has two main target groups: Practitioners, such as current or future staff of certificate holders, consultants, and auditors. For the auditor version of the course, an additional unit on the accreditation requirements is available. The training is currently available in English. A certificate will be awarded if the quiz is completed successfully.  

ISO 9001:2015 quality management systems auditor/lead auditor training from SGS – develop the skills to audit quality management systems.

The course also allows you to understand and interpret the 10 principles and 56 criteria of FSC forest management and their local adaptation, and to interpret the requirements for qualifying as a High Conservation Value Forest.

The course offers insights into the origins, structure, management and purpose of the FSC, as well as its national initiatives. We also analyze and interpret the FSC forest management principles and criteria – and how they can be adapted locally – and review the certification process.

Lead auditors with many years’ experience in performing international audits in this scheme provide the tuition.

Course outline:

  • Introduction and course objectives

  • What is the FSC?

  • Structure of the FSC and other forest certification standards

  • Interpretation of the 10 principles and 56 criteria for FSC forest management

  • Local adaptation of the principles and criteria

  • Case studies

  • The certification process for Forest Stewardship Council

FSC Chain of Custody CoC (2-day)
An FSC® Chain of Custody certificate for products proves that the wooden parts of your certified products are possible to trace back to well-managed forests, company controlled sources or recycled material. Chain of custody (COC) certification allows companies that manufacture and market forest products to label them with the FSC brand.

Need help or have a question?

Helpline: +6012-2020624