CB Training Conducted in November
After a lot of hard work, the first training for CBs on our 2020 Certification Program which will be mandatory from 1 July 2021, has finally started! The training consisted of 10 high-level sessions from the 16 – 27 November 2020.
All sessions took place using Zoom and all links, materials and notifications were shared in the new Rainforest Alliance Learning Network (RALN). This platform will also be used for all future RA training including the e-courses on the new program from January 2021.
CBs were automatically registered to all 10 sessions and either had to attend all sessions or complete them within the end of the year, to be able to pass the final evaluation and be recognized as having been trained on the new 2020 Certification Program as per the 2020 Rules for Certification Bodies. The final evaluation will be held on two occasions:
- 30th of November 2020
- 5th of January 2021—for those registered participants who were not able to attend the first exam date or failed to reach the minimum grade (70%)
The recordings and the materials used in the sessions were made available shortly after the training so that CBs can use it to train other auditors in their organization. As mentioned in the 2020 Rules for Certification Bodies, this training is a requirement for CBs to be eligible to become an RA approved CB. However, further details on the approval process for CB instructors, which is separate from the CB approval procedure, will be shared early 2021.
Training on 2020 Farm Standard Requirement 1.6- Gender Equality
Interested in learning more about Gender Equality and our approach in the 2020 Farm Standard?
On the 5th of November our Gender Equality experts Joky Francois and Viviana Conte hosted a training to explain more on the gender approach taken in the new Certification Program. You can access the slides here: Rainforest Alliance – Training 1.6 Gender Equality. This training was developed to kick-off the pilot on Gender Equality which will be run in Ethiopia (coffee) for the next 6 months. In addition, a pilot has also started in Malawi (tea) to support CHs to implement the gender equality and Assess-and-address requirements in the new standard.
Feedback will be gathered throughout the process to improve our support to CHs on these topics in the future. Towards the end of the pilot, mock-up audits will be done to check the auditability of the requirements with a number of CBs. The feedback from these audits will also be used to improve our trainings, guidance material and other tools for CB’s.
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