The Rainforest Alliance certification program depends on having great auditors. There are three aspects of an auditor’s job. First, they must perform objective audits. Second, they need to evaluate for all of the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable agriculture standard and chain of custody standard requirements. Finally, auditors need to apply a consistent process across different regions.
Want to become an auditor? Apply for employment with one of the independent, third-party certification bodies authorized by the Rainforest Alliance.
Rainforest Alliance auditors must have these key skills:
- A deep understanding of local cultures, languages, laws, and ecosystems.
- Strong commitment to learning new skills.
- Technical skills as needed for the project.
- An ability to extract and analyze information.
- The confidence to express conclusions in audit reports.
- Be organized, curious, and determined.
- Make decisions as needed and communicate clearly.
- Comply with the Rules for Auditor Competence.
- Follow all the rules of the certification body (CB) they work for.
- Follow the requirements established in the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard, the Rainforest Alliance Chain of Custody Standard, Certification Rules, and Rules for Planning and Conducting Audits.
- Produce timely and accurate audit reports.
- Create reports in line with the criteria specified in the Rules for Planning and Conducting Audits.
- Provide CBs with accurate contact information. Inform CBs of any changes in this information.
- Do not accept assignments for which they are not qualified or registered.
- Review annual reports.
- Auditors must immediately inform the CB of any inaccurate, erroneous, or incomplete information in reports. They also need to request that CBs make any relevant report changes.
- Inform the Rainforest Alliance of any correction requests that are not completed within fifteen business days.
- Participate in their CB’s internal performance, quality control evaluations, and reviews.
- Attend training events carried out by the Rainforest Alliance.
- Maintain their auditor status. This can include seeking additional training. Auditors not associated with any CB may seek independent performance evaluation.
- Report to the CBs any potential or actual violation of codes of conduct or conflict of interest agreement. This agreement is described in the Rules for the Authorization of Certification Bodies.
- Comply with all confidentiality requirements established by their CBs.
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