FSC® Lead Auditor Training Course

Date: June 1-5, 2015
Location: Richmond, Vermont 

Rainforest Alliance is holding an intensive 5-day lead auditor training course to familiarize professionals with the auditing process including the knowledge and skills of lead auditors for Forest Stewardship Council™ Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC) standards and auditing.

Who should attend

Individuals new to forestry and wood products auditing will come away with an in-depth understanding of FSC® standards and auditing requirements. The course also benefits seasoned auditors and those already involved in certification who wish to brush up on their auditing skills and deepen their understanding of the latest FM and CoC standards and systems.

Completion of this course meets Rainforest Alliance lead auditor ISO, as well as FM and CoC, training requirements for FSC® evaluations. Note that it will not result in a standalone ISO certificate and does not guarantee work as an auditor.

CFE Credits

Upon successful completion of this course, the Society of American Foresters will award the following Continuing Forestry Education credits for each day. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for their records.

  • June 1: 6.5 category 1-FCA CFE credits
  • June 2: 8.5 category 1-FCA CFE credits
  • June 3: 5.0 category 1-FCA CFE credits
  • June 4: 8.0 category 1-FCA CFE credits
  • June 5: 4.0 category 1-FCA CFE credits


The full 5-day course is $1,100 USD. The full course covers FM and CoC systems and standards and includes both modules of the lead auditor training exam. The full course is June 1-5, 2015.

Optionally, participants can attend just the FM or CoC portion of the training course. FM-only dates are June 1-3, and CoC-only dates are June 1 and June 4-5. The fee for the 3-day option is $750 USD.

Fees include all course materials (printed and electronic) and lunch and snacks for each day. Travel and accommodations are not included.

Burning Peruvian forest - photo by Mohsin Kazmi

Forests are falling at an alarming rate.

Each minute, 85 acres are destroyed.