Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

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PEFC Auditor Training – November 2021

9th November 2021 - 12th November 2021, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Experienced PEFC chain of custody auditors, reviewers and certification decision makers are invited to register for a PEFC recognized chain of custody initial training on the 9th and 12th November 2021.

This initial training is designed for new PEFC auditors, reviewers or certification decision makers that wish to issue certification against the 2020 PEFC chain of custody related standards, as required by PEFC ST 2003.

Issuing certification against the 2020 standards is only possible after the completion of either initial or refresher training, and once the certification body is accredited against the 2020 versions of the standards.

Register your interest by e-mailing Alun Watkins at

The Details

The training takes place online using Zoom over two full days: 9th and 12th November, 9:30-17:00 (GMT). 

The training will provide an introduction to the revised 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody standard, focusing on the input-output process, the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS), the chain of custody methods and multi-site certification. It will also cover the 2020 PEFC Trademarks standard and 2020 Certification Body Requirements standard.

Before the training, participants are expected to read the 2020 versions of the PEFC standards. These can all be on the links above. Participants will also be provided with case studies in advance of the training and will need to provide their answers to the technical experts.

The training will be given by PEFC International Technical Experts Alun Watkins from PEFC UK and William Merivale from PEFC Ireland.

The participation fee for the initial training is £300 and participants will be invoiced prior to the training commencing

The training will be held in English and here is the agenda for the two days.

Knowledge Test

Following the training, participants will have three weeks to complete the online knowledge test. Participants that pass this test will receive a PEFC recognised chain of custody training certificate within two weeks. Successful participants will also be added to the PEFC register of trained auditors, reviewers, and certification decision makers.