E-Learning 4 PEFC
Capacity building, outreach and training are among our core activities. At the international level, our activities include:
- Seminars for companies interested in obtaining PEFC Chain of Custody certification
- Training events for certification body auditors undertaking compliance assessment
- Workshops for assessment consultants and members of the Panel of Experts involved in the PEFC endorsement process of national systems
- Capacity building activities for PEFC members, specifically on technical aspects of scheme management and development as well as marketing.
Moving forward, we are working to develop a strategy to respond to new requirements on European Accreditation under ISO 65 and the recent International Accreditation Forum (IAF)/PEFC standard for certification bodies, which requires auditors to participate in PEFC-recognized Chain of Custody trainings on a bi-annual basis.
We are also seeking to develop more comprehensive training modules, and investigating how to scale-up and institutionalize greater focus on training as part of efforts to respond to and better support the needs of PEFC members and stakeholders in non-member countries interested in developing national forest certification systems.
Developing an E-Learning Platform for PEFC
E-learning has been identified as an effective means to increase training opportunities, especially given the global spread of PEFC stakeholders.
Initial topics covered by e-learning courses addressed issues such as standards development, revision, and system management; stakeholder engagement; forest management and Chain of Custody certification; and logo usage.
In collaboration with PEFC members and external stakeholders, further modules will be added over time. The e-learning platform is flexible and intended to address existing and future training needs on forest certification-related issues, sustainable forest management, sustainable procurement, outreach and marketing, and other topics of interest.
Learning modules will be available in several languages.