How To Become FSC Certified

Whether you are interested in our Forest Management certification geared towards forest managers or Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for businesses manufacturing or trading wood or paper products, the steps to becoming certified are the same.



5 steps to FSC certification


Contact a certification body

Contact one, or several, third party certification bodies who will provide a cost estimate and timeline. The certification body will provide you with information about the requirements for FSC certification. 


Application & agreement

When you decide which certification body you would like to work with, fill out an application form and sign an agreement with the certification body.


Complete an on-site audit

Complete an on-site certification audit where your selected certification body will assess your company’s qualifications for certification. 


Certification approval

The data collected during the audit will be captured in an audit report. The certification body will make a certification decision based on the information in the report.

If the certification decision is positive, you will receive an FSC certificate.

If the audit reveals that your operation is not yet in full compliance with FSC requirements, you will receive specific corrective actions. These corrective actions will need to be addressed, at which time a further audit can be conducted. 


Annual audit

The certification body will also conduct annual surveillance audits to verify your continued compliance with FSC certification requirements. FSC certificates are valid for five years.

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