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New RSPO lead auditors training course in September

Proforest and Wild Asia are organising the 7th edition of the RSPO-endorsed Lead Auditors training course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24 to 28 September 2012.

The 5-day Lead Auditors training course is designed for RSPO auditors or internal company auditors globally. It includes lectures, workshops, a practical audit exercise and a written examination.

Endorsed by the RSPO, the course provides lead auditors with an in-depth knowledge of the RSPO Principles & Criteria and their implementation. It focuses on application of the RSPO Certification Systems and audit practice requirements to ensure consistent and appropriate audit decision making.

The course trainers are themselves qualified Lead Auditors or contents experts from Proforest and Wild Asia with extensive RSPO experience. The course will bring together their collective experiences in the planning and implementation of the RSPO

Course overview

The course will run for 5 days and consists of:

  • 3-days classroom tutorials,
  • 1-day practical audit exercise (practical exam component) in an oil palm estate, and
  • 1-day written exam.

The course will be conducted in English. All participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of the RSPO P&C. A compulsory questionnaire will be provided and must be completed before the course.

Course Outline

First endorsed by RSPO in March 2008, the course provides insights to implementation complexities via real case studies. Key topics covered included an overview of the RSPO P&C and supply chains, as well as the core environmental and community requirements of the standard, as outlined below:-

  • Overview and introduction to RSPO requirements and certification systems,
  • Supply chain systems and chain of custody,
  • Overview of the environmental issues in plantations,
  • HCVF & Biodiversity in existing plantations and new developments,
  • Overview of the social issues within RSPO P&C,
  • Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), and
  • Labour standards and plantations.

Download the full course outline here.

Further information & how to register

  • Date: 24-28th September 2012
  • Venue: Damas Suites & Residences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    To book a room direct from venue: please email reservation request to or call 603-6205 6789/6019-8282132
  • Cost: Normal rate is MYR 4,190 per person. Register and pay before 23 August, 2012 and enjoy the early bird rate of MYR 3,980 per person.

This is a popular course and places will be confirmed only upon payment. Seats are limited to 30 participants, so register now to avoid disappointment.

To register, download the registration form here and email it to

Published 23.07.2012