International Capacity Development
What are our priorities?
We run a range of formal training courses on responsible palm oil production, and the application and use of the HCV approach. These comprise our RSPO endorsed Lead Auditor training courses, the HCVRN approved HCV Assessors course and capacity building for implementation of the requirements in practice, such as our Responsible Sourcing training course or the RSPO and HCV courses for companies.
We also provide training on sustainability practices for other agricultural crops, such as sugarcane, soy, cattle and cocoa, as well as for forestry. Our courses include a mixture of classroom sessions, interactive on-line training modules and practical work like on-site field verifications or live mock audits at companies.
Mentoring is a key strategy. Where possible, after a formal training course, participants are given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in live assessments. They are supported by a Proforest mentor, who gives feedback on their assessment and reporting skills.
Institutional capacity building is increasingly a part of our efforts, in order to create a wider enabling environment at local level to support the implementation of sustainability requirements by local organizations.
What does programme do?
The International Training Programme has several components:
1. Lead auditor training
We run courses to train auditors and lead auditors. This enables them to assess producers of forest products, palm oil and other agricultural crops against voluntary certification standards including RSPO and FSC. Our lead auditor course is recognised by RSPO and we provide this in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Bahasa.
We also provide training for HCV assessors, using the syllabus from the HCV Resource Network’s Assessor Licensing Scheme.
2. Implementing sustainability in practice
Our implementation courses target producers, from smallholders to large companies. They cover the practicalities of meeting the requirements of certification schemes such as RSPO and using the HCV approach. These courses provide a balance of practical field components and classroom sessions.
Mentoring is a key strategy. Where possible, participants of formal training courses are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in live assessments. Participants are mentored by experienced auditors. This practical experience gives them an understanding of the methods and complexities of these mechanisms.
4. Customised training courses
We also offer customised training courses for NGOs, governments and private sector companies in all areas of expertise.
Why is it important?
One of the biggest barriers to more sustainable production and sourcing of natural resources is the lack of trained and experienced professionals. This affects the development and implementation of more responsible social and environmental practices, particularly in the tropics.
Funding and implementation partners
Our funders and partners include UK Department for International Development (DFID); Solidaridad; Wild Asia; Ecossistemas; Daemeter and RSPO.