Proforest offers a wide range of workshops, courses and certificated programmes, combining a blended approach of delivery: online, face to face, fieldwork and webinars.

Proforest Academy is our online learning platform where you can find a series of free introductory courses, thematic deep-dives and certified training across our work in responsible sourcing and production.

Courses include: Introduction to Responsible BusinessNatural Resources Conflict Management and Gender Inclusion in Agro-Commodity Production.

You can register here to explore our current courses and keep up to date with new training resources and upcoming events.

A sample of free Proforest Academy courses (click to view)

Introduction to Responsible Business

This course is designed to help you answer these questions and learn about why addressing human rights issues is good for business; in particular for businesses that grow, process or trade agricultural and forest products.

Natural Resources Conflict Management

This course is designed to build a better understanding about natural resource-related conflicts, their root causes, type, dynamics and consequences; as well as develop the knowledge and skills in conflict analysis and tools available.

Gender Inclusion in Agro-Commodity Production

This course has been created to enhance the levels of understanding, sensitivity and skills for gender issues amongst key stakeholders within commodity sectors.

"Interactive and engaging - with great examples of how a company can take action to address human rights and social issues."

Introduction to Responsible Business

Proforest is accredited to provide publicly available training courses for RSPO, HCV and HCS:

  • Responsible Palm Oil
    Endorsed by the RSPO, our Lead Auditor and RSPO Lead Auditor Supply Chain Certification courses are designed for those wishing to carry out auditing for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) producer standard.
    We have licensed trainers to enable assessors to gain licenses to carry out High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments. We are also qualified to provide training on all HCV reporting requirements and assessment best practice.

2022 public training calendar: fee-paying courses, face-to-face and online (click to view)

RSPO Lead Auditor Course (Mexico)

14 – 18 March 2022
Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Delivered by Proforest, with Femexpalma and RSPO

More information (in Spanish)

RSPO Lead Auditor P&C Course (Nigeria)

15 – 19 Aug 2022
Edo State, Nigeria
Delivered by Proforest

To register your interest contact, 
or +233(0)302542975. 

Course Overview and Registration

Sustainable Production for Smallholders Course (online)

14 March – 8 April 2022
Online course in Spanish
Delivered by Proforest with Cargill and RSPO

More information (in Spanish)

RSPO Lead Auditor SCC Course (online)

Coming soon in 2022
Online course in English
Delivered by Proforest

Write to to register your interest. 

RSPO Lead Auditor P&C Course (Ghana)

4 – 8 July 2022
Takoradi, Ghana
Delivered by Proforest

Registration form

More information


RSPO Producers Course (online)

Coming soon in 2022
Online course in English
Delivered by Proforest with RSPO

Write to to register your interest.

HCV-HCS for producers (Online) (Malaysia)

22-25 August, between 1.30pm to 5.30pm KL time.
Online course in English
Course Overview & Registration
Fees are subjected to 6% SST and early bird rate is applicable for payment received by 15 July 2022. For NGOs or individual freelancers, please contact us for further fee information.

HCV-HCSA Lead Auditor Course (Ghana)

September 2022
Delivered by Proforest

Write to to register your interest. 

We have developed a number of one-day workshops that we can run in the field for teams on the ground. This includes our Responsible Sourcing Practical Guide, which provides practical guidance for the development and implementation of responsible sourcing policies.

For example, as part of the Africa Practitioners Network (APN) we supported trainees to attain practical experience by providing opportunities for them to work on real audits, HCV assessments or consultation exercises with experienced experts.

Field courses

360 degree view of fieldwork

Using 360˚ videos we have created a virtual field trip for training purposes. 

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