Certification Types


Forest Management

Forest Management certification is a forest (or woodlands) that is managed under a set of standards developed by an outside organization. Further, the woodlands are inspected periodically by independent assessors to ensure that they are being managed according to the standards. Please visit the Forest Management section to learn more about the Center's programs.

Chain-of-Custody

Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification is certification for primary wood industry companies such as sawmills or loggers and secondary manufactures such as cabinet or furniture makers. CoC certification is primarily concerned with inventory control procedures. During an assessment auditors are looking to see how a company handles their certified wood. Assessors will want to see that certified wood is separated from non-certified material. Every company that handles and traffics certified material must have their own certificate in order to not break the supply chain. This certified chain must be complete and unbroken all the way from woodlands to the finished product. Please visit the Chain-of-Custody section to learn more about the Center's programs.

Logger

Logger or Point-of-Harvest certification is a performance-based certification program for logging firms. These firms must adhere to a set of logging standards and are audited to ensure they are adhering to those standards. These standards require that the firms are ensured; follow all laws and regulations; develop harvest plans; and protect water, wildlife, and special habitats and place. The use of certified loggers can help woodland owners meet management objectives and can help them meet specific requirements with certification.  Please visit the Logger section to learn more about the Center's logger certification program.

Forester

Forester certification serves as the competency and credentialing standard for foresters; recognize a forester's education, professional experience, and commitment to the ongoing pursuit of knowledge; promote continuing education in forestry and associated disciplines; and increase public awareness of the forestry professional.  Forester certification generally requires a forester to meet a set of educational and experience requirements. Foresters must also commit to to attending a set number of continuing education courses to further their professional development. The primary forester certification is the Certified Forester program administered by the Society of American Foresters.

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