Types of Certification

FSC offers two main types of certification:

  • Forest management certification
  • Chain of custody certification

Please click on the links below to find out more about each one, or click here to find out how to become FSC certified.


Forest Management Certification

(© FSC UK)© FSC UKForest management certification is awarded to forest managers or owners whose management practices meet the requirements of the FSC Principles and Criteria and the applicable FSC national forest stewardship standard.


Chain of Custody Certification

(© Elie Hakizumwami)© Elie HakizumwamiChain of Custody certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC certified forest products. It ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing, so customers purchasing products sold with FSC claims can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified.


FSC also offers the following certificates:


Project Certification

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Project Certification can be awarded to individual objects or buildings of any size or scale that are built or renovated on a one-off basis.

Controlled Wood

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Controlled Wood certification is designed to allow organisations to avoid the categories of wood considered unacceptable.

Multi-site CoC

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Multiple Site Chain of Custody Certification can be awarded to larger companies operating at multiple locations.


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