Types of Certification

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Please click on the links below to find out more about the different types of certification offered by FSC.

Please click here to find out how to become certified.


FSC issues two main types of certificate:


Forest Management Certification

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Forest Management certification is awarded to forest managers or owners whose management practices meet the requirements of the FSC Principles and Criteria.

Chain of Custody Certification

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Chain of Custody certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC certified forest products. It verifies FSC certified material and products along the production chain.


FSC also issues 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 organizations 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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