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RSPO-endorsed Supply Chain Lead Auditor Course


£825 + VAT

Includes a copy of "Getting started with sustainable palm oil certification" (RRP £19.99) 

2014 Dates

6th & 7th January

13th & 14th March

5th & 6th June

15th & 16th September

All Courses are to be held at BM TRADA Head Office in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.


This course is fully Endorsed by RSPO, and satisfies the structured training and examination requirements to achieve RSPO Lead Auditor status. The course uses accelerated learning techniques such as group seminars, exercises and presentations; it concludes with a 2.5 hour written examination. 

Pre-Course Requirements:

Participants are required to posses the following knowledge and/or experience prior to attending this course:

Advanced post high school education degree, diploma or equivalent 

Demonstrable field working experience in similar supply chains, or equivalent  related to and as necessary for the certification process 

Technical skills and qualifications related to and as necessary for the certification process, such as demonstrable relevant experience in other relevant certification schemes 

Demonstrable successful completion of a recognised lead assessor course e.g. an accredited QMS1 (ISO9000) or EMS2 (ISO14000) auditor training course 

Course Outline:

An Introduction to Palm Oil

The Palm Oil Industry - Issues and Concerns

RSPO Governance, mission, membership and funding

RSPO principles & criteria for plantation management

RSPO Supply chain certification Scheme & Units of Certification 

o Identity Preserved

o Segregation

o Mass balance

o Book & Claim  / Greenpalm

o Multi-site Certification 

o Group Certification 

Purpose and function of E-Trace


RSPO Trademarks and corporate logo – rules on communications & claims

The Certification cycle of evaluation, surveillance and re-evaluation

The Certification review process / E Trace

Corrective Action Reports (CARs)

Audit Scenarios / Report Writing

 Who should attend?

IRCA / IEMA Lead Auditors wishing to become RSPO approved supply chain auditors. 

Organisations who are considering, or who have commenced the implementation of palm oil certification 

Those involved in, or preparing for an assessment

Managers and members of an organisation’s internal audit team

This course is also available in-house. To find out more information or to book this course use the following link: