The HCV Network Secretariat Learning team recently wrapped up its first ever online HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Course. Historically, these courses have been imparted by our Registered Training Providers, however, over the last two years, the Secretariat, through its Learning workstream, has been taking a more proactive role in designing and imparting training courses. This is aligned with the Network’s broader strategy to ensure that all users of the HCV Approach understand the methodology and can implement it robustly in all regions and commodity contexts.

Why are these courses important?

Successful completion of a High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessor Training Course and High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Registered Practitioner Course are part of the requirements to become licensed under the HCV Network’s Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) and lead HCV-HCSA assessments.

HCV-HCSA assessments are required by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the High Carbon Stock Approach Steering Group and other organizations and initiatives as a safeguard to ensure that commodity production does not damage or destroy natural, social, and cultural features in production landscapes. This course prepares those who will be leading these field assessments.

The training course followed the HCV-HCSA Assessor Training Course syllabus and counts both as the HCV Assessor Training Course and the HCSA Registered Practitioner course. The course aims to ensure that prospective licensed assessors obtain an adequate level of understanding of ALS procedures and good practice needed to competently lead an integrated HCV-HCSA assessment.

The course consisted of 4 days of live sessions covering the entire HCV-HCSA assessment process, and included presentations, quizzes, live polls, and group activities, and had 21 participants from 9 countries (Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Peru, the Netherlands, France, and the United States of America).


The pre-training course was very helpful, which I think will be even more helpful for future trainees who may be entirely new to HCV-HCSA assessments.
Great course overall. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot from my peers.
Very comprehensive course which I thoroughly enjoyed and also learnt a lot in a short period of time.
All the course materials were well organized and I appreciated the timely email updates with links to new course materials.
I generally found all the topics being covered as interesting. For the fact that as an aspiring Lead Assessor, I would need to have sound knowledge of the whole assessment process and be able to communicate effectively with clients (companies) and all other stakeholders for the whole duration of the HCV and HCV-HCSA assessment processes.

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