The concept of High Conservation Values (HCV), initially developed within the framework of the FSC Principles and Criteria, is being applied widely today in relation to the management of natural resources, in forestry, agriculture, biofuels/biomaterials, and other sectors.


Over the last years, it has generated a new area of expertise, as several sustainability systems have adopted this concept . The correct application of this concept requires specific expertise relating to the process for conducting HCV Assessments The HCV Resource Network is implementing an Assessor Licensing Scheme, an opportunity for professionals engaged in natural resource management to acquire a qualification as HCV Licensed Assessor.


This is a blended course. Objective 1  , below, will be achieved through e-learning, while objectives 2 and 3 will be achieved through face-to-face training and field work.


Course Objectives:


  1. Gain in-depth knowledge of the latest HCV guidance as per the HCV Assessment Manual and Guidance for HCB Identification.
  2. Understand in detail the role and responsibility of the HCV Assessor.
  3. Develop expertise on HCV interpretation and identification and practical skills relating to the implementation of HCV assessments.


Training language:      English.

Who should attend?:  Professionals seeking to participate in, or lead, HCV assessments relating to the implementation of sustainability standards as HCVRN Licensed Assessors.

Course duration:5 days (40 hours): online course (16h), face-to-face course 3 days (24h).

Certificate: Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will receive an HCV Resource Network/ASTRAcademy certificate.

Note: The course can take place as proposed only if sufficient trainees register before the proposed deadline.


ASTRAcademy is a Recognized Training Provider under the HCV Resource Network Assessor Licensing Scheme.


Please refer to the attached detailed course outline.




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