ISCC Online Training for Independent Smallholders Certification
How to attend the Online Training for Independent Smallholders Certification:
Registrations for the online training will open on 25 October 2018. You may sign in for the online training here on the website. Please register to our newsletter to stay updated.
Participants will be able to complete the online training in half a day, excluding the time required for the pre-read material.
About the training
Millions of smallholders depend on selling their agricultural products for their livelihood butare facing problems of low yields, little income and lack of market access. ISCC has developed the Independent Smallholders Certification process, which can provide an option for smallholders to increase productivity and thus increase income and raise attention to potential customers. The concept is applicable to smallholders all over the world producing agricultural raw materials.
In order to provide interested stakeholders with in-depth information on the certification process, ISCC, in cooperation with several partners, has created a comprehensive Online Training for Independent Smallholders Certification.
What people are saying about the Online Training
“The training is an excellent preparation for audits of Independent Smallholders and Central Offices. The training material is easy to understand and technically good to handle.”
Dian Soeminta, TÜV Rheinland Indonesia
“Easy to perform and very comprehensible! I can recommend the training to anyone who wants to gain a deeper knowledge about the certification of independent smallholders.”
Muhammad Shazaley Abdullah, Bureau Veritas
“It is great that you can take individual breaks and continue the training at any point.”
Sven Theml, SGS Germany
“The training contains a lot of good advice. Additionally, everyone has the opportunity to participate in the online training, regardless of the location.”
Evgeni Sud, TÜV Nord
“Easy-to-use online training with very good presentations.”
Ahmad Hamdi Mat Yusoff, SGS Malaysia
The Online Training for Independent Smallholders Certification is open for all interested parties. For auditors, this training is mandatory in order to be able to conduct audits of independent smallholders and Central Offices for independent smallholders under ISCC.
Certification bodies / auditors
Research bodies / authorities
Important note: This ISCC training DOES NOT replace the participation in a 3-day ISCC EU and PLUS Basic Training for auditors, which is a mandatory requirement prior to conducting ISCC audits.
General Information about the Online Training for Independent Smallholders Certification
The training is divided into six chapters.
The chapters are composed of an explanatory video, a download section and a test. The tests consist of multiple-choice questions and every participant is required to answer at least 90% of the questions correctly in order to further proceed with the Training. The passing of the tests is mandatory.
Please be aware that the language of the course and of the pre-read material will be English. However, the main documents contained in the pre-read material are also provided in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia).
The first chapter is an introduction into the Independent Smallholders Certification concept within the ISCC system. The section explains how to set up a Central Office and how to select and train interested smallholders, so that they can achieve an ISCC certification. Furthermore, this chapter explains how the smallholders can be integrated into an already existing ISCC certification.
The second chapter describes the ISCC requirements for independent smallholders and Central Offices, as well as the transfer of responsibilities from the smallholders to the Central Office under the Independent Smallholders Certification concept. Additionally, this section explains how to verify ISCC criteria for the smallholders, Central Offices and potential subcontractors.
The third chapter explains the different steps of the certification process, as well as the related documents. Focus is the conduction of the audit by the auditor, the regulation on the implementation of corrective measures and the consequences that occur when smallholders refuse to be audited.
Independent Smallholders Audit under ISCC
The fourth chapter provides in-depth knowledge on how to conduct an Independent Smallholders audit under ISCC. Video material explains shows how the audits of smallholders and Central Offices are conducted on-site. Particular emphasis lies on the most important issues connected with smallholders – peatland drainage, fertilisers and pesticides application, healthy and safe working conditions.
Independent Smallholders Data Management Tool
The fifths chapter guides through the Independent Smallholders Data Management Tool, which is used to collect, evaluate and monitor data of Independent Smallholders (e.g. personal data, field polygons). The tool consists of the Independent Smallholders Data Management, the Smallholder App and the GRAS Visualisation interface.
The sixths chapter describes the Scorecard tool. The scorecard is used to identify gaps where smallholders lack certain knowledge on how to implement measures required by ISCC. It provides the necessary indications on content that should be included in the Independent Smallholders Training in order to fill the gaps and support users in monitoring improvements of the smallholders.