Forest certification is a widely recognized method to prove sustainable forestry. It is also a rapidly growing trend at present, as the demand for certified wood has been increasing during the last two decades. Today, mainly the big actors within the field of forest and wood chain management are being certified. The 16 million small, private forest owners in Europe, holding 55 % of European forests, are often not. This is due to barriers such as certification cost and the fact that requirements are often developed for large-scale forestry. To ensure that small forest owners can compete on the same terms as the larger ones, the administrative, knowledge-related and financial barriers for certification of smaller forest owners must be cleared.