Delivery: Fraud-Proofing Certification Credentials

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Certiport has unveiled its latest innovation for its Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)—fraud-proof online verification of credentials. The technology allows certification program managers to provide greater convenience and portability for their certificants.


Certification program managers continually face security challenges to maintain the integrity of exam delivery and testing conditions as well as the credentials they provide. Filtered through a secure, global Web site, Certiport’s new value-added security system offers certificants a safe way to view their credentials online via a 10-digit identifier unique to the individual. “It’s very comparable to what you’d find in a social security number or the serial number on a part or car,” said Stewart World, vice president of technology at Certiport. “That unique identifier is on top of every certification credential and allows the candidate to see it there, verify a printed copy, or they can simply put (the identifier) on any resume or opportunity they want to for future employment.” A potential employer can go to and type in the 10-digit code, and the system will immediately show who owns that certification, its value and what objectives it meets. They can also view the actual certification.


The secure credential delivery technology, which provides an easy way for candidates to verify their certifications to interested third parties without a physical transfer of documentation, was created specifically to deal with security and portability issues. “It starts off with a secure database,” said David Saedi, president and CEO, Certiport. “If we didn’t have a global, secure database where absolutely everybody’s record who’s ever been in touch with us was in there, we couldn’t have done this. We then decided that we are never going to allow anybody to send a copy of their credential to anybody else. We’re going to make that obsolete, and that’s why we created the digital transcripts and the ability for third parties to view those digital transcripts by clicking and using a browser.”


Candidates can immediately authorize a third-party like a potential employer to view their digital certificates by sending them an e-mail message. The e-mail contains a hot link to view their specific transcript. “You couldn’t tamper with it,” Saedi said. “The next step was to go to a granular level and say, ‘What if this individual did five things with us, each of which was different or for a different purpose?’ Let’s say somebody had an IT certification and another certification on their soft skills, and they’re not always necessary to be revealed to a third party. What would you do then? Do you have the ability to slice and dice the pieces that you want to show an employer very, very quickly to get your foot in the door?


“The issues of security, mobility and global access are what drives our thinking out here,” Saedi added. “Once you identify that individual and don’t let them share copies of their credentials other than in an electronic fashion from our database, you’ve basically solved a huge fraud problem. Those individuals can’t get back to our database and change anything. All they can do is point to it and say, ‘Look, here’s a picture of what I’ve got.’”


Currently, the digital certificate technology also offers candidates the ability to see their online credentials in 11 languages.


Kellye Whitney is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at

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