Employer’s Guide to e-Certificate verification

Employer’s Guide to e-Certificate verification

Employers, Colleges, or Universities as you seek for the best possible candidate, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is providing candidates with e-certificates across the region that will allow you to access valid certificates just by the touch of a button.

Because candidates will be able to access digital versions of their certificates quickly, you as a potential employer, can easily validate it online immediately and securely. This process is free, does not require a login and provides employers with trust in the authenticity of CXC’s candidates’ achievements.

CXC partnered with Learning Machine, a Cambridge-based software company, in June 2018 to develop the open-source standard for block chain-based records for Caribbean students.


How it works:

The app anchors the digital files on the block chain, which works like a spreadsheet accessible to a global network of computers and holds millions of lines of encrypted transactions. For e-Certificates, they transmit credentials from school to student. The transactions are verified in batches (or blocks) by having computers solve mathematical puzzles. Then the blocks are added to the chain, where they are accessible to the entire network but encrypted to keep their contents secure.


The idea is to let students securely store and share their certificates, and allow employers, as well as Colleges and Universities, to immediately verify them.


For verifiers: What do you need to know

For Colleges Universities and Employers, CXC e-Certificates adds value to YOU because verification of records now only requires a mobile device or web browser and it’s:

  • Instant
  • Free
  • Globally Accessible

The verification process answers questions about the certificate’s integrity and validity:

  • Is the certificate the same as when the issuer issued it? (i.e. how do I know it wasn’t tampered with?)
  • Was the certificate revoked?

The verification process ensures that the certificate you see wasn’t tampered with by comparing hashes* with what is registered on the block chain.

*Note: A hash is a function that converts an input of letters and numbers into an encrypted output of a fixed length. A hash is created using an algorithm and is essential.

CXC e-Certificates will be offered for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)®, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)® and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC)®.


Learn more about CXC e-Certificates here: CXC E-Certificates – What you need to know.