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CREST is in the process of moving from paper-based to electronic certificates. As a result, electronic certificates will be emailed, rather than posted.
Electronic certificates, digitally signed, are less prone to loss and forgery than paper-based certificates. They also help reduce the carbon footprint associated with the printing and delivery of paper certificates. Electronic certificates do not contain the numbered CREST hologram present on paper certificates.
We have introduced a simple and secure verification process which enables anyone needing to check the authenticity of an electronic certificate, a potential employer for example, to do so via an automated process. Please see the Electronic Certification Process outlined below.
In line with the three-yearly revalidation requirement for all CREST certifications, all certificates will migrate from paper to electronic over the next three years.
All valid paper certificates containing an authentic numbered CREST hologram will continue to be accepted, subject to the existing email-based verification process. Please see the Paper Certificate Verification Process section below.
Electronic Certification Process
All CREST examination certificates will be digitally signed from GlobalSign from August, 2021.
All digitally signed examination certificates will come as a PDF; it is imperative that you check that the PDF is digitally signed by CREST International.
The validation of digital certificates is not a feature in all applications that can open PDF’s. For instance, at this time Chrome and Firefox will not validate a digital certificate.
Below are the tested applications. If you have a different PDF reader than stated below, please read the documentation of that application. If validation of a digital signature is not supported, then you should install a software product as below:
Download link: Download Microsoft Edge Browser | Microsoft – this is included in modern windows desktop operating systems.
Microsoft Edge will soon be releasing this feature; this page will be updated when this is the case.
Download link: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, free PDF viewer download
Adobe Reader instructions
Step 1 – Open the PDF certificate as normal and double click on the signing logo.
Step 2 – The screen below will pop-up containing the signature details.
Step 3 – The pop-up should read exactly as above. In particular, please note that:
If all of the above are true, the digital certificate is valid.
If you have any doubts, please email [email protected]
Paper Certificate Verification Process
If you would like to verify the validity of a qualification held by a CREST Qualified Consultant, please email [email protected] giving the following information: