By DARA BUTTERFIELD
3 December 2014
The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) – the independent, not-for-profit organisation, which sets international training standards for well-control – has launched a new certification system designed to combat fraud by making it easier for candidates and employers to verify qualifications.
Montrose-based IWCF has introduced a number of increased security features to help combat instances of fraudulent certificates. These include holograms, serial numbers and watermarks as well as a QR code, which will allow candidates or employers instant access to the IWCF system to verify the certificate’s authenticity.
The wallet cards have also been updated to reflect these changes, giving candidates the benefit of having all the information they need in an easy-to-carry format.
Antony Quin, General Manager, IWCF, said: “While certificate fraud isn’t common, we have been made aware of some instances where training centres have issued invalid certificates or individuals have tampered with their qualifications.
The certification system is the first phase of IWCF’s online administration and examination platform, FORUM. The new platform will offer significant benefits to IWCF accredited centres and candidates including online exam bookings, instant marking and instant resits to all eligible candidates.
The system is expected to be rolled out to IWCF’s global network of training centres from April 2015.