ICDL to clamp down on fake certificates
Fake ICDL certificates selling for as much as $240 in Egypt
ICDL Arabia is threatening to get tough on people caught creating fake certificates for its IT certifications.
The organization warns that it will take "tough and immediate legal actions against all those who illegally produce, sell and grant fake ICDL certificates".
There is a thriving market in Egypt for fake ICDL certificates, which can sell for EGP 1,000-1,700 ($140-240).
ICDL will work with the relevant authorities to tackle the forgeries, and it has also warned that it will take action against holders of fake certificates. An amnesty is offered for those that surrender their ICDL fake certificate, and take the official ICDL test at any of the ICDL accredited test centers, and complete the certification requirements before the end of the year.
Jamil Ezzo, Director General of ICDL Arabia, said, "The widespread use of fake certificates is not restricted only to Egypt or to the ICDL Program; and ICDL is not the only stakeholder that will benefit from putting an end to this problem. The continued widespread use of fake certificates de-values the investments made by the Egyptian Government in its people as well as undermines those who diligently achieved their ICDL qualifications. Hence, we call on all employers within the public and private sectors to be vigilant by establishing a strict policy requiring the verification of ICDL certificates through our certificate verification website www.icdlarabia.org/verify or by contacting our certificate verification department at 0227547340."
He added, "I would like to warn that fraud cases have no legal time limit and we intend to pursue every case in order to protect the integrity of our certification program. We will absolutely not tolerate those involved in illegally violating our intellectual property and exploiting our reputation for personal financial gain.''
"ICDL is considered one of the most highly regarded certification by governments as well as educational and qualification regulators around the world due to its integrity and reputation for providing accurate competence measure of an individual having the essential ICT skills for the purpose of academic graduation, employment or job advancement," Ezzo continued.
In addition to enforcing new rigorous requirements on its accredited test centers and stepping up quality control measures to curb the fake certificate problem, ICDL Arabia announced that it will be introducing a newly designed certificate bearing state-of-the-art security features embedded into the document, including a QR code for verification.