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How OTHM Leverages Secure Certification Solutions to Drive Efficiency and Reduce Costs

Introduction and background

OTHM is a UK-based Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual, aiming to provide exceptional qualifications and contribute to a highly qualified and experienced workforce worldwide. As an innovative and technology-adopting organisation, OTHM wanted to provide a better experience for students, centres, and third parties.

OTHM’s commitment to maintaining qualification integrity, promoting professionalism, and supporting industries led them to seek a secure and efficient certification solution. They also desired to provide British Standard Qualifications globally while embracing professionalism, ethical practice, equality, and diversity.

 

OTHM’s key certification objectives

The key objectives of OTHM in adopting Advanced Secure’s certification technologies were to:

  1. Establish a secure and efficient method for delivering secure printed and secure electronic documents.
  2. Reduce operational costs associated with document preparation and delivery.
  3. Implement a digital-first strategy to minimise printing and reduce the carbon footprint.
  4. Enable secure and efficient document verification for third parties.
  5. Enhance customer service, fraud prevention, and compliance.

What certification solutions were implemented by OTHM?

Advanced Secure’s Digital Certificates Solution and Blockchain Paper® have effectively helped OTHM modernise their certification documents and processes. The advanced features of the platform and papers have enabled OTHM to streamline certificate issuance, reduce costs, and enhance secure document verification.

With the implementation of Digital Certificates, OTHM has established a secure and efficient method for delivering both printed and electronic documents. The “Digital First” strategy ensures that all students receive secure electronic versions of their certificates, reducing the need for printing and positively impacting the environment. Additionally, the SmartVerify+ feature empowers third parties to verify certificates by scanning QR codes, eliminating manual verification processes.

OTHM’s main results and benefits gained from adopting Secure Certification Solutions

The adoption of Advanced Secure’s solutions has delivered significant benefits for OTHM including:

  1. Operational Efficiency – The secure and efficient certification process reduces the in-house time and workforce required, leading to cost savings and enabling staff to focus on value-added activities.
  2. Revenue Generation – Opened a new revenue stream for OTHM
  3. Environmental Impact – By implementing a “Digital First” strategy, OTHM has reduced its carbon footprint by minimising printing requirements.
  4. Secure Verification – The SmartVerify+ feature empowers third parties to verify certificates securely and efficiently, alleviating administrative burdens.
  5. Customer Service and Fraud Prevention – Advanced Secures exceptional customer service and fraud prevention measures have established a strong working relationship with OTHM, providing ongoing support and guidance.

What has been OTHM’s experience working with Advanced Secure Technologies?

OTHM highly values their partnership with Advanced Secure Technologies, recognising its dedication to exceptional customer service, fraud prevention, and compliance. Advanced Secure’s knowledgeable and responsive team have ensured OTHM feel valued and supported, with education on certification security best practices and guidance to confidently navigate the evolving security landscape.

Advanced Secure’s Digital Certificates Solution and Blockchain Paper® has effectively helped OTHM modernise their certification documents and processes. The advanced features of the platform and papers have enabled OTHM to streamline certificate issuance, reduce costs, and enhance secure document verification.

About Advanced Secure Technologies

Since 2004, Advanced Secure Technologies has worked to STOP FRAUD for our customers. We lead the way in best practices and set a global standard for Secure Paper and Secure Digital Certificates. Our holistic approach to developing secure certification solutions features multiple layers of security across the issuing process. This ensures our customers remain ahead of the fraud risk. As a result, our innovative and high-security solutions protect the integrity of documents issued while safeguarding the reputation of over 200 education institutes worldwide.

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