How to Check your Qualifications

We offer a global solution for education verifications, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Our online and international degree verification service is supported by a team of multilingual verification experts.

How to check qualifications: the degree certificate verification process and education verification process


Credential fraud, including the misrepresentation of degree results and professional accreditations, is booming. In fact, it makes up the largest proportion of all fraud reported in the UK. This is partly due to the rise in tuition fees which has made academic credentials more commercially desirable. It has also been affected by the rise in bogus universities and online degree mills and the increasing sophistication of these organisations’ methods.

Some industries, including the financial sector and medicine, require employers to verify the qualifications of their employees. However), only 20 per cent of UK employers conduct proper background checks. Purchasing a fake degree certificate is not yet illegal in the UK, but it constitutes fraud to use such a certificate to obtain a job (as fraud by misrepresentation) and can result in a significant prison sentence.

The process of checking degrees, professional membership and other types of credentials is time-consuming, but it can save you enormously in terms of time, money and reputation if you recruit an unqualified and fraudulent candidate. While asking for a copy of a degree certificate or exam transcript was once sufficient, it is now possible for an individual to get hold of a forgery without paying too much. There are both bogus universities offering apparently genuine degree certificates, and websites offering counterfeit degrees from real universities, and these are available to anyone for the right amount of money.

To remedy this, there are now dedicated services that allow you to verify a job or educational candidate’s credentials directly at the source awarding body, through a secure software system. You can check everything including the nature of the awarding body, the degrees and awards legitimately awarded, the dates of degrees and transcripts of marks, all providing you have the candidate’s permission.

About Qualification Check

Qualification Check was founded in 2009 with the intention of creating an automated service to serve the needs of three key parties: candidates, educational institutions and employers. We designed our system in consultation with the recruitment sector and educational bodies to ensure that it meets the requirements of both. We are a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

We now offer the world’s most comprehensive online degree verification service. Our clients are able to verify qualifications at tens of thousands of universities, colleges and professional bodies in more than a hundred countries worldwide. The number is increasing all the time. Our technology is such that institutions can also easily incorporate it into their own systems without a lengthy IT assessment.

Once you have registered, you can immediately access our qualification check software, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, wherever you are in the world. We offer an intuitive, automated, one-stop solution for organisations to check applicants’ qualifications online. Qualification Check offers discounts for multiple verifications and also a one-off check service, as required.

For universities and professional bodies, we provide a system that complements your existing processes while removing the high workload and cost of routine checking. Each institution retains full control of data input, quality and access. A full audit trail and a detailed record are created for each and every verification.

Qualification Check process: degree verification process

Our services are designed to be easy to use, to keep your recruitment process as straightforward as possible. Whether you are an employer or an HR professional, the process is as follows:

  1. It’s free to sign up. Set up your own account where all your transactions and results are securely stored;
  2. Request a validation. Fill in the necessary details, submit a consent form if required, and leave the rest up to us;
  3. Receive your result. The verification outcome will be sent to your dashboard and you will receive an email alert.

One out of 12 verification requests that we process results in discrepancies. This highlights the fact that organisations that don’t carry out thorough qualification checks are putting themselves at high risk.

Service for educational providers

If you are an educational body or a professional organisation, we would be delighted to hear from you. Qualification Check’s service is free for you to use and it will save you a large administrative burden. Our trusted software solutions provide automated degree verifications and electronic transcripts and degree certificates. The Qualification Check system offers the following advantages: 

  • Fast and easy to install;
  • No changes needed to current systems;
  • Fully data protection compliant and 100 per cent secure;
  • Tailored to your institution’s specific needs;
  • Completely free with no ongoing fees. 

You will:

  • Save staff time for other essential tasks; 
  • Improve recruitment process for your graduates and their employers; 
  • Protect the worldwide reputation of the qualifications you award; 
  • Provide your institution with a useful revenue stream.

One example of this is our exclusive relationship with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI), the largest global professional body for people in the financial and investment industries. Anyone can use our system to check their job candidate’s qualifications directly with the CISI.  

Why choose Qualification Check?

We are the longest-established and widest-reaching qualification check service and we are able to provide a one-stop solution for all your credential verifications. Through our intuitive software system, we can the following features that set us above our competitors:

  • Fastest turnaround;
  • Unbeatable global coverage;
  • Secure and confidential;
  • On-demand support team;
  • Full audit trail with electronic responses mapped easily to existing back-office systems; 
  • No set-up costs and no minimum volumes required. Volume discounts available.

If you are looking for peace of mind with your recruitment process or hoping to find a more effective way to manage the verification requests for your past students and members, we are here to help.

Get in touch with Qualification Check to find out more about our degree verification service today.