Authenticate OpenCert

Authentication Service


Graduates from courses awarded by PSB Academy from March 2020 onwards will receive both printed and digital versions of their Academic Certificate and Transcript. Our graduates may send the OpenCert digital file to employers or institutes of higher learning to verify their OpenCert's authenticity.

 

The OpenCert file is a verifiable digital version of your certificate. Our OpenCert authentication service is best compatible with Chrome and Safari desktop browsers.

About OpenCerts


What Is OpenCerts?

OpenCerts was developed by GovTech Singapore as part of the Singapore Government’s initiative for the nation to go digital.

It’s an open source schema used for publishing education credentials and is powered by blockchain technology to ensure issued digital certificate and digital transcript have not been tampered with.

 

How Does OpenCerts Work?

When a digital certificate and digital transcript is created, it will create a hash. The hash that is generated based on the contents inside the certificate and so any changes to the certificate’s content will generate a different hash. The certificate’s unique hash will then be appended on the blockchain.

To authenticate a digital certificate and digital transcript, the platform will first check if it has been issued.

The platform will then hash the digital certificate and digital transcript contents and compare it with the original hash that was previously appended on the blockchain in Step 1.

If both hashes match, the system will determine that the digital certificate and digital transcript is authentic and has not been tampered with. If the hashes don’t match, it will fail its authentication. The authentication service will then provide the failure status to justify why it failed the authentication.

 

What Are the Benefits of Using OpenCerts?

Untampered certificates

When a digital certificate and digital transcript is issued by PSB Academy, a unique hash is generated. Any modification to the OpenCert file will result in the file having a different hash. A tampered file can be identified by comparing the hashes and will fail that comparison check upon authentication.

Authentication

An OpenCert file can be authenticated by anyone who has a copy of the digital certificate and digital transcript. When you receive an OpenCert file, view and authentic the digital certificate and digital transcript quickly and easily by dragging and dropping it into the authentication service at psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert.

If your digital certificate and digital transcript is authentic, untampered, and valid, it will be displayed in the authentication service. Any digital certificate and digital transcript that is forged, tampered with, expired, or revoked, will not pass the authentication tests and will not be displayed. 

Easily stored and retrieved

Gone are the days of laminating, filing, and storing hard copies of certificates and official transcript! The digital certificate and digital transcript can easily be retrieved from your email or stored on your computer. No more searching for lost certificates!

Employer assurance

Easily share your credentials with potential employers by sending them your OpenCerts file! They can authentic your credentials through the authentication service on psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert. With OpenCerts file, your employer can be assured that your credentials are valid and authentic.

International mobility

PSB Academy aims to reduce barriers to education, one OpenCert at a time. With OpenCerts file, international students can easily share their credentials with foreign employers, immigration offices, and universities. 

Hiring Process

With OpenCerts file, hiring managers can authentic a candidate's credentials with a simple drag and drop. This means less time spent on manual paperwork, and more time spent on work that actually matters.

Student FAQ


How do I open/download my OpenCert file?

You should receive your digital academic certificate and transcript as an email attachment. You will receive both a PDF and an OpenCert file. To download, click on both attachments and save it on your computer. You may open the PDFfile with any PDF reader.

 

However, an OpenCert file is not meant to be opened directly on your computer. To view and authentic your digital academic certificate and transcript, please visit psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert. Drag and drop your OpenCert file into the authentication service. Please note that the PDF file cannot be authenticated by the authentication service.

 

I just received an OpenCert file from PSB Academy. What should I do?

Congratulations on completing your course! You can view and authentic your digital academic certificate and transcript by dragging and dropping your OpenCert file into the authentication service at psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert. Please note that the PDF file cannot be authenticated by the authentication service.

 

How can I save my digital academic certificate and transcript?

Your OpenCert file can be easily stored and shared like any other file on your computer. There is no need to print it out.

 

My employer wants a copy of my digital academic certificate and transcript. How can I share my digital academic certificate and transcript with them?

Simply send your OpenCert file to your employer, and direct them to psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert where they can view and authentic your digital academic certificate and transcript. With OpenCerts, your employer can be assured of the authenticity of your digital academic certificate and transcript.

 

What happens if I edit the OpenCert file?

By using blockchain technology, we ensure that OpenCert files cannot be forged or tampered with. Any modifications made to the contents of the OpenCert file will result in an authentication failure.

 

Do OpenCert digital academic certificates and transcripts expire?

The digital academic certificate and transcript will only expire if an expiry or revocation was put in place by the issuer. Otherwise, the digital academic certificate and transcript will remain valid and authenticated.

 

What happens if my digital academic certificate and transcript have expired or been revoked?

An expired or revoked digital academic certificate and transcript will be identified as such during authentication. The digital academic certificate and transcript will be identified as invalid and will not be displayed. The corresponding failure status will be indicated.

 

Can I translate my digital academic certificate and transcript into other languages?

Currently, OpenCerts is only available in English.

Employer/Education Institute FAQ


A candidate has just sent me an OpenCert file. What is this?

OpenCerts is an open source schema developed by GovTech Singapore. Unlike hardcopy certificates or files in the PDF format, digital academic certificate and transcript in the OpenCerts format can be authenticated as authentic, untampered, and valid. With OpenCerts, you can be assured of the authenticity of your candidate’s credentials.

 

How can I view the OpenCert file I’ve just received?

If you received an OpenCert file, simply download the file and visit psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert. Drag and drop the OpenCert file into the authentication service. An authentic, untampered, and valid OpenCert file will display the corresponding certificate. If the digital academic certificate and transcript is forged, tampered with, or invalid, the authentication will fail and no certificate will be displayed. The corresponding failure status will be indicated.

 

I have viewed and authenticated the digital academic certificate and transcript on the authentication service. Do I still need to get the certificates checked and authenticated to be a true copy?

No. With OpenCerts, there is no need to have the certificates and official transcript authenticated as a true copy again. An online authentication on psb-academy.edu.sg/OpenCert is enough to confirm the authenticity of the academic certificate and transcript. If the digital academic certificates and transcripst are forged, tampered with, or invalid, it will not be displayed, and the corresponding failure status will be indicated.

 

How can I determine the authenticity of the candidate’s credentials?

A forged digital academic certificate and transcript will fail the checks upon authentication and will not be displayed, and the corresponding failure status will be indicated. If the digital academic certificate and transcript passes all checks and is displayed, you can be assured that the digital academic certificate and transcript is authentic.