Due to the continued increase of counterfeit marine certificates, International Yacht Training (IYT) recognised the need for real-time verification of qualifications and has incorporated a verification QR code into certificates. Scanning the QR code using a smart phone takes you directly to a secure server which verifies the student’s identity and IYT qualifications. Information regarding the school attended and instructor who taught the class is also available.
In 2011 IYT began to develop an online school and student database and anticipated the need for more sophisticated security measures. Certificates now include a photograph, unique QR code, a hologram, holographic film overlay and signature strip.
The system was implemented early in 2014 and has been very well received by the industry. The ability to immediately verify certificates has proven ideal for crew agencies, yacht management companies, charter companies, marine surveyors, yacht captains and certificate holders. During a recent MCA audit of IYT the auditor was delighted with the security features, especially the QR code.
Ami Ira of “Crew Unlimited”, a crew placement agency in Fort Lauderdale, commented “we do appreciate the login/QR code. I wish all the licensing authorities would offer the same”.
IYT is a marine certification authority with almost 200 partner schools in 52 countries and offers courses and qualifications for both recreational and commercial use.