In 2018, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) revolutionised the issuance of examination results in the region, through an initiative which utilised Blockchain technology to produce free digital certificates. Candidates can use e-certificates (e-certs) to share their qualifications with schools and employers, in any geographic location, quickly and securely. Third parties receiving the e-certs can be assured that the files are genuine and have not been tampered with.

The trial phase has now ended and CXC will be collating and analysing the usage and process data, as well as feedback garnered from the May-June 2018 and January 2019 examination e-cert issuances. Candidates who wrote examinations between 2007 and 2019 may apply for e-certs in 2020 when the full roll out of the e-cert system goes on-stream. This year, May-June candidates will receive only paper certificates.

Senior Manager, Information Systems Department, Nicholas Rock, expressed that CXC is pleased with the response to the e-certs thus far and expects the use of the new technology to improve the application process for candidates, tertiary institutions and employers. He added, “CXC is committed to continuous innovation and e-certs are a natural addition to the organisation’s offerings of online registration and e-testing. Our stakeholders’ demand for online access is changing rapidly and CXC is preparing to meet these demands.”