IWCF eCerts

COVID-19 Extensions

Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we understand that there are candidates unable to attend training courses and assessments.

A certificate extension of 90 days will be granted to candidates who now have a certificate expiring between 17 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All candidates must apply to receive this extension using our online form.

We will recommend virtual classroom training to all candidates who have/will apply for a certificate extension. All candidates will be asked the reason why they are unable to attend virtual classroom training.

You can find a list of our accredited virtual training providers here.

Any candidate who completes a virtual training course will be issued with a certificate of attendance to show to their employer. 

We have created a dedicated web page with our COVID-19 updates that can be found here.

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All training centres and candidates transitioned to using IWCF eCerts in 2018.

eCerts are integrated within FORUM and award a digital badge to successful candidates, replacing the previous paper IWCF certificate. Successful candidates will receive an email with their eCert within 90 days of completing a course. The eCert will be sent to the email address the candidate used to register in FORUM.

Using the Open Badges framework which has been developed by Mozilla, every eCert holds meta-data that allows each badge to be traced back to its origin quickly and easily.

Each eCert features a unique code and this can be used to trace the authenticity of the badge using the verification tool within FORUM. The verification page can be used by accredited centres, potential employers, organisations and individuals to confirm that the badges are valid and have been issued by IWCF.

Candidates can also give consent in the employer section of their FORUM account for a copy of their eCert to be automatically sent directly to their employers email address.

Please contact if you have any questions about eCerts.


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IWCF eCerts offer several benefits including:

  • No printing or shipping costs, reducing the carbon footprint
  • Improved quality and delivery of certificates
  • No requirement for replacement certificates
  • Provides an extra level of security with a unique code held in the eCert
  • Increases the awareness of qualification validation for the industry
  • Instant award of eCerts and printable wallet cards
  • Share instantly with your employee by giving consent in your FORUM account
  • Sharing of your eCert across the web including social media channels

Grading Descriptors

A grading descriptor* has also been introduced for candidate eCerts. This will automatically be applied to each eCert and will reflect the result of the candidate’s assessment.

The grading descriptors are:

  • Pass (70% – 79%)
  • Pass with Merit (80% – 89%)
  • Pass with Distinction (90% – 100%

*The candidate’s employer can choose to opt out of the grading descriptor on request.

An accredited programme eCert will now be awarded to centres after the completion of a successful audit, replacing the current paper certificate.

Centres and candidates can also display and share their eCert on their website and social networking sites to display their recent certification awards.

If you have any questions about eCerts please contact