How to Prevent Fraudulent Training Certificates from Appearing at your Work Site

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Your work site operation depends on safe and efficient performance by the many qualified employees on site. The vast majority of your employees are appropriately certified to perform the jobs on-site. However, there is a growing trend in the appearance fraudulent training certificates for a portion of the work force.

Qualifications and Fairness

In some situations, this trend poses a risk to your business in terms of safety and health objectives. At a minimum, it is quite unfair to the majority of your workers who have put in the effort to train and study for the required certifications. It is important that your business remains vigilant in this regard to mitigate the risks posed by fraudulent training certificates.

Fraud Risk Awareness

worker in yellow safety vest at job siteThe growing trend in fraudulent training certificates is largely due to advances in technology. In recent years, websites offering help for fraudulent credentials are becoming more prevalent. There are individuals that will pay the on-line fee and take a shortcut to your work site. You need certainty in the qualifications of those employed on-site. Certifications demonstrate the potential hire has the specific skill to perform the job and anything less than a valid certification is a risk.  An understanding of the methods to obtain fraudulent training certificates is a good start, but real prevention requires diligence and training of your HR team, or others faced with this challenge for your job site.

Fraud Risk Prevention

A prevention process requires training in the identification and verification techniques specifically tailored to the certifications necessary for your business. This training starts with a mindset that a review team member should never consider a certificate on its own merits, but look at the complete set of the applicant’s information. Information includes job application, resume, references and review the related dates and other information for consistency. Regardless of your HR team or you engage an outside firm, the key risk concern is paper documentation is relatively simple to replicate as authentic. Your team needs to be trained in the methods to identify, and verify the specific raining certificates.

Verification Process

ppe safety equipment at construction siteThe key for verification is to narrow the scope to the specific certifications and potential fraud issues. In-house staff or outside third-party reviewers need a consistent process to spot inconsistencies that indicate the potential of fraud. If a process to validate drinking age can be implemented in your neighborhood bar or liquor store, you should be able to put an effective process to verify documents at your work site – or recognize the complexity of verification requires outside help.

Start with research on the on-line fraud trends. An approach of fighting technology trends with advanced verification technology is an effective approach. Hold sessions with your team to review fraud issues and bring examples of fraudulent certificates and work through the steps to spot inconsistent information. Again, verify the complete book of applicant information and do look at the certificate in complete isolation.

Prevent Fraud – Count on Advanced Consulting & Training to Help

It is important that your business remains vigilant in this regard to mitigate the risks posed by fraudulent training certificates. Your job site cannot afford the risk of unqualified employees. Develop the essential fraud mitigation approach to ensure a safe and well-run operation.

Advanced Consulting & Training can help you put together comprehensive safety programs that include fraud awareness and detection. Contact us today to find out more.