The University of Nicosia, a leader in blockchain technology education, offers an open-source platform to issue and verify digital certificates in a completely decentralized way; i.e. with no dependencies to the issuing institution or anyone else other than Bitcoin’s blockchain.

This site is a front-end of the open source verification software that anyone can use to validate digital certificates. All graduates, in addition to getting a physical diploma, also get a PDF copy of the diploma with special metadata that anchors that certificate into the blockchain.

Please note that the actual PDF of the certificate itself is not published to the blockchain, but rather a fingerprint of the PDF, which is enough to validate that the exact document was indeed published by the University of Nicosia and timestamped by Bitcoin’s blockchain.

Please upload an academic certificate for verification

To verify the authenticity of a certificate you can use the validation tool above to upload that PDF by drag and drop or by clicking in the area “Drag ‘n’ drop the PDF certificate here, or click to select it from your device” and then select the certificate PDF on your computer.

If the certificate verification is successful, the tool will display information regarding the graduate, the course and the issuer.

If certificate validation is unsuccessful

If the PDF file does not successfully validate then a warning message will appear. A certificate will successfully validate only if it has the appropriate metadata that anchor it on the Bitcoin’s blockchain. If not, for example, if the physical copy was scanned and provided to the validator, it will fail to validate since it will be missing the necessary metadata to match it to the blockchain entry.

Please note that an unsuccessful file validation does not necessarily mean that the document is not authentic. It may be the case that the specific PDF is not the original one that was generated by University of Nicosia and published on the blockchain.

In this case, we suggest contacting Ms. Maria Panayiotou ([email protected]) for further information regarding that certificate.