CXC IDB blockchain El Caribe Izertis

CXC® through IDB is collaborating with Izertis to deliver faster and secure certification to candidates

Our company has been chosen by The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) to create a blockchain system in which it will be possible to compile all the academic qualifications of users into a 'single document'. This tool will allow the setting-up of a qualifications standardisation and verification process for several countries of the Caribbean region, which could be extended in the next few years to the rest of Latin America.

The project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), whose goal for more than 60 years has been the economic, social and institutional growth of Latin America. Since its inception, it has championed large-scale projects, leading it to become the bank with the largest capitalization in the world in its category today, with ordinary capital exceeding 100,000 million dollars. Together with our company, it participates in the Virgo Communications project, set to be responsible for the dissemination campaign for the use of these digital credentials in different countries.

In turn, the implementation will be carried out on LACChain (a blockchain network promoted by the IDB). In addition, the deployment of this network will allow the use of the Digital Identity system developed by LACChain itself.

One of our firm’ aims is to build an academic document system that can become interoperable in the future with the counterpart system that is being built in the European Commission within the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), enabling the mobility of students between the two continents. With this in mind, besides the LACChain ID, the Alastria model, and the European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework (ESSIF) of the EBSI, whose nodes and roles coincide with those of LACChain, will serve as references.

At present, each centre of learning issues qualification certificates on hard copy. These certificates must be verified and certified each time they are used for example: applying for a job, accessing an application process or public entrance examination etc. With this change, the process is simplified by building a homogeneous ecosystem based on the blockchain, which guarantees the reliable authentication of credentials. As far as the applicant is concerned, the hiring process and verification of the authenticity of each title is facilitated, and hours of investment are saved in bringing all this documentation together.

When you want to access a job or other information, you can validate the credentials more speedily with this type of unified certification, which will set credentials’ standards within the technology itself.

About the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®)

The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) was established in 1972 under Agreement by the Participating Governments in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CXC® assures the global human resource competitiveness of the Caribbean through the provision of syllabuses of the highest quality; valid and reliable examinations and certificates of international repute for students of all ages, abilities and interests; services to educational institutions in the development of syllabuses, examinations and examinations’ administration, in the most cost-effective way.

CXC® comprises 16 Participating Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The first examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) were offered in 1979 in five subjects. Subsequent to CSEC®, CXC® has introduced a comprehensive suite of qualifications to meet the needs of the region: Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment™ (CPEA™), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® (CCSLC®), *Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) and the CXC® Associate Degree (CXC®-AD).

The organisation also collaborates with countries in the Dutch Caribbean – Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, as well as Suriname.