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Counterfeit training certificates

What happened?

IMCA has been advised that there has been a recent increase in counterfeit training certificates in circulation for crane operators, riggers, banksman/slingers etc. It is reported that the majority of these seem to be originating from Asia but some have also been discovered in the Middle East.

Many of these counterfeit documents are very good computer generated copies and almost indistinguishable from the genuine certificates. Some of these counterfeit certificates purport to be issued by leading training providers.

Members are advised that prospective employers should check the authenticity of any certificates presented by candidates, with the training provider who issued the certificate.

Members may wish to review the following incidents:

Safety Event

Published: 1 September 2017
Download: IMCA SF 22/17

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