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security paper for certificates

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As specialists in printing for the Education and Training Sectors in Australia, The Print Group Australia offer design and print features for your certificates to ensure they are secure and assist with your compliance requirements. 

While we offer a variety of finishing options for custom designed certificates, including intricate designs, foiling and embossing, today we would like to highlight our security paper and its primary features.

We currently offer the security paper pre-printed in reams of 500 sheets in both the 160gsm and 240gsm paper weights. If you are looking to have a custom designed certificate we can also incorporate any of the security features below into a custom design for you, in any paper weight requested.

The security features included in the document include:

1. The anti-copy background** offers an additional feature to help identify the original document from copied documents. When the original certificate is copied or scanned a “COPY” hidden message appears on the scanned or copied document.
2. Heat sensitive red Thermochromic icon. Thermochromic inks are sensitive to temperature changes and will disappear when the heat from your breath or finger is applied and reappear once cooled.
3. Solvent reactive ink. Solvent reactive inks provide visible protection against acids, bases, bleaches and solvents. The ink smudges when touched be one of these substances.
4. Security warning band. Lists the security features incorporated into the document.
5. Microtext security line. A minute font which can only be viewed through a magnifying glass. If the document is copied, the text will blur rending the message unreadable. On our off-the-shelf stock, this microtext can be found as a square line of text around the thermochomic ink lock and currently says The Print Group Australia. 

This security paper is commonly purchased to print the academic results or statement of attainments, while a custom design with foiling and embossing are commonly used for the main certificate.

While many training organisations can face the dilemma of outsiders producing fraudulent certificates, it can be difficult to control copies and attempts to claim qualifications that have not been earned. Using security paper and finishing techniques that can only be produced using specialised equipment is a good start. All of our security features are difficult to replicate without specialised design software and equipment. Also ensure that your training organisation is using additional measures as required by ASQA and AQF when issuing your certificates.

Speak to the team at The Print Group Australia today for a quote and to discuss the best option for your RTO.

**The anti-copy background is only one of the many security features of the paper to act as a deterrent, however, it can be affected by variances such as copier to copier, and print run to print run. We cannot guarantee that the anti-copy pattern will work 100% on all photocopies/scanners due to ever evolving technology and it is also impossible to test every photocopier/scanner manufactured. We highly recommend you test the paper to ensure you are happy with the result. There are other security features that cannot be replicated such as the micro text, heat sensitive thermochromic ink and the solvent reactive ink used in the pattern. These are the more significant features of the security paper with the anti-copy pattern acting as a secondary visual deterrent and is complementary to the other main features. This security paper not only meets, but exceeds the AQF’s Qualifications Issuance Policy requirements on reducing document fraud (found in sections 2.1.6 and 2.2.3) and ASQA clauses 3.1 – 3.4 – Provide secure certification.