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anti-copy paper for certificates


As specialists in printing for the Education and Training Sectors in Australia, The Print Group offer design and print features which will protect your certificates against fraud. Our services have assisted training organisations across Australia to protect their reputations from the damage that fraud creates.

While we offer a variety of finishing options including intricate designs, foiling and embossing, today we would like to highlight our recently sourced anti-copy security paper.

The anti-copy security paper is available in a variety of print weights and are digital and offset print friendly. Should you be looking for off the shelf stock, we offer the paper in 160gsm and 240gsm paper stock options in reams of 500. Otherwise, we can offer a variety of design and finishing options that incorporate the anti-copy design in a way that suits.

The security features included in the document can include:

1. The copy preventative 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 Thermochronic 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.

Anti-copy paper is commonly purchased to print the academic results of a student, while a custom design with foiling and embossing are used for the certificates themselves.

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 anti-copy paper and finishing techniques that can only be produced using specialised equipment is a good start. Foiling and embossing techniques that are custom designed can be difficult to replicate without specialised design software and equipment. Also ensure that your training organisation is using additional measures to confirm academic results such as printing the Unique Student Identifier (USI) on the certificates and encouraging employers to verify qualifications of applicants before employment.

Speak to the team at The Print Group today and we can discuss design and print options for your certificates.

**The copy preventative background (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.