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Frequently Asked Questions
What is DegreeValidate?
  • DegreeValidate is an online degree verification portal introduced in Nigeria by Risk Control Services to process variable certificate verification requests of different categories of users. Educational records are made available at the portal by Risk Control Services to provide faster access to verified educational information for the convenience of interested users.
  • The DegreeValidate portal houses a database of tertiary educational records the accuracy of which has been tested and approved by many corporate organizations in Nigeria, including government organizations.
What can I do on DegreeValidate Portal?

A number of variable requests can be processed on the DegreeValidate Portal. These requests are usually made by the following:

  • Job Seekers: Candidates who want their educational claims validated by a third party in order to facilitate the processing of their employment requests. After validation such candidates are given a one off code - Risk Control Validation Code (RCVC). The candidate can present this code to employers and other verifying authorities to show that his or her the educational claims is authentic. There is a fee involved in providing this service to the candidate.
  • RCVC verifiers: Employers and other verifying authorities can view and download the verified educational information about the candidate by supplying the RCVC on the DegreeValidate portal. There is presently no cost for verifying RCVC.
  • Employers: Some employers want to verify certificates discreetly without the knowledge or involvement of the candidate. They can make requests on the portal, confirm their order, pay, view and download result on the portal without stress.
What are the Benefits of DegreeValidate?

DegreeValidate Portal has many benefits amongst which are:

  • Speed: The inability or unwillingness of a school's staff to provide quick turnaround on verifications is no longer an issue. If a degree is in our registry, the response is immediate. If a degree is not, we will ensure that your request is processed as a priority by the institution.
  • Cost reduction: Using DegreeValidate reduces personnel and travel-related costs (including long-distance costs), charges incurred on telephone, follow up trips, including official verification fees by schools.
  • Comprehensive Audit Trail: Account summaries and detailed records of every search made are available to the user online. Your need for constant update is therefore realised.
Why should I trust the accuracy of results in DegreeValidate database?
  • Risk Control's educational database is populated by only the results that have been verified and published by educational institutions.
  • For years Risk Control's database have been trusted by many local and international companies in Nigeria including Central Bank, GTBank, Stanbic IBTC, First Bank, Chevron, Total, Police, Lagos Inland Revenue Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service etc. See our clientele
  • With less than 1% of Nigerian security companies receiving ISO certification, Risk Control Services is the first and only company in West Africa to receive ISO certification for its background screening service.
  • The educational database of Risk Control which is the resource base of DegreeValidate is recognized and recommended by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and for many years utilized by the Lagos State University (LASU).
  • DegreeValidate painstaking process of data capture with cutting edge technology ensures that the information you receive is correct.
What are the cost considerations for using DegreeValidate?
  • One of the main objectives of DegreeValidate is to make verification easy and cost effective for all the stakeholders.
  • If a candidate obtains an RCVC, he will be glad that the cost is one-off and it is a code valid for life. This means that the candidate can present the same code as he changes employment from one company to another. If the verification can be concluded on our database of educational records, the candidate only pays ₦5,000 If however, for whatever reason Risk Control is unable to conclude the verification on our database there will be need to contact the school directly to conclude the verification process. Additional costs of ₦5,000 will be incurred by the candidate to cover travel and other logistics like official fees from the institutions, telephone and other follow up expenses. The candidate will however be asked to make the additional payment before the request is sent to the institutions for Field Verification.
  • No Cost for verifying RCVC: Because there is presently no cost for verifying RCVC, it is a popular choice amongst start up companies, recruitment agencies and other small and medium enterprises with no defined HR structure to execute their certificate verification needs.
  • Discreet Verification: Some organizations especially those with well structured HR departments prefer to conduct certificate verification without involving the candidates. In order words, they are not interested in RCVC. The DegreeValidate Portal also gives them the means to achieve their objective by uploading the certificate they want verified, pay, view and download the result instantly once payment has been confirmed and the result is on the database. There is no additional cost for field verification but the requestor will be advised that the verification is being sent to the institution for verification. The total cost for this option is ₦15,000.
What of if I have volume certificates to verify?
  • There is provision for volume discounts depending on the volume. If you need further discounts because of a very large volume please contact customercare@riskcontrolnigeria.com
Do you have partnerships with Background Checks companies?
  • Because background checks companies that conduct certificate verification regularly, they enjoy a more generous discounts with Risk Control Services. If you are a background checks company please contact customercare@riskcontrolnigeria to discuss our BIG discount.
Which Educational Institutions do you have in your database?
  • We have a list that indicates the educational institutions in our database. The list is only a guide because there are regular updates with new institutions and results constantly being added. Also, there are other reasons why the result is not on the database even though the institution is in the list. As a matter of fact, any discrepancy between the educational information provided and what is in our database must be reconciled by the issuing authority with a letter obtained thereto.
How can I get my certificate verified?

To get your certificate verified, kindly take the following process:

  1. Register your profile on this portal by clicking the "Register" link on top of this page and fill the form that displays.
  2. In the "User Type" field, select "Employee" option.
  3. After form submission, an account activation link will be sent to the email address you used during the registration. Check your mail and click on the link to activate your account.
  4. Login with the email and password used for registration. You will be redirected to the RCVC portal.
  5. Click on "Obtain RCVC".
  6. On the page that displays, by the bottom right, click on "Obtain RCVC".
  7. Follow the instructions (form wizard) thereafter to upload your bio data, educational data and scanned certificate.

To manage your certificate, log in to your account and click on "My Profile" link by the top-right area of the page that displays and do any of the following form the left pane (If you are using a mobile device, click on the navigation button on top of the page to expand the collapsed links):

  1. Click on "Inbox" link to view mails sent to you regarding your certificate verification.
  2. Click on "Pending Certificates" to view your certificate(s) that is yet to be confirmed by an admin officer. You can also notify us, through this page, of any bank deposit made by you.
  3. Click on "Confirmed Certificates" to view your certificate(s) that has been confirmed by an admin officer.
  4. Click on "GTPay Notifications" to view the status of your payment(s) on this portal through GTPay.
  5. Click on "Payment Notifications" to view the status of all the payment notifications you have sent to us through "Pending Certificates" page.
How can I verify another person's certificate?

The procedure still remain the same as that of the immediate previous question. The differences there are as follows:

  1. During registration of profile data, select "Employer" in the "User Type" field.
  2. After logging in, click on "Verify Certificates" link on the page that you are redirected to. Then click on "Verify Certificate" link at the bottom of the page that displays.
How can I get a discount on certificate verification?

The procedure still remain the same as that of the immediate previous question. The differences there are as follows:

  1. During registration of profile data, select "Volume Requestor" in the "User Type" field.
  2. After logging in, click on "Click here to get a volumn discount" link on the page that you are redirected to. Then select a plan and click on the "Buy" link at the bottom of the plan you have selected. After payment is successful, you will be credited with the number of units that comes with your plan. It is from these units that you can add certificates, i.e. for verifying one(1) certificate, one unit will be deducted from your available units.

To add a certificate, the following proccess would be taken:

  1. After logging in, click on the "My Profile" link at the top of the page you are redirected to.
  2. You would be redirected to your user portal. Click on the "Add New Certificate" link on the left pane. If you are using a mobile device, click on the navigation button on top of the page to expand the collapsed links.
  3. Follow the instructions (form wizard) thereafter to upload the bio data, educational data and scanned certificate.

To manage your bulk order, click on "Volume Orders" link on the left pane of your user portal. If you are using a mobile device, click on the navigation button on top of the page to expand the collapsed links.

As a company who do certificate verification on a regular basis, you can add and manage your employees profile data through your account for each of them to have a login details to this portal. In this regard, all activities carried out by them relating to plan purchase and certificate verification would be linked to your account.

To add and manage a user, in the user portal, click on "Manage Added Users" link on the left pane. If you are using a mobile device, click on the navigation button on top of the page to expand the collapsed links.