1. Create your individual profile
Registration: Click on “Register” in the up right corner of the screen. Then, enter an email address in the box. You will receive an email from Arcnet team with a link redirecting you to “ Setting password” page.Set password: Come up with a password which includes upper case letter, number and contains at least 6 characters. Your account is created when you click on “Register” button. Brain key: Save your brain key. It is personal unique phrase of 16 words set in specific order.It is needed in the event you forget your account password. Create your individual profile:After you registered your account, you are invited to create your individual profile by filling in fields about personal information, professional summary, services you offer, work experience and education. Before you save your profile, you can see what it looks like in preview tab.
Attention: Carefully check all the data entered by you before saving it to avoid performing extra actions. Each operation is charged some fee to maintain the blockchain platform.
2. Create your institution profile
To be able to issue a certificate, you need to have a institution first. Create institution profile:Click on the drop down menu next to your avatar at the top right corner. You will see “Create institution” button which will be activated after the synchronization. You need to input information about Institution’s general information, professional summary, services offered by the institution. Before you save your profile, you can see what it looks like in preview tab.
Attention: the platform is working based on blockchain technologies, so after performing an action, please be patient and wait for 1 minute so that the data is synchronized with blockchain.
3. Add co-signer(s) to the institution
Based on the policies developed by Arcnet, the certificate is considered issued when it is approved by two co-signers. One of them is the individual who has created the institution, the other one must be assigned by the abovementioned user. Institution profile inner: After synchronization, you see “My institution” in the drop down next to the avatar at up right corner. Click on it, you are taken to “Institution profile inner”. Add Co-signers: In institution inner, on the right part you see “ Add signers” button. Click on it opens a modal where you can search the account of the user you want to add as co-signer. You can filter the results with category, rating, country etc. As soon as you add the user as a signer, you see the shortcut of his profile inside the institution inner. The user becomes the part of the institution, therefore he starts seeing institution information in his/her own profile as well.
Attention: Users who already have a institution cannot be a cosigner for another institution.
4. Create your personalized certificate template
To issue a certificate you can create your unique template or use samples offered by us. Templates are used later on to enter data and issue certificates. Create template: Go to institution inner, click on the “ Create a new certificate” button. You are redirected to the tool which allows to customize your template individually. You can customize your text (color, size, italic, bold, font, alignment ), numbers, date, background image, grid properties, lock/unlock items on your template, change the layers of items etc. Save/Preview the template: After you are done with template creation, you can press “Preview” and see how it looks like or just save it in your institution inner. This is not visible to public until you have a certificate issued based on that template. Clicking “Save” button opens a modal asking the following information that must be filled in: Title of the certificate, type of the certificate ( academic or work related) , category and associated skills. You may also put expiration period for the template ( how long it will still be valid to use) Save/Start issue: After you enter all the required information in the modal, “Save” and “Start issue” buttons are activated. You can save the template and issue certificates based on it later on or start issuing immediately. If you choose to save the template and issue later, you can find your certificate in Saved/ draft certificate section.
Step 5: Issue certificate from the template you created
You can issue a certificate straight after template creation by clicking “Start issue” or go to “Draft certificates” in “Saved” section and press “Start issue” button. Start issuing a certificate: After clicking on “Start issue” and confirming the registration of the template in blockchain, Variable data input modal pops up. Here you should enter the values for the variable data fields you have created in template creation ( e.g. the name of the recipient, the date of issuance, other variable information etc.). Preview the certificate: When you are done with the variable data input, you are able to see how the certificate will look like with real data in it by clicking “Preview” button.
Attention: Your template is not stored in blockchain until you publish a certificate based on it. After publishing a certificate the template cannot be modified any more.
Step 6: Sign and submit to co-signer for the second signature
Sign and submit for 2nd signature: The click on “Sign” button will open a modal where you can choose which one of cosigners of your institution will sign and thus validate this certificate. Click on “Select” button, and “Submit” to send to the second signer. After this the status of the certificate is “ The certificate is waiting for an approval of 2nd signer”
Step 7: Co-signer approves/Declines the certificate
To secure the validity of the certificate, signature of 2 cosigners is required. Approve/Decline the certificate: When the first signer signs and submits for the second signature, second signer can already see the certificate in his own profile, in “My institution” section.If you are the second signer, click on the dropdown next to your avatar on up right corner, click on “My institution” and scroll down up to the section “Certificates issued”. Click on a certificate, you are taken to Certificate inner page. If you are supposed to sign it, you see “Sign” and “Decline” buttons at the bottom. Click on “Sign” button if you want to approve and on “Decline” button if you want to reject the certificate. After this, the status of the certificate changes to “ The certificate is waiting for acceptance from receiver” and “The certificate was not approved by the second signer” respectively.
Step 8: Receiver accepts/rejects the certificate
If the certificate was approved by 2nd signer, the receiver can already see the certificate in his own page, in “My certificates” section. Accept/Reject the certificate: Click on the drop down next to your avatar on up right corner. Click on “My certificates” section. Here are the certificates either received by you or waiting for your acceptance. Click on the certificate you want to accept. You are take to certificate inner where you see “Accept” and “Reject” buttons and all the relevant information about the certificate. Click on “Accept” button if you want to accept the certificate and “Reject” button if otherwise. The status of the certificate will change to “The certificate was accepted by the receiver” and “The certificate was rejected by the receiver” respectively.