Electronic study certificates in Haaga-Helia
The electronic transcript of records and study certificate are PDF documents equipped with a digital signature to confirm their authenticity and integrity [PAdES - PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures (Directive 1999/93/EC)]. The digital signature replaces handwritten signatures and stamps.
You can verify the authenticity of a digitally signed document with the Atomi Validation service or by opening the document with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software (see the instructions below).
Electronic documents are official only in their digital form and not as paper-printed copies. They cannot be modified, as any change made to the file invalidates the digital signature. The electronic transcript/certificate should be a valid alternative in all situations where signed and stamped paper documents are used. Whatever the transaction, if the party concerned does not accept your digitally signed document, you may request a signed and stamped paper document from any of Haaga-Helia's Student Affairs Offices.
Electronic document and it's validation
Verifying the authenticity of a document using the Atomi Validation Service
With the Atomi service, you can see the following details of the digital signature in the document:
- The signatory: atomi-esign.haaga-helia.fi
- Digital Certificate Authority: VRK CA for Service Providers – G3
Verifyinf the authenticity of a document electronically with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software
You can verify the authenticity of a digitally signed document by opening the document with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software. However, with its default settings, the software does not recognize the Population Register Centre Root Certificate and therefore will notify that the signature has problems.
You can validate the signature by installing the Population Register Centre Root Certificate according to the following instructions:
Install the root certificate from the Population Register Centre’s website: https://dvv.fi/en/ca-certificates
- Open Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
- Click Edit or Adobe Reader (OSX) -> Preferences
- From the categories on the left, select Signatures -> Identities & Trusted Certificates (click on More...)
- SelectTrusetd Certificates -> Import
- Click on Browse and select the file you downloaded from the Population Register Centre’s website -> Open. You can also use the Search function, and search the certificate with its name -> OK.
- Select the certificate from Contacts and then Certificates and click on Trust
- Select Use this certificate as a trusted root -> OK
- Now the software has installed the Popular Register Centre’s certificate and trusts any signatures that have been produced with this certificate.