SSL Certificates

TLS/SSL Certificates for Schools from Certifcate Authority QuoVadis via Jisc

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SSL/TLS Certificates for Education Establishments

OV SSL Certificates from SWGfL cost £35* for one 2 year license and are only available for education establishments (e.g. schools, MATs and colleges).

* Please note that should five or more Subject Alternative Names (SANs) be required in a certificate there will be an additional cost of £35 to complete your request (i.e. one SSL certificate with five or more SANs will be £70).

  • What is an SSL Certificate?

    SSL certificates are an essential part of the security of a school website. SSL stands for ‘Secure Sockets Layer’ and an SSL certificate is a small data file that allows a secure connection between a web server and a browser.

    When installed, a certificate authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts data providing a level of trust and security for the website user.

    If a certificate is active on a website there is a padlock symbol in the URL bar, and clicking this provides more information about the certificate’s status.

    It helps users know your website is ‘safe’ to use, particularly if they need to provide any personal information such as passwords or payment details.

  • What is an OV SSL Certificate?

    ‘OV’ stands for Organisation Validated.

    The most common type of SSL Certificate is 'DV', which stands for Domain Validated. Domain Validated certificates only require verification of the domain name to be used.

    OV SSL Certificates go through an additional vetting process. To produce the certificate the Certificate Authority (QuoVadis) verifies not only the school’s right to use the domain the certificate has been requested for (as with DV) but also the actual organisation, and lists the school's name in the certificate.

    OV certificates provide enhanced trust and authenticity for the website accessed.

  • How do I order an SSL Certificate?

    Through our partnership with Jisc, who run the Janet network, we are pleased to be able to provide SSL and TLS certificates. SWGfL and Jisc use the QuoVadis Certificate Authority to produce an ‘Organisation Validated’ (OV) certificate for 2 year durations.

    To purchase a certificate we need some details from you to process an order which can be found in the "SSL Certificate Order Process". This order is then handled by a member of the SWGfL Certificates Team in partnership with Jisc.