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Certificate module

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Certificate module
Type Activity
Maintainer(s) Mark Nelson

The Certificate module creates PDF certificates/diplomas for students of the course and is completely customizable. You can add borders, watermarks, seals and even show grade information.

Certificate 2.x should be tested on your site or a place that will be similar to your production site. The PukunuiAustralia version is the best one to download for 2.x production servers. See bugs comments below.

Certificate examples

Here are 3 examples. A certificate that uses the standard features found in the install package. Then 2 others with slightly more customization.


  1. Download and Unpack the Certificate zip file in a temporary area,
  2. Copy the "certificate" folder to your moodle mod folder located for example at yourhost\moodle\mod . This will include folders backup, db, lang, pix (including subfolders for borders, seals, signatures and watermarks), and type (with sub folders for each of 4 default types).
  3. Go to your Moodle, and click on the Notifications link in the Site administration. Moodle knows something has been added and it will proceed to install the certificate module.
Note: It is not necessary to move the lang file into the Moodle lang folder, the certificate lang folder can stay in the mod/certificate folder.
Note: If the download zip/tar file does not create a certificate folder, rename the top folder certificate. There needs to be a folder in /mod called certificate.

See also: Installing_contributed_modules_or_plugins in MoodleDocs.


This is a short list of settings listed by their group. Please see Add/edit_certificate_module for more detailed information.

  • General - Certificate name and introduction. The certificate will use the course name, this is the link name.
  • Issue options -Here you can set email options, determine if you want to save and or reissue certificates.
  • Print text options - determine date, security code, grade outcomes, credit hours, teachers names, custom text.
  • Design (and image) options - select Type, then determine orientation, and select images for border, lines, watermark, signature, seal or say no to any or all of them.
  • Common module settings -These are standard Moodle module settings. See Common module settings
  • Locking options - if conditional dependencies has been turned on by the site administrator, teacher can set standards that must be met before certificate can be issued.

Customizing certificate

There are several ways to create a custom certificate. Please see Certificate customizing for many examples and code hints. A few quick examples from easiest to more skilled required:

  • Add your images to the appropriate /mod/certificate/pix folder. This will make them available under settings.
    • Add your logo to the "seals" folder, or a new background image, or different signature to the appropriate folder.
  • Edit the text strings in the /mod/certificate/lang folder files, or though the customize language tool available to site administrators.
  • Create a copy of a folder under type, then reposition and format text and images in that folder's code.
    • You may create as many "types" of certificates as you wish. This is more complicated and requires some knowledge of PHP and TCPDF (which is the open source software used by Moodle to generate the Certificate files.

Certificate companions

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Not all these may work with Moodle 2.x.

Certificate Site-wide Report

As of February 2008, there is a Certificate Site-wide Report which can be added in Moodle 1.9, as a supplement. This is an add-on to the certificate module--if installed, you will have an option when creating a certificate to send that certificate's info to the report. An optional block is included that provides a link to the report. Students will see a list of all received certificates. Administrators (or those who have the capability of viewing site reports) will see a link on the Certificate Report page to view/download a report of all students' received certificates. To install: Place the certificates folder in your root (main) moodle folder and upload to your server. Place the my_certificates block folder under your moodle/blocks folder, upload to your server and click on the Administration>>Notifications link to install.

Certificate Verification Block

A companion to the Certificate module for Moodle 1.9. This is a block with a form for entering a given certificate code for verification. The verification page shows the student name, course name, date received and grade (if a grade is printed on the certificate). The certificate code can be printed on a certificate.

This feature is useful when a Registrar, supervisor or administrator wishes to verify that the printed certificate is valid for that student. To install: Place the verify_certificate block folder under your moodle/blocks folder, upload to your server and click on the Administration>>Notifications link to install.

In Certificate for 2.x, the view certificates will show the student name, date received, grade and code. These are downloadable via several file types.

See also

The links below will lead to the current download areas

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  • link? Certificate Sitewide Reports plugin
  • link? Certificate Validation Block plugin