Add/edit certificate module

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To create a new Certificate select Certificate from the Activities list when viewing a course, with editing turn on. You can customise your Certificate using the following settings:

General Settings

Certificate Name

The Certificate Name will appear on the course page and will typically signal to users the purpose or type of Certificate being issued.


This text will be displayed to users when they open the Certificate activity. An Introduction should be descriptive and indicate to the user the circumstances or requirements surrounding the award of the Certificate.

Issue Options

Email Teachers

If the Email Teachers option is set to Yes then all users with a Teacher/Trainer role within the course will receive an autogenerated email whenever a student receives a Certificate.

Email Others

If there are users within a course that do not have Teacher/Trainer access rights but should be notified when a user receives a Certificate you can enter thier email address in this field. When entering multiple addresses, they should be separated with a comma.


The Delivery option allows you to choose how students view/receive their Certificate. There are three options:

Open in Browser
Opens the Certificate in a new browser window.
Force Download
Opens the browser file download window. (Note: Internet Explorer does not currently support the open option from the download window. The save option must be chosen first.)
Email Certificate
Choosing this option sends the Certificate to the student as an email attachment (PDF).

Save Certificates

By activating the Save Certificates option a copy of each student's Certificate is saved in the course files moddata folder. A link to each student's saved Certificate will also be displayed in the teacher View Issued Certificates report.

Locking Options

Required course grade

Choose the minimum required percentage course grade (the average grade of all graded activities in the course) that the student must achieve to receive the Certificate. Any activities that are graded using points will be converted to a percentage for calculating the required grade.

Minimum required minutes in course

If a Certificate is issued to users based on course participation you can use this option to set the minimum amount of time, in minutes, that a student must be logged into the course before they will be able to receive their Certificate.

Dependent activities

If you wish for a Certificate to be issued upon completion of a selection of different course activities, you will need to add them to the Dependent activities area.

Use the Linked Activity dropdown menu and Add another linked activity option button as required to choose the course activities and their respective minimum required percentage grades that must be achieved to receive the certificate. Any activities that are graded using points will be converted to a percentage for calculating the required grade.

You can also choose to lock the certificate based on completion of a Survey, Questionnaire or Feedback activity. For these activities, leave the grade field set to No.

Text Options

Print Date

Via the Print Date option, you can choose whether to include the date the Certificate was issued to the user, or the course end date, on the Certificate.

Date Format

If the Print Date is set to Date Received or the Course End Date, the format of the date can be configured.

Print Code

A user unique 10-digit code of random letters and numbers can be printed on the Certificate. This number can then be verified by comparing it to the code number displayed in the teacher View Issued Certificates report.

Print Grade

You can choose to print either the total course grade, or the grade of a selected course activity of a user on the Certificate. The grade items are listed in the dropdown menu in the order in which they appear in the Gradebook.

Please note: Once a user has received their Certificate, their grade on the Certificate will not change even if their course grade changes.

Grade Format

There are three available formats if you choose to print a grade on the Certificate:

Percentage Grade
Prints the grade as a percentage.
Points Grade
Prints the point value of the grade.
Letter Grade
Prints the percentage grade as a letter.

Print Outcome

You can choose any course Outcome name and result on the Certificate. For example 'Assignment Outcome: Proficient'

Print Credit Hours

Where a Credit system is in place within a course, the total Credit Hours a user has received may be included on the issued Certificate.

Print Teacher Name(s)

If you wish to include the course Teacher name on the Certificate, select Yes under Print Teacher Name(s) and ensure the required staff have been assigned Teacher/Trainer roles at the Certificate Module level.

Custom Text

Additional text may be added to the Certificate via the Custom Text field. By default, this text is placed in the lower left of the Certificate. You can use the text box to enter html, insert links and insert an image,

The following html tags are available:

   * < br > and < p >
   * < b >, < i > and < u >
   * < img > (src and width (or height) are mandatory)
   * < a > (href is mandatory)
   * < font > possible attributes are - colour: hex colour code and face: arial, times, courier, helvetica, symbol

Design Options

Certificate Type

This is where you determine the layout of the Certificate. There are four default Certificate Types:

Prints the PDF Certificate on A4 size paper with landscape orientation.
Landscape Letter
Prints the Certificate on letter size paper with landscape orientation.
Prints the Certificate on A4 size paper with portrait orientation.
Portrait Letter
Prints the issued Certificate on letter size paper with portrait orientation.

Border Image

The Border Image option allows you to choose a border image from the installed options. Select the border image that you want around the Certificate edges or select No border. By default there are two different border images each in 4 different colors. Additional borders can be installed at the database level if required.

Border Lines

Instead of a Border Image you can opt for a simple three line Border Line around the edge of the Certificate. By default there are four colour options available. Additional border line colours can be installed at the database level if required.

Watermark Image

A Watermark file can be placed in the background of a Certificate. A Watermark could be a specific logo, seal, crest etc. By default two Watermark Images are included, a sample school crest and a Fleur de lis however additional Watermark Images can be installed at the database level if required.

Signature Image

This option allows you to print a digital signature or print a line for a written signature, on the Certificate. By default a single sample signature image and a line image are available, however additional signatures can be added as required by your technology providers. By default the Signature Image is placed in the lower left of the Certificate.

Seal or Logo Image

This option allows you to select a seal or logo to print on the Certificate from a repository of options. By default four seal images and an example logo image are available. Logos and seals are, by default, placed in the lower right corner of the Certificate. Additional seals and logos may be installed at the database level by your technology providers.

Common Module Settings

Group mode

A Certificate activity can have the following three Group options:

No groups
The issue of the Certificate will not groups based
Separate groups
Each group can only see their own Certificate activity but others are invisible
Visible groups
Each group can see their own Certificate as well as see the Certificate activity of other groups.


If you choose Show, then students in the course will be able to see this Certificate activity and attempt to generate a Certificate. If you choose Hide, then only users with teacher or administrative permissions in the course or Certificate activity will be able to see it.

When you have create your Certificate select the Save and return to course or Save and display button or click Cancel to return to the course page.

Examples of certificates

Certificate 1.gif
Certificate in 1.9

See also

Certificate module