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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

Settings > Certificate administration > Edit settings

Certificate Name

The Certificate Name will appear on the course home page and will typically tell the users the purpose or type of Certificate being issued. It is possible to have many different certificates in one course.


This text will be displayed to users when they open the Certificate activity. An introduction should be descriptive and tell the user the purpose or requirements 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 their 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

The Save Certificate option keeps a copy of the certificate for both the student and the teacher to download and/or review. With "yes" selected, students can click on their certificate link and only make a duplicate copy of the original certificate. Teachers can see a list of all students certificates via the View Issued Certificates report. By selecting "no", a new certificate will be created every time a student views it and no copy will be saved by the system.

Text Options

Print Date

There are three options. Do not print, print the date the Certificate was issued to the user, or print the course end date.

Date Format

The options for a date format are: "January 1, 2000", "January 1st, 2000", "1 January 2000", "January 2000" and "User's language Date Format".

Print Code

A unique 10-digit code of random letters and numbers can be printed on the Certificate that is specific to a user and 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

You may enter a number in this field. For example, if you entered 5, then the certificate would show "Credit Hours: 5". By editing the language, it might say "CEUs: 5" or "Days of Participation: 5".

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

All of the design options can be customized. This includes changing positions of the images or text, adding or changing images.

Certificate Type

The certificate type determines what and where things (if selected) will be printed. The Certificate activity comes with 2 paper sizes, with 2 font options

  • A4 embedded (fonts)
  • A4 non-embedded
  • Letter embedded
  • Letter non-embedded

If you created any custom certificate types, they will appear on this pulldown menu.


Select either landscape or portrait. The code for each of these page orientations are located in each of the certificate types.

Border Image

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.

Border Lines

Instead of, or in addition to a Border Image you can select for a simple three line Border Line around the edge of the Certificate. By default there the line colours are "no" (none), black, blue, brown and green.

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 .

Signature Image

This option allows you to print a digital signature or print a line for a written signature on 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 five seal images and an example logo image are available.

Common Module Settings

These may vary according to advanced options and site settings.


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.

ID number

Reference number used by gradebook and grade calculations. Typically this is left blank.

Group mode

A Certificate activity can have the following three Group options:

  • No groups - The issue of the Certificate will not consider groups
  • 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.


Restrict access

This feature has to be enabled on the site level under Site administration > advanced settings > Enable conditional access. See Conditional activities for more information.

Allow access dates

  • Allow access from
  • Allow access until

Grade condition

Select the unit or the Course total option. Choose the minimum required percentage and the max (leave blank if it 100%) grade

You can set the "lock" on several activities. However best practice is to daisy chain the activities by their conditions. Thus if you had a series of 10 grade conditional activities, each one would be dependent upon the one immediately preceding it. In this example, certificate would set the condition on the 10th activity.

Activity completion

This feature has to be enabled on the site level under "advanced settings". Please see Activity completion for more information about the features below.

  • Completion tracking
  • Require view
  • Expect completed

Examples of certificates

See also

Certificate module