Create a New Certificate
Be sure to review our overview of Certificate guides: Using Certificates of Completion in the Platform
Certificates of completion are PDF files that contain proof that a Student has successfully completed a Course. You are free to add as much information to a certificate as you wish, and the relevant details on your certificate template will be automatically filled in for each specific Student. You can customize your certificates to appear however you would like. There are many places online to find a certificate template image, or you can create your own.
This guide will walk you through the steps of creating a certificate, customizing it, and adding it to your Course.
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Create a New Certificate
Certificates can be found through the dashboard at Courses > Certificates
Start the creation of a new certificate by selecting Create Template on the Certificate Templates page.
Add a Title
First, add a title for your new certificate. The certificate title is used for administrative purposes inside your account, and will not be seen by Students.
Choose Canvas Dimensions
Certificates can be any size or dimensions. You can choose to have a landscape displaying certificate.
Or a portrait displaying certificate.
It is important to update the Canvas Height and Canvas Width fields on the Create Certificate Template page to match those of your original image file. That way the certificate background does not get squeezed or stretched, and lines up nicely.
For best results, we recommend using the dimensions 1070 px by 680 px for a landscape certificate, and 680 px by 1070 px for a portrait certificate.
Customizing Certificate Design
There are two steps to customizing your design: adding your background image and adding your fields.
Choose Background Image
The Background Image must be an image file (.jpg, .png, .gif, etc) and cannot be a PDF or document file.
The file must first be uploaded to the Media Library, where it can then be selected for your certificate template.
The Media Library houses all the uploaded files you use in your account. All uploaded files can be found here.
There are two ways to access the Media Library.
You may upload files to the Media Library through your dashboard by navigating to Assets > Media Library.
Or, you can launch the Media Library directly from the Certificate Template page by selecting Browse Media.
Inside the Media Library, you can add your certificate file by dragging your file or selecting Upload Media.
Once the file has been uploaded successfully, it will be listed in the Media Library. You can then select it for use in your template.
There are eight fields available to add to your certificate that can be automatically filled with Course data. The fields are:
- Student Full Name taken from the Student's profile
- Student First Name taken from the Student's profile
- Student Last Name taken from the Student's profile
- Course Name taken from the name the Instructor has given the Course
- Date of Issue the calendar date the Student completes the Course
- Instructor Name the Author of the Course, who created the Course initially
- Certificate Code a unique code (date of completion+course ID+student ID) that serves the purpose of helping to manually validate your students' certificates. Example code: "20210312-5-2".
- Course Credit the number of credits associated with the course when it was created
- Custom Text any special message you would like to write to include on the certificate
Select the field you would like to add, then choose the font, font size, and color that would best match your certificate.
Select Add Field to place the field on your certificate, in the top left corner.
Drag the field into position on the certificate.
Select Edit to make any changes, or add a Certificate Code or Custom Text.
Now that your certificate has been created, you'll want to learn more about where to find it in your platform. This guide will help you through that process: