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printKeywords: certificate, certify, certification, record of achievement.

The Custom Certificate will replace the Certificate activity from July 2019. Existing certificates will continue to work but will need to be replaced by Custom Certificates before this date.

What is it?

Moodle Custom Certificates create customised PDF certificates for your students.

Why use it?

 Certificates can be used as a record of achieving or to recognise an obtaining a certain level with the course, or even completing a training course. They should not replace any official or credit-bearing certification at UCL.

Who can use it?

Tutor and Course Administrator can set up and issue Certificates.

Before I start...

  • Although you can design your certificate in Moodle, you may want to finalise your layout and  images beforehand in Microsoft Word.
  • When using images be aware of your Copyright obligations.  You can read more on the Copyright for eLearning webpage

Meeting the baseline

The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation:

  • 2.2 Explain participation requirements:
    • Identify which activities are compulsory and optional.
    • Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks.
    • Explain how students are expected to use UCL and external e-learning tools. This PowerPoint Induction template provides a starting point. Wholly online courses might provide this information as a screencast video, with a voice over.
    • Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.

The Assessment category suggests that you should:

  • 4.1 Provide an assessment outline with a clear description of the module assessment, including schedule, criteria and submission details. To avoid duplication this might include a link to a module webpage.

How do I set one up?

  1. Click the Turn editing on button in the top-right of your page.
  2. In the topic where you want the certificate to appear, click on the Add an activity or resource drop down link and select Custom Certificate.
  3. Provide a meaningful certificate Name, as this is what students will click on to view it.
  4. The Description will be displayed to users when they click on the certificate link. This should clearly describe the requirements that will make the certificate available to students. e.g. You need to achieve at least 50% on all quizzes to receive a certificate.
  5. Select the Options you want. Note. You can use the question mark icon to view a description of each option.
  6. There is a Group mode and Grouping option (click on the Show Advanced button if it is not visible) to release the certificate to specific Moodle groups. Information on how to do this is given in M13- Groups and groupings.
  7. You can also choose to apply date and grade conditions to your certificate. Information on how to do this is given in M35 - Activity completion and Conditional Release
  8. Click Save and Display
  9. In the Administration block, click Edit certificate.
  10. This page allows you to customise the name and size of your certificate. You can also add elements to your certificate, such as images, background images, borders, the student's name, grade, grade item name etc. Alternatively, you can load a template certificate, which you can then customise. Note. contact digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk to request a template. 

    If you add an image based element, such as the background image, you will have the option to upload your own image. Once you have uploaded the image, click save, you will then need to edit the element again to select the image you've just uploaded.

  11. When you have added all your elements, click Reposition elements to arrange your elements.


Further help

Further guidance on Custom Certificates is available from Moodle Docs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


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Examples and case studies

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Questions & Answers

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Further information

Administering your certificate: The student can obtain the certificate by clicking on the certificate link on your course home page. If students have met the conditions (if any) they will be able to access the certificate and a display page will allow them to Review your certificate. If they have not completed the requirements Moodle will display a warning.

To edit the certificate, click on the certificate link and use the Settings > Certificate AdministrationEdit settings.
On the summary page, a link on the top right hand corner will display a list of certificates awarded, dates received, grade (if applicable) and the alphanumeric verification code.
The buttons at the bottom of this list can be used to export the list in ODS format (Open Office spreadsheet), Excel or text formats.

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