Award certificates for accomplishing goals.

Being rewarded is a powerful extrinsic motivator. One of the best rewards is recognition for a job well done. Providing these opportunities for rewarding students throughout your course can keep students motivated and create a map of what they can learn.

Giving recognition for student achievements is also becoming the new standard for verifying learning. You can use certificates to round out a grade. You can provide details and examples of exactly what students achieved in your course.

  • Provide a certification, including credit units and credentials attained.
  • Award students whose work stands out.
  • Require satisfactory completion of the course before progressing forward in a training series.
  • Add incentives for professional development courses.

Create certificates

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Certificate > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Certificate > Add

You can customize the awards with borders, watermarks, seals, and grade information. You can establish conditions for receiving certificates, such as attainment of a certain grade.

  1. Type a name. This is the only required field.
  2. Optionally, type an introduction to describe the certificate and requirements.
  3. Optionally, make selections in the following areas to customize the certificate.
    • Issue Options - set the delivery method to students and if teachers or others receive emails when certificates are issued.
    • Text Options - specify information printed on the certificate.
    • Design Options - determine the look of the certificate.
    • Outcomes
    • Common Module Settings
    • Restrict Access
    • Activity completion
  4. Click Save and return to course to show the course front page or Save and display to show only the new certificate.

Restrict access to the certificate until students fulfill specified requirements in the course.

More on using certificates on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)

Create custom certificates

Custom certificates allow you to create a customizable, dynamic PDF certificate. You can create your certificate from a template or upload an image to use. Custom certificates allow an option for verification, where each certificate has a unique assigned code. An instructor, employer, or administrator can enter the code displayed on the certificate to confirm its authenticity. You can also require a minimum number of minutes a user is required to be in a course before he or she is able to view a certificate. Earned certificates for all courses appear on a user's profile page under Miscellaneous > My certificates.

More on creating a custom certificate on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)


Understand the student experience

Students access the certificate in a topic.

Students click Get your certificate and one of the following occurs based on options selected by the teacher:

  • Open in new window: a new browser window opens displaying the certificate and it can be saved or printed.
  • Force Download: a new browser window opens and downloads the file automatically.
  • Email Certificate: sends the certificate as an email attachment.

After students receive a certificate, they can view it again later.