Create a Custom Certificate


The Custom Certificate creates PDF certificates/diplomas for students in a course. You can add borders, watermarks, seals, signatures, outcomes, grades, and add custom text to a certificate via the settings menu. Configure the activity to generate a certificate based on the number of minutes spent in the CLE course, the total grade for the course or a specific activity.

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Create a custom certificate for a course

    1. Log in to the CLE (
    2. Go to the CLE course where you would like to add the certificate
    3. From the gear icon at the top-right, select Turn editing on
    4. Inside the section where the certificate should be displayed, click the Add an activity or resource.
    5. In the window that appears, select the Custom certificate resource type. This will take you to the settings page for the new Custom certificate.

    6. Customize the certificate settings:


  • Name: This is the text that will appear on the CLE course page
  • Description: Any text, images, videos or hyperlinks will display here after a student clicks the certificate link on the main course page. This is a good place to describe the requirements and instructions for receiving a certificate.


  • Email students: If set this will email the students a copy of the certificate when it becomes available
  • Email teachers: If set this will email the teachers a copy of the certificate when it becomes available
  • Email others: If set this will email the email addresses listed here (separated by a comma) with a copy of the certificate when it becomes available
  • Allow anyone to verify a certificate: This setting enables anyone with the certificate verification link to verify a certificate
  • Required minutes in course: Enter the minimum amount of time, in minutes, that a student must be logged into the course before they will be able to receive a certificate
  • Set protection: Click the actions you wish to prevent users from performing on this certificate

           Common module settings

  • Availability: Determine whether the certificate is visible or hidden on the course page
  • ID number: Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying this activity if necessary. You can leave this blank.
  • Group mode: Choose whether or not this activity is limited to a certain group

           Restrict access

  • Access restrictions: If you require that students complete the course or individual activity with a minimum grade before receiving a certificate, use Restrict Access to prevent students from receiving the certificate before completing the required work.
    • Example: Restricting access to a certificate unless quiz 1 and 2 scores are at least 70%:
  • Activity completion: If enabled, specify activity completion tracking 

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