Customizing Certificates

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by Sarah Southerland
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When issuing a certificate to students who have completed your course, there are several ways to customize the certificate to meet your preferences and needs.

To get started:

  1. Navigate to Course Management
  2. Select a course or create a new one
  3. Expand Settings 
  4. Scroll down to "Certificate Template" and click "New"

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The following fields appear at the top of the page:

  • Certificate settings name: The name of this certificate and it's accompanying settings in the dashboard. This is for admin purposes only, and will not be displayed to students.
  • LinkedIn Certification Link: Allows students to easily add your certificate to their LinkedIn profile. Click here for instructions on enabling this option. 
  • Background image: Upload a custom background image for your certificate. This is optional; if you do not upload a custom image, our default background image will display.
    • PNG file format 
    • Recommended aspect ratio: 1650px x 1275px

Below that, you can expand the Certificate text section to customize the text:

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  • By default, each field is pre-populated with our default certificate settings.
  • In each of the six text fields:
    • You can enter any text of your choice.
    • You can create data fields such as {{ organization_name }}.
    • You have the option of choosing not to utilize a field, leaving it blank.
  • We support the following data fields:
    • {{ student_name }}
    • {{ course_title }}
    • {{ organization_name }}
    • {{ completed_at }}
  • For each text field, you have the option of selecting a font. We currently support the following fonts: Script, Genitum Plus, and Arial.
  • You can also specify the text size for each field. (Size ranges from 1 to 72.)

The next section, Certificate Information, offers additional customization options:

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  • Show QR Code: Displays a QR code linking to the certificate verification page. 
  • Show Credits and/or Score: Displays the credits and score for the course if applicable.
  • Show Issue at Date and/or Expiration Date: Displays the issued at date and/or expiration date if applicable.
  • Show Certificate Number: Displays the unique certificate number.
  • Show Verify URL: Displays the url that links to the verification page (e.g.  http://verify.skilljar.com/c/CERT_NUMBER.)
  • Show Signup Fields: Displays selected signup fields from your registration process. Select from available signup fields.

The image below shows the default placement for text and certificate information:

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  • Field 1 displays at the top of the page, offering a point of reference for the other five fields which display in a centered vertical stack directly below it. 
  • By adjusting the size of the text and/or leaving some fields blank, you have the ability to adjust the placement of text fields on your certificate template. 

To preview your customized certificate, click the "Preview certificate (save changes first)" link at the bottom of the page:

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