Setting Prerequisites for a Course

by Skilljar Customer Training

Our Prerequisites feature enables you to prevent students from registering for a course until they have successfully completed a specific course or group of courses. This article provides instructions on how to set prerequisites as an admin, as well as an overview of what your students will experience.

This is useful when you are trying to build an ordered course series, or when Creating a Certificate for a Course Series

Admin experience

This feature lives in the Domains & Publishing section of the dashboard. You can access it in one of two ways:

1) By clicking on the "Publish course" button in the upper right:


2) Or by clicking on the edit icon for an already published course:


Whether publishing a course for the first time or editing a course that has already been published, you will find a checkbox for prerequisites at the bottom of the page:


When checked, a multi-selector will display all of the published courses for that domain. Here, you can easily set one or more prerequisites for your course.


Once you select your prerequisites and click save, those prerequisites will be enforced. 

Student experience

Course prerequisites are enforced on registration: 

  • If a student has completed the necessary prerequisites, they are permitted to register for the course.
  • If a student has not completed the necessary prerequisites, they are not permitted to register for the course.  

In the latter case, a message will display informing the prospective student of the prerequisites and providing links to the relevant course detail pages.

If you would like to communicate prerequisites to potential students before they attempt to register, you can do so by including that information in the course description.  


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