Receiving a LearnDash certificate will make your course’s students feel proud of their accomplishments.
Whether you create a small award at the end of the full course or one for each quiz, making certificates is an excellent way to keep your students returning for more information down the road. But how do you create a LearnDash certificate?
To create a LearnDash certificate, click on the ‘Certificate’ tab on your LearnDash WordPress plug-in, then tap ‘Add New.’ Add the certificate’s text, background image, and title.
Include the date and reason they received the certificate, then upload the certificate to the end of the quiz or course.
Throughout this article, we’ll cover the following details about creating a LearnDash certificate:
- How to make a certificate for quizzes and courses on LearnDash
- Tips to improve your certificate’s appearance and text
- A quick checklist to ensure you’ve created the best award
Navigate to the LearnDash Certificate Creation Menu
If you’re using LearnDash, we highly recommend getting the WordPress plug-in. Download it, activate it in the settings menu, and add your subscription’s license to the plug-in.
LearnDash’s plug-in lets you manage everything from your WordPress account, including certificate creation and awards.
Here’s how you can create a certificate template on LearnDash:
- Open your WordPress account, click on LearnDash’s LMS (learning management system) tab, and tap on the certificate menu. If you have the LearnDash plug-in, there’s a certificate creation area that walks you through the steps. It’s as simple as it gets, letting beginners get the job done.
- Hit ‘Add New’ on the certificate tab to create a new LearnDash certificate. This will open a tab that lets you make a whole page for the certificate. It might show up on WordPress as a customized page, so don’t worry if you see it in the menu. You’ll be immediately redirected to the page to edit the text and images.
- Create one certificate at a time to prevent unwanted overlaps. Adding too many new certificates can make it difficult to assign each one. You can create a file or page name for every certificate to prevent yourself from confusing or mixing them up. However, it’s recommended to make one at a time.
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Design Your Certificate’s Text
LearnDash explains the certificate’s text is debatably the most important part of the process. Don’t neglect the background image, but remember it’s essential to fit everything in the body text and title.
The message should be clear and concise since your viewers likely enjoy compliments but don’t want to read a whole blog post for their accomplishments.
Below, you’ll find a few suggestions to design the perfect certificate message:
- Evenly space the text to make it easier to read. Only add a couple of paragraphs at most. It’s best to add a space between every two to three sentences so that the page doesn’t look cluttered, hard to read, or like a sales pitch. The goal is to present a quick certification that makes them feel good about the process.
- Use bold letters and unique fonts for a visually appealing design. Rather than relying on boring, predictable fonts, consider adding color, fancy lettering, and a fun title. You could add space for their name in a signature-style font with a line underneath, or put stars around the border. Your certificate should be ready to print.
- Tell them why they’re getting the award, their score (if it’s a quiz), and add a few encouraging words to complete the course (if they haven’t already done it). Don’t add too much text or beat around the bush. Your LearnDash certificates should be straight to the point and full of praise.
Upload or Create the Images
Images are a significant part of the process. Without them, your certificates will seem bland and forgettable.
Some people might accidentally skip over the certificate if they think it’s full of credits or an explanation of the quiz.
There are many ways to add an image, such as the ‘Featured Image’ slot on the right side of the page or by adding media through the page builder.
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Use an Image Creation Application
There are dozens of online and offline photo editors. For example, Canva offers a unique service to upload images and edit them on their website.
Find your favorite image editor, then make something that’s fancy, noticeable, and rewarding for the student.
Note: Never upload licensed photos without permission; You could be responsible for legal troubles since you’re using them for business purposes.
Keep the Images as Simple as Possible
There’s no need for flashy images or over-the-top color schemes. Choose something simple, such as a star, pre-made certificate layout, or a gold banner.
These images might seem basic, but they’re more than enough to get the point across. Simplified images reduce the file size, which makes the page load faster.
Ensure the Image Is Relevant
While it might be tempting to upload a massive image (or two) that makes the certificate look amazing, it’s not quite necessary.
You could choose the previously mentioned images or a picture of your company’s logo to get the point across. Your students will likely want to print the certificate, but strange, off-topic images will prevent them from doing so.
LearnDash Certificate Checklist
Are you almost ready to update and publish your LearnDash certificates? Before adding it to the quizzes and the end of the course, review the checklist below to ensure you have everything completed.
- Add a certificate printing button so they can print and file their award. Getting a certificate is an exciting part of completing a course or quiz. Think about adding a button or drop-down menu that allows your students to print the certificate to hang on their wall or file it in a cabinet.
- Create a shortcode to add the student’s name to the certificate. Follow LearnDash’s shortcode list to customize every certificate without having to adjust it every time manually.
- Include the date, time, and reason for completion. The date and time are important since your students might want to remember how long it’s been since completing the course. Again, you can use the link provided above to find LearnDash’s shortcodes for these details.
- Preview the certificate to ensure everything is centered and you’ve chosen the correct dimensions for the featured image. This final step is crucial because your images or text might be too far up, down, left, or right. Make the required adjustments before publishing the page.
Add the Certificate to Quizzes and Course Completions
LearnDash made it easier than ever to add a certificate to quizzes and course completion pages. All you have to do is go to the course and click the ‘Associate Certificate’ tab.
Choose the corresponding certificate, and you’re good to go! If you want to do it the old-school way, review this process:
- Go to the end of the respective quiz or course. You can make an auto-sent email for the certificate, but it’s best to have it at the end of the quiz so that they get it instantly.
- Add a one-question page. This page will serve as the base for your certificate you created with the previous steps.
- Insert the certificate you created for the student. That’s all you have to do to assign the certificate to a quiz, course, or anywhere else on your LearnDash program!
If you prefer a video format for this tutorial, review LearnDash’s guide on YouTube:
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Conclusion: How Do You Create a LearnDash Certificate?
Now that you know the necessary steps to add certificates to your LearnDash courses and quizzes, you can show your students the value of completing your program.
They’ll feel a sense of pride, even though it only took you five to ten minutes to create a high-quality, visually appealing certificate.
After reading this post, you now know the following:
- You can add as many certificates to courses and quizzes as you want to.
- Don’t forget to add a featured image to your LearnDash certificates.
- Keep it short and simple, but always encourage your students.
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