How to Add a Certificate in MemberPress Courses

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Once you've installed and activated the MemberPress Courses add-on, you'll be able to add Certificates to any of your existing or new courses. To learn how to install Courses, visit Getting Started with MemberPress Courses.

Getting Started

You can access the settings for a certificate in the menu along the top of each course. To get started, go to your  WordPress dashboard > MemberPress > Courses. Then click on the course where you'd like a certificate added.

Next, click on Certificate at the top of the screen:

On this page you'll see a toggle to  Enable certificate on this course. Switch the toggle to the on position:

The Force PDF Download Option

If you add a certificate to a course, your students will be able to access the certificate once they complete the course by clicking on "Certificate" in the left menu.

The Force PDF download toggle, which is just under the enable toggle (see image above), determines how students receive the Certificate. Here's how it works:

  • Toggled ON: Certificate PDF is downloaded to the student's desktop automatically.
  • Toggled OFF: Certificate populates in a new window and can be downloaded from there.

Customization Settings

It's easy to customize the size, style, and text of your certificate. First, choose your desired paper size, either Letter (USA) or A4 (International), by selecting from the dropdown menu:

Next, you can choose from three styles. Right click and choose "open image in new tab" to see a preview of what each certificate design will look like full-size:

You can also add a course logo (for consistency with your brand), a bottom logo or seal, and an instructor's signature. To do this, simply upload these images to the WordPress media library, then click on Open Media Library next to each element in the certificate settings, and select your images:

Next you'll want to customize the text on your certificate. You can add a unique certificate titlefooter messageinstructor name, and instructor title.

To do this, simply type the desired text into the Title, Instructor Name, Instructor Title, and Footer message fields:

The image below shows where each element in the customization settings will appear on your completed certificate:

The Logo should be no more than 100px height and 700px wide.

The Signature should be no more than 60px height and 200px wide.

The Seal should be no more than 100px square.

The Footer Text is limited to 55 words in length. Any longer and it will be trimmed with a ... shown at the end.

If you like, you can customize the font color and opacity for consistency with your brand (the color is black and fully opaque by default). Use the opacity slider to choose that setting. For the color, you've got a handful of options:

  • Select the color from the color matrix
  • Enter a Hex, RGB, or HSL value

Once everything's set, click Update at the upper right to save your design.

How to Preview Your Certificate

Now you'll want to see how your new certificate will look to students. To do this, open an incognito window and access your course from the front end logged in as a test user who has access to this course. Click through quickly to complete the course, then click on Certificate in the left menu:

Depending on your Force PDF download setting, the certificate will either download to your desktop or populate in a new window in your browser. And there you have it!

Helpful Blog Posts

To learn more about MemberPress Courses, you might find the following articles helpful:

How to Create a Certification Program with WordPress

15 good niches for online courses - MemberPress

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