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Custom Certificates

7: Custom Certificates

Certificates are diplomas that can be issued upon completion of programs and certifications. Site-wide certificates can be created in Moodle Workplace, and certificates can be shared among tenants. The certificate is based on the Moodle custom certificate plug-in, but with added capabilities relevant to workplace tenants, and a completely redesigned interface.

You can also add the Certificate course activity so students can issue themselves the certificate when the activity is unlocked. The activity can also be set to issue the certificate automatically to users that have access to it.


Brightspace uses the term Awards when referring to certificates. The Awards tool enables instructors to provide merit-based awards to students. There are two types of awards: Badges, and Certificates. Badges are awarded based on any criteria determined by the instructor. They are meant to provide digital markers that represent accomplishment throughout a course or program. Badges do not contribute to achieving a passing grade.

Bottom line

Certificates in Moodle are Awards in Brightspace.

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