11. Receiving edX Certificates

EdX currently offers the following types of certificates.

Note

Not all courses offer certificates. In the past, edX also offered honor code certificates, which are no longer available. If you earned an honor code certificate in the past, you can still access your certificate through your dashboard. For more information, see News About edX Certificates.

EdX certificates are web certificates that you can save, share, and print.

The following topics provide information about edX certificates.

Note

Some edX courses offer academic credit. If you are taking a course for academic credit, different requirements and steps for earning certificates apply. For more information, see Taking a Course for Academic Credit.

11.1. About Verified Certificates

Most, but not all, courses on edx.org offer verified tracks of study, from which you can earn verified certificates. For more information about the benefits of verified certificates, and to see an example of a verified certificate, see Verified Certificates. For a list of all courses that offer verified certificates, see the edX course catalog.

To earn a verified certificate from an edX course, you enroll in or upgrade to the verified track in the course, pay the certificate fee, verify your identity using a webcam and a photo ID, and earn a passing grade.

Verified certificates include the following information.

  • The name that you entered as your full name when you created your account.

    To verify or change your full name before your certificate is issued, check your account settings.

  • The name of the course.

  • The edX partner institution that created the course.

  • The names and signatures of one or more members of the course team.

  • The date, in universal coordinated time (UTC), when the certificate was issued.

  • A URL that others can visit to verify the authenticity of the certificate.

Note

Verified certificates do not include your final grade in the course or the number of credit hours that a university might offer for the course. Your final grade appears on your Progress page and on your dashboard. If you need a record of your grade, you can print your Progress page or dashboard.

For information about accessing a course certificate that you have earned, see Receiving a Certificate for a Course.

11.2. About XSeries and MicroMasters Program Certificates

Certificates for XSeries Programs and MicroMasters Programs show that you have successfully earned a verified certificate for each course in the series of courses that make up the program. For a list of all courses that are part of an XSeries or MicroMasters program, see the edX course catalog.

XSeries and MicroMasters program certificates include the following information.

  • The name that you entered as your full name when you created your account.

    To verify or change your full name before your certificate is issued, check your account settings.

  • The name of the program.

  • The edX partner institution that created the program.

  • The names and signatures of one or more members of the program team.

  • The month and year when the certificate was issued.

  • A certificate ID that others can use to validate the certificate.

For information about accessing a program certificate that you have earned, see Receiving a Certificate for a Program.

11.3. Receiving a Certificate for a Course

When you have completed the course requirements for a verified certificate, including paying the certificate fee, verifying your identity, and earning a passing grade in the course’s verified track, you can access your certificate when course certificates become available.

For self-paced and instructor-paced courses that generate certificates at specific times, when your certificate for a course is available, a link to the certificate and your final grade are visible on the course card on your dashboard.

Dashboard with course name, grade, and link to the certificate.

Follow these steps to access your certificate.

  1. On your dashboard, select View Certificate on the course card to open the certificate in your browser.
  2. Print or share your certificate. For more information, see Sharing or Printing a Certificate.

Note

Different self-paced courses issue certificates at different intervals. Some courses issue certificates once a month, and others issue certificates less frequently. For more information about your course’s specific certificate schedule, see the About page or the Home page for your course.

A few self-paced courses offer on-demand certificates, allowing you to generate your own certificate as soon as you qualify.

11.3.1. Generated Certificates for Instructor-Paced and Self-Paced Courses

Instructor-paced and self-paced courses generate certificates at different intervals determined by the course teams.

In most instructor-paced courses, which have specific course start and end dates, the course team generates certificates within two weeks of the end of the course.

In most self-paced courses, which you can start and complete at any time, the course team generates certificates at specific intervals, such as once a month. You qualify for a certificate when you complete all course requirements and achieve a passing grade. You can access your certificate when it becomes available.

Note

Different self-paced courses issue certificates at different intervals. Some courses issue certificates once a month, and others issue certificates less frequently. For more information about your course’s specific certificate schedule, see the About page or the Home page for your course.

A few self-paced courses offer on-demand certificates, allowing you to generate your own certificate as soon as you qualify.

11.3.2. On-Demand Certificates

In some courses, as soon as you complete enough of the course with a grade that qualifies you for a certificate, you can request and download your certificate. You do not have to wait until you finish the course or until the course team generates certificates.

You can usually find out if a course offers on-demand certificates on the course’s About page.

For courses that offer on-demand certificates, as soon as you have achieved the required grade in the course, you see a message at the top of the course Progress page indicating that you have qualified for a certificate.

At this point, you can keep working toward a higher grade in the course, or you can request your certificate immediately.

Caution

The grade that is displayed on your dashboard reflects your grade at the time that you request your on-demand certificate. If you complete more assignments to raise your grade, the grade on your Progress page changes, but the grade listed on your dashboard is not updated.

To receive and download your on-demand certificate after you qualify, follow these steps.

  1. On the course Progress page, select Request Certificate.

    After you request your certificate, the certificate creation process can take up to 48 hours. When your certificate is ready, a “Your certificate is available” message appears on your Progress page.

  2. Download your certificate from the Progress page or from your dashboard.

    • To download your certificate from the Progress page, select Download Your Certificate in the upper right corner of the page.
    • To download your certificate from your dashboard, select Download Your Certificate next to the name of your course.

11.4. Receiving a Certificate for a Program

You automatically receive a certificate for XSeries Programs or MicroMasters Programs after you earn verified certificates in all of the individual courses in the program. Program certificates are available immediately after you receive the verified certificate for the final course in the program.

The XSeries and MicroMasters program certificates that you have earned are visible on one side of the Programs tab on your dashboard.

11.5. Sharing or Printing a Certificate

You can print your certificates and share links to them on social media.

Note

If you completed a course before September 2015, your certificate is in PDF format. You see a Download Certificate (PDF) option instead of a View Certificate option for PDF certificates.

11.5.1. Share Your Certificates on Social Media

You can share your web or PDF certificates on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Note

You can use these steps to share course and program certificates on most social media sites. To share a certificate on LinkedIn, see Share a Certificate on LinkedIn.

  1. Sign in to the social media site on which you want to share your certificate.

  2. From your dashboard, find the course whose certificate you want to share.

  3. Select View Certificate, and then on the certificate page, select the social media account that you want to share your certificate to.

    Note

    For PDF certificates, instead of View Certificate, you see the Download Certificate (PDF) option.

    To add the edX certification from a PDF certificate to your LinkedIn profile, select Add to Profile.

    A dialog box for the social media site you selected opens, with the certificate URL entered.

  4. Complete the steps for the social media site to share your certificate.

    For information about sharing PDF certificates on a social media account other than LinkedIn, see Share a PDF Certificate URL.

11.5.1.1. Share a Certificate on LinkedIn

To share a course or program certificate on LinkedIn, follow these steps.

Note

Because LinkedIn is a third-party website, the following steps might change without notice. See the LinkedIn website for the most up-to-date LinkedIn documentation.

  1. Follow the steps on the Adding a Suffix or Certifications to Your Profile Name LinkedIn page to open the Certifications page on LinkedIn.
  2. On the Certifications page, enter information in the following fields.
    • For Certification name, enter the name of the course or program.
    • For Certification authority, enter edX.
    • For License number, enter the URL for your certificate. For more information, see Share a Web Certificate URL.
    • (Optional) Select This certification does not expire.
    • (Optional) For Time period, enter the month and year when you received your certificate.
  3. Select Save.

11.5.2. Share a Web Certificate URL

Both course certificates and program certificates have a certificate ID that you can share with schools and potential employers so that they can verify that you received your certificate. The certificate ID is a 32-digit series of numbers and letters that is found at the bottom of the certificate.

To share the certificate URL, you find the certificate URL and then distribute the URL using email, social media, or your method of choice.

To find the certificate URL, use one of the following methods.

  • Use the browser address bar.

    1. Open the certificate in your browser, and then select the certificate ID.

      The certificate opens in a new browser page.

    2. Copy the URL from the browser address bar.

  • Get the URL from the certificate ID.

    1. Open the certificate in your browser, and then right-click the certificate ID.

    2. From the menu, select Copy Link Location.

      The URL is copied to your computer’s clipboard.

    3. Paste the clipboard contents to obtain the certificate URL.

  • Create the URL manually.

    1. Open the certificate in your browser, and then copy the certificate ID.

    2. Use the following URL, replacing certificate_ID with the certificate ID that you copied.

      https://courses.edx.org/certificates/<certificate_ID>
      

      For example, your certificate URL might resemble the following URL.

      https://courses.edx.org/certificates/a1b2c3d4e5f6g7h8i9j10k11l12m13n1
      

11.5.3. Share a PDF Certificate URL

Note

If you completed a course before September 2015, your certificate is in PDF format. For PDF certificates, you see a Download Certificate (PDF) option instead of a View Certificate option.

For information about adding your edX certification from a PDF certificate to LinkedIn, see Share Your Certificates on Social Media.

Like web certificates, PDF certificates have a certificate URL that you can share with schools and potential employers so that they can verify that you received your certificate.

To share the URL for a PDF certificate, follow these steps.

  1. On your learner dashboard, locate the course whose certificate you want to share.

  2. Select Download Certificate (PDF).

    The certificate opens.

  3. Select and copy the URL near the bottom of the certificate. For example, a certificate URL might resemble this one:

    https://verify.edx.org/cert/76558cdc28204605809a99a9dd8bafaf

  4. Paste this URL within social media messages or email messages to share your edX achievement.

11.6. Getting a Transcript

EdX does not provide course transcripts. EdX certificates do not include your final course grade.

However, your final course grade appears with other course information on your dashboard of courses, and a complete record of your scores on all course assignments and exams appears on the course Progress page. If you need a record of your performance in a course, use your web browser to print one of these pages.

  • To access your dashboard, on the edx.org website select your public edX username. Your dashboard opens with a list of your courses.
  • To access your Progress page for a course, select View Course on your dashboard, and then select Progress.