11. Receiving and Sharing edX Certificates

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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.

Additionally, some edX courses offer academic credit. The requirements and steps for earning certificates in these courses are different. For more information, see Taking a Course for Academic Credit.

EdX certificates are web certificates that you can share and print. Certificates show that you have successfully completed a course.

Note

Certificates for courses completed before September 2015 are in PDF format.

The following topics provide information about edX certificates.

11.1. About Certificates

EdX currently offers the following types of certificates.

11.1.1. 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.

11.1.2. Program Certificates

Certificates for programs such as XSeries, MicroMasters, and Professional Certificate programs show that you have successfully earned a verified certificate for each course in the program.

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.

11.2. Receiving a Certificate

You receive both course and program certificates automatically. After you earn a passing grade in your course, you do not have to do anything to receive a certificate.

For information about when certificates become available, see the following sections.

11.2.1. Receiving a Certificate for a Course

You can access a verified certificate as soon as course certificates become available.

  • For instructor-paced courses, the date when certificates will become available is visible under Certificate Available in the right pane on the Course page. Usually, certificates will be available 48 hours after the course end date.
  • For most self-paced courses, your certificate becomes available when you complete enough of the course, with a high enough grade, to qualify for a certificate.

When your course certificate becomes available, View Certificate options are visible on your dashboard and the course Progress page. Select View Certificate to open the certificate in your browser.

The dashboard and the top of a Progress page, each with a call-out for the View Certificate button.

The certificates that you have earned are also displayed on your Profile page.

You can also print or share your certificate. For more information, see Sharing a Certificate.

11.2.2. 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 the Programs tab on your dashboard and on your Profile page.

11.3. Downloading a Certificate (PDF only)

Certificates issued before September 2015 are in PDF format. You can download PDF certificates.

To download a PDF certificate, use either of the following methods.

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

11.4. Sharing a Certificate

You can share both course and program certificates with friends, schools, or potential employers so that they can verify that you received your certificate. You can share a certificate in the following ways.

  • Share the URL for your web certificate or your PDF certificate. For example, you can send the URL in a message or post the URL on a personal website. Others can then visit that URL to view your certificate.
  • Share your certificate on social media, such as LinkedIn or Facebook.

11.4.1. Share a Web Certificate URL

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If your certificate is a PDF certificate, see Share a PDF Certificate URL.

To share a web certificate URL, you determine the URL for the web certificate by using one of the following methods.

Every certificate includes a unique 32-digit certificate ID. This ID is visible at the bottom of the certificate and is part of the certificate URL.

  • 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 into an email message or social media.

  • 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
      

11.4.2. Share a PDF Certificate URL

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 on your dashboard.

Like web certificates, PDF certificates have a certificate URL. To determine a PDF certificate URL, 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.

The URL is visible near the bottom of the certificate. For example, the certificate URL might resemble the following URL.

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

After you determine the PDF certifcate URL, you can share the URL with others. For example, you can include the URL in an email or other message, add the URL to your personal website, or post the URL on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Others can visit the URL to view your certificate.

11.4.3. Share Your Certificates on Social Media

You can share web certificates on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

For PDF certificates, you can share the URL on social media sites. For more information, see Share a PDF Certificate URL.

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

To share a web certificate on social media, follow these steps.

  1. Sign in to the social media site where you want to share your certificate. Then, go to your edX dashboard.

  2. Find the course whose certificate you want to share.

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

    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.

11.4.3.1. Share a Web Certificate on LinkedIn

To share a web certificate for a course or program 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.

11.4.3.2. Share a PDF Certificate on LinkedIn

You can follow the steps in the Share a Web Certificate on LinkedIn section to add your certificate to LinkedIn, or you can share your certificate from your edX dashboard.

To share a PDF certificate on LinkedIn from your edX dashboard, follow these steps.

  1. Sign in to LinkedIn. Then, go to your edX dashboard or Profile page.
  2. Find the course whose certificate you want to share.
  3. Select Download Certificate (PDF).
  4. On the certificate page, select Add to Profile.

11.5. Printing a Certificate

To print a web or PDF certificate, complete one of the following steps.

  • To print a web certificate, select View Certificate to open the certificate, and then select Print Certificate.
  • To print a PDF certificate, select Download Certificate (PDF) to open the certificate, then select the “Print” icon.

To print your certificate in the most professional looking format, follow these guidelines.

  • Do not print the header or footer. Depending on your system, you might need to clear this option in your browser’s print settings.
  • Set the margins to the minimum setting allowed. Depending on your system, you might need to select the Minimum option for the margins.
  • Make sure that your browser’s print settings are set to include the background graphics for your certificate.

Note

Most browsers also allow you to print a web certificate as a PDF file. When you open the certificate in a browser and select Print Certificate, the dialog box that opens might have an option such as Print as PDF or a similar option. Select that option and follow the onscreen instructions to print your certificate as a PDF.

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 next to the name of the course on your dashboard, and then select Progress.