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🏆Certificate of completion: Award and document achievement
🏆Certificate of completion: Award and document achievement

Reward and document learner achievement by providing a downloadable, printable certificate of completion.

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Written by Laurie Garcia
Updated over a week ago

For administrators

A certificate of completion will give your learners tangible documentation of their achievement. Even if you are offering personal enrichment courses that don't have an official certifying agency behind them, a certificate of completion can be an effective incentive for your learners to stick it out to the end and finish.

Certificates are available starting with the Complete Plan.

How it works

When a learner completes a Pathwright Course, they will see a congratulatory completion screen pop up after the final step is marked complete with a link to download the certificate.

We can create a PDF certificate template for your account that will automatically generate for each learner upon completion of designated Courses and can be downloaded from the completion screen when the resource is completed. Below is one example of the customized certificate. Your certificate will have your branding images and colors.

Here's what is included:

  • All certificates have the name of the Course, the name of the learner, and the date of completion dynamically rendered on the certificate.

  • The learner can instantly download a PDF of any certificate upon completion and print it from their computer.

  • Our certificate template includes your logo and a border color that matches your brand, and the names and signatures of one to two school admins are included.

  • We currently support one template per account. The certificate template applies to any Course where you choose to enable it, so you only need to set it up once. 

One to two lines of custom text (255 characters) can be added if your agency requires it. Please include this with your request below. We may not be able to fulfill all types of customizations.

Request your certificate setup

We may require that you activate your school, upgrade your plan, or have at least one course ready for launch before we set up a certificate. Please give the team at least one full week of lead time for a certificate request as each template is a hand-crafted piece.

If you’re interested in a printable certificate for your course, contact us at or via the chat and provide the following information:

  • One or two school administrator names, titles, and signatures.

  • Please provide signature files that are at least 600px wide. If you don't have a digital signature file, you can sign in black ink on white paper and take a clear photo. Send that to us as a .jpg, .png, or .pdf file.

  • Your school logo in one of the following formats:
    Option 1: Vector format (.eps or .ai).
    Option 2: Hi-res with no background (.png at least 600px on smallest side).

  • If you have more than one course, let us know if you want the certificate added to all courses or select courses. You'll be able to adjust these settings later. 


Q. How do learners access the certificate?

A. The certificate, once enabled on a Course, is immediately available to learners to download as a PDF or print when the following conditions are met:

  • 100% of required steps on the path are completed.

  • 100% of optional steps on the path are completed or skipped.

  • All minimum passing scores have been met on auto-graded steps.

Here are learner-facing instructions for downloading the certificate from a completed Course.

Q. Can I require learners to pass minimum required scores on manually graded steps before unlocking the certificate of completion?

A. Completed steps that require manual review and have not yet received a grade will be considered completed, and learners will be able to download the certificate before the manual grading is completed.

If you don't want to award the certificate until all outstanding manual grading is completed, you can do this:

  1. Add a password-locked step at the end of the course.

  2. Have your grader provide each learner with the password when all manual grading for that learner is completed.

  3. Once the learner unlocks the final step and marks it complete, the completion message will pop up and they can download the PDF certificate.

Q. Can I offer a different customized certificate for each Course?

A. We currently support one certificate template per account. This means that the branding colors, logo, and signatures are the same on all certificates across the account. The name of each Course is rendered dynamically on each certificate.

It is possible to add a line or two of custom text that is unique per Course (for example, the number of hours awarded for CEU credit). There is a limit of 255 characters. Once your certificate is designed with a place for the custom text, the text can be added for you by a Pathwright Guide and needs to be provided at least one business day in advance if you want it ready for the Course launch.

The certificate is switched on and off under the Course Settings and applies to all Cohorts.

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