Activities: Custom certificate

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Enables the creation of dynamically generated certificates with complete customisation via the web browser.
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This plugin allows the generation of dynamic PDF certificates with complete customisation via the web browser.

Currently supported versions: 3.3 and 3.4.

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This plugin is part of set MoodleCloud.


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  • Picture of Tiffany Morgan
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018, 6:15 AM
    Hi Mark--great plugin! Wondering if there is a possibility of having first and surname each go to column in csv or text file, rather than the html for the user image? I can export as an html file and then copy/paste to excel, which works, but wondered if there was a simpler way I was overlooking? Thanks!
  • larry's pix
    Fri, 26 Jan 2018, 5:56 AM
    The custom certificate worked fine with Moodle 3.3 and the 3.3 version of the plugin. After updating to Moodle 3.4 and the custom certificate 3.4 (2017111300) version, I'm running into a series of errors. Any idea how to resolve the issue? Thanks

    Exception - TCPDF ERROR: Some data has already been output to browser, can't send PDF file

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: generalexceptionmessage
    ×Stack trace:
    line 2927 of /lib/tcpdf/tcpdf.php: Exception thrown
    line 7653 of /lib/tcpdf/tcpdf.php: call to TCPDF->Error()
    line 190 of /lib/pdflib.php: call to TCPDF->Output()
    line 311 of /mod/customcert/classes/template.php: call to pdf->Output()
    line 144 of /mod/customcert/view.php: call to mod_customcert\template->generate_pdf()
  • Picture of Mark Nelson
    Mon, 29 Jan 2018, 4:34 PM
    Hi Larry,

    Can you please turn on debugging and tell me what the actual output was?
  • Picture of Mark Nelson
    Mon, 29 Jan 2018, 4:39 PM
    Hi Tiffany, currently there is no way of doing that. That would require additional coding to separate the values into separate columns. Feel free to create an issue at and hopefully I (or someone else!) can work on it - if I ever get spare time ;)
  • Picture of Justin Lloyd
    Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 8:06 AM
    Hi there. I was wondering how we could display the category total in the "Grade" element of the certificate. Currently the only options are "Course Grade" and "Graded items" within a topic. We offer a custom certificate for each topic and the grade is separated by course categories. Is this something I can enable in Moodle?
  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Tue, 27 Feb 2018, 10:27 PM
    Hi Mark,
    We are having two problems that seem like they might be related. The problems happen in a course with 1 user enrolled as a teacher and several users as students. When adding a Teacher name element to the certificate (or editing it), the dropdown list also includes Managers with permissions to the course inherited from the course category.

    The second problem might be related. When Email teachers is enabled, Managers with permissions to the course inherited from the course category also receive an email.

    Please advise.

    We're using Moodle 3.1.9 (Build: 20171113) with Custom certificate plugin 3.1 release (Build: 2016052312). Do you have any idea if updating the plugin version to 3.1.20 (2016052320) will fix the problem?
  • Picture of Glauco Porciuncula
    Tue, 6 Mar 2018, 9:58 PM
    Hi mark.

    Can you prevent PDF files modification in My Certificates page? When any data is modified in certificate activity the generated certificates also is modified. Moodle 3.1
  • Picture of Mark Nelson
    Mon, 12 Mar 2018, 2:43 PM
    Hi Justin - Please see

    Hi Tim - no, updating the plugin won’t resolve the issue. Can you create an issue in Thanks.

    Hi Glauco - Currently you can not. The PDF is dynamically generated each time. Please see
  • Picture of Glauco Porciuncula
    Mon, 12 Mar 2018, 7:12 PM
    Thanks Mark. Is there any way to remove the "my certificates" link from the profile?
  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 3:30 AM
    Created Issue 171 for problem reported above.
  • Picture of Arnel Jr. Rubiano
    Tue, 3 Apr 2018, 2:41 PM
    Please HELP. MOODLE 2.9
    - downloaded - 2.9/3.0 release (Build: 2016032202) (2016032202)Moodle 2.9, 3.0 - ok
    - Installed as administrator on moodle site. - ok
    - customized template. ok
    - downloaded and previewed pdf. - ok
    - ERROR - Blank page in course (Get your custom certificate)
  • Picture of Carlos Moran Diaz
    Thu, 5 Apr 2018, 8:04 PM
    Please, how can I share or view the url of my certificate? it is to share the url of the pdf or of the certificate to other users or for share it on linkedin certificates

  • Picture of Edmund Evangelista
    Sun, 8 Apr 2018, 2:10 PM
    Is there a way to download at once all issued certificate as a zip file?
  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Tue, 10 Apr 2018, 10:37 PM
    We've got some new teachers using custom certificates. They are confused by the largish "Download certificate" button that they see when accessing the activity. It would be helpful to hide that button for teachers who don't also have a Student role.
  • Picture of Ruth de Wilde
    Wed, 11 Apr 2018, 5:33 PM
    Hi Mark, this plugin works fine with us. Thanks! But I was wondering is it's possible to download the certificate more than once, without the remark : "Summary of issues", The translation in Dutch was quite weird, we changed this, but we rather have no remark at all. And I was wondering if it's possble to add "the eye" in the certificate template , so you can make one standard certificate with several options and close an element if it's not requierd for that occasion.
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