Designing a Certificate

You can create a custom certificate template for your course by following the instructions below. 

1. Design your certificate template using an application such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. An example of a template created in Microsoft Word is shown below.  

You can also download a template from various websites, such as https://templates.office.com/en-ca/certificates.  

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BEST PROJECT 
AWARD 
THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO 
In recognition of your outstanding performance 
and valuable contribution to the UOFC 101 
Project. 
Congratulations! 
Best 
Project 
Date: 
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English (United States)

2. Open Adobe Acrobat software and select Prepare Form

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3. Click Select a file and select the template file you created in Step 1. 

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4. Click Start. 

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5. Place text boxes where custom text must be inserted using Text Field tool. In this example,  two text boxes are required as Student Name and Award Date will be automatically inserted when a certificate is generated.  

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THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO 
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In recognition of your outstanding performance 
and valuable contribution to the UOFC 101 
Project. 
Congratulations! 
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Date: 
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Project

6. Right click the text box for the student name, and select Properties. 

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BEST PROJECT 
AWARD 
THIS AWARD IS PRESENTED TO 
Best 
Project 
In recognition of your outstandi 
and valuable contribution to th 
Project. 
Congratulations! 
Date 
Date: 
Properties... 
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use Current Properties as New Defaults

7. Select General Tab and enter the following. When a certificate is generated, this text box will be replaced with the student’s full name automatically.  

  • Name: {FullName} 
  • Tooltip: {FullName} 
Text Field Properties 
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Name: 
Tooltip: 
(FullName) 
(FullName) 
Common Properties 
Form Field: 
Orientation: 
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  1. Close the window and repeat the steps 6 and 7 for the Date textbox. Enter {AwardDate} for both Name and Tooltip fields. 
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Appearance 
Position Options 
Actions 
Format 
Validate 
Name: 
Tooltip: 
(AwardDate} 
(AwardDate} 
Common Properties 
Form Field: 
Orientation: 
n 
Locked 
Visible 
o 
degrees 
n 
Read Only 
n Required 
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Close

For other supported text strings that can be automatically inserted, go to https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/le/awards/admin/create_new_certificate_templates.htm 

9. You can also specify the Date format to be used on the certificate. Select Format tab, and select Date format and choose one of the options. Close the pop-up window and save the file.  

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m/d/yy h:MM tt 
m/d/yyv,' h:MM tt 
Text Field Properties 
Position Options Actions 
Date 
Validate 
Example of current format: August 19, 2020 
Use the Date format category to display only the date or both date and time 
values. Use the Time format category to display only the time. 
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10. Login to your D2L course, and go to Awards tool. Select Course Awards and click Add Award To Course. Click Create in the next screen.  

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11.  Fill out the information about this certificate in the next window. In the Choose Certificate Template box, click Upload New Template and select the PDF file you created in Adobe Acrobat.  

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Choose a PDF template to be used for your certificate. 
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12.  Save and close the window. Your new certificate is now listed under Certificates. Issue a few certificates to verify the template appears as expected.  

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Best Project Award 
Credits: O 
o Award hidden until earned: false 
o Conditions: O 
Edit Properties • Remove Award