You can provide students the ability to launch a completion certificate when they have completed all required Lessons of a course. This is nothing new in VTA – that ability has been around for years. In 2012, we updated the program to add Credit Hours to the field list and provide instructions and templates to make the process  easier for users.

Since VTA 8.0 got such a great makeover, we decided to spruce up the Online Certificate program, its instructions and templates.`

What’s New in 2017

Fields Available

The updated Online Certificate application will pull the following fields for display on certificates:

  • Student Full Name
  • Student First Name
  • Student Last Name
  • Student ID
  • Student Learner ID
  • Student Badge Number
  • Student Site Code
  • Student Site Name
  • Student Department
  • Course Title
  • Full Course Code
  • Student Completion Date
  • History Class Session Credit Hours
  • History Class Session Instructor Name
  • History Class Session Record ID
  • History Class Session Hours Breakdown 1 new-graphic (first record is pulled)
  • History Class Session Hours Breakdown 2 new-graphic (second record is pulled)
  • History Class Session Start Date new-graphic
  • History Class Session End Date new-graphic
  • History Class Session Classroom new-graphic
  • History Class Session Classroom Location new-graphic

Download Button

In addition to the added fields, another major change is the ability to directly download a PDF (instead of opening a web page for printing).

If your certificate file is posted to a secure (https) location, your students will see Download buttons and the file will be generated as a PDF.

Download buttons for online certificates stored in a secure location

Instructions and Templates

Get the fully updated instructions on how to get online certificates working in your system.

Get the updated templates.

Watch a video that supports this blog and the instructions and reviews the files within the zip file of the updated templates.


There are other ways to associate or generate a completion certificate in VTA. For example:

  • A modified Attendance Report can create a certificate for each student.
  • You can scan hard-copies and associate them as Roster Documents so students, supervisors and instructors can access them in Learner.

Using the VTA Online Certificate program is still the easiest method to get a completion certificate into your students’ hands so we hope the 2017 updates help make that easier for you.




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eLearning professional with over 20 years experience positively impacting corporate productivity through skillful management of staff development programs and implementation of RISC LMS solutions. Marc attained an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College in 2005 and is reputable for working with groups to identify issues and create tools, processes or training solutions to achieve and exceed measurable objectives.