CM Video Lessons Manager (CMVLM) - Certificates Add-on

Managing Certificates

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The  Video Lessons Certificates Add-on adds the option to produce a PDF certificate when a user finishes watching a lesson or course.

The user receives a customizable email message along with the certificate in PDF format.


  1. Installation
  2. Certificates Settings
  3. Editing Certificates
  4. Enabling Certificates To Specific Courses/Lessons
  5. Shortcodes


To install the add-on you need to have the  Video Lessons Pro version 2.x+ installed. This add-on does not work on versions below 2.x or on the free version of the plugin.

Make sure to activate the add-on license after installation.

Certificates Settings

After installation, a new tab will be added to the Video Lesson settings.

Here, you are able to configure if users will receive certificates for completing lessons and/or courses. You can also configure the email template the users will receive.

Lesson Certificate Settings

Enable editor on email body -  Turn on to show the visual editor while composing the email, instead of plain HTML.

Send certificate to user - Enable or disable the certificates by default. You can change this setting fo each lesson or course, while editing them.

Email Trigger - If the email should be sent only once to the user or every time the lesson/course is completed.

Email Template -

In the title you can use the following shortcodes:

  • [lesson_name] [lesson_description] [lesson_url] [user_display_name] [user_first_name] [user_last_name] [user_email] [website_name] [website_url]

In the content you can use the following shortcodes:

  • [lesson_name] [lesson_description] [lesson_url] [user_display_name] [user_first_name] [user_last_name] [user_email] [website_name] [website_url] [certificate_url] [cpd_hours]

Quiz Summary

If you have the Quiz Add-on installed, you can also apply the shortcodes [quiz_score] and [quiz_summary] to the template.

The following examples are highlighted with colors for clarity:

... will produce this result:

Course Certificate Settings 

The settings are the same as the ones for Lessons, but apply to courses.

Editing Certificates

Each course or lesson has its own certificate. You can edit the certificate by heading to the Edit page of that course or lesson and checking the panel "Certificate content".

The content field accepts rich formatting, images and the following shortcodes:  [course_name] [course_description] [course_url] [user_display_name][user_first_name] [user_last_name] [user_email] [website_name] [website_url].


  • Remember that the certificate will be created as a pdf file. It will be attached in the email sent to the user.
  • While you can embed content such as videos in this field, this is not advised because it will probably not be shown properly by PDF readers.
  • You can use the shortcode [website_url] to create links. To do so, simply use it in the URL field of the link.  Example: <a href="[website_url]" target="">Website</a>
  • You can, at any time, download or send the certificate with the data of a specific user. For that, input his/her ID or email and press the relevant button.

Certificate Example

Enabling Certificates To Specific Courses/Lessons

You can override the default setting of the certificate per a specific course or lesson while editing the course taxonomy settings.

To do this, enter the Edit page for the relevant course. There you will find an option to disable/enable generating certificates per this specific course.


[cmvl-channel-certificates] - Displays user certificate for lessons he/she has finished. Clicking each link downloads the corresponding PDF file.

[cmvl-course-certificates] - Displays user certificates for courses he/she has finished. Clicking each link downloads the corresponding PDF file.

More information about the  Video Lessons Certificates Add-on

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