Get a Course Certificate

You can earn a Course Certificate for most Coursera Courses. A Course Certificate is proof that you completed and passed the course.

Certificate requirements

In order to get a Course Certificate, you must:

  • Complete Name Verification. (Some courses in Degree or MasterTrack programs require ID Verification, which includes submitting a photo and verified ID)
  • Pass all required assignments in the course, or meet the course passing threshold for a cumulative graded course
  • Pay the Course Certificate fee, or apply and be approved for Coursera Financial Aid

Pay for a Course Certificate

You can pay the Course Certificate fee when you enroll in the course.  If you are looking at course materials for free using the audit option, you can pay to upgrade to the Certificate option any time.

If you're having trouble paying for a Certificate, or want to learn more about Coursera's payment and refund policies, check our Payments section.

Upgrade to a paid Course Certificate

If you take a course in audit mode, you can upgrade to a paid Certificate at any time during or after your audit.

If you pay for a Certificate in a course you’ve already taken, any grades you already earned will be saved, but you may need to complete more coursework that wasn’t available in the audit version.

To upgrade to a Certificate in a course you're already enrolled in:
  1. Open the home page for the course you want to pay for.
  2. At the top of the page, click Upgrade, or scroll down to the "Course Settings" section and click the Purchase button.
  3. Make sure you’ve completed your Name or ID Verification.

Not all courses offer Certificates. If you can’t find the option to upgrade to a Certificate in a course, it may not be available.

Course Certificate deadlines

After you pay the Course Certificate fee, you either have 180 days after you pay, or 180 days after the course launches for the first time (whichever is longer), to earn your Certificate.

After 180 days, your payment will expire. You will need to pay the fee again if you haven't earned a Certificate and want one.

Deadlines for earning Course Certificates may be different if you're taking the course as part of a Specialization or a Degree (for-credit) program.

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