EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses. Honor code certificates are available in others. XSeries certificates are earned by successfully completing a series of courses that make up an XSeries.
Yes. All edX courses can be audited for free. If you audit a verified certificate course and pass, you will not receive a verified certificate, but you can participate in any or all activities and exams. Want proof of participation? Simply print your progress chart (located inside each course you take).
Register for the course on our website. For most courses (all courses except verified certificate courses) you do not need to specify an audit track. You will have access to videos, lectures, readings, etc., and can participate as much, or as little, as you like. There is no penalty for registering for an edX course and not completing the assignments or exams.
An honor code certificate of achievement certifies that you have successfully completed a course, but does not verify your identity. Honor code certificates are currently free. View a sample honor code certificate.
A verified certificate of achievement shows that you have successfully completed your edX course and verifies your identity through your photo and ID. Verified certificates are available for a fee that varies by course. Check your individual course details for more information. View a sample verified certificate.
Some schools offer an XSeries certificate of achievement when you complete and pass a series of courses in a specific subject. The requirements vary for each institution, but generally you must take and pass a series of courses as outlined by the school and receive a verified certificate in those courses.
Check our XSeries page to see current and planned offerings.
If you plan to use your course for job applications, promotions, or school applications, you may prefer to have a verified certificate. It’s also a great way to give yourself an incentive to complete the course and celebrate your success.
The money you provide to edX as part of the verified certificate process goes toward paying for courses and improving edX. So while there is a minimum fee for a course, you can help support edX and other students by choosing to pay more for the course.
When you register for a course that offers a verified certificate you will be asked to submit your photo and a photo of an official ID through the use of a webcam. As your course progresses, you may be asked to re-verify your identity. It’s as simple as that.
We encrypt your photos and send them to our secure authorization service for review. We use the highest levels of security and ensure that the images are appropriately stored for processing.
You can upgrade to a verified certificate as long as verified certificate registration is open for your course. Simply click the “challenge yourself” button seen on your dashboard.
Yes, you have until verified registration ends for your course, a minimum of two weeks from the course start date, to upgrade or downgrade your selected choice. You can get a full refund up until then. After verified registration closes, we can no longer provide a refund.
Want a refund or have issues with billing? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your order number in all refund requests. Please do not include your credit card information.
Please see the XSeries page for details regarding your chosen series.
No. You can take them at your pace when they are offered.
If you want to work towards getting a verified certificate, you will need to submit your photo from a computer with a webcam, but you can always take your course from any computer.
You can pay with a globally recognized major credit or debit card. Simply follow the easy sign-up prompts when you register. At this time, we cannot accept PayPal, bank transfers, or other forms of payment.
Not all courses offer a verified certificate. Instead, you can receive an honor code certificate if your course does not have a verified option. Some experimental courses may only allow you to audit.
Not currently, but we may consider including that in the future for verified certificates.
Since edX courses are not credit bearing, we do not offer transcripts.
You can unenroll from any edX course at any time. If you’ve already paid for a verified certificate and are prevented from finishing the course, you have until verified registration closes, a minimum of two weeks from the course start date, to get a full refund. After that, we can no longer provide a refund.
EdX does not send individual printed copies of certificates. You can, however, print out your PDF copy.
Each educational institution makes its own decision regarding credit. Check with your university for its policy.
Please note: EdX does not currently offer transcripts or proof of registration for the purpose of obtaining credit.
X Universities do not offer formal academic credit for edX coursework and do not certify that MOOC students have met the same requirements as matriculated students taking the original course on which the MOOC is based.
A student who receives a passing grade for a course will receive a certificate at the discretion of edX and the underlying X University that offered the course. For example, a certificate for MITx’s 6.002x Circuits & Electronics will come from edX and MITx.
EdX certificates are delivered online through edx.org. Once course grades are finalized, if you earned a certificate you will see it available for download on your dashboard.
Certificates are usually delivered within two weeks of when the course closes. If you did not receive one in this time and are certain that you completed the requirements, please check your dashboard. The certificate will display with your course.
Please log back in to your account and dashboard. You will be able to view and download your certificate from there.