Verified Certificate

Earn your edX Verified Certificate and share it with the world

Sometimes you want to take and pass a course just for the sheer joy of learning something new. But sometimes you need to complete a course to get a better job, or a promotion, or to include in a college application.

EdX has launched a Verified Certificate of Achievement to help you with this. Employers and schools sometimes want proof of what you have achieved in an online course; a Verified Certificate of Achievement provides that proof.

What Does Taking an edX-verified Course Mean?

  1. Choose the course that's right for you

    At edX, we have many types of courses to choose from. Choose the one that's right for you. Our courses are rigorous so choose wisely. Some courses allow you to earn a Certificate of Achievement that is Verified to ensure you are the one taking the course.

  2. We keep track of you every step of the way

    Using a series of photos of you and your ID, we are able to verify that you are the person completing your work in the course. When you complete and pass the course, your verified certificate provides a level of comfort to others who may want assurance about the authenticity of your edX coursework.

  3. Study hard, you'll need to pass the course

    EdX is known for its high-quality, rigorous courses. In order to qualify for your Verified Certificate of Achievement, you'll need to watch the videos, participate in the discussion forums, take exams and pass your course. If you don't pass, you can take the course again at a later time.

  4. Did you pass? Congratulations!

    If you passed your course, you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement with an "edX Verified" stamp showing that you and you alone took and passed the course. Share your Certificate of Achievement with friends, employers and others through an easy-to- share link we provide.

There's a minimum fee, but...

As a not-for-profit, edX uses your contribution to support our mission to provide quality education to everyone around the world, and to improve learning through research. While we have established a minimum fee, many learners contribute more than the minimum to help support our mission. The funds go towards class creation and improving edX.

Find a Course

Browse our current offerings and find a verified-certificate ready course to take.

Common Questions About Verified Certificates

  1. What types of certificates does edX offer?

    EdX offers honor code certificates, verified certificates, and XSeries certificates. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses. Honor code certificates are available in others. An XSeries Certificate is earned by successfully completing a series of courses that make up an XSeries.

  2. What is an Honor Code Certificate?

    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.

  3. What is an Verified Certificate of Achievement?

    An edX verified certificate 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. Currently, only a small number of courses offer a Verified Certificate of Achievement.

  1. What is an XSeries Certificate?

    Some schools offer an XSeries Certificate 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 Certificate of Achievement in those courses. For example, you can earn an Aerodynamics XSeries Certificate from MITx once you successfully complete 16.101x Introduction to Aerodynamics and 16.110x Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics.

  2. Why should I sign up for the Verified Certificate?

    If you plan to use your course for job applications, promotions, or school applications, you may prefer to have a Certificate of Achievement that is verifiable. It’s also a great way to give yourself an incentive to complete the course and celebrate your success.

    The funds collected from verified vertificates go towards class creation and improving edX. So while there is a minimum fee for a course, you can help support edX and other learners by choosing to pay more for the course.

    Note – while there are a small number of Verified Certificates of Achievement being offered today, we plan increase the offerings over time.

  3. How does verification work?

    When you register for a course that offers a verified certificate option 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.

  1. I am not interested in a certificate. Can I still audit a course?

    Yes. All edX courses can be audited for free. If you audit a course and pass, you will not receive a 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).

  2. What is an archived course?

    Many of edX’s past courses are available as archives. These courses can only be audited and some features, such as the discussion forums, may not be available. No certificates are available for archived courses.

  3. Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

    Yes, you have up to two weeks from the course start date and time to upgrade or downgrade your selected choice. You can get a full refund up until then. After that, we can no longer provide a refund.

    Want a refund or have issues with billing? Contact us at Please include the email address with which you registered in all refund requests. Please do not include your credit card information.

edX Courses are Always Free to Audit

As always, you can still enroll to audit a course for free.