PDF Generator API

How to create a printable certificate with PDF Generator API


Certificates are a staple in company culture, serving as tokens of appreciation for employees’ achievements. The practice holds numerous advantages, contributing to a positive work environment and organizational success.

Recognition and Appreciation: Certificates express gratitude for employees’ hard work and accomplishments, fostering a culture of recognition. This acknowledgement boosts morale, motivation, and job satisfaction, ultimately enhancing employee well-being.

Employee Engagement and Retention: Recognizing employees through certificates cultivate engagement and loyalty. When employees feel valued, they are more likely to invest in their roles and stay committed to the organization, improving retention rates. 

Encouragement of Growth: Certificates highlight employees’ personal and professional development, promoting a culture of continuous learning. By acknowledging training participation and skill acquisition, organizations inspire employees to pursue further growth opportunities, enriching both individual expertise and organizational capabilities.

Motivation and Productivity: Certificates serve as motivational tools, instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment. This recognition fuels employees’ drive to excel, leading to heightened productivity and enhanced performance across the board.

Positive Employer Branding: Awarding certificates contributes to a positive employer brand, signalling a commitment to employee well-being and development. Such branding attracts top talent and reinforces employee loyalty, positioning the company as an employer of choice within the industry.

Incorporating certificate programs into company practices can yield significant benefits, strengthening employee engagement, morale, and organizational success.

Creation of a pre-defined Certificate Template Using PDF Generator API

Creating a certificate template can be streamlined using the PDF Generator API. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1. Sign Up to trial PDF Generator API account

First, you would need to create a PDF Generator API account. You can sign up for a 30-day trial account for free here.

2. Prepare a sample data

Ideally, before creating a template, we should prepare sample data because we want to connect certain parts of the template with data fields. Later, we can send the dataset inside the API request and generate a Certificate PDF dynamically using the API request.

For a Certificate template, the sample JSON dataset could look like this:

"studentName":"Jane Doe",
"courseName":"Introduction to Data Science",
"institutionName":"Tech University",

3. Create a New Template

  • First, you should log in to the PDF Generator API dashboard.
  • Then, navigate to the Templates section and click the “New template” button

Use the sample data from the previous step

4. Design the Certificate template and define Data Fields

Template Editor: Use the drag-and-drop editor to design your certificate. Add necessary elements such as:

  • Text Fields: For the recipient’s name, course title, date of issue, etc.
  • Images: Upload the certificate stamp.
  • Background image: You can add a background image by right-clicking on the canvas and choosing the background image option.
  • Styling: Customize fonts, colours, and layout to match your company’s branding.
  • Dynamic Fields: Identify and define dynamic fields that will be filled with specific data (e.g. {studentName}, {courseName}).
  • Data Mapping: Ensure each dynamic field is correctly mapped to the corresponding data point.

Below, you can find a step-by-step video tutorial for creating a sample certificate template using PDF Generator API:

5. Save and Test the Template

Name: Name the template.
Save: Once the design is complete, save the template.

Testing: Use an API testing tool, such as Postman, to generate a certificate with sample data, ensuring all dynamic fields populate correctly.

6. Integrate with Your Application

We have prepared integrations with several low-code platforms, such as Wix, Bubble, Airtable, and more. Please find the tutorials here. You can always consume our API using any programming language that supports HTTP requests; our API documentation, with code examples, is available here.