How to Issue Certificates With Google Sheets Using Zapier and Certifier

Generating certificates in bulk should be as easy as sending emails. Turns out, it is even easier! In this blog post, we will show you how to generate certificates with data from Google Sheets, or any other spreadsheet in minutes using Zapier.

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Uliana Kysheniuk

Updated: January 29, 2024

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Google Sheets is a powerful tool for managing data, and Zapier makes it easy to automate repetitive tasks. With just a few clicks, you can connect Google Sheets to Certifier and create a "zap" that will automatically issue certificates whenever new data is added to the spreadsheet. 

The best part is that you can customize the zap to meet your specific needs, making it easy to generate certificates in bulk. So if you're looking for a way to streamline the certificate generation process, Google Sheets and Certifier are the perfect solutions.

Do you want to generate certificates via Excel? Here's a detailed guide that helps you: How to Create Certificates from Google Sheets and Excel? Or watch this video instead:

How do Zapier integrations work?

Zapier lets you connect Certifier with thousands of the most popular apps to automate your certification workflow. Among the available apps, one can find a lot of popular apps like Kajabi, Thinkific, Teachable, TalentLMS, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheet, Typeform, Survey monkey, and many others. Click here to see the full list of apps that you can integrate with Certifier via Zapier.

Zapier lets you set up automated workflows called “Zaps” that pass information between two or more apps easily and quickly – no code required. A Zap consists of a Trigger and an Action. A trigger is an event that starts a Zap, an action is an event a Zap performs.

Let’s use an example: 

You would like to automatically issue certificates via Certifier when a new row is added to your Google Spreadsheet. Using this example, a new row in Google Spreadsheet would be a trigger, while certificate issuance would be an action performed by a Zap. 

What do you need to set up this integration?

  • free Zapier account

  • free Certifier account (with at least one group)

  • free Google Sheet account

How to issue certificates with Google Sheets using Zapier and Certifier? Step-by-step tutorial.

Once you have signed up for Zapier, it is time to create your first Zap. In this article, we will explain how to set up an integration between Certifier and Google Spreadsheet via Zapier. The event “New Spreadsheet Row” in Google Spreadsheet will be used as a trigger, while the “Issue Credential” event in Certifier will be used as an action.

1. Log in to Zapier and press "Create Zap"

Create Zap - Certifier

2. Start configuring a trigger

  • Select an app you want to use as a trigger – Google Spreadsheet;

  • Select the event that should perform the trigger – “New Spreadsheet Row”;

  • Press “Continue”.

Start configuring a trigger - Certifier

3. Choose the account you want to use for this automation and press “Continue”

Zapier x Certifier: choose the account you want to use

4. Follow this step by choosing a spreadsheet and worksheet you would like to use for this automation

Zapier and Certifier: Choose a spreadsheet

5. Finish the process of setting up a trigger by running a test

Running a test ensures that everything is set up correctly. The result of a successful test should look like this: 

Zapier for Certifier -  Finish the process

6. Move on to setting up the action

  • Select an app you want to use as an action – Certifier;

  • Select the event that should perform the trigger – “Issue Credential”;

  • Press “Continue”.

Certifier and Zapier - use Certifier as an action

7. Choose your Certifier account and integrate it with Zapier via Access Token

To generate an access token, go to Certifier > Account > Settings > Developers > Access Token and press "Generate Access Token". 

Generate Certifier access token

Please, keep in mind that for security reasons, Certifier shows your access token just once. Copy and paste it straight after it is generated. Consider storing your access token in a secure place to set up other integrations.

8. Populate the fields in the action section

  • Group – select a group that will be used to distribute certificates to.

  • Recipient Name – the name of your recipient. Note: some apps store names and last names separately. Thus, you will have to add these two attributes to the Recipient name field with a spacebar between them.

  • Recipient Email – the email of your recipient.

  • Issue Credential – select whether you want your certificate to be automatically issued once your Zap is triggered (the field is set to True) or whether you wish to save credentials as draft and publish them manually from the Certifier dashboard (the field is set to False)

  • Issued on – the date when your certificate is issued (by default, it is the day when your Zap is triggered)

  • Expiry Date – the date of your credential’s expiration. By default, there is no expiration date added.

If you see some other inputs, it means that there are custom attributes on your account. If you want to add some specific data from your Google Form, you can create a custom attribute in Certifier and populate that field with the appropriate data.

Certifier x Zapier - fields in the action section

9. Finish the process of setting up the action by running a test

Running a test ensures that everything is set up correctly. 

Finish the process of setting up Certifier and Zapier

If the test is successful, you will see a newly issued certificate in the Certificate's section of your Certifier account. 

First certificate created by Zapier via Certifier

10. Click "Publish Zap" and enjoy the beauty of a fully automated certification process 🥳

Now you know how to issue certificates with Certifier using Zapier and Google Sheets automatically. You can automate the process of generating certificates, which can save you a lot of time and avoid human mistakes. Streamline your business process and improve your students' experience.

Try it out today and see how easy it is to get started. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our support team, who would be happy to help. Start issuing certificates automatically with Certifier and Google Sheets today!

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Uliana Kysheniuk

Product Manager at Certifier. At Certifier, Uliana plays a pivotal role in steering the development and enhancement of digital credential software solutions.

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