The certificate has more value if it is signed as in some contexts, the signature shows that the certificate is an official document.
On 4 December 2023, Youthpass enabled a simple text-based digital signature function for the certificates of 2021-2027 EU youth programmes. The newly entered projects in the Youthpass database within these programmes can include this signature on the first page (the so-called 'confirmation of participation' part) of the certificate.
How does the digital signing work?
At the certificate generation step, the project admins will be provided the option to 'mark certificates as signed electronically'. Choosing this option will include a notice on the certificate to consider it signed electronically: 'Electronically signed on /date/ /time/ by /username/.
Please note that the /username/ shown on the signature will be the 'First name' and 'Surname' of the Youthpass account holder generating the certificate as registered on their Youthpass account. If needed, these entries can be changed from the 'Edit your personal details' link in their account.
The possibility to include the digital signature does not exclude the possibility to print the certificates and have them hand signed and stamped in case this is desired by the participants and/or organisers. In some contexts, a hand signed and stamped certificate may have more value than a digitally signed certificate.
For the previous EU youth programmes (such as the Erasmus+: Youth in Action 2014-2020 and European Solidarity Corps 2018-2020), Youthpass certificates need to be printed for signature, as digital signature is not enabled in the Youthpass tool. Sometimes organisations send out the certificates by e-mail and ask the participants to print them out on their own. In this case the certificate would come without the original signature. If you prefer to have your certificate signed, please let your organisation know and ask for their support.