What's the Difference Between a Display Name and an Identifier?

If you're wondering what to use as your Group Identifier, here are our suggestions on some best practices.

The Difference Between 'Display Name' and 'Identifier'

Display Name

The information you put in the 'Display Name' field of your group settings will eventually appear on the certificate in place of the [group.course_name] attribute. This will need to denote the achievement your recipient has gained and be easily recognizable. 


In the event that you have two groups that need to have the same display name, you will need to have something to differentiate between the two groups. This is why there is also an 'Identifier' field in group settings. The information you place in this field won't appear on the certificate. Give your group a unique identifier so that you can find it easily in the Group Overview without mistaking it for another group with the same display name.

  • If you use course codes or an accreditation number for your groups, you can use this as the identifier to ensure that all of your credential groups on the Accredible Dashboard are kept organized.
  • Another way to differentiate between different groups might be the year that they were taken in or in the name of the relevant class teacher.
  • You could even make it really clear and mention the group setting, which differentiates one group from the other in the identifier.

If you don't have many groups and there is a low risk of getting mixed up between them, you can keep things simple and make your identifier the same as your display name.

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