How do I bulk award badges to learners in Canvas Badges?

Canvas Badges allows program administrators to bulk award badges to a group of recipients. You may include optional metadata such as evidence and narrative to the badge(s) that may be the same or specific to each user.

Once a badge has been awarded, its data is unchangeable. If you're made aware of a necessary change to a badge after it has been awarded to an individual (such as an error in the spelling of a name), you can make this change by first revoking the badge and then awarding it again with the correct data.


  • You must create an issuer and badge before bulk awarding badges.
  • Canvas Credentials subscribers have unlimited bulk awards. If using the free version, you are limited to 50 awards per CSV file.
  • Manual or bulk awarded badges won't appear in the Canvas Credentials LTI unless you have purchased a Canvas Credentials subscription.

Open Badge

Click the name of the badge you wish to bulk award.

Bulk Award Badge

Click the Bulk award button.

Download Sample CSV File

To learn how to structure the data in your CSV file, click the Download the sample CSV  link.

View Sample CSV File

The CSV file may contain several fields. The Identifier field (email address, URL, or phone number) is the only required field.

  • Identifier (email address, URL, or phone number) [1]
  • First Name [2]
  • First Name [3]
  • Narrative [4]
  • Evidence Narrative [5]
  • Evidence URL [6]
  • Issue date [7]
  • Expiration date [8]

Upload CSV File

Once your CSV file is prepared according to instructions, you may upload it by dragging and dropping your CSV file to the Upload File field [1] or you can click the Select File to Upload link [2].

View a preview of your uploaded CSV file [3].

Click the Next button [4].

Map CSV File Column Headers

If the first row of the CSV file has column headers, make sure the First row has column headers checkbox is selected [1].

To map the column headers in your CSV file to the column headers in Canvas Badges, use the drop-down menus for each column header [2].

Click the Next button [3].

If there are errors with your CSV file, you may be presented with information about how to fix the errors(s) [1].

Click the Back button to re-upload your corrected CSV file [2].

Issue Bulk Award Badges

To issue the badge to multiple recipients, you can click the Notify recipients by email box (if applicable) [1] and/or click the Prevent duplicate badge awards box (if applicable) [2]. Then click the Finish button [3].

View Awarded Badges

To view the awarded badges, click the Awards tab.