Sell Course Licenses With New Add-On!

Group License Add-on

Today we are pleased to let you know about a new third-party premium (paid) add-on designed for those of you who want the ability to sell “seats” for your online courses.

For example, using this add-on you can sell your course to an organization and instead of getting only one user account they can purchase & configure accounts for all of their employees.

This is particularly useful if your doing business-to-business sales for your courses in a convenient and automated way.

This add-on was created by WismLabs and is available for purchase from their site.

Add-On Features

Bulk License Purchase Option – A user (such as a teacher or company manager) can purchase multiple licenses for a single course.

Automatic Group Creation – After purchase a group is automatically created and the purchaser is designated as the leader.

Enrollment Options – The leader can add and remove users to the course(s) purchased.

Front-End Group Management – The leader can manage the group from the front-end of your site eliminating the need to go into the WordPress dashboard.

How It Works

Once installed and activated a customer has the ability to select the number of licenses (or “seats”) they would like for a course during checkout.

After successful purchase, the group is created and the now the customer (Group Leader) can begin adding users via the front-end of your site.

Note: This add-on requires that you sell your courses using WooCommerce.

Where To Download

This is a premium add-on created by WisdmLabs and is available for purchase from their website.

If you have any questions or comments related to this add-on, do not hesitate to leave them below.

Until next time!

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

55 Comments
  1. Hi Justin,

    Thank you for introducing the Group Registration plugin.

    We’ve always being working towards creating plugins that add value to LearnDash users. Group Registration has been one such requirement that we are glad we could fulfill.

    An important application of this plugin is LearnDash users who would like to allow corporate managers/ trainers/ teachers purchase courses in bulk and enrol students to these courses.

    At present the group leader would have the option to enrol/unenrol students from these courses.

  2. Hi

    This add-on could be the solution for a lot of my problems, and something I have been waiting for, thanks!
    I do have some questions though. When a group leader is adding new users, is there a password created for that person and also an individual login? I am struggling to understand how the certificate will be addressed to correct person at the end. I´m sure that this works, but I just do not understand how.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Yes. When a user is enrolled by the group leader, an email is sent to the user with the login details. Once the quiz is completed by that particular user, a certificate will be awarded to that particular user.

    • Hi Daniel-
      The certificate will function as it does today in that the it will be delivered and customized for the user after it is earned. Regarding passwords, I believe the answer is “yes”, but I’ll leave it to the add-on vendor to provide additional context/details.

  3. Thank you Justin! I could not have imagined better timing for us~ and I also just decided last week to use WooCommerce. It’s so perfect, I couldn’t have dreamt it up! Thank you for your hard work!

  4. Will it also work with Easy Digital Downloads in the future? This is a mighty powerful add on but I use EDD on the site. Would be absolutely awesome if this will also integrate with EDD at some point.

    Thanks,

    André

  5. I would live to see this work with Easy Digital Downloads in the future. In the meantime, is it possible to use Woo Commerce for group sales and continue using EDD for individual sales.

  6. Andy

    We really like LearnDash and this was the one really weak area, that frustrates our clints. Glad to see progress on this! Two questions:

    – Will there be a version that doesn’t require WooCommerce?

    – Are there any existing LearnDash customers using the solution we can get feedback and input from?

    Thank you in advance,
    Andy

    • Hi Andy-
      Thanks for the comment. Regarding your questions, those are probably best directed towards the vendor of the add-on. We’re not privy to their dev schedule, plans, or user-base – just wanting to let you know it’s an available option.

  7. This sounds really useful, but I have a question. Can course leaders input new students en masse – via CSV or something similar? I would have users who could potentially want to add 40+ students at a time, adding each one individually would be a deal-breaker.

    • Hi Johdu,

      Although enrolling multiple students is pretty easy, we do not have an option to bulk import student details to perform the enrollment action in bulk.
      I’ll however make sure to add this in our list of future updates.

      • We would love to see the bulk adding functionality added. That would get us to buy into the plugin for sure. We often get 10-100 users at a time!!! Let me know when you have the csv bulk upload option.

        Jared

  8. Going forward this is a to be an extremely valuable add-on boosting professionality. Good job Justin and thank you WSDMLABS. I’m sure I’ll be using your plugins soon.

    • Hi Jaemin,

      The Group Registration plugin creates a LearnDash group once the order status of a purchase changes to ‘Complete’.
      You can use any payment mode as long as the order status is changed to ‘Complete’.

  9. Dennis

    Our courses are set to expire 180-days after purchase within LearnDash. If a group of 10 seats were pre-purchased to be assigned later (say over the next 2 or 3 months), would the expiration be based on date of purchase or date of assignment to a user out of the pool of pre-purchased seats?

  10. Merav Yuravlivker

    Hi Justin,

    This looks like an awesome plugin – will the group leader also have access to the analytics you have on the back end of WordPress? This is a very valuable asset, would love to see it integrated to this add-on if it’s not already.

    Thanks,
    Merav

    • Hi Andy,

      I do not have any reference yet. Many of the LearnDash users are just setting up the plugin or have just started using.
      We are in the process of setting up a live demo for the plugin. I suppose this will help you understand the working of the plugin better.

      • Andy

        Tarun – Thank you for the response. Please let us know when the demo site is available and when we can get some feedback from users. – Andy

  11. Hi Justin and Tarun,

    I think it’s a great plugin. I purchased it two days ago because I think it’s a great change to sell courses to school or teachers giving them the opportunity to add students to the courses themselves. However it doesn’t seem to work for “Social Leaner for Learndash”. to bad because I asked before purchasing it 🙁

    To bad because I know it would be a very useful plugin for this.

    Natasja

  12. Hi Justin,

    Will contact the WisdmLabs team. I believe this plugin adds enormous value to Social Learner allowing you to let teachers/users create classes/groups and add users themselves.

    Do you have examples of this plugin working with learndash? I wonder because connecting the courses to products doesn’t work…

  13. Cool!

    But does this plugin allow for bulk importing of course users? If a manager buys 2,500 employees a license, how do they input those names and emails into the plugin?

    I had troubles that were never resolved using the LearnDash groups feature, where I was trying to add hundreds/thousands of existing users to a group. It looks like it would work, but I could only manage bulk adding small numbers of students to a group. It never got resolved and I let the issue drop.

    My point is, some of us are converting old training sites to WordPress with LearnDash, and we need plugins like this and smile when we read about their release. But we also need them to be intended to work with legacy sites, so please include ways to easily add 1 or 10 or 1000 students.

  14. Andy

    Tarun – Thank you for the response. Please let us know when the demo site is available and when we can get some feedback from users. – Andy

  15. David Hedges

    Question: What keeps a group leader from purchasing two seats and cycling their 500 employees through our course, by simply changing the “User” info? Is there a way to limit changing a seat assignment once a “user/seat” completes a course and generates a certificate?

    • Hi David-

      Your question would be best asked to the vendor WisdmLabs – they’ll likely have more details around security options.

      In general, if someone wants to share user info, there isn’t much that can be done to prevent that (maybe some simple IP locks, but nothing is foolproof).

  16. Hi Justin,
    The FAQ of WisdmLabs says you need to mark the product type as “simple” instead of “course”. This is completely different from the Learndash setup. How will students (or group members) get access to the course?

    Thanks for your help, best regards,
    Ingrid

    • kevin

      When I set the product type as “Simple”, it allows me to adjust the quantity but it doesn’t function as advertised. It no longer automatically creates the group and it does not assign the registrant as a group leader but as a customer. In my opinion, this plugin was released prematurely.

    • Hi Ingrid,

      The ‘Course’ type for products, by default, will not allow you to increase the quantity.
      And to allow group registration, the LearnDash Group Registration plugin uses the ‘Simple’ product type to overcome this limitation.

      The plugin is designed to work with ‘Simple’ product type instead of ‘Course’ will provide you with the option to select the ‘Related Courses’ for every product that you want to enable the group registration option for.

  17. David

    Just a note to those who are using or want to use this plugin.

    If a person purchases, for example, five seats, they will actually have five seats + one seat. The purchaser can assign the five seats AND take the course themselves. Essentially, a “Buy more than one seat, Get one free” deal.

    Vendor is aware of the issue. No time frame given for resolution. If this is an issue for you, please let them know and give the fix a +1.

  18. James

    How to show the course expiration days to the student or user, in the frontend… I think most of us need this by default options. Course purchase with as well as without group registration. or please guide me how to reach this, please hel me

  19. Philip

    Hi there!

    I absoulutely love LearnDash – and of course this plugin which allows Group Registrations.

    Is it possible to set “Group registration” by default? I finde it quite hard to teach customers not to forget to tick the “Group registration”-field…

    Thx for your response
    Philip

  20. Chris Werstiuk

    The plugin works very well after the group is actually created except for a couple of caveats that took me a while to figure out after some angry emails from customers after they purchased the course.

    1. The plugin will not generate a group until the order is marked complete. That means that they will NOT get immediate access if they paid with a credit card like they do when you purchase an individual course. Many of my customers emails to complain when they didn’t get immediate access to the course. If you also sell physical products, marking an order complete prematurely to give access to the group plugin can screw up any automatic shipping solutions you use.

    2. The person who purchases the group registration is automatically assigned to the course AND they get to assign the number of seats they purchased, so the effectively get a free course. If someone purchases on group registration licence, they are added to the course automatically, and then they can assign someone else to the course for free. You could go and manually reduce their number of seats manually after a course is created and remove them from the course, but they will not be able to add themselves to the course after the fact because group leaders can’t add themselves to courses. So you have to know what they want before you start playing around with the group settings.

    This “feature” caused a lot of confusion for my customers who couldn’t understand:

    a: Why they had access to the courses immediately, but not the group page.
    b: Why they had access to the course because they wanted to buy it for their team.

    3. Group leaders can’t assign themselves to courses. So if your customer wants to add another group leader, you can easily do that in the back-end, but the new group leader won’t be able to assign them self to the course.

    If you can live with the points above, it is a good plugin.

    • Hi Chris,

      Up until now, we hadn’t faced such an issue since users dealt only with virtual products. Your scenario was unique and brought a new use-case to light. The team sat to thoroughly investigate this entire situation.

      We have a plan of action and have replied to your support thread regarding the same. We could take this forward from there.

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