You need to have the user certificates installed on your user account on the local pc (actually the personal user certificate store) to make the document signing work in the applications.
If you haven’t used the eID certificates before, or in the case of a new computer, you’ll need to install the user certificates on your computer. The easiest and official way to install them, is using the eID viewer application.
Note on Language
The eID website is supporting NL, FR, DE and EN as language, I’ll only refer to NL and EN as main languages but FR and DE are supported too.
Download and install the eID software from this source: https://eid.belgium.be/nl (for NL. Also available: EN, FR and DE). It includes the eID middleware and the eID viewer we’ll use to read and install the eID certificaties on your computer (actually your user account).
Verifying the presence of the user certificates (Signing)
When you use the certificates and/or the eID software, the certificates should be installed in the user certificates store automatically, but that is not always the case, depending the configuration and security of your computer.
Select the “Certificates” module and NOT “Fill & Sign”.
The “Fill and Sign” is used for graphical signatures, replacing the manual signing of paper copies, and eliminates the need of rescanning.
eID is a “qualified” and legally support signature.
If your counterpart (the other signing party) doesn’t require a qualified signature, this is a good alternative for eID (as there is some sensitive data like social security number, incl birthday and gender mentioned in the eID signature)
Open the PDF file you want to sign.
Verify the presence of the Signature certificate
It should be popping up from the certificate store, which we fixed earlier. (if not present, go back and fix it)
Signing a document
When the certificate is correctly installed, go to the “Protect” menu, then click the “Sign & certify” button in the ribbon.
Then drag an area to mark a signing area and choose the signature options.
The manual explains how to create an account, how to enroll and access the course.
The footnote manual also explains that you can only consult the content on 1 device, one.
“One course can only be linked with one device. If you want to open the course using a different device, click the Link course button using the secondary device.“
It also explains how you can ‘unlink’ the content, see chapter 11.
11. Unlinking Account
When you decide not to use a device for accessing PECB course materials, please click the About option at the top menu, and then click Yes to unlink KATE from your current device. Once unlinked, you will no longer be able to access any course from this device.
What it does NOT explain is how to “log off” as user or how to switch user account.
THAT option is pretty well hidden in the application.
But as I mentioned, the content is USER based, so you CAN switch accounts.
Let me show you.
For your information, in my case I have 2 accounts, 1 user and 1 trainer account. Which is very handy to show how it works.
To run this scenario, you must have these prerequisites met:
have active user accounts
course content linked in your online profiles
This is what I’ve got (*)
My user account (course I’m learning, or have learned)
My Trainer account (courses I teach)
How do you switch between both of them?
First logon (eg after fresh install or log out) with one of both accounts
Of course enter your password (I won’t show mine).
Then you get the view on your course content, choose one of the views from the start, (*)
How to log out and log on again?
Here’s the trick.
Once logged in, click the about menu.
Then you’ll get a special button , asking you to “unlink this account”.
Please read: “Log off”.
When you hit that button you get a message that sounds bizar on first sight:
“Are you sure you want to unlink your KATE account from this device? If you choose OK, this device will be unlinked from your PECB account and will no longer have access at course materials assigned to it. You can link back this device anytime using your PECB account credentials.”
Well, that’s not really clear …
To put is simple, you can log on again. Just hit the yes button to log off (log out).
If you hit the yes button, the application shuts down, instead of showing the logon screen again.
If that happens, restart the application and we’re back at the beginning of the procedure. Now you can logon with the other account.