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Grid Host certificates

A Grid Host Certificate is a personal certificate that can be used for e-Science authentication.

Who can request a Grid Host certificate

Please note that the official Certificate Policy and Certificate Practice Statement documents for the CERN Grid Certification Authority are available at the address This help page is only an informal excerpt from the official documents.

In order to request a Grid Host Certificate a user must:

  • Be registered in CERN's central HR database with one of the following categories, for which physical presence at the appropriate registration service is required:
    • Members of Personnel (as defined in Administrative Circular 11). Status: STAFF, FELL, PDAS, PJAS, USAS, CASS, UPAS, USER, DOCT, TECH, ADMI, SUMM, CHIL, APPR, COAS, GPRO, VISC, TRNE.
    • Employees of a CERN contractor. Status: ENTC.
    • Participants to an experiment. Status: PART.
    • Honorary members. Status: EXTN with reason HONO.
  • Have a CERN computer account and register an email address.

A user will be able to request certificates ONLY for hosts registered in LanDB ( where he is defined as Responsible or Main user. If the Host's declared Responsible or Main User is a mailing list, the user must be member of this mailing list.

How to request a new host certificate

Created: 3/10/2020
Last reviewed: 5/2/2022
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