One of the unique features of the ConvertKit Course builder is the ability to have those Courses go to exactly who you want them to go to. Connecting your Courses to your Forms is the best way to make sure the right people get those Course emails. That said, from time to time, you may have subscribers you want excluded from a certain Course. For that, we’ve created the exclude function in your Course Settings.

Note: this feature is for excluding subscribers (keeping subscribers from getting the course). If you move forward with exclusions, the selected subscribers will not get your course. Exclusions default to zero so only make changes here if you want to keep people from getting your course emails.


Let’s look at some reasons you might want to use exclusions:

You’re running a course to promote a product. Once a subscriber has purchased that product, you don’t want to send them any more promotional emails.

To use this scenario, you’ll want to setup an automation rule associated with the purchase like this:

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Then your exclusion will look like this:

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And your t-shirt buyers will not get the rest of the t-shirt promotion course once they have that tag (after they’ve purchased).

You want to build on an existing course without sending those new emails to people who have already completed the course as it was.

Then you’ll build an automation rule tagging people who complete your course and exclude that tag once you add the new emails to the course. Like this:

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And then mark the tag as an exclusion just like the example above.

You have two courses running at the same time and you want to make sure a subscriber only gets one of them.

Let’s say you have a few courses that your subscribers could sign up to all running at the same time. While ConvertKit will catch a subscriber signing up to the same course twice and only send it once, you’ll want to use the exclude subscriber feature inside your courses to make sure subscribers to Course A don’t also get Course B and vice versa.


Use caution when using this method as subscribers who are opted into both courses will not receive either if you do this. So be sure to add the exclusion rules to the course that has less value to you.

With this example, you’d use the exclusion in the Course section like this:

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Trouble-shooting courses: If you’re finding that your course emails aren’t sending to your subscribers, check the Exclusions. You’ll see a number at the top of the box that says “X sources selected” to give you an idea of how many exclusions are laid out for that course. If the subscribers that aren’t getting the course emails are included in the exclusion, that explains it. If you’re still having trouble, be sure to reach out to so we can take a look for you.