# Quick start guide
# Previous steps
The guides below assume you've completed the initial setup steps:
- Sign up to the Signicat Dashboard (opens new window).
- Create an organisation and an account within that organisation.
- Depending on which protocol you want to use, you then do one of the following:
- Obtain the necessary certificates (varies depending on the ID method you want to use).
- Set up an ID method in the Dashboard.
- If you want to use your own metadata file, generate it.