CSR is missing certificate

I’m trying to follow the instructions at Certificate Signing Requests | Kubernetes to create a CSR for a user who only has access to pods. However when I try to connect to the cluster using my private key I get the following error:

$ kubectl get pod
error: tls: failed to find any PEM data in certificate input

There’s also a part in the instructions that I’m not able to follow. It says:

Retrieve the certificate from the CSR:

kubectl get csr/john -o yaml

The certificate value is in Base64-encoded format under status.certificate .

I don’t see any field like this.

I am using rke version 1.2.6 kubernetes 1.19.8.