Certificate Templates are great for any institution or organization that makes it a habit of churning out paper certificates to members and participants. A certificate is a document, usually decorated and ceremonial, that states that the receiver has accomplished something or achieved a title or reward. In some cases, the certificate merely acts to “certify” certain qualifications. This puts a legal sheen over everything, as well as acknowledges effort.
Here are some templates for certificates of achievement you can download and print out. Many of them will be editable, of course, to suit your needs.
A certificate is either awarding someone something, usually a title (maybe even bragging rights), or it is making an official announcement of certain qualifications.
These two types are not hard-and-fast distinctions, as a certificate can do the job of both.
Certificates are often awarded at the end of certain formalized situations requiring similarly formalized acknowledgment. Some examples include
Certificates may be given to only the special achievers who have been awarded with distinction, or they may be given to everyone who has participated.
Certificates make the accomplishment official and formally acknowledged. This certificate can then become an official document the achiever can present to other people or institutions as paper evidence of the achievement.
These certificates of achievement in a way act as recommendation letters in that regard. A diploma is a special form of what is just a certificate.
These certificate templates are to give you an idea of different ways you can design your certificates. If you like what you see, you might even download the template. They may be free or will have to be purchased, so be prepared for that. (There is no harm in using these templates as inspiration for creating your own designs.)
If they are in Word document format, you may even modify them a bit before printing them out to use. The blanks can be filled in on the computer before printing, or they may be hand-written in after printing.
A certificate will merely need these elements:
You can use the blank certificate templates for other occasions that you might not have a specific certificate for.
(See also Retirement Certificate for another specialized certificate type.)
It is always good to acknowledge certain efforts and achievements of your members, participants, students, or employees. A certificate is a way of giving them this acknowledgment on pretty paper and ceremonial designs.