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What Is A Certificate?

A certificate is a form of document that serves to show an individual's credentials, qualifications, entitlement or achievement. It also serves as proof of going through and finishing a certain course or training.

How To Create A Custom Certificate

Though certificates are usually made of paper (or cardstock), the value and privilege a certificate holds means a lot for someone who worked hard to earn it. In making the award certificate, you must also put your heart to it. A reliable certificate maker or certificate template will lessen your workload and will make your job easier and quicker. Here are the basic steps on how you can make your own certificate:

1. Know The Purpose Of The Certificate

There are many instances and fields that may need certifications to provide concrete evidence of an individual's participation, involvement, or achievement in a certain activity, program, or life event. Documents such as a birth certificate, baptism certificate, and marriage certificate are just a few examples of certificates given in these specific life events. Other certificates provide entitlement to a person who holds it, such as gift certificates, school certificates, professional certificates, and more.

2. Identify The Key Components

After you identify the certificate type, start collecting the needed information that will be included in your document such as the name of the receiver and the award-giving body or sponsors, the signatories, the date and venue, the title of the certificate, and other details. If you are making several copies of this document, it is wise to record this information in a worksheet to organize the data for future reference.

3. Check Out Our Templates

If you are inclined to create a specific certificate, crafting specific documents or a certificate template that is customizable and can be edited according to your preferred format, then check out any of our certificate templates.. We offer free certificate templates in different categories (e.g., certificate of appreciation, employee of the month certificate, award certificate, and more.).

4. Download And Customize Your Certificate Template

Using the template, supply the needed information on the required fields and apply the necessary formatting to it. Add supplementing details like borders, watermarks, vector images, and/or others to your document to help enhance its presentation. Don't forget to attach the logo or the trademark of the company or the institution who is sponsoring the said event or program. Indicate the name of the awardee and have the document signed by the event or program sponsors or attesters.

5. Use Premium Quality Materials In Printing

Now that you're done with all the formatting, scan through the whole document and check for any writing or editing errors and do revisions if deemed necessary. Use high-quality glossy cardstocks, paper stock, or any specialty paper in printing the certificate. You can conveniently use your home or office printer if you're only printing a few copies of the document. But just to make sure that the printing quality is met, leave the job to printing professionals and send them a copy of the certificates for printing.

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