Create Printable Certificates in PowerPoint in a Jiffy

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Create a certificate template in PowerPoint easily. Follow our step by step instructions to create your own variations.

Why create PowerPoint Certificate Template?

To give ‘Certificate of achievement’ – is one of the most effective ways to reward employees for their efforts. You don’t need to wait for a BIG occasion to say “You did a good job”. You can award a certificate for the best performer of the day or week, and you can see the energy levels of the team soaring almost instantly.

It doesn’t take much effort to create a certificate. Once you create a good template, you can edit the details and generate a new certificate every time you need one. In this article, we will show you how to create a simple certificate template.

1. Create a border for the certificate

Using Auto shapes menu draw a large rectangle. Remove the fill and have a dark outline as follows:

PowerPoint Certificate Template


You can use any ‘line style’you want for the border:

Line Style Border

2. Create a title

Add a suitable title for your certificate. The common fonts used are – Monotype Corsiva, Old English Text MT and Impact.

You choose the font depending on the kind of feel you want for the certificate:

Certificate of Achievement


Each font style has a different characteristic. Know more about font personality

3. Write the body matter

Keep the text simple. Provide adequate space for the name of the person to be certified. You can leave a blank space if you want to write the name by hand.

Certificate of Achievement with Text

4. Create space for date, signature and Logo

Keep the logo at the bottom center. Add date and signature at the corners. This completes the PowerPoint Certificate template:

Final PowerPoint Certificate


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Create variations with different borders and colors:

You can create your own variations for the PowerPoint certificate template border by using simple auto shapes. Stay with the feel that suits you best. Here are some alternatives:

  • Use ‘Half frame’ auto shape

Use ‘Half frame’ shape from the auto shapes menu and place them at the four corners of the certificate:

Half Frame Menu


You will get an  interesting result that looks like this…

Framed certificate idea
  • Use ‘Pie’ auto shape

You can use ‘Pie’ shape from auto shapes menu to create some interesting variations:

Pie Autoshape Menu


Take a look at the resultant certificate here:

Pie Autoshapes Certificate
  • Use ‘Block arc’ shape

You can use ‘Block arc’ shape from auto shapes menu:

Block Arc Menu


See the result here:

Arc Styled Certificate of Achievement


Try playing around with different shapes till you are happy with the result. You can search online and get some more inspiration for certificate templates.

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Here are a few related templates you can find the pack. This includes award templates, podiums and more to announce winners…

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