see it clearly
Learn more

Free Downloadable Templates

Free Award Certificate Template

Pre-packaged certificates can seem generic and insincere, but searching for a free award certificate template means you can choose from thousands of different designs that you can use as is or customize.

Free Award Certificate Template Information

Free Award Certificate Template

All awards should have the following basic information on it:

HEADING: This should says something simple like "Award" or "Recognition" or "Certificate of Appreciation."

PRESENTED TO: This should say something like "This Certificate is presented to."

NAME: Don't forget to put who is receiving the award.

DATE: The date is usually written out. For example, "on this 28th day of July".

REASON: Why are they getting the certificate? Put that on the award too.

Some other items that free award certificates can have:

SIGNATURES. Sometimes, adding the signatures of bosses, or friends, or peers can make the award more personalized.

PICTURES. You can use pictures of people or something relevant to the award so there aren't just words on it.

QUOTES. Often, awards have some kind of inspirational quote representing the reason the recipient is getting the award. To read some motivational quotes, go to (Inspirational Quotes,

Finding Certificates Online to Print

Check out 2020site for a number of free award certificate templates that you can download, edit, and print. The files are in PDF format, so you will only be able to add text and print immediately. You cannot save them to a disk. 2020site has brown and blue certificates that have borders and places to type or write basic information.

Many computer users have Microsoft Word on their computers. Word has many certificate templates that you can use for free. Many are pre-installed with Word, but if you can't find exactly what you are looking for, then try searching Office Online. There you can find thousands of certificates that have been created by Microsoft themselves and user-created award certificates that can get specific. If you are using the program, start a new document. A window will pop up that asks you if you want to start a "Blank Document" or use a template. Scroll down to "Award Certificates" and look through the selection.

If you've ever been in an office supply store, you've undoubtedly come across the company Southworth. They make parchment paper, resume paper, and award certificate paper among other types of paper. They supply a few free award certificates on their website at Southworth Certificate Templates. Those fancy certificates have pictures and crisp borders. They offer the templates in two different sizes.

At Success Certificates you can browse through thousands of customizable certificates. You do need to sign up for a free account, but when you do, you'll have access to all kinds of awards. They have Holiday awards, School certificates, sports (individualized by type), and even joke awards. The awards come in Word or PDF format. Success Certificates also has borders you can download. These are in the JPG picture format so you can manipulate their size to your needs.

Make Your Own

It's easy to make your own certificates. First, find a border that you like. You can either use clip art or you can download an already made border, like from Success Certificates. Then use the above information (under the INFORMATION heading) on your certificate. Use large cursive fonts or heavy block fonts near the top of the award, and then smaller fonts. If the award is for school or work, then consider adding two or three lines so that the teachers for bosses can include signatures. Also think about how you can make it really personal. Add photos or a touching quote for the recipient. Finally, mount the award certificate in a nice frame that can be hung on the wall or propped on a desk. Going that little extra mile can turn a generic printed award into something that will make the receiver proud.