Organizations hand out certificates of participation in order to honour those who take part in events or activities. Organizations, for example, may present certificates of participation to those who those take part in a marathon or other fund-raising initiative. Teachers may hand out certificates to students who participate in an after-school activity. You can distribute your own free certificates to children or family members to recognise them for special efforts, such as helping with spring cleaning. You can create free certificates with Microsoft Word or another word-processing program--the procedures are virtually the same.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Word
Open Microsoft Word or your word-processing program and create a new document. In Word, press the "Page Layout" option and then "Orientation". Set the page layout to "Landscape." In some versions of Word, you must select the "File" tab and then "Page Setup" to open the "Orientation" screen.
Select "Page Background" within the "Page Layout" tab. Select "Page Borders" to create a border around the page. In some Word versions, you must select the "Format" tab and then "Borders and Shading" to open the "Borders and Shading" Screen. Select "Page Borders" within this screen to create a border.
Select a decorative page border to act as the certificate's frame. You can choose line borders in 3D or different colours or artistic borders made up of small images such as stars or hearts.
Press "Enter" three or four times. Type "Certificate of Participation" using a font size of at least 36. Use a decorative font such as "Old English Text."
Press "Enter" to start a new line. Change to a simple text font such as Ariel. Type the words "This Is To Recognize That" or "This Is To Certify That." Use a medium font size of about 20.
Press "Enter" to skip to the next line. Type the participant's name in a large font size of about 36. Alternatively, you can press the underscore character ("_") many times to create a blank input line and fill in the participant's name by hand after printing the certificate.
Skip a line. Type the words "Has Participated In" on a new line.
Skip another line. Type the name of the event in a font size matching the size of the participant's name.
Start a new line and type the word "on" followed by the date of the event. If you prefer, type a series of underscore characters to create an input line and fill in the date after printing.
Start another new line and type the word "at" followed by the location of the event. Again, you may opt to create a blank input line using the underscore key instead.
Skip a few lines. Create a blank input line using the underscore key. Use this area to fill in the presenter's signature after printing. If more than one person will sign, create multiple fill-in lines separated by tabs.
Print the certificate and fill in any blank input fields.
Tips and warnings
- These instructions are for using Microsoft Word, but the procedures will be largely the same in other word-processing programs.
- You can also find free printable certificates of participation online.
- If you use free certificates for professional reasons, frame the certificates after printing.
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