You can recognise accomplishments and motivate people who are doing a good job or exceeding expectations with a certificate or an award. Generally, award certificates include a header, the name of the recipient, date, reason for the certificate, signatures and in some cases, pictures and inspirational quotes. Whether you are looking to reward an employee, student or a member of your team, various websites provide the necessary tools to create your own award or certificate template.
Visit the SmartDraw website (see Resources) and use its free software to create and customise your own professional-looking certificates or awards by adding information into the designated text areas. When creating certificate or award templates with SmartDraw, you can choose from a variety of colours, border styles and various seal images, such as stars, ribbons and crests. SmartDraw offers a free version of its software; however, you can also get its full license that delivers extra features, such as upgrade protection, priority support and a backup CD, for £160.5 as of November 2010.
Go to the SuccessCertificates site (see Resources) and operate its free service to design a certificate or award template for any event. Its blank or theme options make special occasion awards or certificates simple to create. Available themes for awards and certificates include sports, school, business and family. SuccessCertificates also offers blank and colour border options. To create a certificate or award template with SuccessCertificates, select your certificate theme, make it the way you want it, download it to enter the appropriate text and then print it out.
Navigate to the Southworth website and access its Design Center page to develop a certificate or an award (see Resources). To make a certificate or award template, select the template style you want to design and personalise it to your own taste. Proceed by downloading it to your computer and opening the downloaded template so it can be printed. Southworth lets you make templates for generic awards, safety, achievement, sales achievement, creative writing and excellence. Southworth also sells a CD with templates with your choice of specialised paper and frames for a nice touch and presentation.