Printable School Certificates for Students

Giving a child a personalized school certificate is a meaningful way to show recognition for his or her academic achievements.  Particularly with younger students, a little bit of praise and encouragement can go a long way in helping a student feel confident about how they are performing in school.  Printable school certificates are an easy to make and come in many fun, themed designs that students will love.

If you’ve never made a school certificate for a student, you’re probably curious about where to printable award certificates.  You may find a variety of printable certificates at your local office supply store, but you’ll have the greatest selection of designs if you shop online.  School certificates often feature colorful and playful designs that celebrate your child’s accomplishments.  If you want to make a certificate for a student’s accomplishment in a particular school subject or activity, such as a sports certificate, chances are you’ll be able to find a certificate design that meets your needs online.


School certificates usually come in the standard 8.5”x11” paper size.  However, printable certificates are also manufactured in the form of 2UP or 3UP sheets.  2UP certificates feature two mini certificates per sheet; they are a great choice for making awards for younger students, like kindergartners or preschoolers.  3UP certificates feature three thinner certificates on one sheet, so they are well suited for making gift certificates.

There are many easy methods you can use to create a customized school certificate for a child.  If you have the time, filling in the certificate by hand (such as by writing in calligraphy) is a fantastic way to personalize it and make a child feel appreciated.  However, creating a template for your certificates and printing them out is a faster method and helps to make a more professional-looking document.  If you are using a standard size 8.5”x11” certificate, you can simply use a program like Microsoft Word to type out your text and print in minutes; just make sure to set the page orientation to “landscape”.  By making your own template, you’re also free to add digital embellishments such as clip art or a school logo.  Not to mention, you can easily change fonts and font colors.

If you’re really pressed for time, you’ll be glad to know that you can also find free certificate templates online to help guide you in making a school certificate.  Using a pre-made template is certainly the fastest method of certificate-making, but not all templates are made equal.  Some may include a ready-made design with themed wording, but some templates may simply have guideline boxes for where to write in your text.  Free templates are most often offered by stationery retailers who have a good sense of what sort of style and wording would best fit a school certificate.  If this sounds like the option for you, make sure to download from a website that you trust.

There are really no limits regarding how to make a school certificate.  If you are savvy with stationery-making software, you can design some truly impressive certificates that will make your student’s day.  One example of an online design program that helps create certificates is the iClicknPrint software offered by Geographics.  It offers pre-made templates with certificate wording, freely adjustable text boxes, complimentary school-themed clip art, and much more.

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