Certificates

How To Make Your Own Certificate in 5 Easy Steps

Do you want a professional certificate without asking developers and graphic designers to help you? Using an online certificate maker, you can create your own certificates in 5 easy steps yourself.

Sergey ButkoApril 13, 202216 min read
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Forget about spending hours in a random program to make a document for your webinar or course attendees. No more writing all the certificate recipients' names manually and sending emails with the document one by one. There is a way to make your own certificates in several steps and reduce certificates’ preparation time.

Before we dive in, let's see what certificates are all about. 

What are certificates?

Certificates are documents that state that a certain type of information is valid. It can confirm competency or completion of various events. For example:

  • Webinars
  • Conferences
  • Courses
  • Alternative education
  • Corporate training
  • Universities and postgraduate
  • Symposia and events 
  • Workshops
  • Bootcamps
  • Product companies

and more.

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What is Certifier?

Certifier is an online certificate generator that helps design and build certificates. Certifier makes the whole process very easy, fast, and intuitive. Here’s how.

Easy - Certifier is a user-friendly platform that is easy to work with. If you can’t figure out how something works, we have lots of articles that will help you out.

Fast - You can make and send all the certificates you want to your recipients in 15 minutes. Thanks to some fantastic features such as dynamic attributes, sending certificates in bulk is a walk in the park.

Intuitive - In contrast to some other certificates generator, like Google Forms, Certifier is a tool primarily for creating certificates. There are only features used for making certificates. Everything is clear, and you won’t get lost.

However, if you still have some questions, feel free to ask our support team or search our knowledge base.

Thanks to Certifier, you can:

  • Create using a certificate generator
  • Issue certificates with one click
  • Manage issued certificates
  • Verify the documents
  • Let the participants share their impressive accomplishments wherever they desire.

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With Certifier, you can create a wide range of certificates. For example, a certificate of achievement, certificate of appreciation, certificate of completion, certificate of participation, and more. 

The benefits of certificates

Certificates are great for many reasons. Here are some of the most vital ones.

  • It makes your course or workshop stand out from the competition. Many courses or workshop organizers do not provide any kind of confirmation of completed training. Your course can be unique by including certificates.
  • Certificates are a reward for your participants. Rewarding the completion of courses or workshops is motivating and may impact active participation during your event.
  • Participants can share the certificates on social platforms. We live in the times of social media, where people love to share their achievements. Certifier enables participants to post their successes on social platforms like LinkedIn. 
  • Also, the certificates have become a powerful marketing tool. When participants share their certificates, other people have a chance to notice your brand, and certifications make you more recognizable. 

If you are interested to read more about the role of certificates in event marketing, check out this piece: The Role of Certificates in Event Marketing.

Tips for making certificates

Here are some tips that would help you make certificates. Consider them before starting making your own certificates.

First of all, think about the topic of the event. How formal would you like the certificates to be? If the event is highly formal, making your certificate somewhat toned and elegant is a good practice. There are many beautiful fonts to choose from, so you can adjust every detail. If the event is not as formal, think of some decorative elements that may appear on the certificate.

Have you got any theme colors? It would be great if you refer to the theme colors or pictures for your certificates. With Certifier, you can customize certificates as you need to. 

Prepare your logo if you have one. As you already know, certificates are means of promotion, so adding a logo would be beneficial for getting more recognition.

All of those tips are great for keeping coherence. Coherence is fundamental if you have a brand. By coherence, you can show your reliability and trustworthiness. Use an amazing certificate as one of the components for showing that your brand fits together even in the certificates. 

Make your own certificates in 5 steps

Let’s jump into details!

Step 1. Create your account

Sign up to get started. Certifier offers a free plan as well as three paid plans. Look at the pricing and choose the best option for you.

Step 2. Make a list of recipients 

Prepare a list of participants in a CSV, XLSX, or XLS file. In the first column, write the recipients’ names, and in the second column, write their email addresses. With this list, you can send the certificates with just a few clicks, thanks to dynamic attributes. 

If you want to get more information about how dynamic attributes work, you can read more on our blog.

Step 3. Design your certificates

Now, the exciting part - designing your certificates. You can build your certificate from scratch or use our customizable pre-made templates. Then: 

  • Go to the Design tab
  • Click on Create Design

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If you want to use a finished template, go through the gallery and pick up the templates you like the most. Then you can choose between different layouts - A4 landscape (horizontal) or A4 portrait (vertical). Change the font style, colors, and size as you like.

If you are determined to make beautiful certificates from scratch, go to the Images tab. You can upload your own certificate background image and some graphic elements if you need them. 

If you don’t have a background, you can always choose a suitable template, remove all the elements, add your own description, and adjust everything to your needs.

In the Design tab, you will see the subtabs on the left: Images, Texts, Attributes, and Documents.

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  • In the Images subtab, you can upload your pictures and images.
  • You can rewrite the ready formulas on the certificates or add a new text in the Text subtab.
  • In the Attributes subtab, you find the attributes you can assign to the text. As if you are giving a role to individual texts. For example, recipient name, issuer name, issue date, etc. Thanks to the ascribed attributes and previously prepared recipients’ list, you can make the certificates in minutes and send them in bulk with a customized email about getting the certificate.
  • In the Document subtab, you can choose the orientation and paper size.

TIP: Read all the formulas and texts at least 3 times before issuing to catch any typos or grammar mistakes. 

Even if you check multiple times, there is still a tiny chance that there are some mistakes. In such cases, Certifier enables you to correct the mistakes even after sending the certificates.

Step 4. Select the group

When your certificates are designed, follow these steps: 

  • Go to the Groups tab.
  • Click Create Group. This option is great if you have many groups or send certificates more than once to different groups. 
  • Create a display name, select the design and choose the email template. You can create a custom one in the Emails tab. 

Step 5. Send in bulk

To send certifications, you should follow these steps:

  • Go to the Certificates tab.
  • Click Issue Certificates.
  • Select a group from a list.
  • Click Upload Recipient List.
  • Select I have the right to use the personal data of these recipients if participants agree on you using their data.
  • Upload the Recipient List you prepared in Step 2. 
  • Preview before publishing
  • Click Save and Publish or Save as Draft so you can publish certificates now or do it later.

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In the Certificates tab, you can find certificate management options. You can download them as a PDF file, resend emails, delete and edit issued certificates, etc.

Five simple steps and digital certificates are ready to go to the recipients! Here is a helpful certificate design checklist for you. 

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Why Certifier? 

Certifier is one of the best certificate generators on the market. See what makes it unique.

#1 It allows generating certificates for free and provides reasonable pricing for an upgrade

This Certificate editor offers a free plan that is great for occasional, non-professional use. It is also an option for those who would like to check if Certifier is a tool for them. Also, upgrading can be done in a few seconds. A free plan offers basic editing tools such as: 

  • Visual builder
  • Professional certificate templates
  • Dynamic Attributes
  • Sending certificates in bulk
  • Printable certificate templates in PDF
  • Certificate Wallet - Recipients can store their certificates in the digital wallet and share them on social media
  • Basic statistics
  • You can sen 50 certificates monthly

There is also: 

  • A Standard plan at $29 per month, ideal if you need to issue certificates to small groups. It includes all the features that a free plan does and also additional tools: engagement analytics, an edition of already sent certificates, higher quality for printing, and more.
  • A Professional plan at $79 per month. It has all the necessary features for creating certificates for bigger groups. It provides all the features mentioned above plus advanced design tools: email branding, custom sender details, a visual email builder, etc.
  • Premium at $199 per month. It is the best option for advanced certification programs that require high volume and branding. Premium plans enable sending 3,000 certificates per month. Also, there are some excellent features available like on-demand design consulting, custom feature support, and more.  

#2 Certifier is growing for you all the time

New features will be available soon, so you can make amazing self-designed certificates. They are still in testing, so you can get the best solutions. Here are the features under development:

  • Data export
  • API key access
  • Basic Integrations
  • Automatic Expiration
  • Custom SLA DPA
  • Issuer Verification Status

We are sure it is worth waiting a little bit to get the best features on the market. If you don’t have an account yet, click here to sign up. We will inform you via email when improvements are ready.

#3 It offers marketing insight at your fingertips 

Something that distinguishes Certifier from other competitors is insights into issued certificates. Thanks to the analysis, you can track your recipients’ engagements and see how many recipients receive the email with certificates, open it and share them on social media. 

Additionally, you can explore generated PPC revenue. It is good to keep an eye on the statistics and monitor tendencies. With us, you can gain the marketing insights to help you make further decisions backed by verifiable statistics.

#4 Certifier ensures sending emails automatically thanks to dynamic attributes 

Dynamic attributes are also a fantastic feature. Thanks to them, you can send certificates in bulk to hundreds and even thousands of people in minutes. If you have ever written all the emails manually, you know how a slow and tedious task it is.

#5 Privacy and safety are provided

It is good to check how all the data is stored and if privacy is provided. Every professional certificate maker should take care of that. Certifier is equipped with privacy measures to protect personal data to avoid losing, misusing, and modifying the information.

#6 Certifier lets you create a custom email template and branding

Certifier allows you to send a customized email to the recipient with the information about receiving a certificate. The default template has a Certifier logo, heading, body text, and button. You can change any of these elements as you wish to suit your brand’s voice.

It may seem redundant but trust us, the details matter. Receiving an email like this makes a good impression of you and your brand. Also, it gives a sense that everything is buttoned up.

Learn more: How to Create a Custom Email Template and Branding.

Conclusion

Making a perfect certificate in 5 steps is possible and accessible with Certifier. There are plenty of useful features that will help you create certificates on your own and send them to hundreds or even thousands of recipients. Sign up for a free trial to make the most amazing certificates without the designer or developer.

Written bySergey ButkoTech entrepreneur. Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe. Digital Marketer.

Design, generate and send digital certificates on autopilot

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