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Free printable certificate of completion for kids and adults

It is so important to recognize hard work and achievement in our kids, ourselves, at work, at home, and whenever its being given to us. Whether it’s the completion of a project, an academic accomplishment, or employee recognition, or a homeschool milestone, celebrating these events fosters motivation and appreciation. One great way to do this is by providing our beautifully designed, free printable certificate of completion. We have a couple of certificates here for you to download with a simple certificate design that works for both kids and adults.

Alongside these free downloads, we also have a wonderful certificate maker that is free for you to use Just scroll down a little to check it out, or visit the introductory article on our printable certificates.

With this unique system, you can build your own certificates for anything that you want.

We have the ones below pre-made for you – scroll down to the button to download our pre-made ones – or just use the certificate make to create something unique and original. A certificate that works for the specific scenario that you find yourself in.

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Before we share with you our pre-made example templates, how about a little guidance on using these, and the other certificates that you are able to generate on our site?

You can use our templates for anything from academic achievement, to making your own certificate that works for your child today, and whenever 😊

Completely original, and designed for them, by you.

The power of certificates

Certificates of completion are versatile and can be used in various settings, including schools, homeschooling, businesses, and personal projects. They serve as tangible proof of an individual’s accomplishments, helping to foster a sense of pride and motivation. A well-designed certificate can make a significant difference in how achievements are perceived, transforming simple acknowledgment into a memorable experience. We KNOW they don’t work for everyone though, particularly neurodivergent brains, but when they do, ours are free, so it is worth a try, right?

You can also create your own certificates with our certificate maker too:

1. Name

Name of the Recipient.

2. Title

Enter a title for this certificate.

3. Description

Enter a description for this certificate.

4. Theme

Select the overall theme for your chart to suit your child's personality.

5. Background

Select the background for your certificate.

Our free printable certificate templates: the pre made certificates of completition

We are excited to introduce our free printable certificates of completion templates – we have two designs below. These two templates are simple, so straightforward ehough to cater to various needs, from training programs and academic achievements to recognition in sports like baseball, basketball, cricket, cycling, and more.

Alongside these simplistic ideas, we also have our Certificate Maker on site now – totally free to use that can generate even more templates for you, whatever you need. So why should you consider using our free certificate templates?

Versatile and customizable

Our versatile templates are designed to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re recognizing outstanding achievements in a training course, celebrating an academic milestone, or acknowledging your kids dedication for their latest homeschool class, our templates can be customized with your own text. You can adjust the design to reflect your needs, making each certificate truly unique. Whatever you want to celebrate with your kids, or at your company – you can do it with us!

Beautiful and professional designs

Each background features eye-catching certificates designed to impress – from art, to llama, to princesses and dinosaurs. Our designs ensure that every certificate looks polished and sophisticated, whether it’s for a high school graduation, or a participation certificate in sports for snooker, rugby, football, shooting, or horse riding.

Easy to use

Creating beautiful certificates has never been easier. With this online certificate maker, you can quickly customize and download your certificates in the usual way for our site: the standard PDF format. This ensures you can print them directly from your desktop printer.

If you want to create your own though – check out the certificate maker above instead!

How might be use these certificates?

Our certificate maker is so versatile you can use it in anyway that you might want. There are some of the various types of certificates to suit different occasions that you might want to create:

  1. Certificate of completion template: Perfect for acknowledging the completion of training courses, online courses, or specific projects. If you didn’t want to use the templates we have for you in this article – make your own with our backgrounds and your own text for the perfect solution for your needs,
  2. Appreciation certificate: Recognize efforts and contributions, whether it’s for teacher appreciation, employee of the month, or a mother’s day certificate, using a certificate of appreciation is a great idea,
  3. Achievement award certificate: Celebrate academic accomplishments or professional development milestones,
  4. Attendance certificate: Reward consistent participation in classes, workshops, or events,
  5. Homeschool certificates: Ideal for anyone that is homeschooling their kids – create a certificate for units, for attendance, for anything that works for you in your individual setting.

Why choose our free printable certificates?

Here are some compelling reasons to choose our free version of printable certificates:

Unlimited downloads

Enjoy the flexibility of unlimited downloads. Create as many certificates as you need without any restrictions. Whether you’re printing certificates for a large team or a small group, our service accommodates your needs.

Customization options

Tailor each certificate to your liking. Choose your background colors / designs, and insert personalized text to make each certificate stand out. This level of customization ensures that the certificates align with your homeschool goals, your brand or your personal preferences. Whatever the certificates are for.

Professional and secure

Our templates are designed to maintain a high standard of professionalism. The PDF certificates ensure that the documents are secure and maintain their integrity. This is particularly important for certificates that require authenticity, such as certificates of baptism, birth certificates, or share certificates.

How to use our Free printable certificates

Using our templates in the Certificate Maker is pretty straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started though:

  1. Choose a template background: Browse our themes and select the theme for the certificate of completion that suits your needs.
  2. Customize the design as either landscape of portrait: Use our online certificate maker to add your own text, logo, and other details. Adjust the design elements to match your needs for your child
  3. Download the PDF: Once you’re satisfied with the design, generate it, and then grab the PDF certificate. This ensures that the certificate is ready for printing. We find PDFs easier to work with than Microsoft Word which is why we have focused on this for the system, and
  4. Print and distribute: Print the certificates using your desktop printer. You can distribute them physically or share digital copies via email or social media graphics if you prefer.

Practical applications of our free printable certificates

Printable certificates are incredibly versatile and can be used in various contexts. Here are some practical applications:

Academic settings

Reward students for their academic achievements, attendance, or participation in extracurricular activities. Whether it’s for high school, university, or specialized courses like esthetician training or eyelash extension classes, certificates serve as a motivational tool.

A group of young children wearing colorful hats and backpacks hold hands or follow a person, likely on a school trip or outing.

Corporate recognition

Acknowledge employees’ hard work and dedication with certificates of completion for training programs, professional development courses, or outstanding performance. Employee recognition boosts morale and encourages continued excellence.

Sports and activities

Celebrate participation and achievements in sports and recreational activities like baseball, basketball, mountain biking, trail biking, high jump, or even niche activities like clay pigeon shooting and fishing. Certificates can also be used for fitness challenges, gymnastics, martial arts, and more.

Personal and business gifts

Create gift certificates for personal or business use. Whether it’s a birthday, a spa day, or a special dinner at a Chinese restaurant or Mexican restaurant, customizable certificates make great rewards and thoughtful gifts. This is a slightly different application for the Certificate Maker, but the great thing about it, its so versatile you can use it for whatever you want!

Our final words

Our free printable certificates of completion and our certificate maker are a fantastic way to recognize and celebrate achievements across various domains, with the kids, adults, and even in companies. These versatile and customizable templates cater to a wide range of specific needs, ensuring that each certificate is unique and meaningful.

Give your child something that will make THEM smile by truly personalising it with whatever theme they love.

With professional designs, easy customization, and unlimited downloads, this certificate system is totally unique and provides a convenient and effective answer for all your certificate needs.

We promise it works wonderfully at home, at school, and even in the office!

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Start creating your own certificates today and celebrate the hard work, dedication, and outstanding achievements of your kids, yourself, your colleagues, or anyone else around you. Whether it’s for academic accomplishments, professional development, sports participation, or personal gifts, our free printable certificates are the perfect way to show appreciation and recognition.

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Here are some other templtes for certificates on the site you might like:

Other certificates for kids on KiddyCharts

We have a few certificates for the kids on the site, as well as some of the parents too. Check them out!

And some others offsite too:

Other certificates for kids and parents from the internet

More ideas for encouraging kids with certificates from other sites. KiddyCharts think its a great idea to use certificates for kids, and so do LOADS of other people...

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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