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Get Inspired With Free Certificate Designs From SimpleCert

Get Inspired With Free Certificate Designs From SimpleCert®

While we were developing the SimpleCert® certificate maker platform we sought to make the process easy and stress free, unlike programs like Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word or Publisher. If you’ve tried to design in other software you’ve likely felt the headache of trying to merge columns and rows, add padding or resize images without distortion. Even more troubling is the monthly fee you typically have to pay with cloud-based programs like Adobe or Office 365.

SimpleCert® removes the hassle, cost and frustration of designing an online certificate. Our certificate maker is entirely online–there’s no software to install. You can design, store, send and save your certificates directly from our online platform. Whether you need to create a single certificate or tens of thousands, SimpleCert® offers easy to use, intuitive tools that take the guesswork out of creating a custom certificate.

Even better? SimpleCert®’s completely free certificate maker works seamlessly on Mac or Windows PC devices, and you can even access your account from your mobile device without the need for special apps.

Certificate Examples That Are Free and Easy To Use

Tired of the boring and bland certificates that come with word processing programs? We were too, which is why we built the SimpleCert® certificate maker to allow for maximum design flexibility. You can even browse a library of thousands of photos and clip art, or upload your company logo to give your certificate a polished finishing touch.

The SimpleCert® community is always coming up with new and clever designs for every type of certificate. Take a look at some certificate examples that other SimpleCert® users have made using our free & easy design tool:

Not quite ready to flex your design muscles? Not a problem. We have dozens of professionally designed and ready to use certificate templates that you can tweak to fit your needs.

Who Benefits From Using SimpleCert®?

To put it simply (no pun intended): everyone can benefit from our fun and free certificate maker! Our community of certificate-enthusiasts is made up of businesses and individuals who came to SimpleCert® looking for an easier (and simpler) way to create certificates online. Here are some of our most popular use cases:

Schools & Education Certificates

Show your students and staff that you share in their success! SimpleCert® is perfect for creating:

  • Perfect Attendance Awards
  • Honor Roll Certificates
  • Certificates of Achievement
  • Dean’s List Awards

Classroom Awards
Explore some of the school award templates other users have made. No matter what your students are being recognized for, there’s a SimpleCert® certificate for the occasion!

Real Estate Certificates

Real estate is one of the most competitive and challenging careers in recent years, with as many as 90% of agents dropping out of the industry within their first two years. When the market and competition is fierce, recognizing and rewarding your real estate agents can greatly boost morale. 

Here are a few ideas you could use for your real estate agency:

  • Top Producer Award 
  • New Agent of the Year Award
  • Million Dollar Club Award
  • Certificates of Achievement
  • Highest Sale Volume Award

Continuing Education Certificate
You can even use SimpleCert® to create certificates for use in office contests. Pair a real estate award template with a fun prize like tickets to a sporting event, wine tasting or gift card to show your agents and staff that you appreciate their hard work.

Youth Sports Award Templates

While many kids find the bulk of their entertainment online, it can be a fun and unexpected treat to offer youth sports players digital and printed certificates that recognize their hard work & dedication to their team. SimpleCert® certificates can even be shared directly on social media, so you can let all of your friends and family know that your little leaguer has received the recognition they deserve!

Here are some of the popular youth sports award templates available:

  • Most Improved Award
  • MVP Award
  • Rookie of the Year Award
  • Cheerleader Award
  • Team Spirit Award
  • Good Sport Award

And many more free and customizable sports award templates. Whether you want to congratulate a young athlete on their amazing skill, or recognize the hard work of a coach or teammate, SimpleCert® makes it easy and fun to create custom sports awards for any occasion.

Flex Your Certificate Design Muscles For Free!

Our goal at SimpleCert® has always been to provide a fun, free and easy way for users to unleash their creativity. Signing up is free, and there’s no credit card required to get started! You can design, build, send and store your first certificate completely free of charge. 

SimpleCert® certificates can be printed or sent digitally. As soon as you’re done designing, your certificate can be exported as a PDF and printed right away, or you can send it to whoever you choose via email. Not ready to send your certificate just yet? No worries–your certificate design will be stored in your account for free. You can access it any time in the future.

Remember, there’s no software to install, and no requirements or hoops to jump through. Once you sign up you can let your imagination soar!

How to Make A Certificate In Word Vs. SimpleCert Certificate Maker

How to Make A Certificate In Word Vs. SimpleCert® Certificate Maker

If you’ve grown up using a PC, you’re likely well acquainted with Microsoft Word. Word is a powerful tool that millions of Mac and PC users rely on to accomplish day to day work and school tasks. It offers a wide range of tools to tackle nearly any type of project, from word processing and birthday party invitations to advanced graph and table functions. 

Word can even create certificates and the process is fairly simple, but users are limited to preset templates. Without advanced knowledge of Word’s features, it can be difficult to customize the prebuilt certificate templates.

Steps to Make A Certificate In Word

For all that Microsoft Word does well, it can fall victim to being a “jack of all trades, master of none” in certain scenarios. While Word does offer a certificate function, the options are limited and users need advanced skills to make changes to padding, tables, boxes and other template elements. 

To access basic Microsoft Word templates, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Word and select New
  2. In the Search box in the upper left corner, search for “certificate.” You’ll be presented with a gallery of prebuilt designs.
  3. Choose a template, and select Create to begin filling out the certificate.
  4. From there, your options to change the template color or other design elements varies from template to template. Click on any element in the certificate to see your options for customizing.

Some basic options available in most templates include the ability to customize a recipient name, the type of award or certificate being presented, font type & size and color. 

For some users who need only basic certificates for a one-off project, Word may be able to satisfy your needs. However, if you want the ability to fully customize a certificate quickly and easily, you need to seek out a dedicated certificate maker software.

The SimpleCert® Certificate Maker Is Easy and Fun To Use

The advantage of the SimpleCert® certificate maker lies in how easy it is for users of any skill level to master. You don’t need to know how to navigate tables, rows or columns to produce a polished, completely unique certificate.

The SimpleCert® system utilizes drag and drop technology that gives you the freedom to place any design element anywhere on the page–there’s no fighting with preset border restrictions or tables, which is a common frustration for users of Microsoft Word.

SimpleCert®’s certificate maker is entirely online–there is no software to download or take up space on your computer. It works seamlessly with Mac or PC devices, and is mobile friendly.

Get Creative With Customizable Certificate Templates

Microsoft Word offers many premade certificate templates to choose from, but it falls behind in terms of customization. The original intent behind Microsoft Word was to make it easy to use, regardless of one’s familiarity with the software. To meet the needs of every user, Word offers predesigned templates with the option to edit the default text.

That may be ideal for some cases, but users who want to explore their creative side, or access a higher level of customization, certificates in Word tend to fall short of satisfaction.
SimpleCert® has customizable certificate templates that offer the flexibility of “drag and drop” design tools, and our many clip art and photo integrations give you access to thousands of free-to-use images that will make your certificate truly unique.

Print, Email and Store Your Certificates

For one-off projects where you only need to print one certificate, Microsoft Word may be a quick option to “get the job done.” But as soon as you need to recreate the certificate for multiple people, perhaps for church awards, youth sports awards, or other bulk cases, Word starts to fall short of expectations.

SimpleCert® was built to tackle any size project, from single certificates to bulk certificate quantities. The SimpleCert® system allows users to design, build, print, send and store their certificate all in one easy to use management system.

Perhaps the most key advantage of the SimpleCert® system is that users can send certificates to lists of any size. Our API integrations and bulk certificate generator functions make it easy to dynamically generate thousands of certificates that can be automatically sent to a list of recipients. 

This convenient feature makes it easy to disperse certificates across entire companies or distribution lists. Need to send hundreds of certificates of completion to employees who recently went through training? SimpleCert® can automate the task with ease, saving you hours of time and company resources.

Get Started On A Custom Certificate Now

Getting started with SimpleCert® is fast, easy and FREE! You can create, print and send up to 10 certificates per month at no cost. 
Sign up now for a free SimpleCert® account and see how easy it is to unlock your creative side!

New CPE Standards 12/31/2019

New Year, new CPE standards.

Revised CPE Standards

Many SimpleCert® customers use SimpleCert® to create CPE certificates for their attendees, so we wanted to inform you of new standards now posted on the NASBA website. Interested parties are encouraged to download the Standards and the Fields of Study documents, which can be found on this page.


NASBA and the AICPA approved the revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) during their respective October and November Board of Directors meetings. 

In addition, the NASBA Board approved and the AICPA Board took a position of support on the revised NASBA Fields of Study document. The NASBA Fields of Study document is referenced in the Standards and provides guidance on the classification of CPE credits into acceptable subject matter areas.

The following documents are available for download:

How to create certificates in bulk

How to Create Bulk Certificates

If you are looking for how to create certificates in bulk and you search in Google, you will see certificate supplies, certificate builders, how to use mail merge in no less than 20 steps, applications that have certificates as add-ons, and finally the mix-up of ssl certificates to those of award certificates. 

You have a list and you have a certificate, so your intuition tells you it shouldn’t be hard to merge the information and email it out, right? You can do it through excel and the steps to mail merge and create certificates in word, but then you need to print them. What about individually saving them?

You can set it up in Google Forms and have it attached as a PDF and emailed. That seems more like it. But again, it’s not very straight forward and takes many, many, steps. You still have don’t have individually saved certificates.

Finally, you found an application you can download, and it seems pretty plug and play. It even saves the certificates. Awesome. But what if you misspelled a name or sent it to the wrong email, now what? How are your certificates organized, updated, and resent?

3 Reasons Why Creating Certificates in Bulk with SimpleCert® is the answer:

  1. It’s so quick and easy. With SimpleCert®, once you have your Certificate template perfected and your email template ready to go, it really takes only seconds to create bulk certificates. For example, one of our customers had over 3,000 past certificates and it literally took 7 seconds to create, import and save them to her SimpleCert® account.
  2. Unlimited storage. Every certificate created is stored. Past certificates can be imported in bulk and then your recipients simply have to log into your SimpleCert® portal to retrieve all of their certificates (past and present) all from one account.
  3. Customer support. If you think SimpleCert® is your answer for current and future certificates, but don’t know what to do about your past ones, let us help you. We recently helped a customer transition from another system to SimpleCert® because they were overwhelmed with how to transition past certificates. They thought it would be too cumbersome and take too long to import. Importing certificates in bulk is our specialty!

With over half a million certificates stored for our customers, SimpleCert® has the infrastructure to easily handle importing your bulk certificates too!

Learn more about SimpleCert® here.

Young man holding a framed certificate.

Looking to get Certificates printed, framed and mailed out?

This is a question we receive now and again, and the short answer is Yes – we do that. And we’d be happy to talk with you if you are searching for a way to accomplish this.

However when we are working with our clients, or talking with prospective companies about setting up a system to mail out framed certificates, there are several important factors to consider. It’s best to fully consider all aspects to determine if it is possible for you to get certificates printed, framed and mailed.

This blog will highlight some of the major considerations to keep in mind, if you are looking to outsource the printing, framing, and mailing of your certs.

1. Who Knew Style Could Be Fragile?

Everyone comes to this discussion with a similar intent: To reward your recipients – doctors, graduates, honorees, etc – with an impressive, meaningful, framed award certificate that will immediately be hung on a wall for years to come. It’s a noble, commendable goal.

However, keep in mind that a large, beautiful frame that checks all the boxes in the design category might be fragile, and easily damaged during shipping. Ensuring that it does arrive in a pristine shape means the packaging costs might become more than you have bargained for. But, when thinking about what your end product will be to your recipients, it’s best to think about it in terms of utilizing a frame that is simple, sturdy and not overly large.

Another common misstep is to automatically rule out using frames that have clear acrylic as a faceplate, in lieu of using frames that have a glass face plate. As we all know, glass is fragile, and even the best packed frames can sometimes break during shipment. If your goal is to deliver a meaningful memento, having him/her open the package to discover glass shards is not a great lasting impression.

It’s our recommendation to consider using frames that have a clear acrylic faceplate, to ensure there are no nasty surprises.

2. There’s a Reason it’s Called Snail Mail

As you may know, SimpleCert® is an online self-service tool that allows you to instantly create any number of certificates. Certificate recipients have a high quality, electronic certificate waiting in their email inbox the second you send them out from SimpleCert®. Instant gratification!

When we send certificates out for clients via mail your recipients can easily be waiting for many days, even weeks before they receive their certificate. It’s possible that the perceived value of your certificate may diminish to a recipient during that time. Of course, this can be offset to some extent depending on how much money you are willing to spend to ship them out.

Every use case is different, so be sure to ask yourself how important it is that your certificates are received quickly. Will the perceived value of your certificate diminished by the amount of time it might take to mail to a recipient?

3. The Elephant in the Room That’s Standing on your Certificates

In a word: Cost.

The cost per certificate, to print, frame, and mail a certificate can quickly become a factor if you are sticking to a budget. As has been mentioned above, each use case is different. And we can help you assess and determine if cost will be a factor for you to mail certificates.

In general, here are some ballpark costs that you can expect to pay, if you are looking to have your certificates framed and mailed, per certificate and BEFORE actual shipping costs are factored in:

  • SimpleCert® creation of certificate: $.10 cents
  • Certificate cardstock: $.45 – $1.10
  • Printing: $.49 cents
  • Mailers and packaging: $.55 – $3.50 dependent on the size of the certificate frame
  • Certificate frames: $4.50 – $15.50 per frame

With these numbers it’s safe to project that you are looking at ballpark costs of between $6.09 – $20.69, per certificate as a good estimate, not including shipping costs. Of course additional custom features, like gold foil stamping, can increase these costs as well. However, If these numbers are within your budget, then let’s talk and we can get you set up.

Suffice to say when projecting out these costs across an entire Certificate program, many companies opt for an alternative method to distribute certificates. The vast majority of these companies opt to utilize SimpleCert® for its original design as a way to provide high quality certificates to recipients online.

4. It’s the Content, not the Container

Taking these factors into account, it will become easier to determine what is the right avenue for you to take.

If budget is a factor but there is still a strong need to mail certificates, consider engaging SimpleCert® to print high quality certificates that would be mailed without a frame. Taking out the certificate frame will greatly reduce shipping and packaging costs, and eliminate any possibility of damage in shipment.

Of course, it’s our opinion that the true value of any certification you give is in the actual certificate itself, and less so in an actual frame. SimpleCert® is designed to automate the process of Certificate Management, and provide your recipients with a high quality certificate that they can store and enjoy digitally OR physically if they choose to print the certificate out.

At the end of the day however, it’s our job to support you, so shoot us a line at if you have questions, or are looking for a way to get certificates printed. We’re happy to help.

Where does the time go?

Time - SImpleCert Saves!
Where Does the Time Go?

• Did you know the average person falls asleep in 7 minutes
• Did you know the longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds
• Did you know cats spend 66% of their life asleep
• Did you know Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year
• Did you know Koalas sleep around 18 hours a day
• Did you know all the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minutes
• Did you know lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute
• Did you know elephants sleep between 4 – 5 hours in a 24-hour period
• Did you know a 1 minute kiss burns 26 calories
• Did you know a hummingbird’s heart beats at over a 1,000 times a minute
• Did you know an average person will spend 25 years asleep
• Did you know there are 31,557,600 seconds in a year
• Did you know the movie ‘Wayne’s World’ was filmed in two weeks
• Did you know small dogs usually live longer than larger breeds
• Did you know all of the clocks in the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ are fixed to 4:20
• Did you know giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels
• Did you know rubber bands last longer when kept refrigerated
• Did you know the longest possible eclipse of the sun is 7.31 minutes
• Did you know Halley’s comet passes the Earth every 76 years (the next time it will return will be 2062)
• Did you know there are 31,536,000 seconds in a year
Did you know if you currently spend 4 hours a month on a certificate process, with SimpleCert® you would save 2700 minutes a year! That’s 45 hours or 1.875 days.

SimpleCert® Recipient Portals

SimpleCert® Recipient Portals – Distributing certificates via individual portals

One of the most popular features  among SimpleCert® Monthly Subscribers is the Recipient Portal.  In this Blog we’ll describe what it is, how it works, and why it’s such a valuable feature to users with frequent certificate distribution needs.

If you are reading this blog, you are probably familiar with how SimpleCert® works:  SimpleCert® is a Certificate Management System.  It allows you to create a free certificate template, and then use that template design to distribute customized certificates to your recipients via a notification email.  Each recipients’ certificate is automatically customized by data that you upload into the system (first and last name, company, title of the class they have completed, for example) prior to sending your notification emails out.  Recipients simply click on a link that’s included in the notification email to access their certificate, and from there they can save or print their certificate out.

Pretty cool, huh?  Not so fast though – here’s where things get even cooler with the Recipient Portal.

The Recipient Portal feature is included in a monthly subscription to SimpleCert®.  As a monthly subscriber, you can brand Recipient Portals with your logo for an added marketing plug.   Then when you use SimpleCert® to distribute certificates, each recipient who you send a certificate to will have a Recipient Portal created for them in addition to the traditional certificate download link.  Every certificate that you send to that person in the future will also be placed into their portal and is available for them to access.

Let’s say for example you are an instructor for Continuing Education classes, and your students take your classes to earn credits that count towards their Continuing Education requirements.  Over several years you can expect your students to take multiple, if not dozens, of classes from you.  If you are a monthly subscriber to SimpleCert®, each of your students will have their own individual portal where all certificates they receive from you will be stored. They no longer have to track and store the certificates that you send out, and all of their certificates are accessible at any time from within their portal.  There’s no cost to them since it’s automatically included in your subscription to SimpleCert®.  You gain some valuable brand recognition with a branded Recipient Portal, and you provide a fantastic bonus to your recipients at the same time!

It’s pretty easy to see why for those in the know, the Recipient Portal feature is perhaps the greatest feature of SimpleCert®.  We invite you to log on and see for yourself today!



SimpleCert® saves you TIME

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Have a beautiful certificate template you’ve already designed? Great! Just login into SimpleCert®’s builder, choose the blank – custom certificate template and import that great certificate as a background. (HINT: Click on change background instead of add image, it will automatically resize full certificate page size.)


We hope that SimpleCert® then extends and improves the certificate process even further by allowing you, after importing a great template, to then email it to your recipients. No more updating each certificate and saving individually!


SimpleCert® improves the Certificate process by saving you TIME:

  1. Automagically creating each individual Certificate for you (aren’t merge fields great!)
  2. Emailing all recipients at once (using secure SMTP servers or even your own-coming soon!)
  3. Easily searching certificates by project, recipient name, or email (no more where is that email?!)
  4. Updating Certificate names on the fly (seriously, update name and email again in seconds!)


Other features that go beyond the certificate builder are really in the sending and storing. Email features include allowing you to customize each email for every project/certificate with recipient’s name, the award/reward title, and the ability to add your logo and attachments. However, we think the magic is actually being able store and resend certificates. There are requirements for CPE providers, for example, to keep certificates for 5 years (auditing does happen!) And what better service as a CPE provider to be able to easily send those certificates out again (for free!) for those recipients trying to get all their credits aggregated and tallied for the annual renewal or the dreading individual audit!


So what’s stopping you from improving your Certificate Process?! Use SimpleCert® today and sign up for a free account. And for those of you that have signed up but haven’t got passed creating your first Cert Set, take the plunge. Isn’t your time worth it?

IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider – Check out SimpleCert®!

According to, “The Annual Filing Season Program is intended to recognize and encourage unenrolled tax return preparers who voluntarily increase their knowledge and improve their filing season competency through continuing education (CE).”  As an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider, that’s where you come in…to provide those 16 hours of continued education per year! The content is your bailiwick, but we can help you create the certificate of completion. You are required to give tax preparers who attend your program a certificate of completion. To help you with this process, we have a NEW updated template that meets all the requirements listed on the IRS Sample Certificate.

IRS Provider Excel Template that you use to submit your participants’ information through your online CE provider account! The parts that change: Program Name, IRS Issued Program Number, CE Hours Awarded, Program Completion Date, Location, and Email are all merge fields that SimpleCert® uses to create your participants’ certificates.

Once set up, it takes seconds to create and email your certificates. It’s that simple! SimpleCert® stores all your certificates for your program as a single project for your records. This includes the master certificate of completion and all records of who completed programs and when. Did you know you need to keep these records for a period of four years? See Standard No.13 for a complete list of records to be kept in the event you ever get audited!

Now that SimpleCert® is here to help with your certificate management, you can sleep soundly at night! If you wish to apply to become an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider, please visit IRS CE Provider. Are you a NASBA CPE Sponsor? If so, you may become a CE provider recognized for continuing education purposes by an IRS CE accrediting organization.


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