Need help with your Certificate Template? Support is now just a click away

Happy Thanksgiving to the SimpleCert community! You will remember in our Sept 14 blog that this fall has seen many updates to how users can design and complete certificate templates from within the Build Module of SimpleCert.  Please do be sure to read thru the past blogs to stay up to stay informed of these improvements – and we’re not done with updates just yet!  Our thanks as always go to many of you who have sent us your ideas and suggestions, on how to make SimpleCert work better for you.

One great update is the ability for you to contact SimpleCert support from directly within the tool itself.  Let’s say for example you are building a Diploma Certificate and need help with a merge variable item; or perhaps as part of your certificate template you have an unusual design that you need help with.  Instead of exiting the tool and going back to the website to contact support, it’s now easy to click on the “Contact Support” link directly on the top right side of the tool.  Regardless of where you are in the tool, the “Contact Support“ link will always be right there and available to you.Contact Support

In the end our goal is to make the creation of your certificate template, and the distribution of your certificates, as easy as possible.  Whether you are taking a blank certificate and using that as the basis for your certificate template, or utilizing one of the many templates that are automatically available for you from within the tool, we understand you have better things to do than to spend hours upon hours  managing your certificate distribution program!  So use SimpleCert, keep the feedback coming, and get on with more important items in your life!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The SimpleCert Team

Modesto High – Helping to uplift their community

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Photo Credit: Modesto High

Here at SimpleCert HQ, we always have an interest in hearing of creative ways people use SimpleCert, and how certificates and awards in general are used to enrich and acknowledge others.  If you have a unique certificate or reason for using SimpleCert, we’d love to hear about it!  Shoot us an email at, and if it’s a great example we’ll feature you and your story in our blog!

Full Disclosure:  This story below has NOTHING to do about SimpleCert – But When we saw it we thought it was such a great story that we wanted to share it with you.

Recently, at Modesto High in Modesto California, 45 parents completed a 4-week computer skills program, and for completing this program they received both a certificate of completion as well as a computer!  You can read the full story here.  The 4 week classes were taught as part of the schools “Learn to Earn” program, and were taught in Spanish, which is the home language of more than half of all Modesto High School Students.  This is such a great story of a school working to better the lives of not only their students, but of the community as well.  Great job Modesto High!  Recognition and appreciation is also due to Scott’s 2nd Chance Computers and to Modesto, for refurbishing and donating the computers to the parents who completed the class.  Thank you for working to make our world that much more connected, and improved!

As we mentioned in our past few blogs we’ve been busy all this fall with rolling out updates and feature enhancements to SimpleCert.  From revising how you create your certificate templates, to increasing the abilities of what SimpleCert can do for you we’ve been busy and have many more exciting updates to announce.   Plan to check back next week for another blog to highlight the newest updates!

Lastly, for anyone at Modesto High:   If you could ever use SimpleCert to help manage and distribute certificates,  we’d love to support you – on us – however we can.  It’s the least we can do to help and acknowledge the positive impact you are having to your community.  Please do let us know!

The SimpleCert Team

Time for Updates at SimpleCert!

Time for Updates at SimpleCert!

It’s time for updates at SimpleCert! Like many places, it’s a truth here that after a busy spring  season, our brains turn to mush and we have no choice but to find creative ways to spend time at the beach, or the mountains, or at a concert… anywhere to refill the creative coffers and rest our weary heads.  Preferably with a tasty beverage in hand.  Coming out of Labor Day and with summer now behind us, our team is rested, refreshed, and focused exclusively on ways to make SimpleCert an even better tool for your certificate creation needs.

If you read our last post from July, you know that you can now add attachments to your notification emails in your certificate templates!  This update was requested by one of you in the SimpleCert community, and has already proved to be a great feature enhancement for many.  Following along those steps, we’re happy to announce 2 MORE improvements that we think you will love:

  • For those of you that manage multiple certificate templates as a part of your subscription, you know that it’s an easy process to add additional Cert Sets to your account.  Now there’s an easy way to copy an existing certificate as a template when adding a new Certificate Template to your account!  From within the Build Module, simply purchase a new Cert set for your account – and then just click on the “Duplicate” icon that’s on the top left corner of your already existing Cert Set.  Presto! CertSet  A new Certificate Template that’s a copy of your existing Cert Set, that you can now easily customize.  We realize that for many of you who do manage multiple certificate programs, being able to utilize an existing design when creating a new template is a great way to save time and energy.  No more starting with a blank Certificate!
  • If you look closely in the Certificate builder when you are clicking on a text or data field, you’ll notice our next feature enhancement on the top right corner of the building area: A button that says when you hover over it: “Align Center”.  With this new feature, when you are adding or editing a field on your certificate and click this button, that field will automatically be aligned in the center of your certificate.  AlignCenterBAM! Go ahead and file this one under “Why didn’t you think of this before?”, you won’t hurt our feelings.  But we hope it helps as you continue to build your certificate masterpieces.

Be sure to check back here again soon for further updates – there are several others in the works that we will be releasing soon.  And don’t forget if you ever need help building your certificate templates you can reach out to at any point.  And remember you can also check out our tutorials and how-too videos on our YouTube channel at any point for great tips and pointers.

Happy Certificating!

You can now add attachments to your certificate template emails!

email_iconRegular users of SimpleCert know that an important piece of your Certificate Template  – or Cert Set – is the notification email that is sent out to recipients.  It’s thru this email that you notify your award recipients they have received a certificate, as well as provide instructions for how to access and even print their custom certificate(s).  The notification email can also serve as an effective marketing tool within your Certificate Template  as they can be customized with text, fonts, and even pictures and logos to better  mirror your marketing style.

As part of a recent upgrade, we are excited to highlight a great feature enhancement that has now been added to the notification email – the ability to upload and add attachments!  Now, the notification email can be an even more effective  element of your Cert Set.  Let’s say for instance that as part of a certificate awards program for a class, you are also needing to distribute out  class notes.  Instead of having to mass email the notes out separately, you can simply just attached those notes to the notification email that is a part of that Certificate Template.  Boom!

As you use SimpleCert, we encourage you to not look at the notification email as just the way to distribute certificates.  We encourage you to look at the notification email as a free and powerful element of your Certificate Template.   We’re hopeful that by adding the ability to use attachments as a part of this email, you’ll be able to maximize the effectiveness of this tool even more.

As always, a heartfelt shout out to all of you who have provided feedback and suggestions for how SimpleCert can be improved. We’d be lost without you!  And remember, if we can help you with anything – creating your Certificate Template, solving a problem or even offering advice, do not hesitate to reach out to   (Please note any advice given shall be exclusively related to and solely pertaining to certificates – award certificates, diploma certificates, blank certificates, etc.  You really should only trust us to provide council on that!).

Happy Certificating!

The SimpleCert Team

John Oliver needs a Certificate Tool!

John Oliver 1John Oliver needs a certificate tool!

We are huge fans of John Oliver and his hit show “Last Week Tonight”, and so we couldn’t  help but laugh even harder during the June 12th episode when John Oliver announced his staff had created 2 certificates for fans who could download them.  After downloading the certificates ourselves we feel it our moral and (ahem) professional duty to politely point out that John Oliver needs a Certificate Tool for his certification needs!

Instead of handwriting a person’s name on a certificate, think of how good it will look to have each name printed out, and a part of the certificate!  Imagine being able to automatically email certificates instead of printing each one of them. Imagine giving your recipients the ability to store and access their certificate(s) through an online portal… for free!  We think the producers of last Week Tonight would love to see who accessed their certificate(s) and who they issued a certificate to (maybe John Oliver will want to send out more Elf Spotting certifications in the future, who knows.. work with us here!) Whether is certificates of completion, or elf spotting certificates, SimpleCert has you covered!

All kidding aside, our point is this – WHEN you have a need to create and distribute certificates for whatever purpose, look no further than SimpleCert.  SimpleCert gives you the ability to create and distribute professional certificates – all within an efficient and easy to use program.   And don’t forget you can always reach out to with any questions you may have – we’re even happy to help you with creating your certificate.  If anyone from Last Week Tonight happens to read this, we’d LOVE to help create an even better Elf Spotting certificate!  Bring it!

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It’s Certificate Season! Your favorite online certificate tool is ready for the challenge.


Say what you will about early summer, but there’s no denying that it evokes a strong response from all of us.   The gardener is full-on into planning mode come late frost or not, and the boys of summer long for those sunny days and warm nights at the ballpark.  The sun is warm on our faces, and the expanse of summer is laid out before us, seemingly endless when viewed from the late days of May. Here at SimpleCert HQ, this is a memorable time for a completely different reason:  It’s Certificate Season. Your favorite online certificate tool is ready for the challenge!

Think about it – Schools are wrapping up classes for the year (Graduation Certificates, Certificates of Achievement, Certificates of Completion), spring sports are at the end of their season, with summer sports already underway (Athletic Certificate Awards, Participation Awards, District and State Championship Certificates).  Summer camps will start soon (Camp and Learning Certificates, Participation Certificates, Jedi Master Training Certificates and Hot Dog eating contest certificates).

This is therefore likely a busy season for you too – and we want you to know that when it comes to certificates, we’ve got your back.  Whatever your specific need, industry or use happens to be – SimpleCert is your one stop shop for creating, distributing and managing certificates.   Remember too if you are stuck with something or need help with your certificate, that’s what our support team is here for.  Send any questions, comments or requests for help to . We’ve more than happy to build your certificate for you – for free!  That’s what being a part of the SimpleCert community buys you.  And if you know anybody who is looking for an online tool to create professional certificates, and to manage the process of distribution and tracking, they will find no better system than SimpleCert.

Have a great Certificate Season!
The SimpleCert Crew

Here’s a Pro Tip: We’ll build your Cert Set for you!

Summer-Book-A-ThonHere at SimpleCert HQ, support is continually focused on providing the help and guidance that you need.  For some that may be digging into an excel file containing a recipient list to uncover incorrect email addresses.  For others, it may be helping with a stubborn logo or graphic that a user wants to place on a certificate.  Regardless of the need, Support is here to help.  Lately we’ve noticed several instances where users have even  requested help in the building of a complete Cert Set.   And while SimpleCert empowers you to create amazing certificate(s) from within your account, let me again restate the mission of SimpleCert Support:  We are dedicated to assist and help you in your use of SimpleCert, in any way. So at the risk of soliciting eye rolls from the support cubicles, I’m making public knowledge what some of you have already figured out:  SimpleCert support will build your cert set for you!  All you need is an account, and then simply send an email to

If you already have a certificate that you want to use in SimpleCert, be sure to attach that to your email.  Or if you have ideas for how you want your certificate to look, just attach any drawings or artwork that you have.  Also remember that since a Cert Set consists of BOTH a certificate and the notification email that you will send to your recipients, be sure to include any language that you  want Support to add to that notification email.   Give us a day or so, and once we’ve gotten back to you just log into your account and voila!  A perfect certificate, ready for you to use. …

SimpleCert version 2.0 is available with more features!

Hello from SimpleCert HQ! It’s been a crazy and exciting few weeks here in the Silicon Forest, and it is with great excitement that we are announcing the release of SimpleCert 2.0! A ton of effort, a lot of your suggestions and requests, and many long days and nights have gone into this important milestone. Thanks to all of you in the SimpleCert Community for your limitless enthusiasm and ideas. SimpleCert version 2.0 is available with more features!

There might still be some of you.. well, maybe a few…who have not yet heard what all the fuss is about. We think you might be out there, so let’s take a minute to recap why SimpleCert 2.0 is the greatest thing since Voodoo Doghnuts:

  • SimpleCert is now FREE to use! SimpleCert’s free account gives you full access to the Build, Send and Store modules that allow you to create and manage your certificate program. Also included is the ability to send up to 10 certificate notifications per month – for free. That’s over 100 certificates free per year!
  • SimpleCert now has both monthly, and “Pay as you go” Plans. With your account you have the option of signing up for a monthly account, or you can simply purchase credits as needed to complete your projects. The Pay as you Go option is great for users who don’t have regular needs for certificate distribution. The monthly option gives you a re-occurring allotment of credits per month, to complete your projects. For those of you who have infrequent needs for a tool like SimpleCert, the Pay as you go option is tailored exactly for you!
  • You can send out as many projects per month as you need! SimpleCert is available for use whenever needed – whether that‘s once a day, once a week, or once a year. Because you are no longer limited to sending out a set number of projects per month, you can utilize SimpleCert for your exact needs. Need to send out half a project today, and the other half next week? No problem! Got a busy month next month and need to send out 7 certification lists? Done! There are no longer any restrictions on how many times you can utilize SimpleCert.

From the very beginning, our goal has been to create a tool that provided a solution to the very painful and time consuming process of certificate management– and with the release of SimpleCert 2.0, we believe we are much closer to that goal. As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions on how to make SimpleCert work better for you. And thank you again to all of you who have had a direct hand in shaping this release. You rock.
Don’t forget to check out the Video Tutorials! Take a look at the FAQ if you have a questions, or reach out to at any time.


The SimpleCert team

Announcing SimpleCert Tutorials!

SimpleCert_Instructional VideoHappy Halloween everybody! And a special thanks to a select few speedy readers who read our inaugural blog post on Sept 23, and scored themselves a $15 Starbucks gift card! In fact that proved to be so much fun.. we may just decide to do it again? So stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for another chance to grab some free coffee at a later date. Here at SimpleCert HQ we are announcing SimpleCert video tutorials to provide information to new users. We’ve posted it on our home page, and you can access it here through our YouTube channel. We’ll be adding more tutorials within the next few days, so be sure to check back.

The goal of the video tutorials are to provide you with tools to better master SimpleCert. Based on your feedback, we hope these will be great instructional videos for both the novice and experienced user alike. Have a process question, or unsure of how an aspect of SimpleCert works? Take a look at the video! Remember too that you can always dig into our FAQ for more in depth information, and if you are still looking for an answer then give support a shout. You can reach them at, or toll free at 877-410-4844. We’re always here to help and we love hearing from you.

Lastly, thank you for all of your comments and ideas about SimpleCert. If you have a suggestion or an idea on how SimpleCert could work better for you, we’re all ears. Might even be another way to score some fee coffee!

The SimpleCert Crew

Introducing SimpleCert – the Online Certificate Generator Tool

Health and WellnessIntroducing SimpleCert – the Online Certificate Generator Tool

If you are reading this blog right now, we will buy you a cup of coffee. No Kidding! The first 10 people to send an email to will get a Starbucks card in the mail, compliments of SimpleCert. What you may not realize while you are reading this blog, is that this is the first ever blog for SimpleCert! Being a new company, we’re racking up a ton of “Firsts” these days.  So in true Silicon Valley form, this is the point in our story where the couches are pushed to the walls, the kitchen table is cleared off, the Fruit Loops are put away and beer is passed around to the SimpleCert crew.. RIGHT?? Hardly. Truth be told, we’re nowhere near Silicon Valley (we ARE in the “Silicon Forest” but we know you have no idea where that is), the only couches in the office (not house) are used only for staff meetings, and the ping pong table hasn’t been used since.. forever (except as the table to conduct staff meetings on).

What has happened though, is this: A ton of hard work , sweat, and tears have been put into creating a tool that can solve a painful workflow process that many people face today: Finding a way to manage a Certificate Distribution process without using mail merges, spreadsheets, tacky certificate designs, sticky notes, BCC’ing mass emails, reams and reams of paper, etc.

SimpleCert is a Certificate Management System.

SimpleCert solves the difficult problem of automating how you build, send and store your certifications – and it works for any certificate, and for any certificate program. Let’s think thru a few scenarios:

  • You are the manager of your companies’ webinar program, and as a part of that program you provide online certificates of attendance to people – and you’ve been literally buried by the ongoing tasks on creating certificates, setting up and running mail merges, and then following up with attendees who claim to have never gotten your certificate, or need them re-sent. You my friend, need a Certificate Management System.
  • You are an elementary school teacher and at several points in the year you create certificates of achievement for your classes, and you are sick and tired of printing out hundreds of certificates – and then trying to distribute them to eager parents so they can hang them on their fridge. You need a Certificate Management System!
  • You manage live training classes all over the country for a professional certification board. As a continuing education provider you are not only required to distributive certification award, but you have to keep detailed records on every single recipient that you have awarded credits to – when they were distributed, often for a period of several years. You absolutely, positively need a Certification Management System.


Maybe you run an afterschool athletic program, or a Health and Wellness workshop… or a Jedi Master summer camp. We think you get the idea. Just like the best tools in your toolbox, SimpleCert can be used to for an unlimited amount of uses – because it’s the right tool for the job. Introducing SimpleCert – the online certificate generator tool.

So as you are looking around for an answer to how you can better manage creating and distributing your certificates, go ahead and sign up for the free 2 week trial. We are confident that you will love what you see. Let us know what you think too! Some of our early adopters have already been instrumental in shaping what SimpleCert is now, and where it’s headed. And be sure to check back for tutorials, tips and tricks… and maybe even a good story or two – probably not about Fruit Loops, but maybe about commuting by bike in the rain. It rains a lot in the Silicon Forest!

The SimpleCert Crew

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