Digital Certificates

How to Generate Certificates Online

How to Generate Certificates Online

There are several reasons for you to give someone a certificate: to award a student with proof of skill or accomplishment, to reward an employee for completing a given training, to verify attendance to a webinar, or to honor participants of a charity event.

You can design professional-looking certificates from scratch or use given ready-to-use templates to promote your brand or yourself by using several tools online. To give you a head start on this topic, I will list different options you may consider for designing professional-looking, beautiful certificates.

If you haven’t checked our previous blog about “How to Design Certificates Online” you can directly check your other online certificate designer options.

Top Tools to Generate Certificates Online – How to Generate Certificates Online



Crello is one of the most popular web designers around and you can create different designs from custom Instagram posts to posters. It also offers a wide variety of certificate templates that you can easily use. There is one downside of using Crello; while there are a lot of different templates available for other content types, all certificate designs are offered for premium accounts and premium accounts cost $7.99 per month. But you can still design a certificate for free from scratch!




Like Crello, Bannersnack is also a popular web designer. There is not much difference in terms of using them, they are both simple and reliable. Unlike Crello, Bannersnack offers you a couple of free certificate templates to use while there are also premium templates. You can directly download your certificate design in PNG and JPG formats but other file formats like PDF are only offered for premium users. You can create up to 10 designs with a free account and premium plans cost from $7 to $36 per month.



Visme, unlike Creatopy and Crello, provides more free design elements while editing your certificate. It also offers a wide variety of design templates other than certificates just like the previous web design tools. Unfortunately, there are not many ready-to-use certificate templates available. High resolution and PDF download is only for premium accounts’ use but you can still download in PNG and JPG formats but the app adds its watermark to your designs. There are different paid account options for individuals and businesses from $14 to $75 per monthly use.



Other than the other options Venngage provides a lot more of free certificate templates for your use. Venngage is also a web designer which you can, not only design certificates but also different types of art pieces. The most important difference of Venngage is that you can directly download your design in PDF format. Business and premium plans offer more design templates and icons and so on for $49 and $19 monthly.


Adobe Spark – Free

Like Canva, Adobe Spark is also a popular web designer. There is not much difference in terms of use they are both simple and reliable and you can export designs as PDF files on both platforms. There are 2 differences you need to consider while choosing between them:


As you might have guessed, photoshop is one of the first options that comes to mind. But keep in mind, unless you already have Adobe Creative Cloud, it is not worth buying it just to create certificates. There are much better ways that allow you to create certificates for free.


Canva is the most popular web designer, and of course, it has some certificate templates for you to use and customize. Canva’s interface is user-friendly and you have the option to use it for free. Canva also gives you the option to file in PDF format.

Designer by Sertifier

Sertifier Designer is a free-to-use tool for designing professional-looking certificates. There are plenty of different ready-to-use certificate templates available, all for free. Sertifier Designer allows you to upload any image of your preference to your design. Different than all other options, you can add variable fields for recipient names, and by uploading an Excel list, you can create multiple certificates with different name fields just in seconds. You can download your output certificates in PNG and PDF formats which both are in ready-to-print quality. If you haven’t checked our previous post about Sertifier Designer please go check it now to find out more.



How to Send Smart Certificates Using Sertifier?

1. Go to the web application via the “Sign In” button on the top of the main page.

2. Click “Send” after that click “Send New Certificate”.

Here you can see your previously sent certificates, scheduled certificates, and drafts.

3. Name your issue and click Create.

Name the issue so that you can remember it later. Certificate recipients don’t see this name.

4. Here you can see the 5 last steps to send your certificates. Firstly, click “Select Details”.

Details are the information that your smart certificates contain. You can either select one of the pre-existing details or create new details. Enter event type, course duration, evidence links, and other necessary information here.

5. Select design.

Use one of the designs you created before, or create a new one. If you need help, you can find the certificate design guide here.

6. As you have the details and the design of the certificate, you can add receivers.

Download the template .xls file and add the necessary receiver data. Once it is complete, you can upload the list.

7. Now your certificates are ready to send, if you want to, you can change the notification email language, and add custom text and subject to the email.

This feature is included in Premium and Premium+ plans.

8. See a preview and send your certificates. Make sure to check the “I reviewed the preview” box.

You can also schedule your certificates to be sent at a selected time.

Once these steps are complete, you can go to the reports dashboard to get information about your certificates. In this context, we showed you how to send a smart certificate from Sertifier. If you think this is enough, you can give us five stars! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write to us.

Bonus content: Sertifier

Have you considered automating your certificate-sending process? Do you expect more information about the background of a certificate other than the things written on it?

Sertifier is an all-in-one education data collection tool in which you can automate your certificates and make them smart certificates with a lot of information attached to them.

You can design professional certificates from templates, add the details about the event that resulted in you issuing a certificate, attach related skills, upload your participant Excel list, and directly send those certificates to your recipients’ inboxes.

Plus, certificates do not get lost in space anymore. You can track them in your reports whether they are being used or shared on social media; see how much you reach out to the world by shares and how much marketing spending certificates are saved on behalf of. If you’re interested, try Sertifier now!

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Barış Bingöl

Barış Bingöl is the Chief Marketing Officer at Sertifier Inc. and works each day to build bridges between their products & services and the individuals & institutions that benefit from them.

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