Tools for Creating Impressive Certificates

If you have a course then there is a chance that you are awarding certificates at the end of that course.

Whether your course is online only or in-person, certificates are a common way people demonstrate that they have completed training. This can be training for their profession, or just for fun – truth is that people like certificates! 🙂

In the old days (real old days) people used to use Microsoft Publisher to whip up basic certificate designs. Let’s just say that our tastes have evolved a bit!

In the world of design, a certificate is sort of low on the complexity scale. That said, it doesn’t mean we should settle for ugly designs!

Here are some tools you can use to create stunning certificates.

Adobe Photoshop

You knew this would be on the list. No, Photoshop isn’t free. No, it isn’t the most user friendly. But if you are already familiar with how to use it (you just need the basics) then it should be a go-to option for creating your certificate.

You can use free templates from marketplaces like Brusheezy to get ideas and to speed up the process.


My favorite. This free drag-and-drop tool will allow you to create visually attractive (even impressive) certificates for your course in no time. Just sign-up for a free account and begin designing.

Certificate Magic

Honestly, you should use one of the first two options. If you must have one more option then check out Certificate Magic. The builder is a little clunky, but depending on your needs it might be enough.


Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Twitter | LinkedIn

14 Responses

      1. Can you please let me know the plan when Certificate number and QR Code feature will be available as it is critical for our application.

  1. Updating my certificates has been on my to-do list for ever!!! This took no time at all and they look great. (I used Canva) Thanks Justin!

  2. Hi,
    Do you know any design tool I can export certificate as HTML with inline style?
    I would like to put student name, date and course name in the certificate dynamically using simplest way possible.

  3. I would really like my website users to be able to create their own custom certificates. They enter data into a form, and it inputs that data into the certificate layout and emails the file to them for printing. I’m not able to find a single product that can do this. They don’t even need to register with the website, just enter the data into a form, it gets formatted into the certificate and emailed to them. Anyone have any ideas?

  4. This is great! Once you design a certificate on Canva, how can you use it in your courses with the dynamic name, date, achievement fields?

  5. Hi Justin

    Wrong forum, but quick question. Is there a way for free enrollment into course and only pay if you want certificate?

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