Celebrate the accomplishments of your students by presenting them with a custom certificate designed on Canva

Design a fun and unique certificate

Awarding students on their accomplishments and recognizing their hard work helps them feel even more motivated to do better. But, when you are organizing a fun competition at the school, why give out the same old boring certificates? Make every competition exciting for the kids by designing a fun and unique certificate for them. And you don’t need to worry about how much time it’s going to take because designing on Canva only takes a few minutes.

With pre-designed and fully editable layouts already available, all you have to do is, pick a layout you like and edit the certificate to add details of your school. Before you know, your certificate will be ready!  

Designing a School Certificate is this easy

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own certificate designs.
  2. Choose from our library of professionally created templates.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.

Transform any certificate template into your very own design

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
  2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Create a fun and visually appealing certificate

Whether it’s a singing, dancing, or a sports competition, you can create a customized certificate with Canva that goes well with the theme. There are thousand of certificate templates created by our talented team of professional designers. You can pick any one of the them and start editing instantly.

You can also add images on your certificate to make it even more visually appealing. If you already have images with you, add them to your design by clicking on the green ‘Upload your own images’ button. In case you don’t have any images, you can use Canva’s media library which has over a million images, graphics, and illustrations. Most of these elements are free, while only a few cost $1 for each one-time use.

Collaborate with other teachers or staff

Create the perfect certificates for your school by collaborating with other teachers and making sure everyone is on the same page. To collaborate on Canva, click on the share button and enter the email address of the other teachers. Make sure to give them edit access to the design by check the ‘can edit’ box. The other users will be able to access the design from their Canva account.

If you only want to get feedback about your design, click on the ‘can comment’ box.

Print the certificates to hand them to kids

With your certificate design ready, you can print them out to hand them to the kids at the competition. Download it in the PDF-Print format to get high quality print of 300 DPI (Dots Per Image) every time.

You can also announce the winners on your school’s social media page by directly sharing certificates on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. In case you want to email the parents a copy of the certificates, just download the design as a PNG or JPG file and attach them to the emails.


Can I design on Canva with an app?

Absolutely! Canva has apps for both iPad and iPhone that you can download from the App Store. You can log into the app with your Canva account credentials to access all your designs and edit them while you are on the move.

Why is there a watermark on my design?

A watermark is used on Canva to protect paid elements from Canva’s media library. To remove the watermark, click on the download button which will redirect you to the payment page. Once the payment is done, you will be able to download the certificate without any watermark.

Can I use my certificate for next year as well?

Absolutely! Every design you create on Canva gets automatically saved. You can access them and make changes to it anytime. Click on the certificate design, change the year and other details. Once you are done, just download it.