What Is A Certificate Of Recognition?
Doesn’t everybody love to be recognized for doing a good job or for achieving something? A certificate of recognition does just that. It can be given by a boss, an organization, a teacher, a coach… really just about anyone who wants to acknowledge a job well done. It is a very nice gesture to recognize an accomplishment by anyone who really deserves it. Certificates of recognition can also be issued as a way to motivate a group of people to do their best, such as with the traditional award of employee of the month. These certificates can also be given for significant personal accomplishments, like if your spouse has finally been able to quit smoking.
Tips For Writing A Certificate Of Recognition
Writing a certificate of recognition is pretty simple and also pretty flexible – you can be creative based on the circumstances. Here are some handy tips that might give you some ideas:
- Make sure you have the person’s name correct and spell it right on the certificate. An incorrect or incorrectly spelled name comes across as highly unprofessional.
- Clearly state what the recognition is for. The subjects are nearly endless, from winning a competition to volunteering.
- The giver’s information should also be included. Typically their name and title will be typed, and a space will be left for their signature.
- Include the date the certificate was issued.
- You can include graphics to make the certificate look visually appealing.
- Have the certificate printed on quality paper to give it an extra special touch.
- Feel free to customize the certificate – for example, you can add fun background designs or borders.
- Keep all text short and not too wordy. It has to fit nicely on a single sheet of paper and not look too crowded.
- Don’t get carried away with fancy graphic designs either. Doing so can also make the certificate look too crowded.
- Make sure to center the text or artistically justify it left and right. (For example, it’s pretty standard for the title and recipient’s name to be centered, but the date or giver’s name are often right or left justified.)
- Use bigger fonts for the most important elements and smaller fonts for the periphery information.
- Carefully proofread the entire certificate to prevent typographical or grammatical errors before it is sent to any printer.
How To Write A Good Certificate Of Recognition
The first thing you must do is consider the decision to award the certificate itself. Is doing so a precedent you want to set, and will anyone feel slighted? For example, if you are aware a second person contributed significantly to a project spearheaded by the certificate’s recipient, you do not want the second person to feel unrecognized. This can lead to them feeling disgruntled and therefore less likely to put in much effort towards future projects.
Once you have decided who is being awarded a certificate of recognition for what, your next step is to begin production of one. You can use a template for such a certificate and then customize it, or start from scratch. A number of programs, such as Microsoft Publisher, make designing a simple certificate very easy for non-artists. You can also find plenty of templates available for free online. A final option is to order one custom-made from a printing company that will look highly professional. Certificates purchased this way will be printed on textured, quality paper and have raised seals, giving them a highly official air.
Once you know from where you will be obtaining the certificate, it’s time to put it together. Ensure the recipient’s name and title are entirely correct. It would be highly embarrassing if either of those details were wrong. If you are sending it to a printer, decide what you want it to say and send your order information on its way. If you’re printing it out yourself, simply create the certificate in the program you are planning to use, such as Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Publisher. Enter in all the correct information where it needs to be and then verify it before printing it out. It’s best to print out a test before printing the real thing.
Once you have the physical certificate in hand, check it over one more time. Look for any errors or printer quality issues. If the certificate passes the test, it can then be awarded to its recipient. You might choose to put the certificate in a frame to give it even more of an air of legitimacy. This is something you can do yourself if you have printed it out, or in many cases certificate printing companies can send it in a frame for you as well.
For a more informal and public recognition, you can also send the certificate to the recipient over e-mail, with all other relevant parties copied. It’s usually not best to do this on its own, but to complement the awarding of the certificate in person it can make for a more public recognition, as well as providing the recipient a digital copy.
Examples Of Content
Certificates of recognition are pretty basic documents that often don’t take a lot of work to put together. Here are some examples.
The Management and Owners of _______________ (name of company) hereby award this Certificate of Recognition to:
_______________________ (name of recipient)
_______________________ (title of recipient)
For: ___________________________ (describe the achievement)
Awarded on _____________________ (date)
Signed: ______________________ (signature)
_______________________ (typed name of giver)
_______________________ (title of giver)
Example Using Template
The Management and Owners of Bartle and Company hereby award this Certificate of Recognition to:
For: Implementing changes in the manufacturing department that have sped up production and increased profit
Awarded on the 2nd of September 2017
Signed: Marley Bartle
Chief Executive Officer, Bartle and Company
To All Staff,
I want to take a moment to recognize ______________ (name) for beginning the ___________________ (name of project) and seeing it through to completion.
All of us here at management know just how much work was put into this project by everyone, but we wished to give _______________ (name) special recognition for planning and implementing the changes in ______________ (name of department).
As you know, our company has been having issues with ______________ (define the issue(s)) as of late. _________________ (name) was the source of the idea to consolidate two teams and use the new technology _____________ (name of software or hardware) to significantly speed up production. Because of these changes, ___________________ (name of department) saw its highest revenue gain in ten years after the changes were implemented.
We wish to encourage any of our employees to come forth with any ideas to improve these changes further. We value teamwork as an important tool for improvement, just as much as we value individual contribution.
On behalf of the management and owners, ____________________ (name), we wish to publicly recognize and thank you for all the effort you put into this project. You are the shining example of a standout employee.