Certificate of Recognition

Select any certificate of recognition template free of charge and start customizing it. You can edit the text, change the borders and the ribbons, and add a logo and/or image.

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Certificate of Recognition Sample
This is an example of a Certificate of Recognition. The template is totally editable so you are free to make any changes you want.


A certificate of recognition shows a member, staff, or student that you notice their work and recognize their effort. You can award a certificate of recognition either individually or as part of a team.

Wording Sample

Award certificate wording will differ according to the circumstances but the templates have dummy text that will help you to add the appropriate wording. Here is a wording sample to show you an example.

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We offer many wording samples below that you can use for ideas if you decide to edit the text.

How to Create a Printable Recognition Award

  1. If you want to print your recognition certificate the best way is to first download it to your PC.
  2. Open the file and print.
  3. You can print without downloading it but it does not always fit perfectly on the page.

Generic Wording

Recognizing others is an excellent way for organizations to show that they value the contribution and dedication of individuals. But recognition is more than just “thank you for your contributions.”

Sample award certificate wording examples:

  • This award certificate is presented to [Name] in recognition of [achievement or service]. Your dedication and hard work have greatly contributed to the success of [event/organization]. Your unwavering commitment and outstanding performance are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions.
  • [Recipient name], your unwavering efforts have made the difference between being just good and being excellent. Thanks for your dedication.
  • Special recognition award presented to [Recipient name] for working with and offering your expertise in [skill of recipient]. [Company name] thanks you for your dedication.
  • [Recipient name], the success of [company name] is directly attributed to the contributions and support of team members such as you. Thank you for making a difference.
  • We applaud the efforts and determination you have demonstrated during your time with [company name]. We look forward to experiencing all the incredible things you will accomplish in the years to come!

Wording for Students

The student certificate of recognition is an award issued by facilities to encourage students in academics and recognize their participation in school activities and their good behavior.

Sample award certificate wording examples:

  • [Recipient’s name], In recognition of your exceptional performance in achieving a high academic standing in [subject], we [school] grant you this certificate of academic completion.
  • This certificate is awarded to [recipient] for their excellent work toward [project name]. We are proud and honored to have such a student like you amongst us.
  • Certificate of perfect attendance. This award is presented to [recipient’s name] in recognition of their perfect attendance. Awarded on this [date] day of [month], [year].
  • Your diligence with regard to your studies has inspired both the students and staff.
  • At [facility name], we honor the few who sacrifice their energy and time to see others’ needs are met promptly. [Recipient name], you are such as student, and we truly appreciate you!
  • This certificate of recognition is awarded to [Student’s Name] for outstanding achievement in [Subject/Course]. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence have earned you this distinguished honor. You have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and understanding of the material and have consistently exceeded expectations. Your academic excellence is an inspiration to your peers and teachers. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement.

Format for a Recognition Certificate

There is no set format for a reward and recognition certificate template. However, you will want to ensure the format fits the occasion. A recognition template for a teacher in elementary school will be less formal than a recognition award template for a professor in a university. We offer different templates to suit different situations and settings.

A certificate of recognition template typically includes the following elements:

  • A header or title that identifies the certificate as a “Certificate of Recognition” or similar phrase
  • The name of the recipient, including the full legal name and any preferred or informal name
  • A statement of the achievement or accomplishment being recognized, such as “For outstanding achievement in [Subject/Course]”
  • The name of the organization or individual issuing the certificate, such as a school, company, or government agency
  • A signature line for the person authorized to sign the certificate, usually including their name and title
  • A place for an official seal or stamp, if applicable
  • A unique serial or registration number for the certificate to be tracked, if applicable
  • Date of issuance
  • Design elements such as a certificate border, award ribbon, and logo to make it look professional (you can add these elements with one click with our free online certificate maker
  • Additional information such as the name of the event, project, or organization can also be included

Please note that the format may vary depending on the issuing organization and the purpose of the certificate.

Types of Recognition

There are many different types of recognition that organizations and individuals can use to acknowledge and reward achievements and contributions. Some of the most common types include:

  • Certificates of Recognition: A formal document that acknowledges an individual’s achievements or contributions (such as employee recognition, donor Recognition or for a teacher’s effort). With our free templates, this option is totally free.
  • Awards: A tangible item, such as a trophy or plaque, that is given to recognize an individual’s achievements or contributions.
  • Bonus or financial incentives: Financial rewards, such as bonuses, pay increases, or stock options, that are given to recognize and reward an individual’s contributions or performance.
  • Time off: Additional time off work, such as vacation days or paid time off, that is given as a reward for an individual’s contributions or performance.
  • Public recognition: Recognition that is given in front of others, such as during a meeting or event, in order to acknowledge and showcase an individual’s achievements or contributions.
  • Promotions: Recognition in the form of a promotion or advancement in position or responsibilities.
  • Mentions in a company’s internal or external communications, social media, or website.
  • Employee of the month/quarter/year awards.
  • Service awards for completing a certain number of years in the company (see years of service award) or providing a service to a community (see community service award).

It’s important to note that the type of recognition used will depend on the organization’s culture, values, and goals, as well as the individual’s preferences and circumstances.