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25+ Best PowerPoint Certificate Templates (Free PPT + Premium for 2021)

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Do you need a certificate template for PowerPoint? Maybe you want to reward someone in your business who has done a good job. Or maybe you want to acknowledge that someone has completed a course or program?

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Use this premium Certificate template in PowerPoint (and similar templates) to recognize employees or students.

Giving a certificate can show a coworker or employee how much you appreciate them. A teacher who's seen a big improvement in a student can recognize the student’s improvement.

In this article, I'll share some of the best premium and free certificate templates for PowerPoint and other software. Your best option is to use a premium certificate template for PPT, such as those found on Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. 

But if your budget is tight, you can also download certificate templates for PowerPoint for free. Plus, I'll share some great print template options from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.

Best Premium Certificates on Envato Elements for 2021 (With Unlimited Use)

Whether you're looking for editable certificate templates for PowerPoint or standard print certificate templates, Envato Elements is your best option. Envato Elements is an all-you-can-download resource for creatives. 

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You find hundreds of premium PowerPoint templates on Envato Elements.

Premium certificate templates for PowerPoint from Envato Elements are the place to start your PowerPoint presentation certificate project. Free templates are often not as robust as professional templates like those from Envato Elements.

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Hundreds of premium print certificate templates can be found on Envato Elements.

Using a template helps you save time. All you need to do is add the information you want to convey, and the certificate is ready to print. All the templates in this article are editable certificate templates for PowerPointIf your boss wants you to make a certificate quickly, then using a template is a way to produce a certificate fast.

You may already know that you can create print certificates from a template. But many of those require a word processor or other graphic design tool. Did you know that there are also certificate templates in PowerPoint (PPT) that you can use?

Using a certificate template for PowerPoint also helps you produce an impressive certificate. The following premium templates were created by professional designers. So, the hardest design decisions have been made for you.

5 Great Premium Business PowerPoint Templates and Certificate Templates for 2021

Here are some of the best PowerPoint templates and print certificate templates available on Envato Elements:

1. Certificate & Diploma PowerPoint Templates

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This certificate and diploma bundle contains 20 unique templates. All 20 editable certificate templates for PowerPoint slides can be easily customized. This premium  PowerPoint award template comes in two formats: 4:3 and 16:9 HD.

2. Colorfull Gift Certificate

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Use the Colorfull Gift Certificate as a coupon to promote your business. Or use it as a printed award certificate to present to someone for working hard. Here are some highlights of this premium template:

  • six color schemes
  • fully customizable
  • size 9.25 x 4 Inches
  • can be used in Adobe Photoshop

3. Eluska: Fresh Corporate Credentials PowerPoint

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Eluska has 100 slides in total and 50 unique editable slide layouts. With this template, you get two color scheme options. Eluska is a business multipurpose template. Easily add an image of your choice by dragging the image the image placeholder. This premium PowerPoint template comes with text that can be changed and icon variations.

4. Abstract Certification Template

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Use this Abstract Certification Template to show a coworker or student that you appreciate their hard work. Here are some key features:

  • can be used in Adobe Photoshop
  • CMYK Color Mode
  • all text is editable
  • print-ready
  • A4 and A5 size

This template has an attractive and professional design.

5. Certificate Template in PowerPoint

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This bold and modern premium certificate template set features two certificate template styles. It's based on a free font for your convenience. Customize it in Adobe InDesign to reflect your organization's brand. 

Do you want more options? Here are some more PowerPoint templates and certificate designs:

More Great Premium Business PowerPoint Templates & Certificate Templates for 2021

You can also find many professionally designed certificate templates for PPT and print certificates on GraphicRiver.

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There are hundreds of great premium PowerPoint templates on GraphicRiver that you can use for certificates or presentations.

GraphicRiver lets you download and pay for templates individually as you use them, without the commitment of a subscription. It's a great option if your budget is tight or you only need one certificate template in PowerPoint for a one-off project.

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There are hundreds of premium professional certificate templates on GraphicRiver.

Here's a curated list of some premium PPT certificate templates and print certificate templates found on GraphicRiver:

1. Web Design

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This premium PowerPoint template theme is based on a web page. It comes with 120 slides in  total. Web Design PowerPoint template gives you three color schemes to choose from. Everything in this template can be edited, from the objects to the text. This template comes in two sizes: standard format and widescreen format.

2. PowerPoint Certificate Template

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The certificate template for PPT has a traditional certificate design, making it versatile for a wide range of industries. Here are some key features of this template:

  • comes in both landscape and portrait orientation
  • image placeholder
  • text, shapes, color, and objects are easily editable

This template is a great option if you're looking for a classic certificate template.

3. i9 Template System

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I9 is a premium business PowerPoint template with a total of over 13000 slides and 22 unique slides. This template comes with diagrams, charts, maps, and infographics. I9 comes with eleven color scheme options to choose from so you can quickly customize your presentation.

4. Modern Multipurpose Certificate Template

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Use Modern Multipurpose Certificate template in Adobe Illustrator. This template comes with three different color schemes you can choose from. The Modern Multipurpose Certificate template comes in A4 paper size and in landscape format.

5. Verzus Minimal PowerPoint Template

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Verzus is a business template that includes over 200 unique slides. Its key features include:

  • comes in sizes 16:9 and 4:3
  • drag and drop images
  • comes with charts, infographics, maps

This business PowerPoint template is a multipurpose template. It'll work for many professional needs.

20 Free Business Presentation Templates and Certificate Templates

Before looking for a free certificate template for PowerPoint (PPT) on the web, check out Envato's free offerings first. Try various premium template files (not always PowerPoint certificate templates) at no cost to you.

Here's the deal:

  • Every month Envato Elements offers 12 different hand-selected premium files, (fonts, presentations, videos, and more). These are available to download for free by anyone with an Elements account. Create your free account to download this month's free premium files now.

  • Or try Envato Market for free. They offer seven handpicked monthly freebies. Log in with your Envato Market account to get this month's handpicked premium freebies

Remember, you'll get your best value from professionally designed premium certificate templates. But sometimes you don't have the budget. In that case, a free download of a certificate template for PowerPoint can be just what you need.

Here's a curated list of free certificate templates in PowerPoint:

1. Business PowerPoint Template

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This business PowerPoint template comes with a master slide and layout slides. It's got a total of four unique slides. The business PowerPoint template comes in two sizes: standard and widescreen.

2. Sage Green PowerPoint Certificate / Diploma Template

The Sage Green free download certificate template for PowerPoint is easy to customize. It has a nice design that'll make the recipient happy.

3. Modern Business Template for PowerPoint and Google Slides

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Modern Business Template is completely editable from the text to the objects. This template comes in two different formats standard and widescreen. Modern Business Template comes with three unique slides that you can use in your presentation. 

4. Certificate of Scholarship (Formal Green Border)

Download the PowerPoint award certificate template for free. Use it to recognize students for their hard work. The professional-looking green border makes the certificate appropriate for all ages.

5. Businessman and Projection Screen for PowerPoint and Google Slides

Use the Businessman and Projection Screen as a template for either PowerPoint or Google Slides. This template features an infographic of a businessman. It'll make your presentation more appealing to look at.

6. Certificate, Employee of the Month (Gray Chain Design)

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Download this certificate of appreciation template for free for PowerPoint (PPT). Use it to show a coworker or employee that you appreciate their hard work. This template is black and white, so you don't need a color printer. This certificate has a classic design. 

7. Target Template for PowerPoint and Google Slides

The target template includes three target themed designed slides. This template comes in standard format and widescreen format. It would go well with a business presentation where you talk about target goals.

8. High School Achievement Certificate

Give this well-designed certificate to a student who excelled in their class. Or give it to a student who made all A's. The high school achievement certificate has a blue and orange color scheme.

9. Gorge Template for PowerPoint and Google Slides

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Gorge Template has a photo background design. This template is great to use if you want to use an image-based background design.

10. Gift Certificates (Three Per Page)

Use this gift certificate template with Microsoft Word. The page layout contains three certificates per page. This template is great for anyone who needs to give out gift certificates many times a year to several people. This certificate is a money gift certificate.

11. Animated Certificate PowerPoint Template

The animated certificate comes in standard format and widescreen format. It comes with seven different certificate designs for PPT to choose from. The template includes editable colors and layouts. Edit the Animated Certificate PowerPoint to suit your needs. You can even add your own logo.

12. Certificate PowerPoint Template

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Edit this PowerPoint award certificate template for free to suit your needs. The certificate has a metallic frame. Use this certificate for any purpose.

13. 3D Business Plan Diagram Idea for PowerPoint

Use this business template to map out business ideas. This template comes with six unique slides to choose from. Use this template in Microsoft PowerPoint.

14. Free Simple Sports Certificate Template

This sports template has bold letters. This PowerPoint award template is great to give to a star player on your team. This template could also be given to a player who has greatly improved.

15. Corporate Business PowerPoint Template

This business PowerPoint template is in a widescreen format. The design of this business template is simple and professional. It won't distract your audience. This template comes with two slide designs.

16. Certificate of Appreciation for Training Template

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Give this PowerPoint certificate of completion to an employee who has completed professional certification or courses for work. Besides PowerPoint, use this template with Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign.

17. Business Conference PowerPoint Template Purple

Use this business template in Microsoft PowerPoint. It's features a silhouette image of people in a meeting on a purple background.

18. Simple Certificate of Excellence Template

This free download of a certificate template for PowerPoint (PPT) can also be used in Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign. This template has a classic and professional design. It comes in both portrait and landscape formats.

19. Free Global Business PowerPoint Template

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This template comes with two different slide designs. This template is great to use of your expanding your business to many countries or if your business is in more than one country. The simple background won't distract from the information in the presentation.

20. Diploma Template for PowerPoint

Use this PowerPoint certificate of achievement template for business purposes or educational purposes. This template has a clean, simple design. You can easily edit this certificate template.

How to Customize a Premium Certificate Template in 5 Easy Steps

One of the best things about premium certificate templates for PPT is how easily you can customize them. I'll show you how to take a premium certificate template and quickly make it your own with the premium Certificate & Diploma PowerPoint Template from Envato Elements.

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Certificate & Diploma PowerPoint Template, a premium template from Envato Elements

This set of templates has a modern design with 20 premade designs so you can easily use one as a starting point. To customize your certificate PPT template, simply follow the steps below:

1. Choose Your Design

The first step to customizing your certificate PPT template is to choose the design you want to use. The easiest way to do this is to go to View and change it to Slide Sorter. Then, hold the SHIFT key and click on all the side designs you don’t want. Then, right-click and press Delete Slide.

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Deleting slides in the PPT template

2. Enter Your Information

The next step is to enter your information. Click on any text and highlight it. Then start typing your own text. Include what kind of certificate it is as well as who it’s for. Add a brief description of the certificate.

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Entering custom information in the PPT template.

3. Customize Fonts

As you’re editing the text, customize the fonts with your company’s brand fonts. Select the text you’re working with and then choose your preferred font from the drop-down menu on the Home tab.

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Customizing the fonts in this certificate template for PPT.

4. Customize Colors

To customize the colors used in your certificate PPT template, right-click on the colored shape and select Format Shape. In this example, customize the gradient by choosing one of the premade gradients or by entering your own color combination.

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Customizing fonts

5. Add Your Own Signature

The final step is to add your own signature image. Double-click on the signature image and select Change Picture > From File. Then, insert your own signature file.

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Adding a signature photo

5 Trends in PowerPoint Certificate Design

If you’re looking for a PowerPoint certificate template, it’s tempting to stick to traditional designs. You know, the ones with flourishes and sepia colors. There's nothing wrong with that. But a traditional-looking certificate may not be suitable if your branding is modern, innovative, or trendy.

Check out these trends in certificate design below. You can break away from traditional certificate designs as long as the design is aligned with your brand. Also,  see how certain certificate templates in PowerPoint incorporate these trends:

1. Geometric Shapes

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This premium certificate template PPT features geometrical shapes.

A bold and edgy brand needs a bold and edgy certificate. This trend helps you achieve both. Look for a certificate template that uses geometric shapes, either as a border, an accent, or a background. Combined with the next trend, your certificate can truly stand out.

2. Photographs

Yes, you can use a photograph on your certificate! Other images other than your logo can be incorporated as well. Consider icons or graphic borders, for example. Just follow this rule of thumb: Whatever image you use must be relevant.

If you want to use a photograph as the background for your certificate, you might find this tutorial helpful:

3. Color

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These premium Certificate & Diploma PowerPoint Templates showcase different ways of adding color to a certificate.

Forget the muted, monochromatic tones of traditional certificates. The trend in 2021 is to create the most impact with bold, bright colors. There’s even a growing trend for certificates with a solid background color. This is a good opportunity for you to showcase your brand colors—and make the certificate pop from any wall.

These PowerPoint templates are particularly colorful:

4. Off-Centered Text

Many certificates today no longer have centered the text. Instead, they use left-aligned text. This results in a more pleasant design that balances a photograph, shape, or other elements on the certificate.

5. Vertical/Portrait Orientation

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Buck tradition by using a premium vertical certificate template like this one from Envato Elements.

Who says certificates can only be horizontal or have a landscape orientation? Another trend in certificate design is to use a vertical or portrait orientation. This may inspire you to create a more poster-like design for your certificate. 

5 Tips to Make Great Certificate PowerPoint Designs for 2021

If you're struggling to figure out what type of certificate design to use, these tips can help:

1. Determine the Purpose

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A premium certificate template

The first thing you want to do before you start looking for a certificate is to determine the purpose. There are many reasons for presenting a certificate to someone. Some examples include:

  • a gift certificate
  • an achievement certificate
  • a training completion certificate
  • and more

Determining the purpose of the certificate will help you to know what to look for in a template.

2. Add a Signature

On all certificates, there's a place for the person who is giving the certificate to sign. This gives the certificate a personal touch. Having the signature also lets the recipient know who gave them the certificate.

3. Customize

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A customizable premium certificate 

All templates are easily customizable. Customize the certificate template by using your business's or school's color scheme. You can also customize the certificate by changing the fonts and text.

Another way to customize the certificate is to add your company logo, team logo, or school mascot. Customizing the certificate template gives the certificate a personal touch.

4. Pick the Correct Font

When customizing your template, you may want to choose a super fancy font. That's okay, but make sure that the font is readable. You want the person receiving the certificate or award to be able to read the award. Choosing a legible font also looks more professional than a font that's not easy to read.

5. Don't Clutter

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Notice the fonts on this premium certificate.

When customizing your template, you may want to add a lot of text or extra objects. It's okay to add these things, but make sure they don't get overwhelming. If your customizations become too cluttered, they can distract from the purpose of the certificate. 

Too much text can also be distracting for the recipient of the award. By keeping a simple design, you won't overwhelm the recipient of the certificate.

5 Benefits of Using the Best PowerPoint Certificate Templates With Pro Designs (In 2021)

Are you still wondering what’s the benefit of using a premium certificate PPT template to create a certificate? Here are five reasons why you should use a great premium certificate PPT template in 2021:

  1. Premium templates save you time. When you use one of the best PowerPoint certificate templates, you’ll already have the basic layout and filler content in place. All you have to do is replace the placeholder content with your own. 
  2. The professional design gives you the best possible certificate. You’ll be able to export your certificate and present it while being sure that it looks polished and professional. 
  3. You don’t have to wonder about what to include on your certificate. Simply use the placeholders to guide you on what information you need to add.
  4. You don't give up customization. Just because the certificate template already has a design in place doesn’t mean you can’t customize it to match your brand and style. 
  5. The certificate will stand out. Most companies will use the built-in certificate templates for their software. This can make your certificate look generic. These premium-based templates are sure to stand out because it's unlikely that your peers will use custom PPT designs.

Benefits of Envato Elements (The Power of Unlimited Use)

Envato Elements is a unique service. You’ll get unlimited downloads of thousands of amazing PowerPoint templates for a flat-rate price.

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More Great PowerPoint Templates

Want to see even more great PowerPoint template examples? Check out these roundups below. They feature PowerPoint templates with professional and modern designs for all kinds of presentations as well as trending styles highlighted in our Ultimate PowerPoint Template Guide:

Common PowerPoint Certificate Questions Answered (FAQ)

You may have a few questions if you’re planning to create a certificate in PowerPoint. Below are some of the most common questions (with answers) that people ask about creating a certificate. I've included some questions that are specific to PowerPoint:

1. How Do I Create a Certificate in PowerPoint?

The easiest way to create a certificate in PowerPoint is by using a template. This article lists some of the best certificate templates in PowerPoint, both premium and free.

A PowerPoint template should be customizable. So, you can easily add your own content, logo, and colors, and produce an impressive certificate without having to hire a designer.

2. How Do I Get a Professional-Looking Certificate?

You need a professional-looking certificate to support your brand’s image and credibility. If you’re not a graphic designer, choose a  template like the premium PowerPoint certificate templates in this article. They’re designed by a professional who knows the design rules.

If you create a certificate from scratch, you run the risk of making something that looks amateurish that could hurt your brand. Learn more about branding and PowerPoint customization below:

3. How Do I Edit a Certificate Template in PowerPoint?

The key to making a certificate that supports your brand’s visual identity is by learning how to edit a certificate template. PowerPoint offers many powerful features, and at the same time it’s fully customizable. Change everything from the fonts to the color scheme.

And so, even if you’re starting with a certificate template in PowerPoint, you've got the ability to make it look truly your own. These articles can help:

4. Is a Premium Certificate Template Better Than a Free Template?

As you can see in this article, you've got a range of choices of premium and free certificate templates in PowerPoint. But for the best results, I recommend you go with a premium template.

Premium templates have many advantages. For one, they’re designed by graphic designers, so you can count on them to have a professional look and be easy to use. Creators of premium templates also offer after-sales service. This means you can contact them for help with using the template, if you ever encounter any trouble.

Finally, if you’re using the certificate for business, you’ll need a template with a commercial license. Most free templates come only with a personal license. But premium PowerPoint templates like those from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver come with commercial licenses.

5. Is PowerPoint Better Than Keynote and Google Slides?

PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides are all feature-rich presentation software. Use any of them to create a certificate. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses.

Your final choice depends on:

  • what you already have in your computer
  • the availability of certificate templates for that application
  • how important it is for you to be able to collaborate with others when creating the certificate

These articles have more details about the various software packages if you still need help deciding.

Learn More About Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint lets you create all kinds of marketing and communication assets—not just slide decks. There are also thousands of PowerPoint templates available. So even non-designers can produce impressive slides and other materials.

The key is to maximize the features of PowerPoint without getting bogged down by complicated workflows. The best place to begin is with our ultimate guide to using PowerPoint. These tutorials can help you make a certificate in PowerPoint:

Download a Premium Certificate Template for PowerPoint for Template Today!

Are you ready to create a certificate template in PowerPoint (PPT) or using other software?

By downloading a premium template, you save time from having to try to create a certificate template for PPT from scratch. Premium templates are also more professional than free downloads of certificate templates for PowerPoint that you may find online.

Why not get started on your next certificate project today? Download an editable certificate template for PowerPoint from Envato Elements or GraphicRiver.

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions Brenda Barron and Alexis (Lexi) Rodrigo. Brenda and Alexis are freelance instructors for Envato Tuts+.

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