Create a certificate of completion by downloading a template and customizing it in a word process, graphic design for presentation program by adding in the name of the recipient and the completed activity. Alternately, make a certificate by using an online creation tool such as the one available on 123Certificates.com, as of 2015.
Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word may feature a set of certificate templates already bundled with the software, though additional templates are available through Office.com and TidyForms.com. After downloading these templates, users need to launch the program, choose the make a document from a template and locate the file to generate a new copy. Word processing programs feature text editing capabilities to enter the name of the person or group receiving the award as well as the reason for its existence, which appear as sample text in the document.
Most graphic design programs are only able to read their own file types, such as Adobe Photoshop using the PSD format, though many can also read PDF documents as well. Some of these templates may include special text layers to modify through the text tool, though PDF templates may require the painting tool to cover up existing text or modify its design.
Online creation tools typically feature a tutorial that explains each step of the process, starting with choosing the background image and proceeding through the customization of names and terms.