Certificate of Recognition
Certificate of Recognition Grading Rubric

Create a certificate of recognition for an employee of the month. Be sure to include the following; a line that will later hold the recipient's name, a date, type of award being given, ClipArt, company logo, and your name and/or company as the one presenting the award. Do not include a recipient's name at this time. Leave it blank. In a later activity you will be ask to use this certificate to fill the employee of the months name for your company. Click on the link below to see an example of a certificate of recognition for employee of the month that uses both ClipArt and AutoShapes:

Example of Certificate of Recognition

Start a new blank document in Word 2010 and name it Employee of the Month Certificate.

Use Landscape Orientation

With the Page Layout tab selected click Orientation then select Landscape.

Landscape Orientation

Including WordArt Text Center Aligned on Page

With the Insert tab selected click the WordArt button to drop down a list of options. It the WordArt Gallery, choose a format to your liking.

Insert WordArt

This will place a text box on the page where you will now key in the words "Employee of the Month."

Employee of the Month

To change the size and font face of the font drag across the text while holding down your left mouse then change the font face and size on the Home tab:

WordArt Size

To move the WordArt to the center of the page, select the box with your mouse then drag the WordArt text to the center of the page.

Include another text WordArt with the words "Awarded to" and make it smaller in size than the text Employee of the Month. Center align it under the Employee of the Month WordArt.

WordArt

Insert ClipArt Graphic

Place your cursor under the WordArt text Awarded to. With the Insert tab click ClipArt and find a clipart that complements your business theme. Insert and size the clipart to fit the center of the page:

ClipArt Added

Creating AutoShapes

You will now add a least two shapes, one that will display on the bottom of both sides of your certificate. With the Insert tab selected click the Shapes button and select a shape from the different options in the drop down list, and then click one of the shapes to select it.

Insert Shapes

Position your cursor in the document where you want the shape to appear, at the bottom corner of the document, and while holding down the left mouse button drag the cursor out to create the shape, and then release the mouse button.

Shape Added

Add a Shape Style

With the shape still selected add a shape style that will complement your certificate. With the Drawing Tools Format tab selected click the more button on the Shape Styles sections to display the Shape Styles options.

Shape Styles

Shape Syle Applied

Copy and Paste Shape

Now you want to place a copy of the shape on the other side of the page. To copy a previously selected AutoShape, select the shape, while holding down the Ctrl key, drag the shape to where you want it to appear, and then release the Ctrl key and the mouse button.

Shapes

Include a Page Border

With the Page Layout tab selected click on the Page Borders button to open the Boarders and Shading dialog box. Find a page border that complements the theme of your business.

Page Border

Here is what my certificates look like now:

Border Added

Add a Decorative Font

With the Home tab selected click the down-pointing triangle at the right side of the Size text box on the standard toolbar and pick a font other than the default font of Times New Roman. I used the same font I used for my WordArt. Size the font by clicking the down-pointing triangle at the right side of the Size text box. This causes a drop-down list of size options to display. Scroll through the list of sizes until the desired size is visible and then click the size.

Pick a color for your font that will complement your certificate. I used the same color that I used for my WordArt. Here is the font face and size I used. Yours will be different depending on how you have styled your certificate.

Font Settings

With your cursor positioned below your ClipArt type the text Presented by:

Presented by

Insert Logo

With your cursor positions to the center of the page below Presented by insert your logo.

Insert Date with Decorative Font

With your cursor below your font type in the date below your logo. To insert the current date with the Insert tab selected select date and time.

Insert Date and Time

Select the third option down.

Date and Time Format

Select the date and format it with the same font you used for the present by text.

Certificate

Inserting a Line

You will insert a line directly below your clipart. With your cursor behind the clipart press the enter key to place your cursor on the line below it.

Select the line shape (Insert > Shapes) and then drag out your line on the page while holding down the left mouse button.

Insert Line

Format the Line with a Line Style, Arrow, and Color

To change the width of the line (make sure you have the line selected), click the shape styles button and at the drop-down list, choose the line thickness you want.

To change the color of the line (make sure you have the line selected), click the shape outline button and at the drop-down list, choose the color you want.

To include a decorative arrow style to the end of both sides of your line (make sure you have the line selected), click the shape outline button and at the drop-down list, choose the arrow style you want to appear on the end of both sides of your line.

Line Styles

Your certificate should show a line as shown in the example below:

Certificate

Resave your document as a word file.

Save as PDF

Now you will save the file in a different format. Click File then select Save as to open the Save As dialog box. Select PDF from the Save as type drop down list.

Save as PDF

Resave your document.

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