How to create and issue certificates in bulk using Canva

Olivier Rousseau
30 December 2022 2 min read

Need to issue a lot of certificates at once? Look no further than Canva! This popular online design platform makes it easy to create and issue certificates quickly and easily. With the help of Canva, you can create custom designs that are sure to impress. Let’s take a look at how you can use this platform for bulk certificate issuance. 

Creating the design

The first step in creating your certificates is to make sure you have a great design. Canva offers plenty of templates that you can customize with your own text, images, logos, and more. You can also choose from thousands of stock images, fonts, and illustrations in their library. Once you have your design ready to go, it’s time to move onto the next step—issuing the certificates in bulk. 

Creating bulk certificates

This can be done in 3 easy steps:

  • Select the certificate design you created.
  • From the editor panel select Apps and then select bulk create.
  • add bulk information manually or from a CSV uploaded list.

Issuing bulk Certificates by Email or SMS

Canva doesn’t offer an option to send certificates by SMS or Email. You have to use a separate tool to do so, which makes the certificate creation process way more complicated and more time-consuming. Unless you work with software that’s integrated with Canva such as Activity Messenger.

You can keep designing in Canva but streamline your certificate distribution process with personalized emails & SMS.

With Activity Messenger you can:

  • Produce certificates at scale
  • Automatically add names from a list of recipients
  • Send via Email/SMS without leaving the platform
  • Include feedback from instructors
  • Add placeholders such as class level, date, session, etc
  • Print certificates in bulk

Here is a swim school certificate template created in Canva.

Include feedback from the intructor

When a student completes a class, it’s important to provide feedback on how they can improve. 

Activity Messenger provides instructors with an efficient way to send out personalized comments & feedback to each student. This automatically goes out with the certificate.

For this, you’ll need to create an evaluation form.

Evaluation form for online certificate

Once filled by the instructor, Activity Messenger will generate the certificate and send it by email/SMS to the participant along with the evaluation.

Certificates as a marketing tool?

Certificates can serve a more strategic purpose beyond acknowledging participants’ accomplishments. By sending bulk certificates with your logo, you improve your client’s experience – but it’s also an effective marketing tool. Kids love to show off their achievements, so chances are that proud parents will hang certificates up around their homes.

They’ll stay as visible reminders to sign up for next session and spark conversations with friends and families about how amazing little Sophia’s music class was. This can also act as physical reminder in the home for busy parents who opened your newsletter and told themselves they would sign up as soon as they get back from work. (edited) 

Import lists from your class management software

Activity Messenger allows you to import lists of participants, families and classes from class management softwares such as IClassPro, Amilia & JackRabbit. The system automatically imports the participants name, date of birth, class name, emails, mobile phone numbers and more.

Watch this 2 minute how-to-video! 👇


Make your certificate production process easier using Activity Messenger’s integration with Canva! No need to manually create multiple versions of certificates – all you have to do is design, personalize and send out certificates by email or SMS. You’ll be able to customize countless batches of certificates quickly with minimal effort with increased the level of individualization too.

Written by Olivier Rousseau Olivier is a Sportball Franchise owner who has been operating for over 10 years with locations in Montreal, Quebec city & Ottawa while also coaching business owners as Sports Marketing Consultant.

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