The Grant Professionals Certification Institute

Since its inception, the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) has been dedicated to establishing a valid credentialing process for grant professionals. To this end, and in keeping within the ideal parameters for psychometric testing, GPA created GPCI, an independent body to oversee its credentialing initiative. While GPCI is considered an affiliate of GPA and shares GPA’s vision and mission, it is governed by its own board and maintains its own 501(c)(3). Find more information about GPA here.

The Grant Professional Certified (GPC) is designed to serve individuals who possess broad based knowledge and real world experience in the field of grantsmanship. An individual who comes forward to sit for the GPC Exam will have a strong ethical base, commitment to the constituents we serve and competence in the fundamentals of grantsmanship. The GPC also serves all stakeholders in the grants field. It provides widely recognized affirmation of the GPC practitioner as a person of integrity whose broad interest is in building social capital. As a well-recognized, respected element of the grants sector, the GPC helps stakeholders make the important distinction between the ethical grants professional and those who seek personal profit by capitalizing on the needs of others.

GPCISM believes that it is essential for the nonprofit community, as well as the community-at-large, to understand the role grant professionals play in the overall health of a nonprofit organization, and the power it has over the outcomes of its fund seeking.

The list of credentialing beneficiaries goes far beyond the grant professional who receives the credential. It includes grantseeking organizations, the beneficiaries and clients of those organizations, the general public, government and would-be government regulators

The Grants Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) – would like to keep the lines of communication open! If you are interested in receiving ongoing information and encouragement related to achieving your GPC, please click here  and register on the GPCI website.

UPDATE 6/24/19

GPCI and the GPC are accredited!

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) and the GPC credential for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

As you may already know, the GPC exam was designed with accreditation in mind; that is, to meet the strict standards of the NCCA. The NCCA accredits credentials based on the highest quality standards in professional certification. It ensures the program’s adherence to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.

What does this mean for you as a GPC?

  • It means GPCs have external evidence of their skills and competencies in the field.
  • The GPC Exam is not just a test; it is a recognized assessment of our accredited GPC program.
  • The accreditation by NCCA proves the worth of the credential. It makes the GPC worth even more.
  • This tells employers and clients that our 348 GPCs have the grant professional skills they are looking for.
  • An accredited program protects the public and, specifically, employers who seek to hire skilled and ethical grant professionals.
  • Accreditation of a credential by a nationally recognized body such as NCCA acknowledges the rigorous, high-quality certification program that GPCI has developed.

Who is  NCCA?

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2016 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. GPCI joins an elite group of more than 130 organizations representing over 315 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at

We encourage you to visit our website: and read more in our GPC Newsletters.


  • Current GPC’s
    Here is the fillable form to help track your activities for recertification.
  • Another idea is to save proof of all activity into an email folder – and then fill out form later

Looking to Become Certified? 10 Ways to Get Started!

Are you looking to further your career as a grant professional and receive recognition for your skills, expertise, and knowledge?

If you are thinking about becoming a GPC (Grant Professional Certified) – here is a checklist to help you get started:

The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) administers the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) credential to grant professionals who meet eligibility requirements and successfully demonstrate proficiency in the required competencies.