Certified Nonprofit Professional

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment is offering blended on-site and on-line noncredit courses towards the NLA Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.

Each of the (non-credit) courses listed below starts with a one-day on-site workshop at WCU at Biltmore Park in Asheville, and the remaining 4 weeks will be completed on-line.

Broaden your understanding of nonprofit management and best practices, by enrolling in any of the CNP courses coming up this year. During registration, participants will be given a chance to register for just the workshop at $119, or the entire course for $300. For CNP credit and a digital badge, the full CNP course needs to be completed. All eight courses listed below are required for the CNP certification; however, they can be taken in any order. Participants can also pay for the entire 8 Modules when registering for any of the module. The modules will be offered annually, so a missed module can be completed in the upcoming year.

CNP Course Modules (approximately 12 months to complete)

Each module starts with a one-day workshop on the first date listed for each course. For participants enrolling in the CNP program, the workshop is followed by 4 weeks of on-line content with discussion boards, presentations and weekly assignments. Modules can be taken in any order.

Upcoming Sessions (More information coming soon!)

  • Governance and Volunteer Management- October 6 to November 4, 2017
  • Fundraising and Resource Development - November 17 to December 16, 2017
  • Designing Programs for Long-term Sustainability- January 5 to February 3, 2018

Tuition: $300 per course plus fees / $2,525 full tuition includes enrollment and credentialing fees

There is an additional $25 enrollment fee due at the beginning of the program, and a $100 credentialing fee at the end of the program. The conference fee is paid separately. 

Core Requirements 

  • Eight course topics critical to successful nonprofit leadership
  • Professional experience (employment, service year or internship at a nonprofit)
  • Leadership and service activities (volunteer work at a nonprofit)
  • National conference (attendance at one Alliance Management Institute – virtual available) or an approved conference through WCU
  • Bachelor’s degree (students without a degree must matriculate prior to the completion of the CNP course work.)

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