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Certified Nonprofit Professional

Nonprofit leaders working on project


Fast Track Your Nonprofit Career!

This extremely hands-on Leadership Development Program is proven to position professionals for long-term employment success.

How it Works

After completing the core requirements, students are awarded the CNP credential, which gets uploaded to LinkedIn and other digital platforms. Throughout the program, students receive career support and assistance connecting to nonprofit employers.

CNP Course Modules (approximately 12 months to complete)

The following courses makeup the curriculum required for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). Each course starts with a one-day workshop at the WCU Biltmore Park Instructional Site, and is followed by 4 weeks of online content with discussion boards, presentations, and weekly assignments. There is approximately one week in between each course and a holiday break after the fourth course.

Professionals interested in registering for the one-day workshop only, can do so during the registration process. of the Nonprofit Sector as an introductory course to the program.

It's also important to note that each module can be taken independently and do not have to be taken in order. Once all are completed and the other requirements are met (see below), then a certificate will be awarded. However, it is recommended that participants take Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector as an Introductory course to the program. This programs will be offered in its entirety each year.

Upcoming Schedule of courses:

7 NASBA CPEs available at the completion of this workshop (Specialized Knowledge and Applications) 


Tuition: $300 per course plus fees / $2,525 full tuition includes enrollment and credentialing fees. The one-day workshop that kicks off each module can be taken without obtaining the credentialing for $89. 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 coursework.)

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