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 online.

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 modules. 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 online content with discussion boards, presentations, and weekly assignments. Modules can be taken in any order.

  • Management and Leadership
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Cultural Competency and Diversity
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Nonprofit Trends and Innovation
  • Governance and Volunteer Management
  • Fundraising and Resource Development
  • Designing Programs for Long-term Sustainability

2018 Training Schedule

  • Coming soon - workshops and certificate program starting in August

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 $119.

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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