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Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP)

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Fast Track Your Nonprofit Career!

Western Carolina University offers nonprofit professionals flexibility in completing this program. Participants can attend any of the workshops for a reasonable rate of $89 to gain management and leadership experience in the industry. Or, you can enroll in any of the CNP courses at any time. You can decide to try a course for $300 by attending the workshop and the 4-weeks of online curriculum that follows, or you can enroll in more than one course. If you decide to enroll in the entire program, then you’ll pay the full tuition of $2,525 at the time of registration. Should you decide after taking the first course that you’d like to enroll in the full program, then we’ll deduct the $300 payment from the full tuition. For more information on program requirements, program benefits and fees, please review the information listed below the upcoming courses.

 Courses are offered once per year starting in September. If you miss a course and register mid-cycle, you can enroll in any of the missed courses the following year.

 Once all 8-courses are complete, you’ll earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional (a national designation) and you will receive a certificate and a digital badge!

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, that will be held on a Thursday or Friday, 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 third course.

Upcoming Schedule of Courses:

Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management 
Workshop: Friday, January 10, 2020
Full course: January 10 - February 7, 2020

Fundraising for Nonprofits 
Workshop: Friday, February 7, 2020
Full course: February 7 - March 6, 2020

Governance and Volunteer Management 
Workshop: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Full course: March 12 - April 10, 2020

Designing Nonprofits for Long-term Sustainability 
Workshop: Friday, April 17, 2020
Full course: April 17 - May 15, 2020

Nonprofit Trends and Innovation -
Workshop: Friday, May 22
Full course: May 22 - June 19, 2020

Management and Leadership 
Workshop: 2020 Dates TBD
Full course: 2020 Dates TBD 

Marketing and Communications 
Workshop: 2020 Dates TBD 
Full Course: 2020 Dates TBD 

Cultural Competencies and Diversity 
Workshop: 2020 Dates TBD 
Full course: 2020 Dates TBD 

Professionals interested in registering for the one-day workshops as a stand-alone training, can do so during the registration process.

It's also important to note that each module can be taken independently and does 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.


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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