The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation is the only national nonprofit management and leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector.
The non-profit sector is one of the fastest growing employment opportunities available today. An estimated 50,000 people are needed to fill entry-level positions in the field on an annual basis. Compensation and benefits are becoming more and more competitive with the private sector, and job security is excellent. The national non-profits recognize the need for job enrichment opportunities for their employees and offer many avenues of advancement.
Earning a CNP Certificate
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification Program is an innovative, cross-disciplinary course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in the non-profit sector. The program is a collaboration between Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Inc., 75 colleges and universities, and 20 major national non-profit organizations.
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a certification that accompanies the Bachelor's Degree and is open to any undergraduate student (Graduate students may contact program coordinator to discuss options for some Masters disciplines) interested in a career in non-profit management. Based on the achievement of core competencies, course work varies depending on a student's major; however, the following classes are required for all Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students:
PUAD 3950 Nonprofit Management I (Fall semester)
PUAD 3950 Nonprofit Management II (Spring semester)
RHET 2210 Small Group Communications or RHET 1110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ACCT 2000 Introduction to Accounting or comparable on-line course
MGMT 3141 Principles of Management or
POLS 3338 Principles of Public Administration
Completion of a 300-hour internship approved by Program coordinator
Attendance at one session of the annual Alliance Management Institute
Participation in the GC Nonprofit Leadership Student Association
Completion of an undergraduate degree
All of these requirements are geared toward allowing students to acquire the competencies which national non-profit organizations say they will need in their future leaders.
Certification in entry-level non-profit management competencies
Tested practices and principles through experiential learning
One-to-one support, career development, and mentoring
Networking with prospective employers
Opportunity to test skills and various non-profit roles through internships, co-curricular, and community service activities
Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members, and community leaders
Exposure to national non-profit network of partners and career options
Inclusion on resume Web site available to all non-profit agencies.
Opportunity to meet other Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students throughout the country
Sara Faircloth, MPA
Director, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program
Campus Box 018
Milledgeville, GA 31061