Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential


Prerequisites to Earn the CNP Credential

The table below identifies minimum requirements for the Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential. 


Additional Requirements 

Volunteer Leadership Experience

All those who earn the CNP credential are required to document that they have participated in at least one volunteer leadership/service activity during the past five years. Below are the activities that meet this requirement.

National Conference Participation 

All CNPs are required to attend a national conference within the past 24 months. The multi-day conference should provide CNP competency-related professional development, opportunities to network with peers and subject matter experts, and coverage of national issues of importance to the social sector. If you have not attended a conference that meets this requirement, you may attend the virtual conference, Elevate.


Completing the CNP Credential

After successful completion of all the requirements, you will receive a digital badge and the option to print an e-certificate of the CNP credential. The badge may be shared on LinkedIn and other social media. The Alliance’s Digital Recognition Program is powered by Acclaim.