Accelerated Professional Track 

A fast-track designed for professionals with significant experience in the social sector.


Get the credit you deserve.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance knows the skills that hiring managers want to find. The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Accelerated Professional Track provides an independent, on-demand study and exam process. This track is specifically designed for those who want to add a nationally recognized credential to a distinguished resume of more than eight years of professional experience in the social sector. Most professionals who have participated in regular professional development and successfully progressed in positions with usual promotions will be able to successfully pass the CNP exam with a minimal review of the study guide.


What does the Accelerated Professional Track cost?

Learners pay a fee of $875. This includes access to the independent study guide and the opportunity to take the exam up to two times. Learners must pass the exam and demonstrate their completion of the requirements listed below to be awarded the CNP credential. Upon completion of the requirements, the credential is issued, which includes the CNP digital badge and blockchain certificate.

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What does it take to earn a CNP?

When you earn your CNP, you will be part of a global network of professionals leading teams that make our world better. Every person who wears a CNP badge meets five requirements. Hover over each icon to learn more. Test your knowledge by taking the CNP Sample Quiz.

volunteer service

Volunteer Service

professional experience

Professional Experience

nonprofit knowledge skills

Nonprofit Knowledge and Skills

leadership development

Leadership Development

general learning

General Learning

What can you expect?


After submitting your application, you’ll be granted access to the CNP Study Guide and Exam for 90 days. You can sit for the exam when you feel prepared.

Nationally Recognized Credential

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only one of its kind. CNPs are seven times more likely to rise to leadership in their organizations. Our unique blend of education and experience means you will perform better in your job. And adding a CNP to your resume means employers will know it too!

Association of CNPs (ACNP)

A professional group for all CNP credential holders. The ACNP supports the programs and operations of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance with activities to enhance career development, networking and community engagement of CNPs around the country.

Life-long Learning

CNPs are always included in our professional development opportunities. We offer frequent virtual events that showcase national experts addressing topics for the modern professional. The Leaderosity Library is also an excellent on-demand resource for continued training.

Get the credit you deserve.

Accelerated Professional Track Program Outline


Ariel Kaylor, CNP

Meet our CNP Program Manager!

Have some questions? Schedule a meeting with Ariel personally!

Logan Heggemann

“[Nonprofit Leadership Alliance] helped me forge the strong connections that ultimately led me to my fulfilling career.”

Logan Heggemann, CNP

Genelle Monger

“You never know who is watching and often the connections you make while working towards your CNP will lead to a future career.”

Genelle Monger, CNP



How can we help you?

Submit your question to Ariel, our CNP Programs Manager.