Core Requirements

All students completing the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential complete a rigorous training program that includes both coursework grounded in the 10 core competencies and practical experience.

1) Coursework through the Alliance’s network of colleges and universities

  •  Students receive education and training in the core competencies that nonprofit managers want when they hire new employees.
  • Students completing the program must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

2) Internship or professional experience at a nonprofit organization

  • A minimum of 300 internship hours is required (those working in the nonprofit sector might be exempt). [Internship stipends in the amount of $2,000 are available on a competitive basis through Career Development Award]

3) Alliance Management Institute

  • The largest national nonprofit conference in the country geared toward college students, the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is a capstone experience for students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. The purpose of the conference is to expose future social sector leaders to a vibrant learning experience that promotes best practices, innovative thinking and awareness of the full scope of the sector.

4) Leadership and service activities

  • Students participate in a wide variety of activities that support classroom learning and prepares them for future leadership roles.
  • Students participate in the nonprofit student association on their campus, which connects them with the national nonprofit student association.