Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential

The University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs is continuing its partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to provide our students the opportunity to obtain the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.

The Certified Nonprofit Professional is the only national nonprofit credential that prepares students (undergrad and grad) for careers in nonprofit management. Individuals who complete the requirements—coursework, service and leadership, and attendance at a national conference—are awarded the credential and gain access to nonprofit career resources, including a job portal and a national network of more than 10,000 nonprofit professionals. 

As we enter the next academic year, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is making changes to the requirements to earn the CNP. In particular, students who enter in the program after July 1, 2020, will be required to pass the CNP Exam to earn the credential. If you have enrolled and paid your $25 enrollment fee before July 1, 2020, you will not be required to take the exam. The only change for you is an increase in the credential fee. That fee amount is $35 if you pay on or before June 30, 2020. After June 30, 2020, the credential fee will increase to $75. You may pay the credential fee now, even if you have not yet met all of the requirements. Complete your profile or login to your existing profile to enter your accomplishments and pay any required fees

Students enrolling after July 1, 2020, will pay a $300 fee which includes the exam, access to online study materials, and a new portal called CNP Central which is an online community platform including across-the-network discussions, events, and resources. 

We are proud that CU Denver will be one of only 30 universities in the nation to have legacy campus status and continue offering the CNP. Also, students in the School of Public Affairs are starting a chapter of the national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO). The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has a new partnership with APO allowing chapter members to also earn the CNP. If you are interested in joining the effort to launch APO at CU Denver, email apo@ucdenver.edu. Soon, students at CU Denver will have two pathways to earn the CNP and grow their professional network and job opportunities. 

As CNP Campus Director, Dr. Wendy Bolyard is happy to answer your questions and work with you to meet the CNP requirements (cnp@ucdenver.edu). Tatum Watson, student assistant, is also available to answer questions about the CNP and APO. Please reach out if they can be of help.