Getting Certified

Upon completion of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) program, students receive the highly respected Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate in Nonprofit Management in addition to the CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) credential. Just meeting the requirements for certification can be a life-changing experience.

  • Learn cutting-edge nonprofit management principles and trends.
  • Engage in meaningful leadership and service activities.
  • Experience the real nonprofit world in a professional internship.
  • Attend the national Alliance Management Institute (formerly known as American Humanics Management Institute).

Students can earn their certificate concurrently with their bachelor’s degree or pursue certification as a post baccalaureate student.

What does being CNP certified?

Your CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) credential confirms to prospective employers that you possess entry-level, professional competencies across 17 core skills and areas of knowledge. These include foundational proficiencies as well as principles of management and operations.

NLA Certification Competency Categories

Foundation Competencies

  • Career Development and Exploration
  • Communications Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Personal Attributes

Professional Development Competencies

  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations
  • Youth and Adult Development
  • Board / Committee Development
  • Fundraising Principles and Practices
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Accounting & Financial Management
  • Community Outreach / Marketing & Public Relations
  • Program Planning, Implementation. and Evaluation
  • Risk Management & Legal Issues
  • Volunteer Management
  • Information Management & Technology
  • Ethics and Values
  • Diversity Awareness