The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI)SM is the end-product of an important discussion begun at the 2000 Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Annual Conference (formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP)) in Berkeley California. At that conference the membership passed a board resolution to create a committee charged with the task of determining the need for and feasibility of a credential for the grant profession. After two years of discovery, the Certification Committee established GPCISM. In 2004 GPCISM was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. In 2007, it offered its first exam.