The total GPC Exam Fee is $539 for Grant Professionals Association members, $739 for non-members. Once paid, eligible applicants’ fees are non-refundable. Payment instructions are included in the Eligibility Survey required of all candidates. More information on the registration process is found here.
Fees for the GPC Exam are set by the Board of Directors and were adjusted in 2012 to accommodate the added expense of year-round testing through the new electronic exam format. Payments may be made online via credit card, or candidates may opt to be invoiced for payment by check. Purchase Orders will also be accepted by contacting the GPCISM office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates who complete their payments will receive specific instructions on how to submit the required Eligibility Packet and, upon approval of the packet, will receive a set of Exam Vouchers good for up to six months. However, if your Eligibility Package is denied, the agency will refund all but $75.00 of the fee collected. The exam may be rescheduled multiple times within the six-month Exam Eligibility Window at no additional cost; however, it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure s/he sits for the exam within a timely fashion.1
|Full GPC Exam (1st retake)||$539||$739|
|Multiple Choice (1st retake)||$270||$370|
|Writing Exercise (1st retake)||$270||$370|
1You may find more information regarding the timeline on Exam Eligibility Timeline.
2GPCISM is a nonprofit organization established in 2004 by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA). GPCISM is an affiliate of GPA, which is the leading national authority in the grants field and the first to explore credentialing for professionals dedicated to the development of grant proposals.
3Candidates may retake the GPC Exam or either section of the exam. However, they must do so within the six-month Exam Eligibility Window to which they have been assigned. A candidate has six months to sit for the GPC Exam; at the close of that six-month period, the candidate would need to re-enter the registration process at the beginning, submit a new Eligibility Packet, and pay the Exam Fee. The GPCISM Board recognizes the timely nature of materials within the Eligibility Packet, which includes a candidate’s resume, list of successful grant proposals, and letters of reference. The Exam Eligibility Window mitigates for changes that may occur in the professional status of applicants.