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Welcome to GPCI

Providing a Standard of Excellence for the Grant Profession

The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) administers the nationally recognized Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential to grant professionals who meet eligibility requirements and successfully demonstrate proficiency in the required competencies. The GPC certification is based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to meet real-world demands of grant professionals. GPC-credentialed grant professionals demonstrate excellence in the grants profession and, on average, report higher earnings than those without the credential.

Why Certify with GPCI?

Who Benefits?

Certification FAQs

Top 10 Mistakes

31 Days of GPC

Am I eligible for the GPC exam?

GPC Exam eligibility is based on a point system reflecting background in the following four professional areas:
Education, Experience, Professional Development, and Community Involvement.

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The Exam

Competencies Tested

The GPC Exam includes two portions which must each be successfully completed: A writing exercise and a multiple choice section


One of the outcomes of GPC Study Group sessions organized by various GPA chapters and other grants groups as they worked together to prepare for the exam is the development of study materials – some formal, some not-so-formal.

Exam Fees

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.

Board of Directors

David Lindeman, GPC, CFRE
GPCI President

Director, Grants & Development, Society for Neuroscience / President, Global Grant Solutions
Washington, DC

Egondu M. Onuoha, GPC, MS, RD, CDN, IBCLC, CDE, FAND
GPCI Vice President

Vice President, Real Estate, Special Programs and Business Development
New York City, NY

Mara Gerst, GPC, CFRE, CNP
GPCI Secretary

Gerst Grants & Nonprofit Consulting
Scottsdale, AZ

Theresa Reyes-Cummings, GPC
GPCI Treasurer

Deputy Director
Jackson County Mental Health Fund
Kansas City, MO

Certification Maintenance

Request that your certification be extended for another three years.

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