The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) 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 GPCI. In 2004 GPCI was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. In 2007, it offered its first exam.