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The GPC exam is a generalist test designed for the individual who demonstrates mastery and experience. It is not considered an entry-level exam so a GPC exam candidate should not need to spend a great deal of time studying or preparing. However, studying and reviewing materials may be helpful if you specialize in one area (i.e., you only write federal proposals and not foundation proposals) and need to enhance your knowledge in other areas.

Competencies and Skills

The GPC Exam is based on the Competencies and Skills developed and continually updated by subject matter experts within the field. It is intended to give employers and contractors an objective view of a grant professional for hire. A review of this document and the skills listed will provide valuable insight to the types of questions typically found on the exam.

GPCISM Literature Review

The GPCISM Literature Review may be helpful to GPC candidates looking to refresh knowledge or fill experience gaps in the grants field. This review contains general grant information as well as a list of books, journal articles and websites that may be of interest. Please make sure to allow enough time to review all these resources.

Michael Wells, author and grants consultant, originally prepared the GPCISM Literature Review as a tool in developing the credentialing examination and has recently updated it for use by grant professionals who wish to refresh their knowledge prior to taking the exam.

Study Guide

A number of GPC Candidates have asked GPCISM about a study guide. GPCISM does not promote any specific study guide related to the exam. 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. One set of these materials has been published and is now available for sale in the Grant Professionals Association Store.

A second study guide has been self-published by the Grant Collaborative of Tampa Bay which you can download here and here free.

A third, recently published book, Prepare for the GPC Exam, has been published by CharityChannel Press and can be purchased here.

Because examinees have asked GPCI for information, it is provided. However, to be clear, this is not a requirement for taking the exam, nor is this an endorsement of the materials themselves. GPCI is simply pointing to what currently are the only publicly available study guides created to address the GPC Exam. Should other publications become available, GPCI will make those known, to the best of their ability.

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