By Bethany Turner
Does your organization receive grant funding? Do you work with grants in some capacity? Have you been in the grant profession for at least 3 years and have 5 grant awards? Have you ever thought of earning your GPC?
What is a GPC?
GPC stands for Grant Professional Certified. The Grant Professional Certified credential is a professional certification assessing the professional’s education, experience, professional development, and community involvement. A grant professional must pass the GPC exam to be recognized as a GPC. It is our profession’s equivalent to passing the bar to become a lawyer or becoming a Certified Professional Accountant.
The GPC exam is a generalist exam “measuring a candidate’s competency and skill in the grants profession.” The GPC exam is made up of two parts: a 90-minute writing prompt and a 150-160 multiple choice section. One must pass both parts of the GPC exam to become a GPC. You can take the test at a Kryterion Testing Center or it is offered once a year in conjunction with the Grant Professional Association National Conference.
- Apply for scholarship/ secure funds to take exam
- Take eligibility quiz
- Submit eligibility packet
- Schedule exam
- Study, study, & study some more
- Take exam
Visit the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s website for all information regarding the GPC.
When I first learned about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) through #GrantChat, I knew I wanted to become a GPC. About a year ago I earnestly started preparing to sit for the GPC exam. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation. This gave me a definite timeline to sit for the exam. I knew I had to take it by September 30, 2016, and that really gave me a lot of motivation.
To be able to sit for the exam, I had to take the eligibility quiz, submit my eligibility packet, and then once it was approved, schedule my exam. I took both the multiple choice and writing prompt on the same day at a Kryterion Testing Center near me. The preparation alone to sit for the exam has made me a much better grant professional. It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to feel like a true professional.
Sitting for the GPC exam does take a great deal of preparation. I had to dedicate a lot of time to studying and preparing. Smartegrants’ Blueprints for the GPC course and #GrantChat played a very large role in my personal preparation. Below are a list of tools I used to help me prepare.
#1) Blueprints for the GPC – I attended the classes and Facebook Lives, participated in the private Facebook group, and made notecards from information provided.
#2) Read Grant Professional books & blogs
#3) Attend Webinars
#5) Resources on GPCI website – I specifically read through the study guide multiple times and made notecards from the information it contains.
#6) Worked as a Grant Professional – Nothing beats hands on experience.
All the time spent in preparation is more than worth it when you receive the letter that states you passed the exam and are now a GPC!
So when will you earn YOUR GPC?
P.S. Don’t make these 10 Mistakes When Preparing for the GPC.