Just a few of our Workforce Partners…organizations eager to hire CNPs!

The ambitious among us want to find a rewarding career. The thoughtful among us want to build a better world. Those who are ambitious and thoughtful go to work for nonprofit organizations. 

You may not realize this, but your time in college has set you up perfectly to launch a successful nonprofit career. Those many courses, group projects, internships and service activities taught you critical skills such as volunteer management, research techniques, marketing, budgeting, sales, public speaking, project management. These experiences will be highly-valuable in your future nonprofit career.

Program Curriculum

How to Apply

Enrollment for the APO CNP Program is now live. The initial cohort includes only 350 students. Don't miss your chance—enroll now!

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Who can participate? 

This program is intended for APO students and alumni who graduated in the past two years. Are you an APO alum that graduated more than two years ago? The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is offering you a 20% discount on the CNP Workforce Program ($1,360 instead of $1,700). Please visit here for more information

How long will it take to complete the Certified Nonprofit Professional online program?

The program is designed to take 3 months to complete (less if you have prior nonprofit experience!).

Is this program 100% online?


Will I earn the CNP credential once I finish the program?

The program will assist you in completing all of the core requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree  
2. Nonprofit internship hours (or service year experience)
3. Attendance at Elevate: A virtual nonprofit career conference
4. Passing the CNP exam 

What is the cost of the program?

$300 — about the cost of a couple of textbooks!

What is the refund policy? 

Click here to learn more.

What are the technical requirements? 

You need a computer or smart device with access to the internet.

Have more questions?

Click here for our FAQ document.

At a Glance

Area of study: Nonprofit leadership

Ideal for: APO students and recent alumni

Program format: Online course and community

Program length: 3 months or less

Tuition cost: $300

Enroll Today

Registration is now live! Complete your enrollment process using our easy online form.

Program Costs

The $300 fee includes all program materials, credentialing fees and one registration for Elevate—a virtual nonprofit career conference.  

Click here to learn about the refund policy.

A nonprofit career is one of the most fulfilling professions you can pursue, and the demand for qualified nonprofit leaders has never been greater. Do you love animals? Do you enjoy working with people in your community? Are you into politics? Whatever you feel passionately about, there's a job that will allow you to turn your passion into a profession.

A new partnership with Alpha Phi Omega provides a fast-track for you to earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) in as little as three months.
Complete the form at the top to learn more. 

Want to change the world? There's a credential for that. 

 APO Students and Recent Alumni: Sign up to receive more information about earning the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential through your APO membership! 

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Recent research completed by an independent organization shows that CNPs are seven times (7x!) more likely to rise to director+ level than their non-CNP peers. Due to the unique combination of skill-building activities, practical experience, and leadership experiences, CNPs get hired and rise more quickly in their organizations. This means a reduction of learning curve that is equivalent to two years on the job!

Exploring Nonprofit Careers

The nonprofit sector offers a plethora of career opportunities for those with a passion to change the world. There is a wide variety of job opportunities – based on the mission of the organization and its size.


Sample Titles: Program Coordinator (or Manager or Director) — Works in after-school programs, food pantries, etc. (oftentimes works directly with the client or customer)


Sample Titles: Volunteer Coordinator (or Manager or Director) — Recruits and manages volunteers (unpaid staff)


Sample Titles: Marketing Coordinator (or Manager or Director) — Helps to raise awareness about the organization and its programs


Sample Titles: Development Coordinator (or Manager or Director) — Helps the organization raise critical funds from individuals, corporations or foundations


Sample Titles: Bookkeeper, Accountant, Finance Director/CFO — Financial management, accounting, risk management

Human Resources

Sample Titles: Human Resources Manager — Manages staff relations


Sample Titles: Membership Coordinator (or Manager or Director) — Helps recruit and provides services to members (members might be people or organizations)

Executive Suite

Sample Titles: COO, Founder, Executive Director, President/CEO — Management of entire organization (operations, development/fundraising, volunteer management, etc.)

About the CNP Credential

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students for careers in nonprofit leadership. Students who complete this leadership development program are awarded the credential and gain access to a lifetime of career resources.

More than 10,500 students have completed the requirements of the CNP credential. They work for many of the most well-respected nonprofit organizations that operate in the U.S. and worldwide. A large network of change agents all focused on a single purpose: making the world a better place.

In addition, the Alliance’s network of national and local nonprofit organizations hire more than 50,000 people annually. These are organizations that value the training and preparation that is core to the CNP program. 

One in 10 people work for a nonprofit in the U.S. The nonprofit sector has quietly grown to become the nation’s second largest employment category. And the pace of growth is not slowing. Nonprofit employment has grown for 15 years straight – even during the recession. We need passionate and talented leaders, such as yourself, to step in and up!

The Value of the CNP

The CNP Network

The CNP credential is grounded in the core competencies identified by the nonprofit workforce as critical to nonprofit employment success. 

Danielle Conlon Contreras, CNP
President, Association of CNPs
Senior Philanthropic Advisor
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC

A message from DanielleEnroll Now

Through this leadership program, you will have access to…

•Mentors and career coaches
•Hiring managers and CNP-only job opportunities
•A digital version of the CNP credential
•A dynamic online course that will train you in how to be a successful nonprofit leader
•The Association of CNPs (a national network of 10,500+ like-minded leaders)

The CNP after your name tells the world you have the know-how, the experience and the passion needed to create a better version of our world.

A few of our future CNPs

Turn Your Passion for Service into a Career

The sector needs you! (Yes, you!)

Unlock Your Potential

1. Management and Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector
2. Nonprofit Marketing and Communications
3. Nonprofit Fundraising and Resource Development
4. Cultural Competency and Diversity
5. Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
6. Nonprofit Governance and Volunteer Management
7. Designing Nonprofit Programs for Long-term Sustainability
Nonprofit Trends and Innovation