Top 10 Reasons to Become Grant Professional Certified

  1. Certification grants you more credibility. Certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in the grant profession. It adds to your credibility as a grant writer and sets you apart from other professionals.
  2. Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement. GPCI certification can give you the “edge” when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. GPCI certification clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated mastery of grant writing principles and techniques based on accepted best practices.
  3. Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. GPCI certification is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. Certified professionals are aware of the constantly changing environment around their profession and possess the desire to anticipate and respond to change.
  4. Certification improves skills and knowledge. Typically, achieving GPCI certification requires training, experience, study and “keeping up” with changes. GPCI certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. GPCI certification also requires continual learning and demonstration of competency, proving you stay ahead of the curve in the grant profession.
  5. Certification may provide for greater earnings potential. Many grant professionals who have become Grant Professional Certified (GPC) experience salary and wage increases based on their certification status. A 2009 salary study shows that on average GPC earns 7% more than their non-certified counterparts. In addition, GPC’s are in high demand internationally.
  6. Certification demonstrates your commitment to the grant profession. Receiving GPCI certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, funders like the federal government your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards such as post-award grant management.
  7. Certification enhances the profession’s image. GPCI certification seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals, who can stand “out in front” as role models in the grant field.
  8. Certification reflects achievement. GPCI certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in the grant profession.
  9. Certification builds self-esteem. GPCI certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction.
  10. Certification offers greater recognition from peers. As a GPCI certificant, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.