Professional Track 

An on-demand, virtual program designed to move social sector leaders to their next level of leadership.


Invest in yourself. Invest in your future.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance knows the skills that hiring managers want to find. The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Professional Track provides working professionals with a dynamic cohort experience as they strive to attain their nonprofit leadership certificate in the social sector. The six-month program combines multi-media virtual learning strategies, real-world exercises, targeted self-reflection, and peer networking to build leadership skills that can meet any challenge.


Scholarships Available!

What does the Professional Track cost?

Learners pay a fee of $1,700. This includes course tuition, access to the student profile portal, and the digital badge and blockchain certificate once the CNP credential is awarded. All course materials are included in the online portal. Learners also receive a complimentary registration to ELEVATE.

Looking for a partial scholarship opportunity? Apply Now!

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What does it take to earn a CNP?

When you earn your CNP, you will be part of a global network of professionals leading teams that make our world better. Every person who wears a CNP badge meets five requirements. Hover over each icon to learn more.

volunteer service

Volunteer Service

professional experience

Professional Experience

nonprofit knowledge skills

Nonprofit Knowledge and Skills

leadership development

Leadership Development

general learning

General Learning

What can you expect?

Nationally Recognized Credential

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only one of its kind. CNPs are seven times more likely to rise to leadership in their organizations. Our unique blend of education and experience means better job performance and a greater community impact. Adding a CNP to your resume means employers will know it, too!

Association of CNPs (ACNP)

The Association of CNPs (ACNP) is a professional group for all CNP credential holders. This group supports the programs and operations of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance by planning and participating in activities that enhance career development, networking, and community engagement of CNPs across the country.


Attend our three-day virtual conference for social sector leaders on the Leaderosity platform this winter. Participants learn from national thought leaders, network with changemakers, and are allowed access to a wealth of digital resources. Not only is ELEVATE conference attendance included in the Workforce Track, but it can also fulfill the leadership development requirement for your nonprofit leadership certificate.

Life-long Learning

Show off your accomplishment on all of your digital platforms with our custom CNP digital badge, issued by Acclaim. The format is easy to import to your email signature line, LinkedIn and other social media. You will also receive a CNP certificate in nonprofit management suitable for printing. The block chain format means your certificate is always accessible and verified.

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Professional Track Program Outline


Ariel Kaylor, CNP

Meet our CNP Program Manager!

Have some questions? Schedule a meeting with Ariel personally!

Kylie Nealis,

“What sets the CNP Professional Track apart from other online programs is how connected you feel to a community of other learners and how accessible the course facilitator is – this is a crucial aspect of any online program.”

Kylie Nealis, CNP

Stefanie O’Brien

“Because of this program, I was able to lead and guide discussions at my organization about changes and investments we could make to improve our impact. This program gave me the confidence and know-how. I am grateful, not just for the impact on me as a leader, but also what it will do for those we serve. Who knew so much could change in just 6 months!”

Stefanie O’Brien, CNP



How can we help you?

Submit your question to Ariel, our CNP Programs Manager.