Are you thinking of attending a CNAP class, but have some questions…?
WHAT IS THE CERTIFIED NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL (CNAP) ESSENTIALS PROGRAM?
Sponsored by member firms of The Nonprofit CPAs Alliance, the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) program is designed to recognize excellence in the not-for-profit industry through comprehensive qualification, training, and examination. The CNAP Essentials program is the first of two courses. This course is beneficial for bookkeepers, staff accountants, and any professional charged with the financial management of a not-for-profit organization. Through a minimal time commitment, participants receive intensive training from individuals dedicated to serving not-for-profit organizations.
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING IS OFFERED IN THE CNAP PROGRAM?
Practical, relevant, and timely training is offered in two separate courses taught by experienced and knowledgeable professionals who concentrate their financial and consulting services in the nonprofit industry. The specialized hands-on curriculum – including ideas to improve the profitability of your organization – will yield immediate benefits. The curriculum also includes basic and intermediate nonprofit accounting, as well as in-depth training on more advanced issues such as internal controls and budgeting for nonprofit organizations.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ATTAINING THE CNAP DESIGNATION?
- Improved skills and knowledge obtained via the specialized training
- Enhanced credibility within the industry as a professional committed to excellence in nonprofit financial management
- Increased professional knowledge and capability
- National recognition in your industry
- Increased value to your nonprofit organization
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO EARN THE CNAP CERTIFICATION?
The program is beneficial for bookkeepers, staff accountants, and any professional charged with the financial management of a nonprofit organization. These individuals are the key personnel in any industry that will gain basic and intermediate accounting and reporting skills by achieving the CNAP designation. Applicants must have at least 18 months of experience in a financial position within a nonprofit organization.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION?
- Submit registration application, a letter verifying 18 months nonprofit finance experience and fees
- Complete the required training course within 36 months
- Pass the exam at the end of each training course
WHAT ABOUT THE EXAM AT THE END OF TRAINING?
The exam is “open book” and is the same for all candidates regardless of where they complete the training. The passing grade for the exam is 75%.
WHAT IF I FAIL THE EXAM?
Any candidate who fails the exam will be allowed one opportunity to re-take it at a mutually convenient time and location. If a candidate fails the exam for a second time, they must re-attend training before repeating the exam.
Note: Payment for re-attending will be at the discretion of the trainer.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME CERTIFIED?
The course price varies based on location.
The total program cost can range from $650-$995*. These fees are payable in full to the Nonprofit CPAs member firm hosting the program.
* This amount is based on training location/State.
WHO CONDUCTS THE TRAINING?
Training follows a standardized curriculum and is conducted by Nonprofit CPAs member firms.
WHAT IS THE NONPROFIT CPAS ALLIANCE?
The Nonprofit CPAs Alliance is a nationwide network of CPA firms specifically selected for their experience in, and commitment to, servicing the nonprofit industry. Members combine their expertise to provide the highest quality services to improve the performance of nonprofit organization. Through Nonprofit CPAs’ education program and continuous exchange of ideas and information, members stay on the forefront of the nonprofit industry.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
See what some of our trainers say about the CNAP course. We asked a few of our CNAP trainers about the benefits of CNAP, why someone would want to attend a CNAP class, what an ideal candidate looks like, and to explain how CNAP has helped their past participants. Take a moment to watch the video below, and hear what they have to say.
See what some of our past participants have to say abou the CNAP course. Fiscal Management Associates, LLC (FMA) asking their participants "Why did you want to do the CNAP Course?"
If you have any additional questions, please contact Patrick Pruett at Patrick@therainmakercompanies.com or on 615-373-9880