Certificate Programs

Nonprofit Learning Point offers students the opportunity to pursue an array of certificates based on national standards and local best practices, including the curricular guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, national and local area expert partners such as the Center for Certification in Volunteer Administration and HomeWard, and on the standards set by our very own Curriculum Committee. Requirements to earn each certificate are described below. To learn how to apply pre-2014 coursework, please review our Policies and FAQs page here.

Upon completion of any certificate, please contact the program office.

120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The 120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management is signed by the President/CEO of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE) and follows the curricular guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Prior to 2014, this certificate was known as the Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management. This certificate has been awarded to hundreds of local and regional nonprofit professionals since 1997.

Students must complete:

  • A total of at least 120 hours of coursework (register for classes here!)
    • Of these 120 hours, students must complete at least one full-day class (one-day or two-day class) in each of the five core areas (Organizational Development and Strategy; Programs and Community Impact; Fund Development and Communications; Resource Management; Leadership and Personal Development)
  • A capstone “portfolio” consisting of:
    • At least one reflection activity* for each core area (reflection sheets are provided in each class)
    • A summative essay** of at least 1200 words, and no more than 1600 words, demonstrating how the individual’s completed coursework has transformed his or her work and how the individual has grown and developed professionally in that time. Essays should reference, in detail, at least one class taken from each core area, and include an appendix at the end of the essay listing all courses taken by Core Area. Samples are available from staff by request.

Once submitted, portfolios are reviewed by our Certificate Review Panel, which makes all certificate awarding decisions. The Certificate Review Panel meets twice annually to review submissions: once in the summer and once in late fall. Upcoming review session dates will be posted here when set, along with deadlines for submission.

Next Panel meeting: January 2017

Deadline to submit: December 21, 2016

*Homework assignments completed for classes prior to 2014 may stand in place of reflection activity sheets. Candidates do not need to physically present these assignments.
**For those who may require special accommodations, verbal or other presentation options in lieu of the summative essay will be considered.

Certificate in Volunteer Resources Management

In collaboration with HandsOn Greater Richmond, the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration (GRAVA), and the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), Nonprofit Learning Point offers students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Volunteer Resources Management based on a national Volunteer Management Training Series curriculum.

Identifying the distinction between the international CVA certification offered by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) and the local Certificate in Volunteer Management offered by Nonprofit Learning Point can be a challenge. What’s the difference? Who is the intended audience for each? And what are the requirements to complete each?

To become Certified in Volunteer Administration, or CVA, individuals must first complete a minimum of three years of full-time volunteer management-related experience and be presently employed (paid or unpaid) in a position for which 30 percent or more of the responsibilities are related to managing volunteers. If these criteria are met, candidates complete an exam, offered twice yearly via computer, based on the body of knowledge for this field. The CVA credential is designed to demonstrate the mastery of volunteer management competencies. As the requirements suggest, it does not involve training, though working experience is a requirement of the certification and study groups are a common part of the certification process. Upon earning this professional certification, individuals may use the designation “CVA” after their name.

Earning the NLP Certificate in Volunteer Management, on the other hand, is an endeavor that intends to build foundational knowledge and core skills. As a continuing education provider, Nonprofit Learning Point works closely with volunteer management experts at the Greater Richmond Association of Volunteer Administrators, HandsOn Greater Richmond, and CCVA itself to identify the skills and information that managers must possess to master key volunteer management competencies. These skills and information make up the curriculum of the four classes required to earn the certificate: Volunteer Engagement Overview, Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding, Supporting and Sustaining Volunteer Involvement, and Topics and Trends in Volunteer Management. Leaders and managers of volunteers commonly report that completing the certificate while gaining working experience in volunteer engagement is a helpful step to becoming eligible and preparing for the CVA certification exam.

Register for classes here!

Students must complete:

  • Each class in the Volunteer Management Training Series (VMTS):
    • Volunteer Resources Management Overview
    • Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding
    • Supporting and Sustaining Volunteer Involvement
    • Topics and Trends in Volunteer Management
  • One additional “elective” class in any core area

Case Management Certificate

Nonprofit Learning Point and Homeward, the greater Richmond region’s planning and coordinating agency for homeless services, have partnered to bring students a three part Case Management Certificate. The content not only focuses on case management for those who are experiencing homelessness but also case management for those who are living in poverty.

Register for classes here!

Students must complete:

  • Each class in the Case Management series:
    • Case Management I
    • Case Management II
    • Case Management III