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. General requirements for each certificate are described below. For detailed requirements and 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
  • Of these 120 hours, at least one full-day class (one-day or two-day class) in each core area
  • 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: Fall 2015, date TBD

Deadline to submit: TBD

*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.

80-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management

For those who have completed significant coursework or who may be on their way to earning the 120-hour certificate, Nonprofit Learning Point also offers an 80-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Students must complete:

  • A total of at least 80 hours of coursework
  • Of these 80 hours, at least 7 hours of coursework in each core area

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.

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.

Students must complete:

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