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.

120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The 120-hour Certificate in Nonprofit Management is signed by the President of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and by the President/CEO of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE) and follows the curricular guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Please note that Nonprofit Learning Point’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management is separate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management in their Master of Public Administration program. The Certificate of Achievement 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 activities are given out in each class)
    • A summative essay** of at least 1200 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. Samples are available from staff by request.
    • *Homework assignments completed for classes completed 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 Strategic Management

Initially developed by a team of Nonprofit Learning Point instructors, Nonprofit Learning Point offers a specialized Certificate in Strategic Management.

Students must complete:

  • Each class in the Strategic Management series curriculum:
    • Foundations of Strategy I: Strategic Thinking
    • Foundations of Strategy II: Business Thinking
    • The Strategic Management System
    • The Strategic Planning Process
    • Implementing Strategy

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 announced the formal transition of Homeward’s Case Management Certificate Program to NLP, effective fall of 2009. The program content will remain largely the same as Homeward’s offerings, with the format transitioning to three consolidated training sessions. The content will expand its focus from case management for those who are experiencing homelessness to case management for those who are living in poverty.

Homeward will continue to grant certificates to students who complete the NLP case management coursework. Click here for more information from Homeward.

Students must complete:

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

Upon completion of all three classes, students should email the following information to Melanie McDonald at mmcdonald@homewardva.org. A response will be sent within one week.

  • Name, as you would like it to appear on the certificate
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Did you begin your certificate while Homeward managed the case management program: YES or NO
  • Please provide the name and the date of completion for each of the classes that were taken to complete the certificate.
  • Please tell us how this certificate has helped you achieve your professional goals.