GPCI® is an affiliate organization of Grant Professionals Association (GPA) which, since its inception has been dedicated to establishing a valid credentialing process for grant professionals. To this end, and in keeping within the ideal parameters for psychometric testing, GPA created GPCI®, an independent body to oversee its credentialing initiative. While GPCI® is considered an affiliate of GPA and shares GPA’s vision and mission, it is governed by its own board and maintains its own corporate identity.

The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) is the end-product of an important discussion begun at the 2000 Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Annual Conference—formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP)—in Berkeley California. At that conference the membership passed a board resolution to create a committee charged with the task of determining the need for and feasibility of a credential for the grant profession. After two years of discovery, the Certification Committee established GPCI. In 2004 GPCI was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. In 2007, it offered its first exam.

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