Nonprofit Leadership

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) for leadership in the nonprofit sector.  As part of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Professional Programs and Training (PPAT) offers a series of fully online, non-credit courses designed to help nonprofit professionals achieve this nationally recognized credential. Typically achieved while earning a degree, EMU is the only university approved by the NLA to offer a path to this certification outside of the pursuit of a degree.

What We Can Do

Working professionals can earn the national Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) [PDF] credential at EMU by completing the eight, online courses in the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Series, demonstrating nonprofit leadership and service activities, and attending one of two national nonprofit conferences.

Visit the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance for more information about CNP certification.

Find out more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at EMU.

Ready to Get Started?

First, create a profile with the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Next, contact EMU’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance director, Tucker Staley, Ph.D., at or 734.487.1460 to discuss your path to certification.

Once you've spoken with the director, find a complete list of courses and training dates on our registration site. Enroll in all eight classes in the series and receive a 10% discount. To receive the discounted rate, please register by phone at 734.487.2259 or 800.932.8689.

Need More Information?

If you have questions or need more information, please submit the form below. Our team will review your request and provide the best resource to assist you.

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Beth Stoner

For all other inquiries, contact or call 734.487.2259 or 800.932.8689.

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