CERTIFIED NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL
What is the Certified Nonprofit Accounting
Professional (C.N.A.P.) program?
Sponsored by member firms of the
NonProfit CPAs, the C.N.A.P. program is a comprehensive
qualification, training, and examination designed to recognize
excellence in the not-for-profit industry.
Who is eligible to earn the C.N.A.P. designation?
The program is beneficial for bookkeepers, staff
accountants, and any professional charged with the financial
management of a nonprofit organization. These individuals are
the key personnel in any industry that will gain basic and
intermediate accounting and reporting skills by achieving the C.N.A.P.
Who is NonProfit CPAs?
The NonProfit CPAs group is a nationwide network of CPA firms
specifically selected for their experience in, and commitment to,
servicing the nonprofit industry. NonProfit CPAs members combine their
expertise to provide the highest quality services to improve the
performance of nonprofit organizations. Through the NonProfit
educational program and continuous exchange of ideas and
information, NonProfit CPAs members stay on the forefront of the nonprofit
industry. For more information, please visit the their website at:
I already completed a C.N.A.P. "registration
form". Is there a separate application form to complete?
No. Completing a registration form is
Do I have to be a CPA in order to qualify?
It is not required that you are a CPA, but you must
have at least 24 months in the financial position of a nonprofit
What are the benefits of attaining the C.N.A.P.
Improved skills and knowledge obtained via the
Enhance credibility within the industry as a
professional committed to excellence in nonprofit financial
Increased professional knowledge and capability.
National recognition in our industry.
Increased value to your nonprofit
What are the requirements for certification?
1. Pay the $935 registration fee.
2. Complete and submit an
3. Complete the required training course
within 36 months. The training courses are open to
non-C.N.A.P. candidates, and there are no prerequisites to attend the
4. Pass the exam at the end of
How much does it cost to become certified?
The cost of this certification is $935.
This fee is paid directly to BWK Rogers PC.
What type of training is offered in the C.N.A.P.
Practical, relevant, and timely training is course taught by experienced and knowledgeable CPAs
who concentrate their financial and consulting service in the
nonprofit industry. Whether used as a "refresher" course or as
means to gain industry-specific knowledge, the specialized hands-on
curriculum -- including ideas to improve the profitability of your
organization --will yield immediate benefits. The curriculum also
includes basic and intermediate nonprofit accounting, as well as
in-depth training on more advanced issues such as internal controls
and budgeting for not-for-profit organizations. The training
course is also open to non-C.N.A.P. candidates.
How do I register for a training session?
Submit your completed registration form and $935
check made payable to BWK Rogers PC, 431 South 7th Street,
Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Click here for the
current registration information.
Who conducts the training?
The training session follows a standardized
curriculum, developed by an members in nonprofit industry
financial management, including all items in the training
manual. The actual training
is conducted by representatives from BWK Rogers PC.
The instructor for the upcoming session are Barry
Rogers and Wylie Klawitter.
"As one the instructors, I would
like to tell you a little about my background. I am a CPA and the
Managing Partner of BWK Rogers PC. I have over 30 years of
experience in providing auditing, accounting and consulting services
to not-for-profit organizations. My career includes working at
Arthur Young & Company (currently Ernst and Young) before forming my
own accounting firm, which is dedicated to serving the
nonprofit industry. I have spent over 20 years teaching
nonprofit accounting and auditing at Metropolitan State University
and regularly participate at seminars sponsored by the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society
of CPAs. In addition, I am one of the co-authors of the NonProfit
nationally certified accounting professional course."
--Barry Rogers, CPA & Managing
Partner of BWK Rogers PC
What about the tests at the end of the training?
A requirement for certification is that candidates
pass a test given at the end of the training
session. The test is "open book", and candidates are required to
bring and use calculators. The exam is the same for all candidates
regardless of where they complete the training, with input from
NonProfit CPAs member
CPAs experienced in not-for-profit industry financial management.
The passing grade for each test is 75%.
What if I fail the exam?
Any candidate who fails an exam will be allowed one
opportunity to re-take it at a mutually convenient time and
location. If a candidate fails the exam for a second time, he or
she must attend the training session
again before trying again.
How long do I have to complete all of the
requirements for certification?
Candidates must meet the requirements (listed above)
within 36 months of taking the course. Some may be able to
meet all of the requirements in as little as three or four months
(depending on the training schedule).
When should I submit the complete application
You need to submit the completed application form
prior to attending.
How long do I have until I will have to be
In order to maintain the Certified Nonprofit
Accounting Professional designation, each certificate holder must fulfill
re-certification requirements that are established by the
What if I have additional questions?
Please visit the NPAC website
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