Grant Professional Certification (GPC) Exam Prep

Increase your "generalist" knowledge of the grant profession while preparing to become certified by passing the GPC exam
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Published 7/2013 English

Course Description

Attention experienced grant writers:

Have you written at least 5 successful grant proposals over the past 7 years and have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the grants field within the last 5 years? If "yes", you may be eligible to take the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam and become certified. This course is perfect for you!

The GPC Exam Prep home study course helps you become certified by helping you complete your eligibility packet and preparing you to pass the GPC Exam! It includes polls, group discussions, scenarios (case studies), presentations, Google library, orientation and unique practice exam.

The GPC exam (and practice exam) have two parts: a writing sample and multiple choice section. Some skills measured include funder research, project design, crafting an effective grant application, post-award management, ethics, and writing a convincing case for funding.

GPC Exam Prep covers all 9 core exam competencies and 65 sub-competencies. It was designed by certified faculty.

The GPC Exam is independently administered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). Cost for taking the GPC exam is separate. GPC Exam Prep is for advanced grant writers.

What are the requirements?

  • Students must register separately to take the GPC exam with the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI). Instructions for doing so are inside the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you will increase your knowledge and prepare to take and pass the GPC exam.
  • In this course, you will learn how to complete your eligibility packet.
  • In this course, you will learn all 9 core exam competencies.
  • In this course, you will learn 65 sub-competencies.
  • In this course, you will learn test-taking strategies.

What is the target audience?

  • Experienced grant writers with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the grants field within the last 5 years as well as at least 5 successful grant proposals over the past 7 years.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: OVERVIEW: Orientation and GPC Exam Registration
01:38
In this video, you will receive a welcome from Carolyn Henrikson and Phil Johncock. Meet Rebecca Novak and Bentonne Snay, who are also GPC-certified faculty you will see in future videos .

Downloadable materials:
  • Phil's Resume
  • Carolyn's Resume
  • List of 9 Competencies and 64 Sub-Competencies for GPC Exam

External Resources:

  • GPC Exam Prep Course Online LIBRARY - Books to prepare for GPC Exam
  • GPC Exam Competencies (9)
  • Related Blog Posts and Articles
06:04
This lecture includes information about what the GPC exam is, who administers it [Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPC)], cost, and supplementary materials (literature review, links to sites for more info). Note: click here to access scholarship info and verify GPCI's fees, which may different from the fees at the time of making this video.

One question often asked is "do you recommend purchasing the study guide mention on the Preparation page from the GPA store or Thompson publishing?" Our faculty have discussed this in detail over the years. We have reviewed the study guide in the past. However, while it is helpful, the material including in this course is much, more comprehensive. If you would like get a free special report in which Phil interviews the authors of the study guide that will be delivered to you in both a searchable .pdf and audio .mp3, click here .
03:42
The 6 top reasons why becoming Grant Professional Certified is important are shown here, as well as faculty comments. In the External Resources, click on the link to watch a YouTube video from Phil for the reasons he become certified.
04:47
Learn about how the process works for submitting your eligibility packet for review from our faculty before you submit it to GPCI. Learn the timeline for submitting your eligibility packet, packet review, notification and 6-month window to take the exam after you have been notified that you are approved to take the exam. Learn about when you will hear about the results from your exam. Note: The dates and timeline may change from the one shown in the video. Click here for current information about the timeline.
02:14
This video show you where you can take the exam. Click here to find the nearest electronic testing center near you.
10:57
In this video, learn about the eligibility scoring rubric and eligibility packet, as well as an eligibility scoring example. Please click here to get the most current eligibility packet, in case it has been changed by GPCI. In the External Resources, you will find the most current eligibility packet as a Word document.
06:54

In this video, discover how the registration process works. Steps 1-7 include downloading your Eligibility Packet and conclude with you notifying us once you’ve submitted your Eligibility Packet. The Timeline is reviewed in relation to your studies. This video concludes for what to do “after” you have passed.

06:23
This is a short video about the history of grant certification and the Grant Professor's story. Enjoy!
Section 2: GPC Competency 1 - Funder Research
00:57

15%of Multiple Choice Section

Competency 01

Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs

08:56
1.01. Identify major trends in public funding and public policy.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint slides shown in video
04:32
1.02. Identify major trends in private grant funding.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint slides shown in video
06:20
1.03. Identify methods of locating funding sources.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes from 2012 discussion on 1.03
  • Notes from 2011 discussion on 1.03
1 page
1.04. Identify techniques to learn about specific funders.

In this lecture, you receive a scenario to consider.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.04 Scenario
03:38
1.05. Identify methods for maintaining, tracking, and updating information on potential funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • Proposal Tracking Template from student
  • Prospect Worksheet (shown in video)
1 page
1.06. Identify effects of applicants’ organizational cultures, values, decision-making processes, and norms on the pursuit of grant opportunities.

Downloadable materials:
  • 1.06 Scenario
06:46
1.07. Identify fundable programs and projects for specific organizations.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.07 Scenario
2 pages
1.08. Determine best matches between funders and specific programs.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.08 Scenario
2 pages
1.09. Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements to accurately assess funder intent.

Downloadable materials
  • 1.09 Scenario
  • Notes 1.09 Scenario discussion

Section 3: GPC Competency 2 - Organizational Dev/Grant Seeking
01:18
10%of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 02
Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
2 pages
2.01.  Identify methods for coordinating organizations’ grants development with various available funding streams.

2.04.  Identify methods for assisting organizations to implement practices that advance grant readiness.

2.05.  Identify values, purposes, and goals of fund-seeking entities’ overall strategic plans in the grants process.

Download materials:
  • 2.01, 2.04 & 2.05 Scenario
  • Notes from Discussion of Scenarios 2.01, 2.04, 2.05 2011
08:09
Part 1 of 2

2.02.  Assess organizations’ capacity for grant seeking.

2.
03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

2.06.  Identify methods of conducting mission-focused planning and needs assessments with applicant organizations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06
  • Notes from Discussion of Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06 2011
04:52
Part 2 of 2

2.02.  Assess organizations’ capacity for grant seeking.

2.
03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

2.06.  Identify methods of conducting mission-focused planning and needs assessments with applicant organizations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenarios 2.02, 2.03, 2.06
10:08
2.07.  Identify strategies and procedures for obtaining internal institutional support and approval of decision-makers for grant-seeking activities.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes 2.07 Internal Support 2012
  • Summary of Polls Re 2.07 and 2.08 2011
  • Polls 2.07 2012
09:52
2.08.  Identify appropriate methods of working with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders to support grant seeking.
09:10
2.09.  Identify practices of grant seeking that are outside the boundaries of applicable laws and regulations.

Downloadable materials:
  • Notes 2.09 Grant Seeking Outside the Law 2012
Section 4: GPC Competency 3 - Program and Project Design
01:15
20%Of Multiple Choice Section
Competency 03
Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development

Includes Overview of Competency 3 and Sub-Competencies 3.01-3.08. In Downloadable materials, you will find the competencies and sub-competencies listed.
3.01 Stakeholder Input - Poll & Group Discussion
06:54
3.02 Collaborations - Poll & Group Discussion
04:18
04:47
3.03.  Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.

3.08.  Identify appropriate methods of working with local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders to support grant seeking.
3.04 - Logic Models, Part 1 of 2
09:58
3.04 - Logic Models, Part 2 of 2
05:01
11 questions

3.05 Identify appropriate definitions of and interrelationships among elements of project design.

Multiple choice: definitions or examples

1 page

3.06. Identify design and development decisions that are data-based (e.g. descriptive, qualitative, environmental, and statistical).

  • Federal agencies for data
  • Other agencies for data

3.07 Community Resources - Poll & Group Discussion
01:44
Section 5: GPC Competency 4 - Effective Grant Applications
00:40
25%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 04
Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
06:18
4. 01.  Interpret grant application request for proposal (RFP) guidelines and requirements (e.g., abstracts and summaries, problem statements and needs assessments, introductions of organizations and capability statements, references and past performance requirements, timelines, narrative formats, budget formats, standard forms and assurances, scoring rubrics) to ensure high quality responses.

4.02.  Identify elements of standard grant proposal applications (e.g., needs assessments and statements, project objectives, project designs and methods, project narratives, activities, action plans, timelines, project evaluations, budgets, dissemination plans, future funding or sustainability statements, appendices, attachments).

Downloable materials:
  • 4.01 and 4.02 Review Summary 2012
  • 4.01 and 4.02 Assurances and Attachments 2011
08:35
4.02.  Identify elements of standard grant proposal applications (e.g., needs assessments and statements, project objectives, project designs and methods, project narratives, activities, action plans, timelines, project evaluations, budgets, dissemination plans, future funding or sustainability statements, appendices, attachments).

Downloadable materials:
  • Community Harvest Application
  • Dental Application
  • 4.02 Discussion Summary 2012
09:32
4.03.  Identify work strategies for submitting high-quality proposals on time.

This audio is Secret 23 of 30, entitled Create a Timeline for Success. Listen and follow along with Secret 23 in the Downloadable materials section. Permission is granted to use these from the Grants Conference and Fastest Way to Get Grants.
02:47
4.04.  Identify accurate and appropriate data sources to support proposal narratives.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.04 Summary 2012
09:10
4.05.  Identify appropriate, sequential, consistent, and logical presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas among or within proposal components.

4.07.  Identify appropriate and accurate uses of visuals to highlight information.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.05, 4.07 Gantt Chart - Using a Spreadsheet to Create a Gantt Chart Timeline
Article
4.06.  Identify proposal-writing approaches, styles, tones, and formats appropriate for proposing organizations and various audiences.
08:35
4.08.  Identify effective practices for developing realistic, accurate line-item and narrative budgets and for expressing the relationship between line-items and project activities in the budget narrative.

Download materials:
  • ABC Foundation Information (RFP)
  • Community Harvest Application Form
  • Dental Application Form
08:23
4.09.  Identify sources of in-kind matches for project budgets.

Downloadable materials:
  • 4.09 Resources - Understanding In-Kind Matches
  • 4.09 Technical Assistance Brief: In-Kind Cash Match Documentation
  • 4.09 Documentation, Matching Funds & In-Kind Donations
  • 4.09 GEAR UP In-Kind Match Guide
  • 4.09 Matching Funds
05:58
4.10.  Identify factors that limit how budgets should be written (e.g., matching requirements, supplanting issues, indirect costs, prevailing rates, performance-based fees, client fees, collective bargaining, allowable versus non-allowable costs).

Download materials:
  • 4.10 Resources - Matching Requirements
11:27
4.11.  Identify evaluation models and components appropriate to grant applications.

Download materials:
  • 4.11 Evaluation Summary
05:29
4.11.  Identify evaluation models and components appropriate to grant applications.

Download materials:
  • 4.11 Evaluation Summary
09:57
4.12.  Identify methods for submitting proposals electronically.

Downloadable materials:
  • Life of a Grants.gov Application
  • 4 12 Electronic Submission Summary 2012
04:45
4.12.  Identify methods for submitting proposals electronically.

Downloadable materials:
  • Life of a Grants.gov Application
  • 4 12 Electronic Submission Summary 2012
Section 6: GPC Competency 5 - Post-Award Grant Management
00:39
7%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 05
Knowledge of post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
01:15
5.01.  Identify standard elements of regulatory compliance.

Download materials:
  • 5.01 Notes
01:31
5.02.  Identify effective practices for key functions of grant management.

Downloadable materials:
  • 5.02 Notes
00:48
5.03.  Differentiate roles and responsibilities of project and management staff and other key principals affiliated with grant projects.

Downloadable materials ...
  • 5.03 Notes
01:28
5.04.  Identify methods of establishing transitions to post-award implementation that fulfill project applications (e.g., document transfer, accuracy in post-award fiscal and activity reporting).

Downloadable materials:
  • 5.04 Notes
Section 7: GPC Competency 6 - Ethics
01:19
10%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 06
Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grants professionals
12:03
6.01.  Identify characteristics of business relationships that result in conflicts of interest or give the appearance of conflicts of interest.

6.03.  Identify effects of choices that foster or suppress cultural diversity and pluralistic values.

6.04.  Distinguish between truthful and untruthful, and accurate and inaccurate representations in grant development, including research and writing.

6.05.  Identify issues, effects, and countermeasures pertinent to grant Professionals’ individual heritages, backgrounds, knowledge and experiences as they may affect the grant development process.

6.06.  Identify funding sources that may present conflicts of interest for specific grant seekers and applicants.

Downloadable materials:
  • 6.01, 6.03, 6.04, 6.06 Notes And Polls

Section 8: GPC Competency 7 - Professionalism
02:06
5%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 07 - Professionalism
Knowledge of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of Grant Professionals

8%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 08 - Relationship Building
Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
07:20
7.01.  Identify characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between fund seekers and funders.

7.04.  Identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • 7.01 and 7.04 Scenario and Notes
08:03
7.02.  Identify advantages of participating in professional organizations that offer grant Professionals growth opportunities and advance the profession.

Downloadable materials:
  • Scenario 7.02
06:01
7.03.  Identify how grants Professionals’ networks (e.g., mailing list servers, community alliances) enhance individuals’ professional growth and advance the profession.

Downloadable materials
  • 7.03 Poll and Notes
Section 9: GPC Competency 8 - Relationship Building
Article
8%Of Multiple Choice Test
Competency 08
Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
06:17
8.01.  Identify characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between fund seekers and funders.

8.03.  Identify methods to help fund-seeking organizations create effective collaborations with other organizations appropriate to funders’ missions and goals.

Downloadable materials:
  • 8.01 and 8.03 Scenario

05:21
8.02.  Identify strategies to determine funder-relation approaches that suit fund-seeking entities’ missions, cultures, and values.

8.04.  Identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders.

Downloadable materials:
  • 8.02 and 8.04 Polls and Notes
Section 10: GPC Competency 9 - Writing Convincing Cases for Funding
2 pages

20% Of Overall
Competency 09
Ability to write a convincing case for funding

9.01.  Follow guidelines.
9.02.  Use conventions of standard written English.
9.03.  Organize ideas appropriately.
9.04.  Convey ideas clearly.
9.05.  Make a persuasive argument.

Downloadable materials:

  • Scoring Scale - Writing Prompt
09:22
This lecture covers how the writing prompt for the GPC Exam works. It includes all competencies included in Competency 9: 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04.

Downloadable materials:
  • PowerPoint Slides for Writing Prompt Scoring: 9.01, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04.
00:55
This is the format recommended by the Federal government.
05:05

The Writing Prompt for the writing sample for the GPC Exam may involve writing a Letter of Inquiry.

Downloading materials:

  • Letter of Inquiry template
Section 11: Final Thoughts
01:22

A few tips around what to expect for your exam.

08:50
Bonus: Many salaried employees have told us that they would like to know more about the life of a "consultant". Here you go ...

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Instructor Biography

Phil Johncock, Grant Professor

GRANT PROFESSOR - For 26 years, Phil has had a 94% success rate with over 55 grants funded. As a grant professor for 21 years, he has taught over 3,000 people. In 2001, he designed the first college Grant Writing Certification program in the U.S. He has authored 71 articles and 11 books. In 2011, along with a group of 4 certified GPCs, he designed the premiere GPC Exam Prep Course Online. He is Grant Professional Certified (GPC), edits a free weekly Grant Writing Newsletter for grant professionals and released in 2012 the popular training on How to Create a Grant Readiness 3-Ring Binder. In 2013, he released the Grants Conference training DVDs and Fastest Way to Get Grants CDs for beginning grant writers and grant teams.

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