As nonprofits review the credentials and experience of grant writers—whether they’re looking to bring one in-house or hire a freelancer—the question of certification may come up. There is such a thing as a certified grant writer. In fact, several of our Professional Grant Writers team members are certified grant writers.
So what does that mean, and is it important?
The answer isn’t a short one, but here’s the rundown: Unlike doctors and lawyers, there is no one certifying body for grant writers. As such, there are tons of organizations and schools offering grant writing certification, after training and passing a test. They vary in rigorousness and complexity.
Can a person be a great grant writer without a certification? Yes, absolutely, and many fit just that description. So, nonprofits: Rather than asking a grant writer if they are certified, ask about their relevant experience, knowledge, and successes. That will give you a much better sense of the person’s abilities and accomplishments, and whether they’re a good fit for your organization.
And grant writers, take note. While certification can be a resume-booster and a great way to continue your education, it’s not necessary or required to write grants, and write them well.
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