Achieving Grant Professional Certified Status (GPC)

This session will provide individuals with the basic information needed to successfully prepare and apply for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam. Attendees will learn about the requirements to apply for the exam, the content and format of the exam, where they can go to take the exam at a location close to their home, and how to main the credential every three years. A brief history will be presented as well as the difference between the GPC credential and other professional development opportunities. Information about the top 10 reasons the GPC benefits a grant professional's career, where to obtain study guides and scholarships that cover the exam fees will be shared with participants. This session will address the GPC competencies of adhering to nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers as well as practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Allison Boyd is the President of Boyd Grants. She began her career as a grant proposal developer 14 years ago and has since had over $20 million in grant wins. Allison has a degree in Bachelors of Arts from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Allison Boyd is Grant Professional Certified through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. She currently serves on the GPCI board of directors as the President. In her 5 years on the board, she has been the CMP Chair and the Vice President. 

Bonnie Houk, GPC - Director of Grants Management, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. Mrs. Houk has served as
director since January 1999 and has been instrumental in the awarding of more than 230 proposals totaling more than $62
million for school districts, community organizations, and foundations. Mrs. Houk earned a Masters of Arts in History from
Pittsburg State University, her Grant Professional Certification (GPC) in 2008 and has served on the GPCI board until 2018.