Become a GPA Approved Trainer

Become a GPA Approved Trainer!

Whether grant training is a large part of what you do or one small piece of your job, becoming a GPA Approved Trainer can be the right next step in your career.  

Being a GPA Approved Trainer lets customers, co-workers, and other grant professionals know you are well-prepared, credible, and skilled in helping people build their grants knowledge base—whether it’s in grant research, writing, and management; project or organizational development; evaluation; or other key components of grant success. All GPA Approved Trainers abide by the GPA Code of Ethics.

To become an approved trainer you must:
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience as a grant professional
  • Provide references who can verify your professional knowledge and presentation skills
  • Develop course objectives and formats that address GPC competencies
  • Pay a $100 application fee ($400 for non-GPA members) and complete appliciation

As an approved trainer you will receive:
  • A listing on the Training page of the GPA website
  • Referrals from GPA HQ
  • GPA Approved trainer badge for printed materials/website
  • GPA Approved trainer elevator pitch and marketing blurbs

To learn more about becoming a GPA Approved Trainer, contact the GPA Office Manager at 913-788-3000 or

Follow the links on this page for more information or to download the application form.
GPA Code of Ethics
Trainer Application
Category Fee
GPA Member $100.00
Non-GPA Member $400.00
Fee's payable by check or credit card
*all GPCs receive a 25% discount. Contact HQ for Discount Code

Why YOU should become a GPA Approved Trainer.

Becoming a GPA Approved Trainer provides a level of experience, knowledge, ethics and professionalism to your resume that will increase class attendance and training opportunities nationally. - Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC

The GPA Approved Trainer designation is a signal to others that you meet a high level of professionalism as a source matter expert and trainer. Much like a brand name communicates consistency and quality, the GPA Approved Trainer designation shows clients that you meet the high standards of one of the premier associations for grant professionals. - Lucy Morgan

Others should consider becoming a GPA Approved Trainer because it is a standard of excellence in the grant industry and a must for those professionals who provide training in the sector. - Scot Scala, GPC, M.Ed.