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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 along with GPA Logo Policy Guidelines
  • GPA Approved trainer elevator pitch and marketing blurbs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions to review about the program: GPA Approved Trainer Questions.

Any further questions, 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
GPA Logo Usage Policy
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.

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.

This year I became a GPA Approved Trainer after learning about the process at the 2018 national GPA Conference (shout out to Katherine Heart for advising me). While I’ve provided training programs for clients and fundraising groups for the past 10 years, I had not formalized that service as a part of my consulting business. The GPA Approved Trainer process helped me package and promote my offerings. I use the Approved Trainer logo on my website and training materials. Love my GPA membership! - Melissa Draut, Grant Consultant, Louisville, KY
This is my first year as a GPA Approved Trainer and over the past year, I've done 4 grant writing trainings for DH Leonard Grant Consulting. I have found the certification to be a helpful tool to differentiate myself from other trainers. The "seal of approval" from GPA demonstrates professional qualifications in an emerging field and by having a well established professional organization support my work I'm viewed as someone who is actively engaged in and current with the policies and opportunities within the field of grant writing. - Amy Bonn, Finch Network LLC