Not-for-Profit Certificate Programs: FAQs

You do not have to be a CPA to obtain a certificate. The certificates are designed to benefit CPAs and non-CPA alike, including anyone who works for, or with, a nonprofit. Those who obtain a certificate will receive the recommended CPE / CAE credits.

NFP Certificate I: While the program is designed to provide a foundational level of learning, individuals will benefit from having a basic understanding and awareness of financial reporting, auditing, governance and tax terminology and practices.

NFP Certificate II: It is recommended that participants have experience working in an NFP organization, or with an NFP organization.

Designed to be highly interactive, these programs offer multiple opportunities for learning, including case study analysis and several gaming scenarios. Participants will be offered the opportunity to apply their new NFP knowledge in a simulated real-world environment. Tests are presented after each course to allow you to apply what you just learned. There are no additional tests at the end of tracks or when you’ve completed the certificate.

This varies from individual to individual and is completely dependent upon the time the participant allocates to completing the coursework. A commitment of approximately 40 hours (NFP Certificate I) or 30 hours (NFP Certificate II) will be required for most individuals to successfully complete the programs.

You have twenty-four (24) months from the date of purchase to complete all the courses. You are encouraged to complete the program within a twelve (12) month period or less.

There are no limitations on the order in which you can take the courses.

You will receive your certificate both in printed format and as a digital badge. For more information on the digital badge, please see the Digital Badge FAQs. You will receive your print certificate in the mail 6-8 weeks after completing the program.

The NFP Certificates are not a professional credential or license, therefore they do not expire. However, we anticipate that some individual courses may be updated every 1-3 years to reflect changes in the industry. For your certificate to remain current, you will need to successfully complete those updated courses. However, updates are likely to be at a fraction of the cost of the original certificate. Plus, you have access to the program for 24 months from purchase, if the courses are updated during that period, you will have access to the updated courses at no additional cost. Completion of these updated courses will earn a new Certificate, with the current year’s date.

2018 Update Pack for Not-for-Profit Certificate I
2018 Update Pack for Not-for-Profit Certificate II

Individual courses are priced higher than the bundles, so buying the governance track is less expensive than buying the individual courses separately, and buying the certificate is less expensive than buying each of the 3 tracks separately.

You can also save more with your NFP section membership. The AICPA Not-for-Profit Section is a specialized membership section, providing NFP-related resources, tools and products in addition to the 20% off the certificate programs. Learn more at: AICPAStore.com/nfpsection

Yes, as long as you haven’t already paid more than the full certificate price. The price you paid for the courses or tracks you have already taken will be deducted from the total certificate price.

You are not required to complete the entire program to earn CPE credit. The courses are offered individually, so you will earn CPE credit for each course you take and successfully complete. However, you must successfully complete all courses in the program in order to receive a certificate.

There are no specific annual requirements for maintaining your certificate. However, we anticipate that some individual courses may be updated every 1-3 years to reflect changes in the industry. For your certificate to remain current, you will need to successfully complete those updated courses. However, updates are likely to be at a fraction of the cost of the original certificate. Plus, you have access to the program for 24 months from purchase, if the courses are updated during the access period, you will have access to the updated courses at no additional cost.

2018 Update Pack for Not-for-Profit Certificate I
2018 Update Pack for Not-for-Profit Certificate II

Actual completion of the courses is required to earn the NFP Certificate. CPE credit is being awarded for the courses, and the CPE standards do not allow for “testing out of” a course as a way to earn credit.