What are your professional goals?
For many people who work in fields where grants are part of their profession, the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) is at the top of their list for career goals. The GPC is a generalist credential for all types of grant professionals. The credential is valid, reliable, psychometrically sound, and complies with the regulations set forth by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/). You must apply to sit for the GPC exam. The application process is meant to assure that candidates meet their comprehensive eligibility criteria.
The GPC exam is divided into two parts:
Part1: 150-160 multiple choice questions
Part 2: grant writing prompt
All of the GPCs we’ve talked to were nervous about applying, preparing for and taking the GPC exam. If you are considering taking the exam, and you’re like me, you are looking at the eligibility packet and asking other GPCs how to prepare while wondering if it is worth all of the work, the time and the investment. It can be daunting! Now, there is help!
We are welcoming Danny Blitch, GPC and Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC, who – quite literally – wrote the recently published book on preparing for the GPC exam. Grantchat is delighted to give our community members a coupon code on the book – use dbgc (all lower case) when you check out to get your GrantChat Community 20% discount. Danny and Kim have been long time advocates and leaders in advancing the grants profession. We are thrilled that they are sharing their career advancement not-so-secret secrets with us on Grantchat. AND – they will be joining the SmartEGrants Team on All Things Grants after the chat – subscribe to get an automatic reminder and a link to the replay.
More Opportunities for (Free) Professional Development
Want more career advancement guidance from the award-winning author Danny Blitch? You’re in luck (and so am I) Danny and I (Jo Miller, GPC) will be hosting a free master class: Top 5 Career Opportunities for Advancement in the Grants Profession – register here.
Question Preview: How to Prepare for the GPC Exam
Q1: How many books on grants and grant writing do you currently own? More than a dozen? #grantchat
Q2: Grant research, program development, writing and management. What’s your favorite part and why? #grantchat
Q3: If you already have your GPC, what’s the best advice you’d give about preparing for the exam? #grantchat
Q4: When was the last time you recall taking a timed examination (multiple choice and written)? #grantchat
Q5: If you already have your GPC, what’s the correct number of hours you should spend on exam prep? And Why? #grantchat
Q6: Do you agree “the more GPC’s conferred by GPCI, the stronger the grant profession”, if not why? #grantchat
Q7: What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about grant proposals when you were first learning about grants?
Q8: For those who have taken the GPC Exam, what was the most challenging part, the multiple choice or the writing section, and why? #grantchat
Q9: What are some of the ways you are advancing the grant profession? #grantchat
Q10: What impact has receiving the GPC had on your career? Besides adding letters to your business card 🙂
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