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Certificate Programs

Radford University's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center (GNAC) offers a nonprofit development certificate program and administers the Government Finance Officers Association certificate program.

Nonprofit Certificate Program

The goal of the Nonprofit Development Leadership and Management Certificate Program is to provide an affordable, high quality training program that will result in better-managed non-profits serving the communities of this part of the Commonwealth. Individual classes are open to anyone working with a nonprofit organization, either in a paid, volunteer or board role. Classes are kept affordable due to the generous support of corporate and foundation sponsorships.

Currently, classes are offered in partnership with the Council of Community Services Nonprofit Resource Center

GFOA Certificate Program

The Certified Public Finance Officers Program of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is a broad, educational self-study program designed to verify knowledge in the disciplines of government finance. The certification program is governed by the Council on Certification.

The GNAC working the GFOA, is responsible for updating the five national exams.  In addition, the GNAC coordinates testing sites and is responsible for registering all exam candidates.

To earn the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO), candidates must:

  • Pass a series of five examinations covering the major disciplines of public finance.
  • Successfully complete the program within seven years.

Once earned, the CPFO designation is maintained by participating in 30 hours of continuing professional education each year.