Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional

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CNAP Training Program

A nationally-recognized certification

The Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) program teaches critical skills and best practices specific to nonprofit financial management. A CNAP designation certifies the expertise and commitment of nonprofit financial managers and accounting professionals. Program graduates leave with the know-how and action plans they need to make an impact in their organizations right away.

The CNAP Training Program consists of the CNAP Essentials course and follow-up CNAP Advanced course.

For upcoming CNAP courses and to register, visit our Course Catalog at the BDO FMAInstitute, our dedicated online learning management system.

Whether you are new to your nonprofit financial position, looking to move up within your firm by building your financial skills set, or an experienced professional looking for a way to build your staff’s skills, CNAP helps you, your organization, or your grantees build financial management knowledge and make the most of your financial resources.

So you can continue the critical work of making the world a better place.

CNAP Essentials

The gold standard training for nonprofit financial professionals.

The first of two courses, the intensive CNAP Essentials curriculum covers fundamental topics in nonprofit financial management.

Eligibility: There are no prerequisites to take this course; however, in order to receive the CNAP certification, participants must have a minimum of 18 months experience in a fiscal management capacity at a nonprofit organization. Participants without the requisite experience can still take the course and submit proof of their work experience once they have completed the requirement.

Training Formats:
Online: Delivered live on the web through seven weekly two-hour sessions.
In person: (Courses currently only held online) Three-day training held in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and several other locations nationally.

CPE Credits: BDO FMA is authorized to offer 16 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Attendees must attend all sessions and pass the exam to receive credit.

Key Topics



Budget Development


Financial Reporting




Internal Controls


IRS form 990

CNAP, Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional, is a copyright-protected national program developed by members of the Nonprofit CPAs Alliance a division of The Rainmaker Alliances.
NY State Sponsor ID#002514
National Registry of CPE Sponsors ID#109349
Fiscal Management Associates, LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org.