What is CNAP?


Do you want to move up the ladder by building your financial skill set; are you new to your nonprofit financial position; or are you an experienced professional looking for a way to build your staff’s skills? If so, then Sechler CPA’s CNAP course is for you! CNAP is a national program that offers professional certification to nonprofit finance office staff. Initiated and developed through The Nonprofit CPAs Alliance, CNAP is the gold standard training for nonprofit financial professionals.


Financial Reporting
You will be able to:
  • Identify the IRS nonprofit requirements and core elements of the IRS Form 990
  • List the key GAAP and auditing principles applicable in the nonprofit financial reporting environment
  • Define the form and purpose of each type of financial statement and analyze how they correlate to each other
  • Identify critical fund accounting software functionality and its relationship to financial reporting 
Internal Controls
You will be able to:
  • Define the core concepts in internal controls and identify who requires them
Budget Development 
You will be able to:
  • List the key elements for successful budget development and implementation
  • Distinguish the purpose of different types of budgets and the situations in which they would be used
  • Classify the differences between variable costs, semi-variable costs, and fixed costs
  • Calculate personnel costs and fringe benefit rates
You will be able to:
  • Name the key responsibilities of nonprofit boards


If you are responsible for the day-to-day functioning of a nonprofit fiscal office, or if you supervise the fiscal office, this course is for you. If you are new to the nonprofit world, CNAP is an excellent course for finance professionals transitioning from the for-profit sector into nonprofit finance.


To receive CNAP certification participants must have a minimum of 18 months experience in a financial position within a nonprofit organization, confirmed by a letter signed by their employer. Participants do not need to be employed within the finance department per se but must submit verification from their employer that they serve in a financial position, and have done so for at least 18-months. If a participant does not meet this requirement he/she may still complete the course but will not be eligible for certification until the 18 month experience criteria is met.


Registration, Coursework and Exam
  • Register for upcoming CNAP course
  • Participate in the 2-day course
  • Take & pass the online CNAP exam following the course
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from either a past or present employer to verify work experience – you will need to have at least 18 months experience in a financial position of a nonprofit organization.
  • Receive certificate of completion
  • Celebrate accomplishment!

CNAP Tuition includes:

  • Breakfast & lunch both days of the course
  • The $95 CNAP Accreditation Fee is included in the Certification fees. This is a one-time fee paid to NPAC (by Sechler CPA) for national accreditation at the time you register for the course.
  • The exam fee is included in your CNAP registration. (All fees must be paid 30 days prior to attending.)


Tuition is discounted for Sechler CPA clients and may be paid in installments.

For each CNAP course there are five $100 discount CNAP scholarships available for clients in need of financial assistance.


If something comes up after you have registered and you can’t make the class, refunds, minus any credit card processing fees, will be issued if we are notified six days before the class. After five days, we will apply your registration to another upcoming class.


Sechler CPA PC 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.learningmarket.org.

This program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. For more information about the CAE credential please visit www.whatiscae.org.


In addition to the information above, we invite you to listen on demand to our interview on The Nonprofit Journal Talk Radio show for an in-depth discussion about the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional credential. Listen here